East County Times Dining Guide



Sue Island Grill
and Crab House
850 Baltimore Yacht Club Dr
Baltimore, MD 21221


- by Allison H. McAlister -

It's summer time, the living is easy and there's just nothing better than enjoying a meal at one of the many waterfront restaurants in eastern Baltimore County. If you're looking for a place to take family and friends that's got a laid back, welcoming atmosphere, a beautiful view of the water and pretty darn good food, head on over to Sue Island Grill and Crab House, overlooking the picturesque Sue Creek. The restaurant is under new ownership and opened for business on May 25. Mark and Pam Fuchsluger, owners of the neighboring Sue Island Marina, bought the restaurant in February when it went into foreclosure and was put up for auction. They brought in their friends of 30 years, Jim and Amy Revty, to help them out with their first foray into the restaurant business. A lot of work was put into refurbishing and redecorating the place, both inside and out. The nautical decor indoors in both the bar area and the dining room is fitting for the waterfront eatery that features predominantly seafood on its menu. The outside seating area looks so inviting, complete with picnic tables under roof as well as brightly colored pastel picnic tables and Adirondak chairs in a sandy open area. Its exactly the kind of place Id like to be on a beautiful day to enjoy a drink and a meal in the company of loved ones, with some Jimmy Buffet music playing in the background. It was a little too humid to really eat outside on the day my coworker and I visited Sue Island Grill, so we chose a table inside by the window so we could still take in the view. Amy, the restaurants manager, took good care of us while we were there. Friendly, bubbly and talkative, it was clear she was excited about this new venture. The restaurant is under new ownership, with new management, a new chef, new servers, everything, she explained, adding that the employees are like a family and they're committed to working hard to ensure Sue Island Grill is successful. We work as a team, it takes everybody and were all on the same page. Amy says business has been picking up since they got their liquor license. In addition to a full bar, the restaurant also features steamed crabs which are served with steamed corn. Diners will also find a few soft crab entree? on the menu. We started our meal with a couple of the appetizers - the BBQ Grilled Shrimp & Bacon and the Crab Dip. The crab dip, served with toasted French bread slices, was really good, so creamy and cheesy and well seasoned. We imagine the crab pretzel must be just as good! The BBQ Grilled Shrimp & Bacon, nice-sized flavorful shrimp wrapped in bacon and topped with a dollop of tangy barbecue sauce, was off the hook. The wonderful flavor brought back childhood memories of my dads famous grilled shrimp wrapped in bacon. Delicious! These delectable morsels were gobbled up quickly! We also had the opportunity to sample both the Cream of Crab Soup and the Maryland Crab Soup. The cream of crab was excellent, very creamy and tasty. The Maryland crab soup was full of crabmeat and mixed vegetables and was mildly seasoned. If you prefer your soup more mild than spicy, you'll enjoy this one. For our main dishes, we tried the Crab Cake and the Chicken Chesapeake. The crab cake was delicious, not overly seasoned and browned to perfection. The Chicken Chesapeake was incredibly tasty. The chicken was so moist and tender, and the Crab Imperial over top was spectacular and oh so flavorful. We had french fries (yummy!), onion rings (some of the best onion rings I've ever had, said my coworker) and cole slaw (very good) as our sides. We saved room for dessert, but we had to take a raincheck on that. Chef Beau has been so busy concentrating on the lunch and dinner menu items, he simply hasn't had the time to put together his desserts as yet. My plan is for homemade desserts, like pies and cakes and brownies, he said. I cant wait! The current menu features a good selection of appetizers, steamed seafood, soups, salads, sandwiches, pizza, steak, seafood and more. They also have a kids menu. Currently featuring daily and weekly specials, Amy says they plan to make a few seasonal menu changes in the fall. Grab the family, or a few friends, and check out the new Sue Island Grill. As their sign says, good friends gather here. Sue Island Grill and Crab House is located at 850 Baltimore Yacht Club Drive in Essex. Hours of operation are noon - 2 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. For more information, call 410-574-0009.



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