Need suggestions for Annapolis area eats
Welcome back to the area. You didn't mention cuisine, price, or more specific location (e.g. "old" Annapolis vs the surrounding AA County area), but as a resident here's my go-to non-tourist list:
Steaks - Lewnes
Seafood - O'Learys
Thai - Lemongrass
Italian - Osteria 177
French - Les Folies
Most of these were here 5 years ago, but they still succeed.
The new "behemoth" on the scene is the Annapolis Towne Centre, which contrary to its name is not in Canada or the UK, and not in Annapolis (thus the government-mandated "at Parole" suffix). It offers at least a half-dozen upscale chain restaurants - some larger chains like PF Changs and Brio, some smaller chains like Real Seafood and Paladar. It's worth at least checking out for its myriad of options.
177 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Five years ago McDonalds was the "biggest game in town."?? Granted, that is hyperbole, but most of the better places in Annapolis were here five years ago. I don't know which restaurant has the biggest revenues (Buddy's, Pusser's, McGarvey's, Rams Head?) but I'd wager it isn't McDs.
I have to agree that Les Folies has gone way, way downhill. We had such a bad experience last time we went that we will probably never return under current ownership (it involved both food and service, as well as an unfortunate encounter with a moving object that was neither vegetable nor mineral.)
I started this thread a few years back, but people keep updating it:
I also really love Punk's Backyard Grill at the mall. I eat at the Nando's Peri Peri that is in DC all the time and really like it, it is at the mall too. And quite recently I had some of the best pancakes I had ever eaten at Regina's in West Annapolis, they were awesome pumpkin pancakes. I also really like the sausage platter there and their reuben.
1525 S Philadelphia Blvd, Aberdeen, MD 21001
I agree, it really depends on what type of food/restaurant you are looking for. I love Punk's. It's at the mall (outside entrance only) but the food is outstanding, as is the beer/cocktail selection and the Boylan's soda fountain. It's order at the counter style, and sides are extra but great (think picnic sides). I love the burger with goronzola, and the salad with duck confit, pickled grapes and manchego. I also personally liked Nando's the few times I've been there. Regina's is definately an insider place, very homey, and best for their German sausages and breakfast foods. Other items can be hit or miss. For somewhat nicer sit down, I like to drive out to Crownsville to Lure's. And that's about it for outstanding places.
Other places that I also like include Boatyard Bar & Grill in Eastport, the Lebanese Taverna Cafe, and Serrano, although I haven't been there in some time. If you're talking only about the city dock area, thing's get much, much tougher. Sammy's subs are pretty good, but there's no seating. I also like Sophie's Crepe's, and the Atwater stand in the market house if it's still there. So there's definately more than McDonalds, but some guidance on what you're looking for would be helpful.
Jalapenos on Forest Drive across from the behemoth Town Centre in Parole is still going strong. Unappealing from the outside, the decor improves once through the doors. The Spanish/Mexican cuisine continues to be delicious and inventive. Hell Point Seafood has finally improved after a rough start. Pricey but delicious food with attention to ingredients, plating, presentation and service.
Severn Inn's pub menu (served from 2:00 p.m. to close) is really good with an excellent selection of seafood and other nibbles and some creative preparations of local stand by dishes like crab cakes.
I really like Osteria 177 as mentioned before, but the reopened Ristorante Piccola Roma is also good. (Both in the historic district on Main St). Not as creative, but still a decent Italian meal. Carpaccio's in the new Westin, is part of a chain of eateries, but some of their offerings are very good, and the atmosphere is hip and fun when there are enough folks to liven the place up.
Located on West St., Level, another new arrival, focuses on specialty drinks and small plates utilizing local sources. We had a great time there and the drinks and food were delicious. I know Harry Browne's has been around for awhile, but I have yet to have a bad meal there. It's location across from the State House in a historic building adds to the charm.
177 Main Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd., Annapolis, MD 21409
Piccola Roma Restaurant
200 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401
66 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401