Silver Spring Mining Company is small, three location locally-owned chain of restaurants in Cockeysville, Perry Hall and Bel Air and its motto is “Rustic Atmosphere, Refined Fare”. The location on York Road in Cockeysville that we ate at opened in 2004 and is the newest of the three locations. The “mining company” theme is carried out with lots of (faux) stone and knotty pine with a mix of booths and tables. The downright inexpensive happy hour prices featuring 16 oz $2 drafts of Coors Light, Miller Light, Bud light or Yunegling beer or $3.50 drafts of Blue Moon or Sam Adams.during happy hours up to 7 pm and applicable in the bar or in the dining room tends to draw a crowd.
Silver Spring Mining Company’s menu has some bargains amid some items that are a tad pricey. Appetizers range from $8 crispy coated string beans to $11 mussels up to 1/2 lb of steamed shrimp for $14. Entree Salads include a “Black & Blue” Steak salad ($14), a Crab Cake topped salad ($17), and a Seafood Salad ($18); Maryland Crab Soup is $5.50/Cup while a dozen and a half sandwiches range from $10 to $16 (and include Fries/Pickle). Eighteen entrees range from $11 to $25 (with most in the high teens). The big bargains are 1/2 priced Burgers on Wednesday and the $13.99 three course complete dinner available Sunday thru Thursday.
Marty and I had the good luck to visit here on a Sunday and we both went with the $13.99 dinner! Marty opted to start with a cup of crab soup and picked the 5 oz crab cake with a baked sweet potato side for his main meal. John decided to start with a cup of Chili and broiled Rockfish with zucchini.
Both of our starters were right good. Marty was pleased (and a bit surprised…) that his Maryland Crab was both thick and spicy (and arrived at the table hot and not luke warm!). John’s Chili came festooned with some taco chips and topped with grated cheddar.
The fish included a very nice size portion of Rockfish which had been broiled in butter and was quite good. The sauteed veggie mix included green and yellow zucchini, strips of red pepper and onion and made a great accompaniment for the fish. Both of us very pleased with our entrees.
Dessert choices included either ice cream or rice pudding. We both opted for chocolate ice cream. When it arrived at the table, double scoops of chocalte ice cream with a mini-fried tortilla shell with chocolate syrup dribbled over it went way beyond our expectations (and proved to be a refreshing and quite satisfying end to our dinner!
The $13.99 three course dinner struck us as a real bargain and it got a “Thumbs Up!” from us (just remember that it is only available Sunday – Thursday!). The young waits staff includes both men and women and seemed friendly (though it’d be interesting to see if they could be any quicker on a really busy evening!) In any case, we ended up glad that we decided to give Silver Spring Mining Company a try!
FACTS: Silver Spring Mining Company; Cockeysville; 11100 York Road ; http://silverspringminingco.com/ ; Moderate priced; Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner; Full Bar; Limited Vegetarian options; adjacent large free parking lot;