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Sep 15, 2009 07:28 PM

Baltimore & Annapolis

Coming down for the Red Sox games and need good food. Great wine list is a must. Staying @ Marriot @ Camden Yards Inner Harbour. Planning a Saturday vist to Annapolis. Any and all help greatly appriciated.

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  1. Cinghiale, in Harbor East, has an excellent all-Italian wine list.

    1. I'm not as familiar with Baltimore, but Annapolis has a few good restaurants. Stoney River in Parole, just outside of Annapolis is a steak house with a strong wine list and excellent food. Annapolis, itself only has a few outstanding restaurants like you are looking for. There's a Chophouse, Ruth's Chris and a place called Lewnes Steaks that is local and has a good wine list and outstanding food. There's also a wine bar on Main Street called The Purple Tooth that looks promising, but I've never been there. Retail priced wines with a $7 corkage fee. Happy hunting.

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      1. re: jfk003

        The Purple Tooth is on West St., not Main St. It's a pretty decent place to hang out and drink wine, but be warned, you won't be able to have dinner there (light snacks only). The other suggestions here are all Steakhouses, which are, well, Steakhouses. Three of the four recommendations are National chains (Lewnes is not). Annapolis is a tough place for good food, especially the Main Street/Downtown area. Are you there for lunch or dinner? Is your wine list must for Annapolis as well, or are you thinking lower end for Annapolis?

        1. re: Jason1

          Annapolis will be more of a late lunch stop on Saturday afternoon. Good wine is always best but fun, casual, varied wine list will work. Thanx.

          1. re: Doug Mc.

            This inclement weather is supposed to break by Saturday, and I think Purple Tooth may be appropriate. Again they don't have a kitchen per se, but the food plates (antipasti, cheese, etc.) they do offer pair well with their extensive and well-priced wine selection. And the ambience (renovated high-ceilinged building on the "historic" part of West Street) is quite comfortable.

      2. In Baltimore, head to Charleston or its sister restaurant Cinghiale. Charleston's wine list is much deeper but it is a more formal, special occasion restaurant, whereas Cinghiale is much more casual with an Italian menu and wine list. Also in the same group is Pazo, with an emphasis on Spanish wines and Mediterannean food:
        All three are just a short distance east of the Inner Harbor

        In Annapolis, O'Leary's is where you want to be.

        1. Corks, in Federal Hill

          1. If you want to pick crabs go to Cantler's or Mike's in Annapolis. Not downtown, but a good time.