I’ve always said that the food selection in Hancock is broad enough to keep most hikers and bikers happy, and now you can add another restaurant to the repertoire. On March 1st, the Potomac River Grill opened near the Rt. 522 bridge over the river (former home of the long defunct Bridge Restaurant), so today we decided to to give it a try.
On past through rides we’ve stayed at the America’s Best Value Inn, which is across the road from the restaurant, and people touring both the C&O Canal and Western Maryland Rail Trail now have the option of heading to their lodgings before taking a short walk to a really good meal.
As the word grill implies, the options include beef brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, burgers, and a number of side and dessert items. Platters are $10 and include either a pile of pork or brisket or a half-chicken, plus fries, a side, and a piece of cornbread. The sandwiches (pork or beef) and burger are $7 each, and ribs range from $11 (half-rack) to $21 (full-rack).
The list of sides includes potato salad, fries, macaroni and cheese, baked beans, lima beans, and applesauce. Dessert items range from $2 to $4 dollars and include pineapple upside-down cake, key lime pie, brownies, and fruit cobbler. What we had today (chicken and pork platters) was very good, and I wouldn’t hesitate to come back and explore the rest of the menu.
For now, the hours are 11 am to 9 pm, and I’m sure there are plenty of bikers out there wondering about breakfast. Our waitress told us that will be coming soon, and there should be plenty of good offerings. Anyone traveling the C&O who is interested should head past the bike shop on Pennsylvania Avenue to the main drag, take a left, and continue to the video store. There is a dirt road beyond the video store’s parking lot that leads to the back of the restaurant. Bon appetite!