East County Times Dining Guide

Featuring an extensive menu, there's definitely something for everyone at Silver Spring Mining Company



by Allison McAlister

Known as the home of the original Maryland crab pretzel, Silver Spring Mining Company draws in customers not only for this monster of a pretzel but also for their family friendly atmosphere and varied menu featuring a wealth of taste sensations to please every palate. In addition to the numerous menu options available, there are also several daily specials from which to choose. If it all seems a little overwhelming and you simply cant decide, the knowledgable and friendly wait staff is very helpful in offering suggestions so you can narrow down your choices. A co-worker and I visited the restaurant for lunch on a recent weekday. Its obviously a popular spot for business lunches. I knew it was a favorite restaurant of another of my co-workers, but this was my first visit to Silver Spring Mining Company. Id heard about the fried pickles and was eager to try them. Obviously, we had to sample the signature appetizer - the Maryland Crab Pretzel. When the pretzel was brought to the table, I gasped. This pretzel is ginormous! Be sure youve got dining companions to share it with you or plan on taking some home. Its huge! Oh, and was it delicious! Topped with generous amounts of crab dip and Cheddar Jack cheese and baked to perfection, this pretzel is out of this world. And, of course, I had to try the fried pickles. While my co-worker wasnt too taken with them, I thought they were quite yummy, especially dipped in the country mustard sauce that comes with the appetizer. Id definitely order them again, and Id also like to try another of Silver Springs unique appetizers - the fried green beans. In addition to these distinctive items, the normal appetizer fare, such as mozzarella sticks, potato skins and nachos, rounds out the offerings. For our main entrees, I chose the crab cake wrap, one of the daily specials, while my co-worker went with the Baltimore Reuben. This specialty sandwich, served open-faced, features seasoned shrimp and crabmeat over grilled marble rye with thousand island dressing, bacon bits, tomatoes and Cheddar Jack cheese. She let me try a bite or two, and it was really, really good. My crab cake wrap was tasty as well, filled with succulent crab, lettuce, tomato and a mustard sauce served up in a wrap baked to golden brown perfection. All the food comes to the table piping hot. The french fries are really good, too - crispy on the outside and light and fluffy on the inside. Somehow we managed to save room for dessert. When you visit, you must plan on having dessert. Trust me on this. Ask to see the dessert tray and you will not be able to say no. Everything looks sinfully scrumptious, with choices such as mile high apple pie, Oreo brownie sundae and homemade rice pudding. We chose to sample the black bottom cheesecake and the peanut butter crunch. The cheesecake was decadent, but I have to say the peanut butter crunch was outstanding. Imagine peanut butter, chocolate and caramel together with chocolate fudge and whipped cream. Heavenly! And the portion was enough to share with three people! Wow! It was incredibly delicious. Like I said before, the restaurants menu is chock full of choices. There are several salad options, including Raspberry Walnut Salad, Asian Chicken Salad and a Mediterranean Antipasto Salad, just to name a few. Soups, fajitas, chicken dishes, pasta dishes, seafood, steaks, burgers, specialty sandwiches and more, including Miner Joes favorites like sour beef & dumplings and baby back ribs, complete the extensive menu. Theres definitely something for everyone at Silver Spring Mining Company. Besides daily specials, the restaurant also offers an Early Bird Menu available from 2 - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. Complete dinners, including soup or salad, choice of select entrees, vegetable, select dessert and beverage, are just $14.99. Some restrictions apply. Throwing a party? Silver Spring also offers custom catering and party platters, both in house or off premise. A private party room is available for booking. They will customize a menu to fit your needs. Silver Spring Mining Company is located at 8634 Belair Rd. in Perry Hall and is open seven days a week. For more information, call 410-256-6809 or visit their web site at www.silverspringminingco.com.

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