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BJ’s on the Water
Written By: Jenny Samuels
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BJ’s on the Water
BJ’s on the Water
A stunning sunset is the perfect backdrop for the wildlife preservation wetland on the bayfront at BJ’s on the Water.
BJ’s on the Water
Bartenders Ali and Frank serve the happy hour crowd at BJ’s on the Water, Monday through Friday from 4-7 pm.
BJ’s on the Water
Since 1979, BJ’s on the Water has collected annual staff photos, which are showcased on the walls.
    BJ’s on the Water is ready for Halloween. Ghosts, ghouls, and cobwebs cover the walls at the bayfront restaurant.  The big Happy Hour Halloween Party will take place at BJ’s on Wednesday, October 30, at 5 pm. Thin Ice featuring two members of Teenage Rust, Paul & Crystal Grandel, will provide entertainment. No costume is required, but you’re guaranteed to see some creative Halloween disguises.
    Wednesday is the perfect night for BJ’s Happy Hour Halloween Party because the crowds already flock to the saloon each week for the Wednesday Happy Hour Deckless Deck Party with live entertainment by such bands as 2 Guys & a Mama and Old School at 4 pm. Happy Hour takes place Monday through Friday, year round, from 4-7 pm with a special Late Night Happy Hour Sunday through Thursday from 10 pm to 2 am.
    Redskins fans know that BJ’s on the Water is the Redskins Headquarters. NFL Tailgate Specials include Burger, Chicken Finger, or Hogette (pulled pork) Sliders. Fried Shrimp and Old Bay Cheese Fries are also discounted during football games. Try $5 “Redskin” Crushes, or enjoy other drink discounts. Saturday and Sunday Lunch Specials are Steak and Eggs with Redskin Home Fries and Toast, and BELT—bacon, egg, lettuce, and tomato on 12 grain toast.
    BJ’s also offers fantastic daily lunch specials, such as Pulled Pork Barbeque with Cole slaw on Monday, pan fried Grouper with salad on Tuesday, French Dip Sandwich on Wednesday, half a Rotisserie Chicken with salad on Thursday, and pan fried Flounder with salad on Friday.
    Like many local faces, my Mom and I had dinner at BJ’s on the Water this week. As soon as we walked through the door, a friendly host greeted us and led us to the best table in the house—a round six-top with an unobstructed view of the bay and wildlife preservation wetland. As the sun descended into the horizon, schools of fish could be seen playfully jumping in and out of the water. Ducks, herons, and herrings are just a few of many birds that you can observe every day at BJ’s. In fact, the restaurant conducts a daily duck feeding at 1 pm every day, which kids love.
    As we admired the beautiful view, our friendly server, Jenna, welcomed us. She told us about the daily dinner special, which was Broiled Rockfish in Cajun beer and butter, and a 16-ounce T-Bone Steak with two sides. Jenna recommended her favorite appetizer—Pizzette Crab Imperial, along with two other popular choices, Seafood Skins and Dab a Crab Dip. Mom and I shared an order of the Pizzette Crab Imperial, which is melt-in-your-mouth delicious. It’s comprised of garlic and cheese white pizza topped with creamy crab imperial. The Seafood Skins are large enough to order as a main dish, consisting of shrimp, scallops, crabmeat, and melted cheddar cheese on top of potato skins.
    Other excellent appetizers at BJ’s on the Water are Clams Casino, beer battered Rockfish Fingers with remoulade sauce, and Feta Fusion—roasted feta cheese, red peppers, black olives, Greek oregano, extra virgin olive oil, and cracked black pepper served with multigrain crackers.
    For her main dish, my Mom, Nancy (longtime employee at You’re Invited), ordered the Grand-i-oli Ravioli. An incredibly filling dish, Mom's entree had jumbo size Ravioli stuffed with five Italian cheeses and topped with homemade basil tomato sauce. These are the largest raviolis I've ever seen. Her entree was served with a garden salad and extra large garlic bread. Also on the Pasta menu is Pasta BJ's—a combination of flash-fried Gulf Shrimp, homemade basil tomato sauce, and pasta.
    Another impressive entree is the Seafood Medley, a broiled combination of Flounder, Crab Cake, Deviled Crab, Shrimp, and Clam Casino. The Stuffed Fillet of Flounder is stuffed with lump crabmeat, oven baked, and topped with imperial sauce. Shrimp Imperial, Breaded Colossal Gulf Shrimp, Crab Cakes, and Chicken and Shrimp Teriyaki are a few more tasty entrees at BJ's on the Water. Try the Lump Crab Imperial for a house favorite. BJ's on the Water serves its entire entree menu every day from 11 am until 1:30 am.
    House Specialties at BJ's include the BJ's New York Strip, which is a sizzling 12-ounce cut of aged western beef, char-grilled to order, center cut choice. The Lobster Tail Special is huge, and quite popular at the restaurant. It consists of a 12-ounce broiled tail served with drawn butter. Try it stuffed with lump crabmeat, or combine it with the New York Strip for a Surf and Turf Special.
    BJ's is regionally renowned for its sandwiches too. For my main course, I ordered the Hot Pastrami Sandwich. Piled high with New York Deli Style brisket and melted provolone, this hot sandwich is served on rye toast with Cole slaw. BJ's Famous Razorback Sandwich is overstuffed with hot ham, tomato, mushrooms, melted Swiss, and tarter sauce on 12-grain toast. The Black Russian is another top seller, featuring a combination of turkey, roast beef, Swiss, and Russian dressing on pumpernickel. Other popular sandwiches include Chicken Salad, Shrimp Salad, Pork BBQ, and Grilled Mahi Mahi.
    BJ's GT Mega Burger is one full pound of choice ground Angus beef, char-grilled. The Mega Crab Cake Sandwich is a half-pound of lump crabmeat flash fried. BLT, Billy's Big Dog, Steak Sandwich, and Fried Oyster Sandwich are just a few of many more sandwich options.
    Maryland Crab Soup and BJ’s Onion Soup are two soul-warming options on the menu. Healthy salads include House, Caesar, and Greek, with a variety of optional toppings. The restaurant also features a seasonal raw bar and a dessert menu.
    When you visit BJ’s on the Water, you’ll notice its dedication to employee appreciation. The walls of the lobby and entrance to the saloon are covered with chronological, annual staff photos. The photos date back to the year that Billy Carder founded his award-winning restaurant, 1979. Regular customers have patronized the establishment for 34 years. For more information, call 410-524-7575. To view an online photo gallery, visit

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