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May 30, 2008 10:26 AM



My husband and I are traveling down to Annapolis to celebrate one year of being married! We are foodies from Philly. Any good hot spots?

Many thanks!

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  1. For my birthday last year my boyfriend took me to Carrol's Creek. It is right on the water and has great food and good service. ncie at sunset

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    1. re: arose

      I would say it depends on what you're looking for. There are nice places on the water (Carrol's Creek, Severn Inn), and some good places close to downtown (Tsunami, Lemongrass, Kyma, Rockfish).

    2. What type of place are you looking for? No great "hot spots" on the high end that I can think of, but it might help if you're more specific on what you're looking for. Annapolis is really not the spot for chef-driven, cutting edge restaurants, if that's what you're looking for.

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      1. re: Jason1

        Actually, as far a hot spots go, I would recommend the Purple Tooth wine bar on West St. They don't have much in the way of food, but the nibbles, wine flights and atmoshpere are all great.

      2. Thanks everyone. Hard to say, I guess we are not really sure what were are looking for ourselves. We are adventurous, so maybe we will eat at one, and then hop around to the others and check out the bars. Many thanks again and I will let you know where we end up!

        1. Hi
          Just returned from Annapolis and I can suggest Middleton Tavern. It's about a block or so off the docks. For lunch, we had baked oysters with a plop of crab imperial that was out of this world. Candi had lump crab meat sliders and I had crab salad. Not gourmet, but a good lunch. Nice atmosphere and attentive and friendly staff made for a nice afternoon. I would avoid Phillips down the street as, while the food is good,(crab dip is to die for) it is quite pretentious and over priced for what you receive. From the time you sit down, the waitstaff try their hardest to upsell and it gets tiring after a while. Too bad. Good Luck.

          1. It's true that Annapolis is more of a drinking town rather than a culinary giant, but we've got some respectable offerings! Some suggestions for you:

            Have dinner at Lewnes' Steakhouse in Eastport. Make sure you have reservations and ask for a downstairs booth. The steaks & seafood are great, best service in town & a respectable winelist.
            I'd have drinks at the Boatyard Grill & walk over to Davis' Pub (both in Eastport) for a crabcake or burger. Not fancy but authentic Annapolis! You'll be hanging out with the sailing crowd, so don't be surprised by the flip flops, sunglass tans and a Kiwi or Aussie accent or two. To eat crabs/seafood like a local head to Cantler's, it's totally off the beaten track, not a tourist trap like Phillips or Buddy's. Best to travel by boat but also worth the drive. If you want to do the historic thing, grab some raw bar at McGarvey's before having dinner at Treaty of Paris (top of Main St) or try the Chateau B for two at Middleton's Tavern (Market). For Sunday brunch, I'm still a fan of Riordan's (Market) crab benedict. Happy Anniversary & Cheers!

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            1. re: oldbaycupcake

              Right, I just think that it's important to note that for mid to high end food, you're going to be getting steak, crabcakes and some seafood, all prepared in a pretty straightforward manner. If your looking for interesting, well-prepared creative cuisine, it doesn't exist in Annapolis. If your looking for a hot-spot type atmosphere with food to match, it doesn't exist in Annapolis. They can eat fine there, but I doubt the details of any dishes that they have will remain in their memory for years to come. I just feel that sometimes people need a little warning that there aren't any, undiscovered or not, 'great' restaurants in Annapolis.

              1. re: Jason1

                True, Annapolis won't be on any list of top foodie vacation destinations any time soon. If you are a food snob and looking for James Beard Award winning chefs, you're in the wrong town. However, if you can enjoy soaking in the local flavor when you travel a la Anthony Bourdain, I stand by my recommendations. Personally, I'd avoid the trendy, wannabe NY restaurants that have been popping up on West St. For a true Annapolis experience, enjoy the simplicity, history and laid back culture and food. In the years to come, your memory may not be of a 4-star meal but there's something to be said about the experience of drinking a Mt. Gay & Tonic with world class sailors, dining at a place George Washington did and learning to pick crabs with the locals! Cheers!

                1. re: oldbaycupcake

                  But he's also about the food. ...My nomination, alla Anothony Bourdain, would be for El Paraiso on West Street. By far the best Salvadorean food I've ever had. The family that runs the place is very friendly, and the food is fantastic. I particularly like their lengua platter, which is the best lengua (Salvodorean or Mexican) that I've tried.

              2. re: oldbaycupcake

                Mostly agree, but have to take exception to descripton of Cantler's as not being touristy. Cantler's is overrun with tourists, and has been for years. The tour buses sit idling in the parking lot, with their diesel fumes wafting over the deck on nice evenings. It's on every "insider" tour guide I've seen, as though it's a big secret. bah. Go to Mike's on the South River for crabs.

                But for what you're looking for, I think you will want to stay close to the heart of historic Annapolis, which is limited in terms of inventive cuisine. O'Learys might be nice (though it's getting some disturbing "downhill" reports on this board recently.) Or head to the roof top dining at Jerry's Seafood at the Metropolitan?