A compilation of Places to Eat from various sites

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Drydock, in Dahlgren Hall.
Grill and snack bar open to the public. Good basics are less expensive than outside the gates.

The Club, aka The Naval Academy Club, The Alley Restaurant.
Membership is open to a wide variety of active duty and retired military, civilians, and others to enjoy relaxed fine dining in an ambiance unlike anywhere in Annapolis. Lunch and brunch, some dinners.


Iron Rooster.
A universal favorite, just a few years in DTA, beloved by locals, visitors, and mids. American comfort food is done with style and quality. All-day breakfast. House-made pop tarts. Don’t ask. Just go.

Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs.
Perennial brunch favorite for lots of food and cheaper end of the spectrum.

Federal House.
Good all-around restaurant.

The raw bar for those who like it. Long-time Annapolis watering hole for boat people. Good all-around menu.

Colonial tavern, more upscale menu.

Chick ‘N’ Ruth’s Delly. (they spell it that way)
Annapolis institution. An experience.

Potato Valley.
On State Circle. Hole in the wall for lunch, serving huge baked potatoes with a wide range of toppings that make it a meal.

Pusser’s Tavern.
Marriott Hotel restaurant on the water. Typical pricey hotel food, but for a drink on the water and an appetizer, a block to check. There’s just something about having a Dark and Stormy on the deck on a summer evening looking out at the boats at anchor that I have to do every so often with DH.

Galway Bay. (no televisions – in order to enjoy each others’ company)
Castle Bay.
the Irish pubs.

Reynolds Tavern.
Another Colonial setting, on Church Circle. Known for afternoon tea and nice dinners.

The Big Cheese.
Well-known for great take-out sandwiches, “Best in Annapolis” for years running. A bit expensive but worth it. Take-out only. Convenient charge accounts can be set up for your Mids. You pay. They eat. “The Annapolitan” – crusty roll from Baltimore’s Little Italy, melted Brie, sliced Granny Smith apples. Mmmm

UPTOWN ANNAPOLIS. Along West St. from State Circle to the Spa Road Circle near the Westin.

Ram’s Head Tavern.
Micro-brewery gastro pub. A local favorite. Good all-around menu.

Small plates, very good food.

Red, Red Wine Bar.
Good food too.

Thai. Very popular.

Irish pub chain.

Miss Shirley’s.
A breakfast/lunch favorite to rival Iron Rooster. Started in Baltimore.

MALL AREA. Includes Westfield Shoppingtown Annapolis (“Annapolis Mall”), the Festival at Riva, and The Shops at Parole.

Most of the major chains at every price point.


Perennial favorite of generations of locals, mids, alumni. Classic crab deck on the water. No reservations. Tuck your napkin around your neck, spread out the butcher paper, grab your crab mallet, and get cracking. All crab decks have burgers, sandwiches, seafood in season, other stuff.

Deep Creek Cafe.
Similar to Cantler’s, crab deck on the water. In Arnold.

Mike’s on the South River.
Technically in Riva. Another classic old-school crab deck.

Severn Inn.
Upscale place across the water on the Severn River, a great view of USNA. Seafood.

Pa Dutch Market, or Amish Market, as most locals call it.
A market co-op only open Thurs, Fri, Sat, run by Amish families from PA. Everything homemade. Eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner in the small cafe. Get a just-made pretzel wrapped around a sausage or hot dog to eat while wandering around looking at the baked goods (made on-premises in an open bakery), produce, pickles and jams, and the meat counters. Always jammed on Saturday mornings. We love it. Visitors love it.

Chris’ Charcoal Pit.
Hole-in-the-wall in a strip mall with Greek food. Many Greek families in Annapolis from the fishing and boating industries going back to the 1800s. West St.

Paul’s Homewood Cafe.
Nice Greek restaurant, a local favorite. West St.

Giolitti’s Deli.
Near Shops at Parole, off West St. My favorite Italian deli for subs on homemade rolls, and hand-made pasta. Take out or eat there. Been there for 20+ years.

Mission BBQ.
Local chain spreading rapidly. BBQ is always a source of controversy, as it should be. Dedicated to armed forces and first responders.

Double T Diner.
West St. Starving? Weird time of day? Want breakfast food? Does everybody want something different? Classic diner with a massive menu. Open 24 hours.

Across the tiny bridge near the Marriott.

Chart House.
A personal favorite. Located in a historic boathouse that built PT boats during WW II. Upscale steak and seafood chain with killer views across the Annapolis Harbor to USNA.

Carrol’s Creek Cafe.
Views. Upscale. Seafood.

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse.
The chain.

Lewnes’ Steakhouse.
An Annapolis original, same scale as Ruth’s, but with been-there-forever charm. Go at least once, to celebrate something. Harry Browne’s.

Harry Browne’s.
DTA. State Circle fine dining. 
Treaty of Paris.
Ditto above, but Church Circle.Italian Market.
Greater Annapolis, near Mall, off Defense Highway. A family restaurant owned from Naples. Good for lunch and dinner.
Greater Annapolis, in a strip not far from the Mall area. When you can’t face the lines at Iron Rooster or Miss Shirley’s for breakfast. Breakfast and lunch.
The Main Ingredient.
Greater Annapolis. One of the top caterers in Annapolis has a cafe adjacent to their catering kitchen. Excellent for breakfast, lunch or dinner. A secret locals’ fave, but just blown that.
Grumps Cafe.
Greater Annapolis. Another hidden gem and local favorite. Breakfast and lunch best.Grapes Wine Bar.
Greater Annapolis. Adjacent to Wine Cellars of Annapolis. Not so much for the Mids but an excellent restorative for parents. Superb small plates. Order, share, order more.Jalapeños.
Near Mall area. Another local gem, quirkily situated in a strip mall. Owned by a retired chef well-known in DC, a mix of authentic Spanish cuisine and regional Mexican specialties.
BBQ Places. 
Bayside Bull.
Edgewater. Take-out. Rick Smith is the pit master, and he and his wife Nadine own one of the top catering businesses in Annapolis, doing alumni events at the stadium, weddings (she has Catering by the Bay for non-q items), Brigade bull roasts, etc. This is the one place you can get his meats if not at an event.
Adam’s Ribs.
Eastport. A local favorite.
Mission BBQ.
As noted in first post.Famous Dave’s.
Near Mall.Pit Boys.
Off West St. Another local favorite.Red, Hot, and Blue.
Off US 50 en route Bay Bridge. Chain.Hogs on the Hill.
Included because it is an expedition, and a joint, on DC outskirts. Used to be a real dicey area, but has been re-developed as “Gateway” Washington. Serious sides. Just take US 50 straight from Annapolis to Bladensburg Rd. on the DC-MD line. Take-out only. Get out of the car, and the smoker aroma hits you right away. Lots of food for not too much money. It’s an expedition. Wear dark shirts, sit in the car, grab extra napkins.