Potomac River Grill, Hancock, Md.

You ‘Gotta’ Try It!



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).

I’m up for a Blake Burger at an outside table next time!

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!


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7 responses to this post.

  1. Makes me think of Hee Haw and Grandpa telling us what is for dinner…..yum yum.


  2. Posted by LevelWalker on April 18, 2012 at 1:08 pm

    It’s good. I have really enjoyed my two visits. I’ve had the chicken and pork and three or four different sides so far. I’m not a food critic, but for $10 the platters are a great deal. The crowds seem to be decent, and I hope they do well.


  3. Posted by LevelWalker on August 30, 2012 at 11:07 am

    Addendum: I’ve since tried everything on the regular menu–excluding the ribs, never been a big fan of them–and I have to say that I really enjoy this restaurant. I’ve been there for breakfast as well, and the Potomac River Grill is a great place for hikers and bikers to start the morning. I have a thing for southern food, so I LOVED the grits!!! Also, judging from the specials they have listed on their roadside sign, they occasionally mix up their regular fare by offering something different. It’s a good place to eat!


  4. Posted by Rich on July 21, 2014 at 2:36 pm

    Restaurant has been closed since fall 2013. Still closed as of July 2014 although there is some remodeling work going on.


    • Posted by LevelWalker on July 21, 2014 at 4:47 pm


      Thanks for the comment. It’s kind of disappointing. I really liked the food and the close proximity to the towpath and rail trail. I could have put their “NC Vinegar” on about anything and enjoyed it. Hopefully, the remodeling is a sign that the restaurant will re-open sometime with a similar line of food. When they (briefly) served breakfast, I thought the grits were the best that I’ve ever had!


  5. Posted by Shannon on July 3, 2017 at 4:55 pm

    Just looked it up to see if it was possible that they were still opening during our July 4th bike ride on the towpath. They do seem to be open but not open on the 4th.


    • Posted by LevelWalker on July 4, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Yeah, they are open again and better than ever! Too bad about the 4th. The food is really good there.


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