Snug Harbor Inn
Snug Harbor Inn is a living tradition in Shady Side, a southern Anne Arundel County community so full of change that history is treasured mostly in memory.
“It’s been here 40-some odd years, as long as we can track,” says partner Brad Holt. The Holt family — Brad, wife Mary Jane and sister Jenny — have owned Snug Harbor since 2001.
The nice comfortable atmosphere is why Holt’s family bought Snug Harbor. Brad, whose background is construction, says he always wanted to own a special kind of restaurant: a local one. So he’s kept the old cozy look and old ways, keeping restaurant and bar clean, nice and friendly, so customers can come with their kids — or come to drink at a bar that serves 40-plus beers but no trouble.
Notice his late kitchen hours, till 11pm weeknights and 1am weekends.
“The kitchen used to close at 10pm,” Brad Holt says. “But somebody was always hungry after that, and I don’t want anybody going hungry. I’d go back and cook. Now, pretty much no matter how late, you can get a full menu.”
Favorites are jumbo lump crab cakes and fall-off-the-bone baby back ribs, smothered in barbecue sauce. New is a weekend salad bar, free with the purchase of any entrée, because “the crowd is getting more health conscious.”