Annapolis Restaurant Week is legendary in the foodie community. Every year during the first week of March, you can sample and savor your way through every day. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner get full coverage here and whether your style is sophisticated fine dining or down-home comfort food, there is truly something for every palate.
But you don’t have to limit your culinary adventure to early spring. Even outside of Restaurant Week, Annapolis is brimming with delicious temptations. We are, after all, famous for our crab, oysters, and fresh-caught fish, but there is so much more to discover.
Great views, delicious distractions
Annapolis is known for its quaintness, its water views, and its colonial charm. But while tourists are drawn to the City Dock area for great people-watching and local favorites like crab cakes, you don’t have to go far to find a completely unique flavor experience.
Over in the Eastport neighborhood, you’ll find the freshest breads and pastries you’ll ever eat at Baker’s & Co. This top-rated café makes everything in-house and its hands-down one of the best breakfasts you’ll find. If you like baked goods, that is – and who doesn’t? in the summertime you can take a water taxi over to add to the charm.
Preserve is another hotspot that’s enjoying some zeitgeist right now. Their niche is in preserved foods, from house-cured pickles to kimchi and house-made pimento cheese, the menu is not like any other you’ve experienced. Brought to fruition by a former chef at Thomas Keller’s Per Se (one of America’s top restaurants) and his partner, a former Maitre’d at New York’s Union Square Café, every dish and every hand-crafted cocktail on their menu is a work of art.
If you’re looking for the best Maryland crab cakes in town, look no further than the Boatyard Bar and Grill. It’s affordable, it’s got true maritime charm, and whether you’re looking for a place to drop anchor for a date or with the family, it never disappoints.
For a French bistro experience par excellence, try Les Folies. As one of Annapolis’ best-established eateries, you’ll dine on bistro staples like bouillabaisse, soufflés, sole meuniere, duck a l’orange, steamed mussels, and more … it’s about as close to Paris as you’ll find this side of the pond.
For a more casual gourmand experience, try Vin 909 Winecafé. The pizza is legendary, and the atmosphere is fun, friendly, and quite lively. On the weekends or in the summertime you may have to wait for a table, but it’s well worth it. They have an extensive selection of by-the-glass wines starting at just $6 and the menu is an eclectic mix of locally sourced delights with a California-Mediterranean slant.
These are just a few choice picks, but with 40 restaurants participating in restaurant week, you’re sure to discover more. All in all, Annapolis is quite the foodie haven, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out this year’s restaurant week lineup and bring your appetite!
This foodie service announcement was brought to you by My Annapolis Office, your source for flexible office space and professional office solutions.