The sailing capital expands its reputation to include delicious dining.
The word “Annapolis” immediately brings to mind a slew of coastal callings: strolling dockside on a midsummer night, watching children feed ducks, eating homemade ice cream at City Dock—all while bell buoys ding in the distance. Yes, the capital of Maryland evokes a Norman Rockwell painting, but what about superb culinary experiences? If your answer is “no,” then allow us to change your mind with a guide to some of Annapolis’s best eateries—based on your DC favorites.
The restaurants are similarly designed, with an open bar and kitchen, and the kitchen’s guiding philosophy is the same: showcase the best that the Chesapeake region has to offer. Can’t-miss dishes include the pickled vegetables, shrimp lettuce wraps, and crispy kale. 164 Main St., 443-598-6920
Both of these über-popular brunch spots offer über-decadent breakfast, lunch, and “supper,” served with a side of nostalgia. We’ll let you decide whose Pop-Tarts are better. 12 Market Space, 410-990-1600
Oysters are shucked fresh at this long-loved nautical-themed bar and restaurant, located across the creek in Eastport. And just like Hank’s, Boatyard is a big believer in the power of Old Bay. Maryland crab soup, broiled crab cakes, and even French fries come served with the seasoning. Severn Avenue and Fourth Street, 410-216-6206
Down a narrow stairway off Main Street, the inconspicuous storefront of Fox’s Den may be a little hard to find at first. But don’t pass it up. The wood-fired pizzas and craft cocktails make for the perfect date-night meal. Looking for more? Try the chili mac or the seared cauliflower—and have a look at the impressive menu of craft beer. 179 B Main St., 443-808-8991