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Annapolis Maryland is a wonderful destination year-round, and it’s only an hour from Washington DC. It’s the perfect spot for sailing the bay, exploring history on foot, or touring the town by trolley. We love to sample new restaurants and pubs and, fortunately for us, there are plenty of great places to eat in Annapolis. Here are 5 Annapolis spots serving up delicious food and drink that we think you’ll enjoy.
5 Fun Places to Eat in Annapolis
1. Breakfast or beer at BAROAK, 126 West Street
In front of the Loews Annapolis hotel on West Street, BAROAK serves over 70 varieties of local craft beer and international brews in a sleek taproom with plenty of outdoor seating. They also make delicious omelets, which we enjoyed after our overnight at the Loews. If you’re recovering from a wild night, order “The Cure”—a mix of scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon, avocado, and chipotle mayo on a potato Kaiser Roll.
2. Waterfront dining at Carrol’s Creek Cafe, 410 Severn Avenue
If you’d like a water view with your meal, walk across the Spa Creek Bridge, or head over on the Water Taxi, for dinner indoors or on the deck at Carrol’s Creek Cafe. The seafood is fresh and elegant; a perfect finish to a day by the water.
We highly recommend the sea scallops rolled in shredded phyllo—so beautiful and delicious! We also enjoyed the generously portioned herb encrusted rockfish with lump crab and tomato risotto as we watched the sun slowly set over the harbor. Carrol’s Creek has an extensive wine list, and a great selection of craft beers to accompany your meal.
3. Chowder and pub fare at Federal House, 22 Market Place
Back on historic Market Place, Federal House serves up comforting American pub fare in a tavern built in 1813. Ask for a table in the large bar area, or enjoy a booth or table in the main dining room, with a view of the busy street scene. In warmer weather, it’s fun to sit at a patio table and watch the Navy Midshipmen in their Summer Whites mingling with tourists along the harbor. The patio is also dog-friendly, and the restaurant even offers a menu of doggie treats.
Someone recommended we try the cream of crab soup, and they were so right. The soup is creamy and rich, but not overly thickened, and full of chunks of crab. For our main course we had the crab cake sandwich and the fish and chips. Both meals were very good—tasty and filling but not too heavy. We generally prefer thin sweet potato chips but the waffle cut Federal House serves were tasty too.
Federal House stocks a good supply of craft beers which you can enjoy by the pint, in a sampler, or in a tall thin beer tower, perfect for a group.
4. Tastes of Ireland at Galway Bay, 63 Maryland Ave
Stop at Galway Bay for Irish standards, delicious seafood, and a taste of their imported Irish Egg Nog. The egg nog is custom bottled in Galway Ireland, and is only available in limited supply.
The cozy, brick interior creates a comfortable setting for enjoying the seafood and Irish specials like Murphy’s Pot Roast served over Irish champ, or the Salmon Galway Bay. We tried the Crab and Oysters Chesapeake, a satisfying and filling combination of crabcake and fried oysters with chips.
5. Breakfast All Day at Iron Rooster, 12 Market Space
Just two doors down from Federal House, Iron Rooster has been a popular spot for scratch-made comfort food, including an all day breakfast menu, since it opened. The vibe is friendly and relaxed, and the staff are unfailingly cheerful. We sat near the window upstairs, but there is more seating downstairs and out front.
Start your visit with a refreshing cocktail, like the vodka-based Hen House and the Sriracharita we enjoyed with a side of bacon. Let’s face it, everything goes well with a side of bacon. If we had been a little hungrier we would have added a side of warm monkey bread too. Next time.
For dinner we shared a plate of fried chicken and waffles—so delicious and so filling. But not so filling that we didn’t have room to share a maple bourbon pecan torte for dessert. It’s as tasty as it looks.
Bonus: Great Frogs Winery
During the warmer seasons, you can break up your time in town with a trip to Great Frogs Winery. We especially liked their dessert wines, particularly the port, served in a rustic tobacco barn surrounded by vineyards. Bring your own food or order a cheese platter (48 hours in advance). From September to April the tasting barn gets chilly, and limited indoor space means you can visit by appointment only, Fridays and Saturdays from 1:00 to 5:00.
Do you have any favorite places to eat in Annapolis?
Please help us out with your suggestions. Where should we eat and drink on our next visit to Annapolis?
Article and photos by Julie McCool, whose site FuninFairfaxVA.com helps locals and visitors find fun places to explore, dine, drink, and play in the Virginia, DC, Maryland area. Follow Fun in Fairfax VA on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram for regular updates on great local parks, historic destinations, hiking and biking trails, restaurants, wineries, breweries, and getaway destinations, plus a weekly round-up of local events and festivals.