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Just moved to Annapolis

I just moved to Annapolis from the westcoast and I'm looking for the best the area has to offer. I'm not impressed with what I've had so far. Where can I go that does not serve crab cakes and crab soup?

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  1. Try Les Folies Brasserie for French.
    (Though anybody who doesn't like crab cakes is going to be awfully hard to please.)

    1. Try Tsunami, India's, Joss and def Les Follies as poster said.

      You will have to get used to everyone and their brother making crabcakes and crab soup that is kind of our regional thing...

      Here is a thread I started that has kind of kept going...

      http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423896

      1. Baltimore or DC! Ok, there are some decent places in Annapolis, if you know what you're looking for. I like El Paraiso on West St. and Las Delicias, both for good Salvadorean food. The lebanese taverna cafe and Lemongrass/Pad Thai are both ok, but certainly won't impress you (not really a glowing recommendation, I know, but there really isn't much of note in Annapolis). I think that the best nicer restaurant in the area is Cynthia's in Severna Park. I do find it surprising that Annapolios doesn't have better restaurants...I think the restaurants in Easton outshine Annapolis!

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        1. re: Jason1

          Welcome. I think you will find the restaurants in the area will be disappointing. And yes get used to crab cakes. The problem with Annapolis is that it is so inconsistent. You could have a great meal one night and terrible the next. My favorite meal in the area is sushi at Kyoto in Severna Park.

          1. re: Jason1

            Of the places mentioned so far I've tried both Joss and Tsunami and found them to be so ho-hum. If I need the raw fish fix I'll drive into DC for Sushi Taro at 17th and P. I've always tried to go there whenever I was in town from LA on buisness. The fish there is the best, not the CO treated frozen tuna that I was served in the local places. I also did Mortons the other night which was okay but for what they charge they could at least dry age the beef and the wine and booze was so over priced. I will try the place in Serverna Park, I remenber reading about it in the Washingtonion magazine on my last flight out. I've also read about Talbot 208, but that won't happen until the summer.

            1. re: naptownfoodie

              I think you will be disapointed in Cynthia's in Severna Park. The food is heavy and pretty average. The dessert is what makes the place.

              1. re: Annapolis07

                Pretty average for Annapolis or for DC and New York? Seriously, there aren't a whole lot of options, and I find it far exceeds anything in Annapolis.

                1. re: Jason1

                  Better than anything in Annapolis is hardly a raving endorsement. I think it is another example of a place in the area that misses the mark. It is average and far inferior to DC and New York.

                  1. re: Annapolis07

                    You really don't seem to like them (I just read the thread attached by ktmoomau earlier). All the reviews on their web site (http://www.cynthiassevernapark.com/co...) from the areas major puplications are very positive. Did you have a bad experence there? I plan to try them this weekend with my husband and see if they live up to the hype!

                    1. re: Annapolis07

                      Well, that's my point. The poster is looking for the best the area has to offer. The area is pretty poor. In light of that, Cynthia's is great (compared to it's immediate competition). It's 1.5 star NYT cooking in an area where no other resaurant would gain any stars.

                      1. re: Jason1

                        Point taken it is likely the best in the area. Although, has anyone been to Cafe Bretton Lately? I have not been in a couple of years, but have had some enjoyable meals there. It has probably slipped like all places in the area.

                        I have really tried to like them, but find the food to be good, but very heavy. I have gone four times, so this is just not based upon one bad experience. I have also gone with different people who had the same impression. I would not call my expereinces bad, just not to my expectations. For the price, I think the food should be better. On my first visit the service was terrible, but they seemed to have worked that out. I do really like the dinner rolls and the dessert.

                        I guess my opinion belongs in the "places everyone likes but you" post. I just think the place gets praise because there is no decent place to eat in the area. Maybe I am overly critical because of my high hopes based upon the owner's resumes.

                        Anyway report back it you try it and like it.

                        1. re: Annapolis07

                          I've eaten at Cafe Bretton a couple of times in the past three months. Decent atmosphere, basic Continental cuisine (I enjoyed the shrimp appetizer, French onion soup and steak au poivre). A little heavy though, and probably more expensive than Cynthias.

                          I've also eaten at Cynthias lately, and I'd give the edge to Cynthias on cuisine.

            2. Adam's Ribs - several locations in Anne Arundel County. I like Tsunami, especially the wok seared filet in a horseradish oil. Yum! I also like Toyko Sushi in Glen Burnie (right up the road)

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              1. re: cbauer

                Don't go to Wild Orchid Cafe. The waitress actually lied to us because she forgot something. The owner's solution was to put the waitress back on the lunch shift...Not too caring about customers.

                1. re: jeb

                  And I'm not a fan of Adam's Ribs, mostly because I like my barbecue with wood smoke (I've only been to the Severna Park location, though). I agree with the Tokyo Sushi, give it a try if you're willing to drive...I think the address is Pasadena. And for terrific pizza, you can drive to Bella Naploli in Pasadena as well.

              2. For upscale, I like Harry Browne's. Gorgeous atmosphere and lovely menu.

                  1. Annapolis is kind of a sleepy Southern town... you just kind of have to like that or not, I think the above posters are right there are better eats around Easton, DC and Balt, but I think people are pretty pessimistic about what Annapolis has to offer, especially for its size and demographics.

                    Steak: Lewnes and there is a Mortons and Ruth Chris
                    Mexican: On the above thread there is a good little Taco hole in the wall place. el Toro Bravo isn't bad either. It isn't going to be like CA, but nothing is. Or the Mexican Cafe on Forest Drive I think it is.
                    There is Thai mentioned here, sushi, fusion, pizza, and a whole lotta Southern Seafood type places, but that is what Annapolis sells, as they get younger people moving in and more demand for other things maybe the restaurants will change, but... there are other things although only a few places may have those things, so you just have to try those little whole in the wall places and find what you like. They aren't going to have CA cuisine, that just is wholly against Southern cooking style so you may just have to change your expectations.

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                    1. re: ktmoomau

                      I agree with most of what the fellow Annapolitans have recommended. Based on my 15 years of living here, you have to accept that the cuisine scene is dwarfed by the much larger counterparts in nearby DC and Baltimore metro areas.

                      One possible outcome of the soaring gas prices will be that the affluent households in the waterfront areas of Annapolis won't be as willing to make the drives to the larger areas and will gravitate towards closer "non-chain" establishments. I think that's one reason that O'Learys and Lewnes are so popular with Annapolitans.

                    2. I like Yellow Fin as well. Fabulous cocktail sauce. Go for the 1/2 price happy hour apps.