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Restaurant Review: Punk’s Backyard Grill

| March 24, 2009, 04:03 PM | 0 Comments

Punk’s Backyard Grill

punksSitting next to McCormick and Schmick’s at the Annapolis Mall, is an indoor picnic. From the moment you step foot inside the doors  of Punk’s Backyard Grill, you realize this isn’t any ordinary eatery–and you would be right. In fact it is the only one in existence but it is run so well, you would think they are a large national chain.That is exactly what the owners were trying to achieve with the restaurant.  I suspect a franchise offering may be born fairly soon.

The menu is rather short, but the flavor and presentation make up for it. Every plate comes out to you as if your “Uncle Steve” grabbed it from the grill and sat it in front of you. I had the flat iron steak sandwich with a seasonal honey and mint fruit salad while my wife ordered a Chesapeake cobb salad with sweet and sour cucumbers with dill dressing. The sandwich was just what I was looking for! Onions, mushrooms and beef– I couldn’t have asked for more. It took me all of five minutes to finish and the fruit salad was the best (I believe) I have ever tasted. The honey and mint are very subtle but make a very significant flavor out of the strawberries. My entire meal was delivered to our table in about ten minutes, which I believe to be very quick for a dinner. The salad, however, was too large to finish for my wife and she tapped out after about 15 minutes of wrestling with it. She added the cucumbers and said they were fantastic. Overall the food was great and the drinks were as well. They also had a small selection of wines, including local boys Boordy; and the most surprising was the Boylan soda fountain in place of the usual Coke or Pepsi machine to which we have grown accustomed.

To sum it up I would definitely make a return visit, but maybe try lunch instead. As nice as the place is, it is just too outdoorsy with the indoor picnic tables and music. The portions they provided went down too fast (unless you ordered the salad). I don’t think you could ask for a nicer place for lunch; but for dinner I would rather sit and enjoy a meal while catching up on the day’s events. They also offer catering which I could see coming in handy for businesses planning a company get together and not trusting your employees with a grill. Next time you are in Annapolis at the mall and want to try something new, hop in Punk’s and enjoy the truly unique experience. Who knows? Maybe you will own a franchise some day.

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Spidey is an Anne Arundel County resident of 6 years. He owns a home in Severna Park and frequently makes trips all over Maryland and D.C. contracting work for local and personal businesses.

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