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shm9496 Aug 23, 2012 09:50 AM

I've arranged a quickie Labor Day weekend get-together with my parents, and need a few specific recs. Very much hoping y'all can point us in the right direction: I live in Seattle, they live in Michigan, and none of us have ever traveled east of D.C.

1. Speaking of Michigan, we'd like to catch the big Michigan-Alabama game on Saturday night. Since we're spending the night in Annapolis, can you suggest a reliable sports bar there? (It doesn't have to identify itself as a sports bar so long as the TVs are big and rowdiness is tolerated.)

2. I'm anxious to visit an authentic crab house, but my mother's allergic to seafood. She's kindly given me clearance to put a crab house on the itinerary for Saturday dinner or Sunday lunch. We'll be in Annapolis on Saturday and St. Michaels on Sunday. What's my best bet?

3. Finally, the trade-off for the crab excursion is a nice dinner on Sunday night. Again, my mom can't do seafood, but is otherwise fairly flexible. She's instructed me to find a restaurants with entrees in the $20-$30 range. We'll be in St. Michaels, but traveling back to our hotel in Annapolis, so either city or anywhere in-between works. Any thoughts?

Thanks so much for your help.

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    dining with doc Aug 31, 2012 07:11 PM

    Only place to add in Annapolis is Lewnes,a family owned very good steakhouse that also has excellent local fresh seafood such as crab cakes and fresh fish. May be a great choice for you and your seafood allergic mom

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      wopel Aug 25, 2012 05:55 AM

      First and foremost, you'd better think about the traffic if you're traveling on Labor Day weekend, it can be brutal to and from the Bay Bridge.
      In Annapolis Carrols Creek restaurant will give you a wonderful view and meat/fish.
      The Green Turtle is all about sports.
      An authentic crab house would be Cantlers.
      The Narrows restaurant is between St. M and Annapolis.
      Take the ferry ride between St. Michaels and Oxford for a nice trip.
      The crab claw in St. Michaels.
      Pier Street in Oxford - great view.

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        shm9496 Aug 25, 2012 09:35 AM

        Wopel, thanks so much for the very helpful advice. Looking forward to the trip (even with traffic.)

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          wopel Aug 25, 2012 09:44 AM

          Where will you be staying in Annap?

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            shm9496 Aug 25, 2012 10:05 AM

            My mother made the reservations, but I'm pretty sure we're at a Marriott. I'm thinking it was the Waterfront Marriott, if there is such a thing.

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              wopel Aug 25, 2012 10:19 AM

              There is such a thing, and you're right in the thick of things! You can walk across the bridge to Eastport to Carrol's Creek restaurant.
              There are lots of bars and restaurants on West Street, but no views.
              One night in St. Michaels is awfully short! You should have a drink at the Inn at Perry Cabin, check out 208 Talbot, and Crab Claw.

              In Oxford, as mentioned Pier Street, and at the ferry dock is The Robert Morris Inn - history and food.
              Drive out of Oxford and you head to Easton - Scossa, Out of the Fire, Masons.
              Easton, St. Michaels and Oxford are a triangle. You have to go by Easton to get in and out.
              The Narrows is a waterfront restaurant about 1/2 the way back to Annapolis at the Kent Island bridge.
              The Marriott does have Pusser's, so you have an excellent view of the area from there. Cantlers is about 15 minutes out of town, but it's a "real" crab eating place. Eat outside if it's nice.
              Mike's on the south river in Edgewater is another crab eating place.
              The Edgewater Restaurant is good for crab cakes and friend chicken - no view, no reservations.
              I know I've given you too many choices, but there are 3 meals a day!

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                shm9496 Aug 25, 2012 11:06 AM

                Wow! Your first reply made everything so easy. Now we have to make choices -- or significantly bump up our planned number of meals. Thanks so much for the great suggestions. Can't wait to start eating!

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