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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
BJ’s On the Water provides binoculars so you can get up close and personal with the bird sanctuary and panoramic bay view.
BJ's on the Water
Located on 75th Street and the bay, BJ’s on the Water is an Ocean City legend that is still the same.
BJ's on the Water
The fun loving staff at BJ’s on the Water presents the best of the best dining and entertainment.
    Still the same, BJ’s on the Water is an Ocean City legend that blends the best of the best dining and entertainment. The Restaurant Association of Maryland honored the establishment’s owner, Billy Carder, with the 2011-2012 Restaurateur of the Year Award. One visit to the bayfront restaurant that overlooks the Route 90 Bridge and a bird sanctuary, and you’ll agree that BJ’s on the Water is worthy of this distinguished honor.
    My mom, Nancy Samuels (You’re Invited), joined me for a mother-daughter dinner at BJ’s on the Water this week. Just before the happy hour rush, we sat at a spacious booth next to a wall of windows overlooking the water. Binoculars hang from the wall for bird watching and boat gazing. We noticed a large pontoon boat docked at the single boat slip outside of BJ’s wrap-around deck.
    Our extremely cheerful server, Johnny, greeted us and told us about the daily drink special—a melon colada—and the fresh catch of the day, which was Mahi Mahi served Cajun spiced or stuffed with Crab Imperial. The dinner special was a T-Bone Steak, and the Soup Du Jour was Cream Roasted Red Pepper with Crabmeat. Johnny also recommended his two favorite appetizers: Clams Casino and Seafood Skins—potato skins topped with shrimp, scallops, sea legs, and cheddar cheese.
    As we perused the appetizers menu, Mom and I noticed the happy hour crowd pouring into BJ’s on the Water and quickly filling the waterfront raw bar. Happy Hour is from 4:00 to 7:00, Monday through Friday, with a late night Happy Hour taking place from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m., Sunday through Thursday. Sit at the indoor bar for a cozy atmosphere with plenty of music and lively bartenders and entertainment, or sit at the raw bar for a bright, panoramic view of the water with clams, shrimp, and oysters at your fingertips.
    Mom and I took Johnny’s advice and ordered the Clams Casino for our appetizer. We also shared one order of Flash Fried Oysters with spicy homemade cocktail sauce. Served steaming hot, the Clams Casino consists of fresh “top neck” clams topped with seasoned breading, bacon, and melted provolone cheese, and drowning in melted garlic butter. Dipped in the zesty cocktail sauce, the Flash Fried Oysters are delicious to the last forkful.
    BJ’s tempting appetizer menu is filled with unique recipes, such as Feta Fusion—roasted feta cheese, red peppers, and black olives tossed with Greek oregano, extra virgin olive oil, and cracked black pepper, and served with multigrain crackers. Chicken Skins are BJ’s potato skins smothered with chicken salad and topped with provolone cheese. The Red, Hot & Blue is five colossal flash-fried shrimp dipped in spicy wing sauce and served with bleu cheese dressing. Rock On with five beer-battered Rockfish fingers is served with remoulade sauce. Chicken Fingers, Buffalo Wings, Cheese Sticks, Crab Dip, Steamed Spiced Shrimp, Onion Rings, Coconut Shrimp, and Pizzette Crab Imperial top off the appetizers menu.
    For our entrées, Mom ordered the Flash Fried Shrimp (her all-time favorite BJ’s dinner), and I selected Pasta BJ’s—pasta topped with homemade basil tomato sauce and flash fried gulf shrimp, served with garlic bread and a garden salad. Mom was thrilled that the vegetable of the day was Succotash—an enticing blend of corn and lima beans. What impresses me most about Pasta BJ’s is the humongous size of the gulf shrimp. Paired with a scrumptious tomato sauce and thick slices of parmesan cheese, the shrimp and pasta is a winning recipe.
    Chicken Teriyaki, Lump Crab Imperial, Twin Crab Cakes, and New York Strip are just a few more alluring entrées on the menu. I recommend the Stuffed Filet of Flounder, oven-baked with lump crabmeat and topped with Imperial Sauce. Shrimp Imperial is gulf shrimp topped with crab imperial, and the Seafood Medley consists of broiled flounder, crab cake, deviled crab, shrimp, and a clam casino. Also, try the Chicken and Shrimp Teriyaki for the best of both worlds—chicken teriyaki and shrimp teriyaki served over a bed of rice pilaf and garnished with a fruit medley. A Lobster Tail and Stuffed Lobster Tail are also on the entrée menu, along with a Surf and Turf or Stuffed Surf and Turf with lobster tail and NY Strip.
    BJ’s on the Water also presents an impressive Sandwich menu, and Mom and I often visit the restaurant for its Black Russian—a combination of turkey, roast beef, Swiss cheese, lettuce, and Russian dressing on pumpernickel bread. BJ’s Famous Razorback sandwich includes hot ham, tomato, mushrooms, lettuce, and melted Swiss cheese on 12-grain toast with tarter sauce. The Seafood Salad Wrap is an Old Bay wrap stuffed with shrimp, scallops, sea legs, and lettuce. Try the Mega Land N’ Sea for a one-pound char-grilled Angus burger topped with a half-pound crab cake, cheddar cheese, and tarter sauce. Hot Pastrami, Salmon BLT, Grilled Tuna, Fried Oyster, Pork Barbeque, and Chicken Salad are just a few more mouth-watering sandwich options.
    Last but not least, BJ’s on the Water presents an extensive Greenery menu including classic salads and signature salads like Crab Meat Chop Chop, Salmon Salad, Shrimply Delish, Oyster Chesapeake, Bang Bang Shrimp, and much more. A children’s menu is also available, and Maddy Carder bakes homemade desserts each week for your sweet tooth.
    Each Wednesday, join BJ’s on the Water for its Deckless Deck Party from 4:00 to 8:00, featuring live bands and food and drink specials. Every day at 1:00 p.m., participate in a duck feeding. Open year round, BJ’s annually hosts a Canoe Race, Halloween Happy Hour Party, Thanksgiving dinner, and New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day parties. The restaurant’s annual Christmas Party will be on December 7, 2011 with Billy and Maddy Carder’s band—Teenage Rust and the Fabulous Rustettes.
    This weekend, mark your calendar for Opposite Directions, performing on Friday night, and The Chest Pains, rocking the expanded dance floor on Saturday night. For more information, and to hookup with its Facebook page, visit www.bjsonthewater.com .
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