- ocpitmaster Jun 5, 2013 06:29 AM
Friday night, downtown A- town
something different & fun
Most of the downtown restaurants don't really have anything different to offer. O'Briens and Acme have solid meal choices with seafood and regional American cuisine.
Different and fun -- you can ride the mechanical bull at Cadillac Ranch or visit Ziki Japanese Steak House for Hibachi dinner -- 1906 Towne Center Blvd Suite #4250 Annapolis, MD 21401
Try small plates at Red Red Wine on Main Street. Best restaurant downtown is Osteria 177, but not sure if it meets your "fun" definition. Joss for Sushi could be fun...
May want to try the new Factor's Row. Haven't been as it just opened, but the menu looks cool.
I don't get downtown much as there isn't much that's impressive, at least with any consistency, but I did finally try Tsunami last weekend. Everything was good. Not over the moon good, but I'd definitley return. Dining companions had sushi which they were very happy with. Salads all got good reviews. I had the spicy miso ramen followed by chicken and waffles. The soup would respectable although the smoked chicken was likely oversmoked for some palates. Chicken was nice on a bed of fresh collards. Waffles were a little limp, but enjoyable.
My last experience at Rockfish was a weekday lunch a couple years ago. Haven't been back since, but certainly hope it's improved.
My go to spot in Eastport is the Boatyard. Also not really different, but generally solid food, and local atmosphere to be sure.
I've heard good things about Vin 909, but haven't been yet, and a little further out, the Smokehouse in Bay Ridge is a very solid BBQ joint with some upscale offerings. Not stellar BBQ, but consistently good, and massively superior to Adams Rib.
I also highly recommend Level. Nice small plates, fantastic hand-crafted cocktails made from homemade mixers, local sourcing and sustainability of products, great atmosphere... keeps me returning every time I go back home. Must tries: Spicy Tuna tartar, order 2 because you won't want to share it !!! Their flatbreads are tasty, also try the pork eggrolls.
Most of the few good restaurants in Annapolis have already been mentioned. Vin 909 is hands down the best, and different and fun for Annapolis, but you will have a long wait on a Friday night. The Boatyard is definitely another good place but I like it better for lunch than dinner.
Not "different and fun", but Piccolo Roma in the Historic District is a nice, quiet quaint place with decent Italian - but not as good, nor as expensive as Osteria 177.
The only two places you can sit outside by the water in downtown are Pussers (in the Marriott) with passable food, and Carrol's Creek Cafe which sometimes is very good.
There's also Joss on Main Street for excellent sushi. Tsunami's is a block up from the main part of the historic district but it mixes the bar crowd with diners and is lively and loud with some excellent dishes (I love the sea bass) and their soups.