California is a census-designated place and community in St. Mary's County, Maryland, United States. The population was 11,857 at the 2010 census, an increase of 27.4% from the 2000 census. California continues to grow with the spread of population out from the older adjacent community of Lexington Park and the growth in both technology-related and defense-related jobs at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station. There are department stores and numerous shopping centers situated along Maryland Highway 235 ("Three Notch Road"). Maryland Route 4 crosses Highway 235 in California, providing access to the wide Governor Thomas Johnson Bridge and the popular weekend resort town of Solomons, Maryland on the opposite side. Bridge-bound traffic is infamous for backing up during rush hour.
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4.5 based on 142 reviews
I eat here every time I come to Lexington Park. It is a fast, inexpensive meal and the food is excellent. The salmon is especially recommended, though if you don't like that they have a good selection of traditional BBQ meals (beef brisket, pulled pork, sausage, etc.). Sides are excellent. Many different sauces. Portion sizes are fairly generous.
The restaurant can be crowded at times, particularly at lunch. It is less crowded outside of the noon hour or in the evening. Parking is never a problem. They also do good takeout which we've used when meetings were running behind schedule.
The restaurant is especially good about recognizing servicemen and first responders. It has a very patriotic atmosphere. They play the national anthem daily at noon (not sure I remember the time correctly).
4.5 based on 118 reviews
Has a great wine selection with tastings at lunch. Awesome atmosphere with a small outdoor seating area for nice days. The food is always remarkable and fresh!
We had a wonderful lunch at Blue Wind. There's something on the very large menu for everyone and the chocolate selection in the space looked inviting as well. The set up is unusual - you order at the counter and the staff will bring out...MoreThanks for stopping in and taking the time to write a review :) Hope to see you again soon!
4.5 based on 166 reviews
I really enjoy coming here with my friends it a wonderful place to hang out and if you plan it right a good view outside. They have wine and design here sometimes witch is a fun twist. If you like tapas they have it on Thursday nights. Their coffee is addictive and you have tons of flavors to choose from.
4.5 based on 55 reviews
Great food!!! I ordered crab rangoons which were fantastic. Then I ordered the Singapore noodles and they were amazing. My finance ordered general chicken and it was fresh chicken with actual big pieces of chicken the sauce was good and the broccoli tastes fresh and crisp. I will definitely be back soon. This was some of the best Chinese food I have had!!!!
4.5 based on 11 reviews
This is the award winning custom bakery that you go to for that special cake or pastries for any occasion in addition to their wedding cakes. The hardest part is choosing from their impressive selection from creative cookies (Macaroons and Meringues are out of this world) to cakes and pastries to anything their chefs can create on site.
4.5 based on 120 reviews
Always a delight when we eat here, great food that always satisfies. Extensive menu which can be overwhelming, ambience is off though in this new location but food certainly makes up for it. When I am in town this is always a stop and when I am out of town I try to find a restaurant to this standard. Who would of known So Md had a hidden gem.
4.5 based on 312 reviews
You have two delightful choices for seating venues at best kitchen and Chef combo in Solomons: CD Cafe or the Next Door Lounge which shares same kitchen in a bistro/wine bar type setting. There are a lot of dining options in Solomons but this one is head and shoulders above the rest.
4.5 based on 32 reviews
Been comming here for a while and try to make it at least once a month for lunch. Nice selection of sandwiches, soups, and coffee.
4 based on 81 reviews
California MD and Lexington Park Maryland are neighbors.
This place has great food and is really consistent. There isn't a lot of selection for great ethnic foods in Southern Maryland, but this place is pretty good. It's a little pricey but you get what you pay for.
Also great for lunch, easy to get in and out and back to work. If you want...
4 based on 378 reviews
Beautiful Waterfront Restaurant, with great Quality Food and Drinks!
My wife and I found The Lighthouse Restaurant & Dockbar to be clearly the best restaurant for traditional Chesapeake seafood dishes in Solomon's. We ate there several times and loved the crab and oyster offerings served outdoors bayside.
Make a reservation or be prepared to wait a while for a table if dining weekends or during the dinner rush in the summer months.
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