Best Places to Eat in La Plata, MD

Barbecue, burgers, seafood and ethnic eats make up the area's food scene, and farmers markets in La Plata and Waldorf with locally grown produce and fresh meats round out the area's offerings.

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Capt' Billy's Restaurant in La Plata, MD
Stephen Cherry

Restaurants in Charles County have healthy imaginations when it comes to creating menus, whether the specialty is fresh seafood, international cuisine or favorite American dishes.


Captain John's Crab House & Marina on Cobb Island has been serving clientele since 1963 with a menu that includes blue crabs, shrimp, crab legs and rockfish. In Newburg, Captain Billy's Crab House offers an indoor setting as well as outdoor dining on a waterfront deck, while Gilligan's Pier Seafood & Steakhouse provides a water-taxi service for those wanting to arrive to the restaurant by boat. Fish Tales in Cobb Island features some of the best-tasting butterfly shrimp in all of Charles County.

International Delights

A couple of popular Chinese restaurants in Charles County are Benny's in White Plains and Hunan Star in La Plata, which both serve traditional favorites such as kung pao chicken, fried rice and spicy shrimp lo mien.

For fans of authentic Greek food, Athenian Cafe in White Plains has everything from tzatziki to gyros, and for Italian food enthusiasts, meals of veal chops and eggplant parmigiana can be enjoyed at Gustavo's in La Plata. For pizza lovers, Mama Mia's Pizza has been a dining staple in Waldorf for 26 years.

American Favorites

One of the top breakfast spots in Charles County is Marie's Diner in La Plata, where home-style biscuits and gravy, eggs cooked to order, fluffy pancakes and flavorful ham slices are popular breakfast choices. Marie's also features daily lunch and dinner specials such as prime rib.

At Lefty's Barbecue Unlimited in Waldorf, staffers since 1989 have served meats slow-cooked over a hickory wood with menu choices such as chicken bites, beef brisket, ribs and pork chops. Johnny Boy Ribs in La Plata is another local barbecue favorite that uses an open pit cooking style method and secret sauce developed by Mama Sophie.

Also in La Plata, The Greene Turtle serves wings, sliders, burgers and wraps, while Apple Spice Junction offers salads and sandwiches, with delivery and catering services available. In Hughesville, Randy's Ribs & Barbecue is known for its barbecue sandwiches and platters, and occasionally caters luaus or wedding dinners featuring whole pig roasts.



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