Ocean City Maryland Bayfront Fine Dining The Hobbit

The Hobbit Restaurant Ocean City

While vacationing Ocean City Maryland over the Labor Day holiday weekend I had the opportunity to dine at the The Hobbit a fine dining on the bayside, a favorite of my BF’s family. As named, this Ocean City restaurant is themed after J. R. R. Tolkien paired with a stunning setting featuring bay views. The dining space is elegant and understated with the view as its main feature of course. There are tiny pop ups of Hobbit inspired decor pieces if you look closely at the hanging art of lamps. These are not at all costumey and add character to the space.

I enjoyed the Cream of Crab soup, and it was alright. As mentioned beforehand, I am a creamy crab soup connoisseur. I like the really flavorful sweet kind. This was of great quality, it just seem to lack a dimension of the right seasonings for my own preference.  Those that I was dining with really enjoyed the soup.

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Those I was dining with ordered, ordered the Crab Stack appetizer of fresh jumbo lump crabmeat, avocado, cilantro, shallot, chipotle, tomatoes, ranchero chips. This dish is presented in a beautiful plating, very Instagram-able, but taste wise nothing too special, very straightforward stacking of ingredients. This is, of course, because of the huge amount of fresh, high-quality Maryland blue crab. Wouldn’t want to distract too much from that amazingness.

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Lollipop Lamb Chops were my favorite appetizer! They are New Zealand lamb chops, with sweet potato hash and honey aioli. I could have eaten more of those.

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For my main meal I had swordfish special with a sweet sauce, sweet potato risotto and mushrooms. This was very delicious and fulfilling. I really enjoyed it. The fish was fresh and cooked just right.

My BF  had a center cut filet. He was were quiet as he dug in, devouring the meal. When I asked, he confirmed that it was very enjoyable. I even got a bit to double confirm 🙂 Ocean City Maryland Bayfront Fine Dining - The Hobbit - Steak Filet.jpg

Another meal ordered at the table was the seared tuna and spicy wasabi mashed potatoes with a foie gras dumpling and miso broth. Looked beautiful! And yes the verdict was that it was delicious.

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For dessert I enjoyed, what else but the chocolate feature of rum infused chocolate cake, homemade chocolate rum mousse, homemade raspberry coulis. Lighter than a cheesecake, but just as rich! I love pretty much anything raspberry and or chocolate, plus here there was rum involved!

So all in all, when you hear that the restaurant is called The Hobbit, do not assume that it will involve over the top fantasy literature inspired decor and or renaissance fair-like cheesiness. Please know that this was a classy, high-quality fine dining experience with endearing decor touches inspired by J. R. R. Tolkien’s classic work.

Cheers to another delicious adventure at an unexplored restaurant!

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Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street

Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street

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I am not a barbecue fan. It is just not something I grew up eating. To be honest I haven’t tried much BBQ at all or learned much about it. I don’t crave or love spicy, smoky, or tangy things. But after a long hot day of shopping on King Street on Second Sunday my boyfriend spotted his version of a holy grail. A BBQ place, Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street.

So after I had my fix of shopping with him being an amazing tag along, I complied. We entered into a unique saloon looking space. I let my boyfriend do to ordering, all I requested was cornbread. He ordered Classic Spare Ribs, Beef Brisket, Homemade Bar-B-Q Chips, Coleslaw and Cheese Biscuits. I am pretty sure that this was my first spare rib experience. It was delicious, no t spicy, smoky, or tangy like I thought it would be, just full of enjoyable flavor. The cheese biscuits were buttery, salty, cheesy and sweet all at the same time.

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So from this experience, I learned to be more open minded about barbecue and just try it. I am glad I did. Plus my BF was so adorably happy.  So if you find yourself hungry after shopping on King’s Street I would suggest Nick’s Original BBQ on King Street.

Now I need to learn how to make cornbread.

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Charleston’s High Cotton Restaurant

Dining room at High Cotton in Charleston

While in Charleston South Carolina I had the privilege of dining fine at High Cotton! Although they did not have any moscato, or any other sweet wines or sweet cocktails for the matter (TISK, TISK) , it was an overall delicious experience.

I started with, what else when traveling to a coastal location, but crab soup. The High Cotton Version is called the Charleston Crab Soup with blue crab, cream, sherry and chives. It was okay, nothing spectacularly flavorful or delicious, because I of course prefer the sweet kind of seafood soup. The bread was fresh and warm from the oven and delicious with a savory whipped butter. I think I had 2 portions…

I may have had to settle for a drink of French 75 with St Germain instead of gin, but I did find other sweets to enjoy here. My entree of choice made up in the sweetness category. I had the Maple Leaf Farms Duck of pan seared breast, leg confit, natural jus, peach compote. The sauce was not only delicious, but it alo reminded me of a fond memory of slow cooked baby back ribs my mother used to make when I was much younger using a hoisin sauce only sold in Canada. i would request this constantly, but we usually had to wait for our neighbor (from Canada) to supply the sweet sauce. I need to find out what that recipe was and a new supplier of secret sauce.

Lamb at Charleston's High Cotton
Lamb at Charleston’s High Cotton

I shared the trendy vegetable of the moment, brussel sprouts. High Cotton’s were “Crispy Brussels Sprouts” with smoked paprika aïoli. Despite the burnt appearance us seasoned brussel sprout consumers know they were perfectly done! I wonder if they fry them or if they are done in the oven? Let me know if you know!

Brussel Sprouts at Charleston's High Cotton
Brussel Sprouts at Charleston’s High Cotton

My BF had a special of crab stuffed trout and his mother enjoyed a scallop dish of julienne zucchini, snow peas & carrots, bell peppers, champagne shallot cream. They both enjoyed their meals as well!

Scallops at Charleston's High Cotton
Scallops at Charleston’s High Cotton

I was stuffed at this point, but you know somehow I was convinced to order dessert 🙂 I had very rich and fulfilling Triple Chocolate Cheesecake with raspberry and espresso sauce complements. I am a cheesecake fein and this was not disappointing. I used to live just a block from a Cheescake Factory and regularly told people that I lived in “the most dangerous part of town” because of my relevancy to the sweet treat destination. One of my favorite things about eating cheesecake is making it last more than one day. This decadent slice sent me home with leftovers for the next day.

Oh and I creeped into another dining area that I wasn’t seated at to capture this beautiful lighting & mirror situation (refer to this post about my obsessions with swirly design features, mirrors and chandeliers)

Dining room at High Cotton
Dining room at High Cotton

This is my first post about a restaurant visit and I already need to come up with another adjective beyond delicious. I promise I will attempt to expand my culinary descriptors. I hope you return to see more of the food I consumed during my Charleston, South Carolina visit. I have lots to share. Seriously, I gained like 5 lbs (I’m guessing) in a 8 days and returned home to have none of my pants fit….

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P.S. my man is handsome 🙂

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