Best Annapolis area weekend lunch picks?
I'm looking for the best places to have lunch in the Annapolis area. I live on Kent Island but travel to Annapolis just about every weekend to shop and have lunch. I keep getting stuck going to old places like Chris's Char pit and India's on west street. Though great in thier own way I'm looking for something new. Suggestions?
If you are out at the mall Punk's Backyard Grill is very good, casual order and sit down with a number type of place, but very good. I like Galway Bay on Maryland Avenue for crabcakes and very good entree salads. Lemongrass on West St has ok thai food, some hits and misses on the menu, but generally good. Rockfish in Eastport is also good. I think Potato Valley on State Circle is open for lunch on Saturday. El Toro Bravo has some good Mexican stuff- enchiladas, etc. Giallotti's over by the whole foods has good causal Italian, again order at the counter, then sit down type of place. If you are over in West Annapolis I like Regina's for German style and deli food, it is a sit down, but not fancy. My Mom who lives in Annapolis also really likes Cafe Normandie, I've only been once and it was for brunch, but enjoyed it. McGarvey's is normally pretty solid too.
I will second Punks Backyard Grill. My wife and daughter were at the mall today and said they were just going to grab something from the food court for dinner...I suggested Punks after seeing ktmmmau's post...they loved it. Not much more expensive than the mall court crap, but so much better. They brought me home a flat iron steak sandwich, and even cold was pretty awesome. Wifey said they had a pretty awesome beer selection too,so thats a bonus. On the down side, the sides were pretty bland. Mac and cheese and the macaroni salad were a waste of money....just bland...
I work near the hospital, so if you're by the mall, I suggest the following
Mama Lucia's near the Trader Joe's off of Jennifer or Bella Italia next to Naval Bagels off of Rowe
Mexican Cafe off of Ridgely Rd is good food and comfortable with decent prices.
The new Whole Foods has a good food bar with lots of choices, but you have to be disciplined in order to keep costs reasonable.
Paul's Homewood Cafe is nice for a sit down lunch. Their steak salad is excellent.
For dessert, try Bruster's Ice Cream off of Forest Drive It's outside of Annapolis, but very good.
In downtown Annapolis, Joss Suishi has some good lunch specials - their sushi salad is a spicy favorite and the California roll special is a good deal. Luna Blu on West St is good upscale Italian and 49 West is a good place to sit, eat, and talk.
I have not found any good Chinese or Indian around Annapolis, but Viet-Thai Paradise off of Riva is good for both Thai and Pho.
Paul's Homewood Cafe
919 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401
Joss Cafe & Sushi Bar
195 Main St, Annapolis, MD 21401
49 West Coffeehouse Wine Bar Gallery
49 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401
36 West St, Annapolis, MD 21401
Bruster's Real Ice Cream
1409 Forest Dr, Annapolis, MD 21403
609 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401
609 Taylor Ave, Annapolis, MD 21401
For Italian, the pizzas at Italian Market (by the slice or whole) are surprisingly high quality. It is on 450 close to the Home Depot/Best Buy. And the salads and pastas are good too.
Giolitti's (mentioned above with different spelling) across from Whole Foods, has a good selection of deli-type sandwiches on fantastic breads, as well as an assortment of hot meals. We buy our breads there often. We also often bring home a refrigerator case container of meatballs in red sauce because, frankly, they're better than my home made and a bargain to boot.
Some of the other places I'd head are already mentioned: Regina's on Annapolis Street in the West Annapolis shopping area has wonderful breakfasts and lunches, and most tourists don't know about it. And Boat Yard Grill in Eastport, which is often crowded, but tables turn over pretty quickly and there's a large bar area for waiting. They do superior fried oysters there, and I love the crab melt sandwich.
On a nice day, the protected back courtyard at the Ram's Head on inner West St. is a perfect place for a burger and fresh air.
And if you are looking for a stellar crab cake, head to Edgewater Restaurant on Mayo Rd. - they are open for lunch only on the weekends, starting at noon, There's also a small dining room area at the Annapolis Seafood Market in Edgewater. Never eaten there, but that's where I head for my fresh fish and seafood for home consumption.
Personally I would avoid Mexican Cafe which is just sad, sad Americanized stuff, and Joss, which has slid way down hill on quality control.
You are sure to know about Chick and Ruth's for NY deli-style lunches, but they're worth a shout-out anyway. Best old-fashioned chocolate milkshakes in town. And the only matzoh ball soup that I have seen around here.