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Feb 13, 2007 03:09 AM

Annapolis next week-

We are looking for some nice places in and around Annapolis for lunch and diner. We would prefer casual dining- not expensive but just some great food. We are staying at a hotel near Riva Road. Any help will be greatly appreciated

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  1. Joss Cafe on Main Street for sushi.

    1. Jalapeno's - The menu is a mix of Mexican and Spanish tapas and full sized entrees. The location is a little odd - the middle of a slightly grungy shopping plaza, which should be pretty close to your hotel, but the food is very tasty and it's suprisingly nice inside. Pictures, menu and directions on the website.

      I have a great love of Irish pubs...of which Annapolis had three. I know that Castlebay (Main street) has pretty good traditional irish food (corned beef and cabbage, shepards pie, etc), Sean Donlons (West Street) has a the expected traditional stuff, as well as some suprisingly creative american food, also tasty. I like the goat cheese salad and the seafood chowder in particular. The third, Galway Bay (Maryland Ave), I've never been to. Sean Donlon's is my favorite, but that's mostly because they have Magners (cider) on tap.

      I second the rec for Joss's, but be aware that when you walk in the door it will be TINY and crowded, but the food is good and there is actually more room in the back. try the seaweed salad.

      I'm sure I'm forgetting specific places...but Annapolis is a good walking town (although the weather may not cooperate) and wandering downtown is a reasonable way to find a good meal.

      1. Joss is good, but it can be crowded and intimacy is a problem as the previous poster mentioned. Another good option with the same problem is Yin Yankee Cafe also on the same street.

        The best (i.e. priciest) restaurants in my view are O'Leary's - excellent seafood; Lewne's for good steak and Les Folies, right down the street from where you will be staying on Riva Road.

        For casual, fun options, try Boatyard in Eastport - good sailors hangout or Davis' Pub. I agre with the previous poster about Galway - excellent on a winter's night. Not big on Sean Donlon's or Castlebay - my family is Irish and the food just isn't as good.

        I also like Riordon's near Market Square. Another interesting choice is Wild Orchid Cafe also in Eastport, although it's a bit of a pricier option.

        Skip Kyma on West Street - they charge for bread - that should say it all. On West Street, we like Tsunami, Lemongrass and Ram's Head, when it isn't overrun with crowds of tourists.

        Good luck! Annapolis is a lot of fun - I live here and I love it!

        1. Intimacy wasn't listed as a criteria. Just casual, not expensive, and good food.

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          1. re: Chownut

            No...but it's worth mentioning in Joss's case. Mostly you should be aware that not only will you be unable to have any sort of private conversation, but you are likely to be quite intimate with the strangers seated next to you. Although sometimes that's fun...depends on what your strangers are like I guess.

            1. re: wawajb

              I think if you focus on the chow at Joss, you'll be fine.

          2. I'll second the Boat Yard and Davis Pub as good lunch choices -- but both are very limited for dinner -- I love the grilled fish sandwich at Boat Yard and the bluecheese burgers at Davis. Carrols Creek -- at Annapolis City Marina -- is mid priced with excellent fish, and a great tableside Caesar. Also, Cafe Normandy, on Main Street is moderately priced French bistro with good food.