Located southwest of the nation's capital, where the Patuxent River meets Chesapeake Bay, California, Maryland, is home to ample dining opportunities. Its proximity to the Atlantic allows local chefs to design menus tailored to take advantage of fresh fish and seafood from the cold ocean waters. With so many seafood restaurants to choose from, it won't be hard to find crisp fish and chips for lunch or fine dining establishments that serve upscale cuisine for dinner. American-style eateries abound, and you are never far from pubs that serve comfort food or a steakhouse that grills prime cuts of beef. For those seeking a more exotic experience, there are several California dining establishments that specialize in Asian cuisine, including Indian, Japanese and Thai.