Make Time To Unwind On The Greene Turtle's Outdoor Patio
By Sarah Ross
One has come to know what to expect when entering The Greene Turtle, a sports bar and grille chain with locations throughout Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and Washington, D.C. Marketing itself as a sports fans dream, it is indeed a place where television screens are ubiquitous, mounted even within individual booths. On game nights, the Turtle features great discounts on alcoholic drinks and even boasts a Wing Night with 60-cent wings.
Walking through the dimly lit bar, past screens flashing and loud music playing, it came as a quite a shock to arrive in the tranquil atmosphere of the outdoor patio. Everything from the elegant furniture and the umbrella-adorned bar tables to the standing fireplace creates ambiance. With sofas and lounge chairs, the space has a certain cocktail-cool sophistication, but without the usual stuffiness. On a Sunday afternoon, we found the patio to be relaxing and inviting. There was a mixture of couples drinking margaritas and families lunching with children. Unlike most patios in strip malls, this outdoor area does not overlook a parking lot, but rather a fenced garden with grass and rosebushes.
The bartender who served us was absolutely lovely. Relaxed, cheerful, and with impeccable timing, she contributed greatly to our enjoyment of the dining experience.
My guest ordered the French Onion Crock as a last hurrah of the soup season. It arrived hot, with a hearty portion of melted provolone and Parmesan cheeses. As an appetizer, we decided to test out their traditional cheeseburger sliders. Four big, flavorful sliders arrived topped with onion straws. They featured American cheese, a pickle slice, and caramelized onions seasoned in black pepper.
Since the bartender had noted that all of the crabmeat was fresh from the Eastern Shore, we ordered the crab flatbread pizza as our entree. The pizza was definitely rich with a mixture of crabmeat, cream, mozzarella cheese and a generous sprinkling of Old Bay. It had strong crab flavors and featured more of a crab dip consistency than a lump-crabmeat topped pizza.
On recommendation, we ordered the warm cookie sundae for dessert. The cookies are baked fresh and topped with Edys vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup, whipped cream and pecans. The dessert is massive and makes an impression. Our neighbors were drooling. The warm cookie paired wonderfully with the cold ice cream, but a word of warning: the chocolate syrup is very sweet. You may want to ask for it on the side.
We both will return to the outdoor patio. It has a great summer atmosphere and seems like the perfect spot to relax by the fire with a group of friends, a date or family.