Food Critique: Eating at The Kitchen in The Imperial

By Sabrina Carroll
Student Life Editor
Chestertown has quite a few restaurants and cafes that students like to visit when going out with friends, when family visit, or for other special occasions. While The Fish Whistle and The Lemon Leaf are common go-to’s, you might want to consider somewhere else for a change of pace. If The Kitchen at the Imperial Hotel isn’t on that common list, then consider this restaurant for your next outing.
The atmosphere of the restaurant is friendly and relaxed, but it has some pizazz and encourages casual conversation. Relaxation comes from the service provided. No sooner had I walked into the restaurant than I was immediately waited on. It is ideal if you are hungry and ready to eat as soon as possible. The service was fantastic throughout. I felt like my experience was the main focus despite the other people dining.
I started with the stuffed oyster on the half-shell. The portion size was perfect for a starter or a shared plate. The seasoning on top added saltiness and smokiness to the fresh-from-the-sea taste of the oysters. The shared plate menu was a good length, but it felt as though the dinner menu was a bit limited. Depending on how you look at it, this could be a sign that lesser dishes are fresher dishes since they’re the only ones focused on.
The entrees served were crab cakes and baked ziti. The cakes were cooked nicely to the point of crispiness on the outside. The dish came with a side of steamed asparagus, which was a bit small in terms of portion, but still tasty. The baked ziti was cooked with a house-made marinara sauce that absolutely tasted fresh. The blend of parmesan and mozzarella cheese paired with the sauce was delicious. On top of that, the ziti was extremely filling. I could only finish half of the dish. The baked ziti was priced a bit high for the portion given, but given how filling it was, that can be overlooked.
If you are looking for a quick bite to eat with a fellow broke college student, however, this definitely would not be the place to go. The bill can add up, with entrees starting at $16. If you’re looking at appetizers, desserts, and drinks, it is incredibly easy to spend over $100. If you are still looking to have a Kitchen experience, but do not wish to spend so much money, Brunch is $25 per person for an all-you-can-eat buffet.
If you decide to celebrate an occasion at this restaurant, I would keep your wardrobe in the category of business casual. I played it safe and wore a nice sundress and flats and I was just fine. Although I went on a Third Thursday at dinnertime, there were a total of two guests in the entire restaurant, but I would consider making a reservation on a weekend night.
To take a look at the menu, visit To make a reservation, call 410-778-5000 ext. 1.

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