TIPSY TOURIST: Get to The Point

Come by car. Come by boat. The Point has parking for both

Come by car. Come by boat. The Point has parking for both.

When the folks at Ferry Point Marina said they were building a restaurant, I looked around and thought “Where?!” Now that it’s been here for a summer, I look around and say “Wow.”

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An occasional series of bars, taverns, saloons, watering holes of note — not that we’re advocating tipsiness, of course.

The Point, a crab house and grill that opened in the past year, is good looking, painted gray with touches of  black, a bright red roof and glass garage doors serving as walls that can be rolled up to let the summer breezes in. The bar and restaurant sit right on the Magothy River, a little out of the way if you don’t know Arnold — but really it’s right off Route 2.PointSign

They’ve got a staff that wants you to be their next best friend and a menu that keeps you coming back.

But I have to tell you why I like it so much. The staff here didn’t even blink when I arrived for a beer dressed in my painting clothes and covered PointTapsin vivid blue boat bottom paint. Of course, they were happy to see me in my best business casual and when we arrived by boat in our boat shoes and shorts, someone cheerfully threw us a line.

No matter what, the bartender served us a cold beer or a freshly squeezed orange crush. Wait staff rushed out the order of fried pickles or crab cake or local tomato salad. And then they left us alone — except to ask what else we needed.

A country touch: soft drinks and waters served in Mason jars.

A country touch: soft drinks and water served in Mason jars.

The menu has everything a seafood lover wants: crab, shellfish and fish dishes, steamed crabs in season, fresh salads and a good beer selection.

The restaurant is designed so every table can enjoy the river views — although outside tables are certainly available. And those glass garage doors will ensure that those of us crazy about eating and drinking waterside will be back all winter. The managers plan to be open even when boating weather is done.  Judging from the popularity of this place this summer, it looks like it will work out that way.

I’m not a regular yet. But the way things are going, it looks like those waitresses might turn out to be my new best friends.

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© Text and photos Mary K. Tilghman

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