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Jan 13, 2011 07:50PM ● Published by Anonymous

Best Dessert: The Main Ingredient

914 Bay Ridge Rd. • Annapolis • 410-626-0388 •
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth follow our readers’ lead and head to The Main Ingredient, our Best Dessert. Indulgences like this elegant cheesecake-meets-chocolate-mousse, pictured, are irresistible.


Best Pizza: Rocco’s Pizzeria
954 Bay Ridge Rd. • Annapolis • 410-263-9444

Best Burger: Five Guys Burgers & Fries
509 S. Cherry Grove Ave. • Annapolis • 410-216-7971 •

Best BBQ: Adam’s Ribs
169 Mayo Rd. • Edgewater • 410-956-2995 •

Best Wings (too close to call): Acme Bar & Grill
163 Main St. • Annapolis • 410-280-6486 •
O’Loughlin’s Restaurant
1258 Bay Dale Dr. • Arnold • 410-349-0200 •

Best Deli: The Big Cheese/Sammy’s
47 Randall St. • Annapolis • 410- 263-6915

Best Crab Cakes:
Edgewater Restaurant
148 Mayo Rd. • Edgewater • 410-956-3202

Best Cream of Crab Soup, Best Brunch: Carrol’s Creek Café
410 Severn Ave. • Annapolis • 410-263-8102 •

Best Maryland Crab Soup, Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners: Cantler’s Riverside Inn
458 Forest Beach Rd. • Annapolis • 410-757-1311 •

Best Local Coffee Shop: City Dock Coffee
18 Market Space • Annapolis • 410-269-0961 •

436 individual votes crowned City Dock Coffee the hands-down winner for Best Local Coffee Shop (seven years in a row). Owners Karen and Grover Gedney continue to provide early birds and nighthawks alike with fresh coffee, delightful treats, and good company at their quaint café at Market Space in Downtown Annapolis.

Best Bakery: Praline by the Bay
1410 Forest Dr. • Annapolis • 410-263-8180

Best Breakfast Sandwich: Grumps Café
117 Hillsmere Dr. • Annapolis • 410-267-0229 •

Best Sushi: Joss Café
195 Main St. • Annapolis • 410-263-4688 •

Best Ice Cream (too close to call): Annapolis Ice Cream Company
196 Main St. • Annapolis • 443-482-3895 •

Locals and tourists alike flock to scoop shops in Downtown post lunch and dinner, and merrily stroll along the docks licking the cool confection. It’s an Annapolis pastime. Whether scooped or soft serve, Best Ice Cream honors are equally awarded to Storm Bros. Ice Cream and Annapolis Ice Cream Company.

Storm Brothers
130 Dock St. • Annapolis • 410-263-3376 •

Best Italian (too close to call): Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen
1 Park Place, Ste. 10 • Annapolis • 410-268-6569 •

Maria’s Sicilian Ristorante & Café
12 Market Space, • Annapolis • 410-268-2112 •

Best French: Les Folies Brasserie
2552 Riva Rd. • Annapolis • 410-573-0970 •

Best Mexican: Mexican Café
975 Bay Ridge Rd. • Annapolis • 410-626-1520 •
At press time, Mexican Cafe’s owner confirmed that the restaurant “will be able to stay open into June, while CVS finishes their permitting process.” Mexican Café is planning to relocate to West Annapolis when CVS takes over the current property.

Best Asian, Best Ethnic, Best Vegetarian Menu: Lemongrass
167 West St. • Annapolis • 410-280-0086 •

Best Raw Bar: McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar
8 Market Space • Annapolis • 410-263-5700 •

Best Seafood Restaurant: O’Leary’s
310 Third St. • Annapolis • 410-263-0884 •

Best Steak House, Best Romantic Restaurant, Best Prime Rib, Best Wine List: Lewnes’ Steakhouse
401 Fourth St. • Annapolis  • 410-263-1617 •

Best Happy Hour (too close to call): Stan & Joe’s Saloon
37 West St. • Annapolis • 410-263-1993 •
Yellowfin Steak & Fish House
2840 Solomons Island Rd. • Edgewater • 410-573-1333 •

Best Beer Selection: Rams Head Tavern
33 West St. • Annapolis • 410-268-4545 •

Best Happy Hour Appetizers: Yellowfin Steak & Fish House
2840 Solomons Island Rd • Edgewater • 410-573-1333 •

Best Creative Menu, Best Prix Fixe: The Wild Orchid
200 Westgate Circle Annapolis • 410-268-8009 •

Wild Orchid, an annual Best of Annapolis winner, won multiple honors this year—a testament to  the skill and attention of owner and Chef Jim Wilder. Wilder has big plans for the restaurant, formerly of the Eastport neighborhood, which has moved to a bigger location at Westgate Circle in Annapolis. If Wild Orchid wowed you before, just wait until you get a taste of its newly unveiled seasonal menu in the contemporary dining room.

Best Chef, Best Caterer, Best Kept Secret: Ken Upton (Ken’s Creative Kitchen & Back Porch Café)
980 Awald Rd. Ste. 103 • Annapolis • 410-268-3228 •

Best New Restaurant (too close to call): Brio Tuscan Grille
305 Sail Place • Annapolis • 410-571-5660 •

In the past 12 months, the dining scene has picked up several newcomers. Who’s got fave flavor and dynamite décor? Best New Restaurant honors are shared by Brio Tuscan Grille at the Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole (try their grilled salmon), and Level, a small plates lounge, in uptown Annapolis (also a winner for Best Inventive Cocktail). Brio features a decadent atmosphere, robust Italian menu, and a casual elegance, while Level has been winning over diners with their inventive tapas menu and specialty drinks, served in a trendy, urban setting that even a Manhattanite would love.

69 West St. • Annapolis • 410-268-0003 •

(Also winner of Best Inventive Cocktail)

Best Alfresco (Outside) Dining (too close to call):
Pusser’s Caribbean Grille

80 Compromise St. • Annapolis • 410-626 0004 •

What could be better than fine food, flowing drinks, and great company enjoyed al fresco on bluebird days and mid-summer nights? Down at the docks of the city, Pusser’s Caribbean Grille offers splendid views of Ego Alley and all the waterfront excitement that comes with it, while Sly Fox, located off Church Circle, with its ivy-covered brick walls and colonial charm equally invites outdoor imbibers. Both win Best Alfresco Dining.

Sly Fox 7 Church Circle • Annapolis • 443-482-9000 •

Best Gourmet to Go: Palate Pleasers
1023 Bay Ridge Ave. • Annapolis • 410-263 6941 •

Best Girls’ Night Out: The Melting Pot
2348 Solomons Island Rd • Annapolis • 410-266-8004 •

Best Boys’ Night Out: Stan & Joe’s Saloon
37 West St. • Annapolis • 410-263-1993 •

Best Kid Friendly Restaurant: Boatyard Bar & Grill
400 Fourth St. • Annapolis • 410-216-6206 •

Best Local Farmers’ Market: Anne Arundel County Farmers’ Market
Riva Rd. & Harry S. Truman Pkwy. • 410-349-0317 •

Best View: Severn Inn
1993 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. • Annapolis • 410-349-4000 •
Best Service:
Ruth’s Chris Steak House
301 Severn Ave. • Annapolis • 410-990-0033 •

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