Pusser's Caribbean Grille
Dec 08, 2010 08:39PM
● By Anonymous
Located on the water’s edge of Ego Alley, the only things missing during our outing were boats cruising nearby and outdoor seating (it was winter after all). While waiting to be seated, we wondered from where did the name “Pusser’s” originate? According to its parent company, Caribbean Restaurant Concepts, Pusser’s Caribbean Grille is a British pub-style restaurant “inspired by Pusser’s Rum Company; a 350-year-old premium rum brand that fueled the British Royal Navy until 1971. The name Pusser is a corruption of the word purser; the name of the British Royal Navy officer who doled out the daily ration of rum to the ship’s mates.”
Today, Pusser’s Caribbean Grille offers an array of delicious signature cocktails made with this rum, including the famous “Painkiller.” Set in a comfortable nautical décor, Pusser’s atmosphere teases you with the desire of summer weather, sipping a cocktail under an umbrella, and munching on one of the delicious dishes created by Award winning Executive Chef Jim Eriksen. Stacy, our waitress,
"I settled on a Tournedos Annapolitan, which consisted of two tender and perfectly cooked beef tenderloin medallions, topped with jumbo lump crab, and laced in a homemade hollandaise sauce; a harmonious dish, rich and sultry, and totally pleasing." —Gilles Syglowski
greeted us, promptly served our drink order, and on we went with our dinner order. The menu looked very appetizing, composed of a nice blend of Chesapeake Bay region favorites with Caribbean specialties; it was a challenging task to decide. So finally, we made our decisions and started with cups of traditional Maryland crab soup; a gently seasoned broth complete with the perfect balance of crab and vegetables. The flavors were fantastic. Our other appetizers included a jerk chicken and pineapple quesadilla, stuffed with peppers and onions, served with guacamole, mango corn relish, and sour cream. Having little experience with quesadillas, I was somewhat suspicious, but this turned out to be extraordinary; crisp and tasty with delicious toppings. For another starter, we chose the oysters Rockefeller; a half-dozen, fresh Atlantic oysters topped with bacon, spinach and cream stuffing, and finished with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, then baked. They were scrumptious.
Our second course, the adventurous Pusser’s tropical salad featured fresh mixed greens with grilled pineapple and toasted cashews, tossed in a ginger dressing. It was surprisingly refreshing and a great palate cleanser before our entrées arrived.
Angelica had her heart set on the monthly special; surf and turf, served with salad and a dessert. It was well presented and cooked to perfection. The filet mignon was tender and the lobster moist, served with asparagus and a baked potato. The meal was a real treat! Celia had her eye on Chesapeake stuffed flounder. A fresh filet of yellowtail flounder stuffed with crab imperial and Parmesan cheese, baked, and topped with imperial sauce. It was simply succulent, and the accompaniments of red jacket potatoes and steamed vegetables were perfect; properly cooked and seasoned. I settled on a Tournedos Annapolitan, which consisted of two tender and perfectly cooked beef tenderloin medallions, topped with jumbo lump crab, and laced in a homemade hollandaise sauce; a harmonious dish, rich and sultry, and totally pleasing. The three of us shared the bacon-wrapped shrimp skewers; served as an entrée. Firm but full of barbecue and rum flavors, they were a hit. Rarely do I feel it necessary to say, but I’d like to add an overall note about this adventure; the quality of ingredients and very reasonable prices were truly satisfying.
We ended our repast on a sweet note with super delicious honey rum bananas; sautéed sweet bananas finished with a honey rum caramel sauce and served over coconut ice cream. A perfectly executed crème brûlée and a classic key lime pie also proved to be top notch.
Along with exotic cocktails, Pusser’s offers a nicely designed wine menu that interestingly features substantial variety and vintages from all prominent wine countries and is friendly priced. We had a great time and didn’t miss the warm weather after all. Thanks to J.J. Peddicord, the restaurant manager, for his hospitality and helpful information.
Pusser's Caribbean Grille
80 Compromise St, Annapolis, MD | 410-626-0004 | pussersusa.com