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FrancisdeR Nov 26, 2012 06:34 PM

I am a CH in the Phila suburbs. My wife and I are going down to Annapolis next weekend for a wedding, but we are not family, so we'll be on our own foodwise until the reception. We'll add a day just because it's a nice place, and looking for nice dinner places, preferably seafood. We have fond memories of an excellent rockfish at an otherwise unpretentious restaurant on the main drag of the historic area.

And a nice place for lunch the day of the wedding (which is at 5), preferably light, like sushi.

Any suggestions welcome. Thanks in advance.

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    Jason1 Nov 30, 2012 08:11 AM

    The best restaurants in the area really aren't on main street, so you'll have to do some walking or drive. For dinner I'd recommend Vin 909, a new winebar in Eastport with very good food. Also Carrol's Creek, which I feel has improved in the last few years. Boatyard bar and grill can be good if you're looking for seafood that's much more casual (family friendly bar atmosphere). I've also heard very good things about level if you're looking for something more contemporary, but I haven't been there yet.

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      laststandchili Nov 30, 2012 09:17 AM

      I concur about the Boatyard. Local atmosphere and reasonable food.

      Joss on Main St. is pretty well regarded for sushi. I've always found it kind of tight, and usually crowded. I recently had a good sushi experience at Katana in a stripmall on Harry S. Truman Pkwy a few miles out of downtown.

      Jalapenos is also a good spot for tapas and Span/Mex offerings. Not really exceptional, but dependably "good" which is saying quite a bit in Annapolis.

      I definitely wouldn't go to Pussers for the food. My last visit I had nachos, and they were pretty bad. If you can't work out a relatively inoffensive nacho there's a problem.

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        Jason1 Nov 30, 2012 10:40 AM

        One update on Joss: they've recently expanded into the store next to them and now it is much roomier.

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          FrancisdeR Nov 30, 2012 11:18 AM

          Thanks all for your suggestions. On our travels today we noticed a few nearby places that look as though the y have potential.

          Tsunami one of you mentioned
          India's
          Piccolo
          Thai orchid west st may have the name wrong

          Any feedback?

          1. re: FrancisdeR
            FrancisdeR Dec 2, 2012 09:05 AM

            Reporting back. We ended up going to Carpaccio across the street from the hotel on Friday night. Food was good, pretty authentic. They sure turn over the tables aggressively at that place, but, in fairness, we ourselves were not being rushed, you just couldn't help but notice.

            We drove through Eastport, which is really not that far or difficult to get to. Somewhat regretting not being adventurous, and trying it out. Funny thing, no one mentioned O'Leary's, which I think has the highest Zagat ratings.

            In any event, thanks to all for your suggestions.

            Francis

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              ontheellipse Dec 2, 2012 12:04 PM

              wish i had seen your thread earlier. i hope you enjoyed your trip.

              I agree with the person that recommended VIN909. Definitely give it a shot next time. Tough to beat.

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      dining with doc Nov 30, 2012 05:45 AM

      Lewnes steakhouse is a great locally owned restaurant which has fantastic fresh fish and seafood.

      we enjoyed tsunami for sushi in downtown annapolis

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        laraffinee Nov 30, 2012 05:18 AM

        I always like the Annapolis Waterfront Marriott, Pusser's resturant. It is true that it is more of a summer outside by the water type of choice but the Sunday brunch is always good too. Many weddings are held there and that may be your hotel. Otherwise, I would follow your nose, as there may be small, good places tucked along those historic streets.

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          Jason1 Nov 30, 2012 07:29 AM

          Pusser's is far better for the view and location than for the food.

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            agarnett100 Nov 30, 2012 07:42 AM

            I have to agree with Jason1 Pussers is a good place in the summer to have a few beers but foodwise its not a destination

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