Outside of my long time friend Jerry K taking me to TJ’s once, I would have probably never have know it existed tucked away in a strip of stores a couple minutes from the Route 212 exit off of Route 95 (a bit northeast of the DC Beltway).
It’s a modest but friendly place with good food for reasonable prices and worth knowing about if you’re in the area and has been run by the same family since it first opened back about 30 years ago. The menu is basic but appealing and include 5 appetizers ($7-$10), 5 entree salads ($8-$12), a dozen and a half burgers and sandwiches ($8-$12; most come with TJ’s fries and pickle), 5 “personal” pizzas ($8-$10), and a dozen and a half entrees (most $10 – $13).
I decided on a Spinach Salad with grilled chicken tenders and blue cheese dressing ($8 for the salad, $2 for the chicken and no extra charge for the blue cheese dressing). The spinach was freshed and mixed in was crisp bacon,cheddar cheese, sliced egg, mushrooms and garlic croutons. The dressing had chunks of blue cheese in it (and there was no charge when I asked for extra dressing! Woo Hoo!). It also came with a small loaf of hot bread with butter. Together it made for a great meal!
My friend Tom opted for a special – a grilled cheese sandwich with a bowl of sweety potato soup for just $7. Both the sandwich and the soup were quite good and were a bargain for the money!
Since we hadn’t had an appetizer, we decided to splurge on dessert! This chocolate cake with a scoop of ice cream ($5) proved to be one delicious dessert!
All in all, TJ’s is a good place with reasonably priced food and service was attentive and friendly (our water and beverage glasses got re-filled without asking!). It may not be fancy schmantzy but it’s a place that easy to remember and want to come back to.
FACTS: TJ’s of Calverton – Beltsville – 11607 Beltsville Drive; http://www.tjsofcalverton.com ; 301-572-7117 ; Full Bar; limited vegetarian options; open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8 am to 9 pm; abundant adjacent free parking.