August 13, 2005
Gems of Maryland's
Western Shore: Annapolis
The Naval Academy
Part 3 Annapolis Dining and Bed & Breakfasts
Dining in Annapolis
There are so many
restaurants in which to feast, however, I hope
to direct you to ones that are a "must see" in
my humble opinion. Buddy's, the Middleton
Tavern, and Chick and Ruth's Deli. If you are
looking for more intimate ad upscale dining,
visit the Cafe Normandie as well as the Treaty
of Paris, both on Main Street towards the State
and Crabs: Known for it's one pound "Big Buddy"
crab cake, this restaurant lies a few short
steps from the waterfront park. Crab cakes
here tend to have a lot of back-fin meat and
almost no filler. Keeping it all together
is a nice light imperial glaze. My uncle
made the mistake of ordering the meatloaf.
After listening to him complain about how tough
it was, I asked him why he ordered meatloaf from
a restaurant that excels in seafood, especially
crab. He acquiesced, and ordered the crab.
Don't order meatloaf at Buddy's, order crab
Yin Yankee is
across the street and to the left from Buddy's.
It is a mix of Japanese and other Asian foods
presented extraordinarily well. Some dishes
are a tad spicy, but this a great restaurant to
go to if you are looking for down-town
Located on the
corner of Dock Street and Market Space (see
map) the Middleton Tavern is a great place
not only to eat and drink, but is perfectly
situated for people-watching if you are lucky
enough to get the outdoor seating, especially
during the Spring and Fall.
(From the Tavern Website) Middleton Tavern was
host to a galaxy of the nation's most revered
leaders during the period following the American
Revolution. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Franklin were numbered among its
prominent patrons. The Tavern was frequented by
members of the Continental Congress meeting in
the State House on such historic occasions as
the resignation of General Washington's
commission, December 23, 1783, the ratification
of the Treaty of Paris ending the Revolutionary
War in January 1784, and the Annapolis
Convention which laid the groundwork for the
Federal Constitution Convention held the
following year in Philadelphia.
More history to be found at the Middleton Tavern
History Web Page.
Chick and Ruth's
This Deli is no
Ordinary Deli. Chick and Ruth's [website]
is an Annapolis "place to go" for food any time
of the day. Haunted by many Maryland and
National politicians, I have found it to be
quite generous with portions. It's best
not to try to avoid their milkshakes. You
will have to have one so just resolve that issue
when you get there. Diet-schmiet!
Annapolis Bed &
Great Bed and Breakfasts abound in Annapolis.
Some favorites are the Flag House downtown near
the Naval Academy and the Jonas Green B&B in one
of the most historic homes in Annapolis.
descriptions are offered at all of these Bed and
Breakfasts at the
Annapolis B&B website.
One place that I found to be a great hidden gem
ans NOT listed on the website above is the ScotLar Bed and Breakfast (http://www.scotlaurinn.com) located above the aforementioned Chick and
Ruth's Deli. Not only are you in the heart of
downtown Annapolis, but this particular B&B
tends to be the least expensive, but with all
the charm of the other, more prominent Inns.
Combine that with the big breakfast you get downstairs at Chick and Ruth's Deli,
and you have started your Annapolis getaway off
on the right foot!