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70th birthday party in vicinity of Annapolis

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sweetpotater Jun 21, 2010 07:09 AM

My mother-in-law is turning 70, and we want to have a casual early Sunday dinner with about 25 people. Most of the crowd is toward the Eastern Shore or in Baltimore, so we were thinking that around Annapolis makes sense. With this group, I must say, quality of the food is secondary to ambience, service and ease of parking. Harris's Crab House came to mind, or perhaps Chinese, though we would love to hear more options. Thanks!

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    Jason1 RE: sweetpotater Jun 21, 2010 10:22 AM

    If Harris's comes to mind, I think Mike's would give something similiar. They have a large deck area that can fit large parties, and a great view right on the water. The food's ok, like most area crabhouses (where the focus is crabs). Skip Chinese...it's incredibly weak in Annapolis.

    1. namret RE: sweetpotater Jun 21, 2010 01:29 PM

      Quality of the food is secondary to ambience, service and ease of parking??? There are plenty of those places but seems crazy to me.

      Fisherman's Inn, Annie's, The Narrows, Bridges, all at Kent Narrows. They meet your criteria to varying degrees.

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      Fisherman's Inn Restaurant
      PO Box 118, Grasonville, MD 21638

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        Jason1 RE: namret Jun 22, 2010 10:28 AM

        I think they're looking for a place between the Eastern Shore and Baltimore, not on the Eastern Shore.

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          bordeauxfan RE: Jason1 Jun 22, 2010 12:54 PM

          It gets varying reviews regarding food, but the Severn Inn right off Route 50 on the Severn River would fit your requirements.

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          Severn Inn
          1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21409

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          sweetpotater RE: namret Jul 5, 2010 10:17 AM

          It may seem crazy to you, but not everyone is a chowhound. We're talking about a group of elderly people who aren't too discerning about food, but if they can't park or get a waiter's attention, they'll be miserable.

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            BontheC RE: sweetpotater Jul 5, 2010 03:48 PM

            I live in Annapolis and we kind of gave up on the Severn Inn, but decided to revisit it. We have had some excellent experiences lately. Parking is ample, outside deck is huge and overlooks the Severn River and the Naval Academy. Service has been gracious and their menu has been tweaked with both creative and straight forward offerings. You may want to take a look.

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            Severn Inn
            1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21409

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              sweetpotater RE: BontheC Jul 7, 2010 06:03 AM

              The menu looks really nice but entrees are in the high 20s and 30s ... not gonna happen given that we are footing the bill :/

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                bordeauxfan RE: sweetpotater Jul 7, 2010 07:00 AM

                Not sure how you feel about chains, but Brio at the Annapolis Towne Centre could work for a Sunday afternoon. I take my 88-year-old Dad there frequently. Two dollar valet parking or free parking at one of the nearby garages.

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