Mason's, Easton, Maryland
Easton , Maryland
Tel: 410 822 3204
Concierge.com's insider take:
A fine-dining restaurant, gourmet coffee bar, and chocolatier, Mason's has mastered the small-town art of multitasking. Set in a Victorian home that's been in the Mason family since its 1887 construction, this friendly spot opened in 1966 as a candy shop. It spread its wings after a 2000 renovation and the hiring of executive chef Daniel Pochron, who previously worked at über-chef Michel Richard's Citronelle in Washington, D.C., as well as in kitchens in Germany and Switzerland and on the island of Mustique. That pedigree explains the mix of Continental-inspired fare such as schnitzel, roasted chicken with wilted leek and corn mashed potatoes, and crabmeat salad with chilled gazpacho sauce. Mason's has a homey, bistro-style atmosphere, but in warm weather it's best to reserve one of the six umbrella-shaded tables in the garden. After dinner, sidle into the candy shop for homemade chocolates or a sack of m&m's, which are sorted by color and sold by the pound.
Open Mondays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, Tuesdays through Saturdays 11:30 am to 2:30 pm and 5:30 to 9:30 pm.