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Leelynn's Dining Room and Lounge
9495 Annapolis Rd, Ellicott City, MD
My Summer started by going to a new restaurant located in Ellicott City, MD. I was in the area on business and when it ended, I was very hungry and knowing I had a long drive ahead of me, I knew I'll be stuck in traffic for awhile. I met Kevin who also was attending the event and of course the conversation involved food. We mentioned Japanese and Indian since he is from the area but by chance the establishments closed at 3 PM and would reopen by 5 PM, getting ramped up for the busy Friday night dinner crowd. He mention Leelyn's dining, continental type food with the specialist of crab cakes, the best in Howard County for a couple of years straight and burgers too.
We sat in the bar area. Both of us had obligations that night, my daughter had swimming and he had to take care of his baby daughter, so we needed to get served BUT it took quite awhile before we got our orders taken and getting served took about 40 minutes.
I've always said that a good establishment has to balance excellent food with excellent service. Once we got our food, I literally had to woof it down. By the way I got the crab cake with sweet potato fries. I got more fries than crab cake. Honestly, the crab cake in my opinion wasn't all it was wrapped up to be, it was ok nothing to boast about, it wasn't even jumbo lump crab meat. Taste didn't have a unique flavor. No taste of Dijon mustard or ole bay seasoning at minimum.
I had to rush my meal and it was sad that for my first restaurant review I have to give this establishment on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best a rating of "1"
This opinion is based on the service and food. I hate being rushed and poor service. and lack of attention. I know it was Friday night but management knows to hire enough help to give that special attention to their customers. Kevin, who I dined with knew the owner and was surprised the owner never told the waiter or waitress to take care of us from a hospitality standpoint.
As every knows Chef Woo Can gives each establishment one shot to wow me but Leelynn's didn't give that effect!
By Chef Woo Can at www.chefwoocan.com