For fans of Fishwhistle of Chester River fame, you will be very pleased with owner Jeff Carroll’s new effort, the Fishwhistle at the Granary.
The Granary sits high up above the Sassafras River at Georgetown. The water views at that part of the river are exceptional from the dining rooms and taproom. A little more than a year ago, Jeff told me about The Granary possibility, and I am so glad he took the risk because diners are reaping the rewards.
I visited the Fishwhistle for my birthday in late February. It is an easy 20-25 minute ride up Md. 213 from the Chestertown area and proved to be a popular idea for dinner on a mild winter’s eve. For the upper Delmarva, the good news is that the Fishwhistle is a 20-25 minute ride for a lot of diners.
The Fishwhistle has a broad menu. You can go in many dining directions and not be disappointed.
We started off with dry sea scallops wrapped with applewood smoked bacon and brushed with a mango barbeque sauce. This is a reliably pleasing appetizer. Just as satisfying was the flash fried calamari. I give the kitchen team top ratings in the delivery of this ever so challenging favorite test dish of mine.
This night I was in the mood for a New York. Strip. The Fishwhistle serves only certified Angus beef. My steak was grilled to a perfect medium rare with a herb crust, red wine demi-glace and caramelized onion butter. One dinner partner chose the surf and turf: a grilled filet mignon and crab cake. Another well received meal.
Our third dinner partner was in the mood for a salad. The Fishwhistle boasts eight salads on its menu. The choice was the warm bacon salad made of sauteed Brussels sprouts, potato, spinach, red onion and bacon–drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette. This was another appetizing winter presentation.
If you are looking for a midway meeting point to join friends and family who live to the north, the Fishwhistle is a great option. Also, if you want to meet friends who are boating on the northern Bay and want a convenient rendezvous, it is a short trip upriver to transient dockage down below.
It is ironic that I am reviewing Jeff Carroll’s Fishwhistle at the Granary to inaugurate The Kent Pilot. Back during the Summer of 1986, I had just started publishing The Pilot, the late print weekly. Jeff was a friend of The Pilot sports editor and would stop by after work on Saturday nights to check out the paper as it was being laid out. Still in high school that summer, Jeff worked at The Granary–rebuilt and reopened after a devastating fire the year before.
Almost 35 years later, it seems like we are back where we started – older and wiser.