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BOURBON ST. ON THE BEACH
Written By: Barbara Borys
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BOURBON ST. ON THE BEACH
Gretchen & Chef Barry Reichart are your friendly hosts at Bourbon Street on the Beach.
BOURBON ST. ON THE BEACH
My dinner partner enjoyed the Bourbon Street Steak, blackened Delmonico served over a bed of onion petals & smothered in Bourbon Mushroom demi glaze.
If you are looking for variety, quality, atmosphere and entertainment at the beach with the flavor and flair of New Orleans, Bourbon Street on the Beach is the place for you.  The Mardi Gras decor, the casual ambiance with first class service and presentation and the assortment of foods you will find at Bourbon Street is one of kind in Ocean City and will keep you coming back. 
Proprietors Barry and Gretchen Reichart offer an extensive menu which includes appetizers, sandwiches and wraps, soups and salads, entrées and desserts.  There is something to please everyone’s tastebuds and  price range, including choices for the small fry in your party.  
Appetizers include a range of choices from Crab & Spinach dip, Buffalo Chicken dip, Crab stuffed Mushrooms, steamed Clams, Scallops in Bacon, Oysters on the half shell and Oysters Rockefeller. Exclusive to Bourbon St. on the Beach are the Crawfish Pie (Crawfish tails, peppers, onions, tomato & spices baked in a pie), Crawfish Boil and Nachos New Orleans with red beans and rice, cheese, lettuce, onions and sour cream. This can be a delicious meal for two. I have eaten chicken wings in many establishments around DelMarVa and I have to say that Bourbon St. serves the very best, in my opinion, of course. Chicken wings are served hot, mild, Cajun, bbq or garlic. There is also a Blackened Chicken Quesadilla that, though listed under appetizers, could qualify as an entrée.
On a recent visit to Bourbon Street, my guest and I enjoyed the music of local musician Randy Jamz while shmoozing with folks from as far away as Huntington Beach, Calif., to locals and regulars who come to Bourbon Street for the consistently good food, entertainment and ambiance.  
I started my meal with an order of succulent Char-grilled Oysters that have become a popular item here. This was followed by a house salad with homemade bleu cheese dressing.  The salad was fresh and the bleu cheese dressing was among the best I’ve ever had...a creamy base with an abundance of bleu cheese chunks.  My entrée, a Bourbon Street special, was the Land & Sea Creole Combo, blackened filet mignon topped with blackened crabcake smothered in creole sauce. The filet, perfectly cooked rare, could be cut with a fork, and was served with a baked potato.  
On other occasions, I have personally enjoyed the Caprese salad, Buffalo Chicken dip, and Turkey Ciabatta, a sandwich consisting of turkey breast, smoked gouda, cranberry relish, lettuce and tomato. Wonder of wonders ... there are even cranberries in the ciabatta bun! Again exclusive to Bourbon St. is the Crawfish Cake, a real N’awlins creation. I’ve also witnessed other diners raving about the Crabby Chicken which is grilled chicken topped with Crab dip and Mozzarella. Of course, they also serve the Eastern Shore staple, the Crabcake, either on a sandwich or as an entrée.  Did I mention the Wraps? All are mega-stuffed and delicious: Chicken Salad, Turkey Bacon Ranch, Buffalo Chicken and Cajun Chicken.
Other choices listed under soups  include authentic New Orleans Gumbo, and Red Beans and Rice soup plus, of course, Maryland Crab soup.
Entrées include the signature Bourbon Street Steak, a blackened Delmonico steak served over a bed of onion pedals and smothered in a Bourbon mushroom demi glaze. And if you’re a beef lover, you must try their Prime Rib, a 20-ounce cut that is reported to be the best in town. A few more great choices would be a Broiled Sampler consisting of Crab Cake, Shrimp, Scallops and Haddock; Grilled Ahi Tuna; or a Crawfish boil including crawfish, corn on the cob, red potatoes and veggies.  Creole choices include Chicken Creole, Shrimp Creole, a Creole sampler or a land and sea Creole combo. And check this out ... you can have the classic Surf n Turf three different ways: Filet (5-ounce Filet Mignon) & Lobster Tail; Filet (5-ounce Filet Mignon) & Crabcake; or Delmonico Steak & Snow Crab Legs. 
I dare not finish without mentioning the incredible signature dessert: New Orleans-style bread pudding with rum sauce; then topped with cinnamon ice cream is todie for. In fact, they feature a variety of homemade ice creams that Barry makes every day; such as cinnamon, mint chocolate chip & raspberry. Just ask your server for the flavor of the day. So good!
Owner-operated, hands-on chef Barry is frequently found mingling easily with patrons or picking up a guitar and becoming part of the entertainment.  Barry and his competent staff guarantee customer satisfaction from start to finish. 
Bourbon Street is located at 116th Street and the beach (behind the Fountainhead Condo) and is open 11 a.m. til midnight seven nights a week, with local entertainment six nights a week.  Be sure to check their ad in this issue and/or their entertainment listing in “Who’s Where When.” Bourbon St. on the Beach, where it’s Mardi Gras every day!
 
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