A compilation of Places to Eat from various sites
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ON THE YARD.
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.
DTA (DOWNTOWN ANNAPOLIS):
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.
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.
On State Circle. Hole in the wall for lunch, serving huge baked potatoes with a wide range of toppings that make it a meal.
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)
the Irish pubs.
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.
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.
GREATER ANNAPOLIS AND SURROUNDS.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
An Annapolis original, same scale as Ruth’s, but with been-there-forever charm. Go at least once, to celebrate something. Harry Browne’s.