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Summer Dining Guide

Jul 05, 2018 12:00AM ● By Brian Saucedo
When you’re dining out during the summer months, what do you want? Good food, naturally, and probably a chilled cocktail—but how about a nearby place to dock the boat, a beautiful view of the water, or a spot to dine in the sun? Good news: We’ve got an extensive list of restaurants that fulfill at least one, if not all three, of these desires. In our bend of Maryland, we’re spoiled for choices when it comes to captivating water views and fresh, filling food, so let’s take this summer to celebrate it and dine out under the Chesapeake sun.

DOWNTOWN ANNAPOLIS

Acme Bar and Grill  Where: 163 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-280-6486 Click: acmegrill.com The scoop: Whether you dine at Acme Bar and Grill for brunch or get your drink on during happy hour, it’s still a great casual hangout spot for both locals and tourists alike. With 19 flavors of chicken wings to choose from, you can’t go wrong here!

Armadillo’s Bar & Grill  Where: 132 Dock Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-280-0028 Click: armadillosannapolis.com The scoop: Nightlife is the name of the game at Armadillo’s, which showcases live DJs every weekend, as well as frequent drink specials, such “Thirsty Thursday” and “Sunday Funday.” 

Buddy’s Crabs & Ribs  Where: 100 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-626-1100 Click: buddysonline.com The scoop: Buddy’s might be known for its all-you-can-eat buffet, which includes both a seafood buffet and a Sunday brunch buffet, but it also has an extensive regular menu ,which is, no surprise, heavy on the crab! Give the “Great Big Buddy” crab cake a try!

Sakura Café  Where: 105 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-0785 Click: annapolissakuracafe.com The scoop: Named for the flowering cherry blossoms that Japan shared with Washington, D.C., Sakura Café serves fresh sushi in a family-friendly atmosphere right near City Dock.  

Café Normandie  Where: 185 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, weekend breakfast Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-3382  Click: cafenormandie.com The scoop: Have a taste of some French cuisine with a dash of Maryland fare! Café Normandie is also a certified “green” establishment, eco-friendly, and Annapolis’ leader in sustainability.

Castlebay Irish Pub  Where: 193-A Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-626-0165 Click: castlebayirishpub.com The scoop: Main Street’s very own Irish pub features apropos specialties on the menu, plus more than a few localized dishes. Come enjoy a tasty happy hour and friendly atmosphere!

Chick & Ruth’s Delly  Where: 165 Main Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-269-6737 Click: chickandruths.com The scoop: This downtown mainstay is incredibly proud of its crab cakes, made with a half-pound of jumbo lump crab meat. And if you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you can participate in the Man vs. Food challenge. Make sure you try the 6-pound milkshake!

Dock Street Bar and Grill  Where: 136 Dock Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-268-7278 Click: Dockstreetbar.net The scoop: Dock Street is well-known around Annapolis for its nightlife, with DJs and local bands keeping the party going. With an extensive beer and cocktail selection, this restaurant is a must.

Dry 85  Where: 193B Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $ Call: 443-214-5171 Click: dry85.com The Scoop: Self-described as a “modern industrial take on a Prohibition-era speakeasy,” Dry 85 is where you would “sneak a bourbon, beer, or gourmet comfort food meal” if the 18th Amendment was still a law. Need we say more?

Federal House Bar and Grill  Where: 22 Market Space, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-268-2576 Click: federalhouserestaurant.com The scoop: There’s never a shortage of things going on at the Federal House, whether it’s live music each weekday, DJs on the weekends, or just dropping by for a cup or bowl of the restaurant’s award-winning cream of crab soup. Feel free to bring your loyal four-legged pal as well for a taste from the doggie menu!

Galway Bay  Where: 63 Maryland Avenue, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-8333 Click: galwaybaymd.com The scoop:  Locals claim Galway to be the best of the Irish pubs in town, so go see for yourself. The cuisine is deemed authentic by Food Network’s Guy Fieri himself, who once visited to tape an episode of Dinners, Drive-Ins, and Dives.

Harry Browne’s  Where: 66 State Circle, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch, late-night lounge Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-4332 Click: harrybrownes.com The scoop: A State Circle landmark, Harry Browne’s offers a fine dining menu as well as a lounge to kick back with a glass of wine or Scotch whiskey. Long a favorite of politicians, the restaurant feels elite but welcomes all. 

Harvest Wood Grill & Tap  Where: 26 Market Space, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-280-8686 Click: harvestwoodgrill.com The Scoop: Locally-sourced ingredients meld into simple yet unique dishes, cooked over a wood-fired grill. Wash it all down with an array of carefully selected craft brews. 

Iron Rooster  Where: 12 Market Space, AnnapolisWhen: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-990-1600 Click: ironroosterallday.com The Scoop: Made-from-scratch cuisine, American classics, and several seafood creations, as well as breakfast all day are the calling cards of this “new twist on traditional comfort food.”

Joss Café & Sushi Bar   Where: 195 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-4688 Click: josssushi.com The scoop: Featured on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate and winning What’s Up? Annapolis’ “Best Sushi” category consecutively, Joss must be doing something right. Try the crunchy ebi roll, one of the most popular on the menu. 


Mangia Italian Grill and Bar 
Where: 81 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-1350 Click: mangiaitaliangrill.com The scoop: Dine on the second floor for a meal with a beautiful view of Ego Alley or just stop by downstairs for a slice of pizza. Visit Mangia on Wednesday evenings as they host Charm City Trivia for a “live” trivia game! 

Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls  Where: 188 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-280-2254 Click: masonslobster.com The scoop: Having cemented a relationship with Portland, Maine lobstermen, Mason’s features fresh, cold-water-sourced lobster meat heaped into classically prepared lobster rolls and several unique versions.

McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar  Where: 8 Market Space, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-5700 Click: mcgarveysannapolis.com The scoop: McGarvey’s fans say that this City Dock restaurant is the place to go downtown for a raw bar, which features oysters and clams, both steamed and on the half-shell, as well as steamed shrimp and mussels. 

Middleton Tavern  Where: 2 Market Space, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, brunch, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-3323 Click: middletontavern.com The scoop: The Middleton Tavern is one of Annapolis’ most historic restaurants, as it was likely occupied as early as 1740. Of course, it’s been remodeled since and now features regional cuisine and an oyster bar. 

Nano Asian Dining  Where: 189A Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-6688  Click: nanoasiandining.com The scoop: It’s clear that Nano is serious about sushi—it has the longest sushi bar in Annapolis, so you can sit and watch the chefs prepare your rolls (or order one of the wide options of Asian entrees from the kitchen). 

O’Brien’s Oyster Bar & Restaurant  Where: 113 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-6288 Click: obriensoysterbar.com The scoop: While O’Brien’s is certainly known for its raw bar, as well as other regional Maryland dishes, it also offers something unique that’s not on the menu: ghosts. The building has been around as a tavern since 1774 and reportedly has a few spirits of the past still lingering around. 

O.B.’s Prime Steakhouse  Where: 111 Main Street, Annapolis When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-269-1210 Click: obsprime.com The scoop: Right above O’Brien’s, you’ll find a sophisticated, fine-dining steakhouse that sets the stage for romance or celebration. O.B.’s Prime serves certified prime beef, as well as seafood, and features a wine bar lounge. 

Osteria 177  Where: 177 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-7700 Click: osteria177.com The scoop: Owner Arturo Ottaviano, a native of Verona, Italy, owns Osteria 177, which focuses on coastal Italian cuisine. It’s perfect for a romantic, upscale evening for two. Their extensive wine list will leave you craving more.

Preserve  Where: 164 Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 443-598-6920 Click: preserve-eats.com The scoop: Boasting farm-to-table creations, Preserve offers a unique blend of American-Euro dishes that incorporate pickling and fermenting. The restaurant has been well-received by food critics—will you be the next?

Pusser’s Caribbean Grille  Where: 80 Compromise Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday buffet Cost: $$ Call: 410-626-0004 Click: pussersusa.com The scoop: Two words: Pusser’s Painkiller. Of course, the grille offers a wealth of delightful dishes on its menu (try the award-winning Maryland crab dip), but we dare you to sample this killer concoction consisting of rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut with just a dash of nutmeg. 

Red Red Wine Bar  Where: 189B Main Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-990-1144  Click: redredwinebar.com The scoop: Owners Brian and Lisa Bolter aim to make wine accessible rather than snobby. It’s a wine bar unlike you’ve ever seen with eco-friendly wine, wine on tap, and the food is dynamite. No wonder Red Red Wine Bar has won What’s Up? Annapolis’ Best of Annapolis for five years straight.

Treaty of Paris  Where: 58 State Circle, Annapolis When: breakfast, weekend lunch, dinner (Friday and Saturday) Cost: $$ Call: 410-216-6340 Click: historicinnsofannapolis.com The scoop: Romantic and cozy are just the words to describe the charming Treaty of Paris, tucked within the Maryland Inn. You can also stop by the underground Drummer’s Lot Pub for a glass of wine or pint of beer. 

Sofi’s Crêpes  Where: 1 Craig Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-990-0929 Click: sofiscrepes.com The scoop: While Sofi’s is mostly an order-and-go place, there are a handful of seats right outside the eatery for you to indulge on-site. However, we suggest taking the Nutty Banana crêpe (a mixture of Nutella and banana slices) and heading toward the water for an informal picnic. 

Vida Taco Bar  Where: 200 Main Street, Annapolis When: weekend lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 443-837-6521 Click: vidatacobar.com The scoop: “Farm-to-taco.” Sounds good to us! Vida offers a medley of fresh, artisan tacos and top-shelf margaritas, which has the makings of a very good time. Enjoy weekly specials, such as Taco Tuesday, where you get 20% off of your entire check.

UPTOWN ANNAPOLIS

49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar, and Gallery   Where: 49 West Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-626-9796  Click: 49westcoffeehouse.com The scoop: There are few places that serve both coffee in the morning and wine at night, and even fewer still that are dedicating to featuring local artists, both musical and tactile. 49 West serves both these purposes, making it the place to go for java, vino, and culture. The art is amazing and constantly changing. Make sure to try their Chai Tea Latte—it’s to die for.  

Baroak  Where: 126 West Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, weekday lunch, dinner, late-night, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-295-3225 Click: baroakannapolis.com The scoop: Located within the Loews Annapolis Hotel, Baroak combines Chesapeake cuisine with Old World flair and offers a robust collection of microbrews. The outdoor patio welcomes guests and even their pooch pals.

Carpaccio Tuscan Kitchen  Where: 1 Park Place, Suite 10, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-6569 Click: carpacciotuscankitchen.com The scoop: Owned by the DiMeo family, which has begun a small restaurant empire in the region, Carpaccio focuses on authentic Tuscan cuisine and features a large outdoor patio at its Park Place location.

El Toro Bravo  Where: 50 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-5949 The scoop: This cantina features a casual and familiar Mexican dining experience with a big menu selection and an even bigger selection of margaritas and tequila. Yes please!

Fadó Irish Pub  Where: 1 Park Place, Suite 7, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, brunch, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-626-0069 Click: fadoirishpub.com The scoop: With various international and local beers to choose from, Fadó always offers a good time and lots of great food. Come and enjoy Fadó Friday with $4 beers and live music on the patio or try their Mega Mule—a Moscow Mule large enough to share with 9 people!

Lemongrass  Where: 167 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-280-0086 Click: lemongrassannapolis.com The scoop: Lemongrass has three locations—West Street, Housely Road, and on Ritchie Highway in Arnold—but the concept of fresh and tasty Thai food is the call of all. Only the West Street location offers the opportunity to dock and walk, and you can fill up on classics such as Chesapeake Pad Thai and spicy curries.

Level – A Small Plates Lounge  Where: 69 West Street, Annapolis When: dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-268-0003 Click: levelannapolis.com The scoop: As the name suggests, Level offers a variety of small plates, but the clincher is the restaurant’s dedication to local foods. Both the website and menu list local farms from which the food is obtained. 

Light House Bistro  Where: 202 West Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch Cost: $ Call: 410-424-0922; 443-221-6207 Click: lighthousebistro.org The scoop: Whether you want to grab and go, or sit and eat, Light House Bistro offers extensive menu choices for everyone. Not only is the bistro a great choice to eat, but it’s helping the community by being part of The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center’s Building Employment Success Training Program (B.E.S.T.).

Luna Blu  Where: 36 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-9950 Click: lunabluofannapolis.com The scoop: An intimate, cozy Italian restaurant, Luna Blu makes fresh sauces daily to top their pasta dishes and entrees. For a sampling of the cuisine, try the daily four-course dinner special for $38. 

Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge   Where: 175 West Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-280-5160 Click: metropolitanannapolis.com The scoop: As the only rooftop bar in Annapolis, Metropolitan would be worth a trip for the atmosphere alone. However, an easy-to-read menu makes it a cinch to find the right meal for your diet, as gluten-friendly, vegetarian, and Marine-certified dishes are plainly marked. Local shows are also a great feature of this restaurant/small concert venue. 

Miss Shirley’s  Where: 1 Park Place, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-5171 Click: missshirleys.com The scoop: When it comes to winning awards, Miss Shirley’s got them all, including The Food Network’s nod for best breakfast in Maryland. Try the winning dish, Shirley’s Affair With Oscar, or a variety of other delectable breakfast and lunch specialties at the Park Place location.

Rams Head Tavern  Where: 33 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-4545 Click: ramsheadtavern.com The scoop: You already know that Rams Head is the place to go for awesome live music and some Maryland-brewed beer. Choose from the endless selection of beers and other libations. During happy hour, enjoy half-price appetizers, $3 draft beers, and more! 

Reynolds Tavern  Where: 7 Church Circle, Annapolis When: lunch, tea, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-295-9555 Click: reynoldstavern.org The scoop: Reynolds is open for both lunch and dinner, but for a unique experience, sit down to afternoon tea. A pot of tea, a taste of scones or finger sandwiches, and you’ll feel like you’re dining in Britain. If it’s a special occasion, upgrade to the Champagne tea.

Sailor Oyster Bar  Where: 196 West Street, Annapolis When: dinner, late-night, weekend lunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-571-5449 Click: sailoroysterbar.com The scoop: Whether you’re looking for some fresh, local oysters or just a drink to relax, Sailor Oyster Bar has you covered. Their menu offers an array of tasty seafood that will keep you coming back. 

Stan and Joe’s Saloon  Where: 37 West Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $ Call: 410-263-1993 Click: stanandjoessaloon.com The scoop: A lively joint with plenty of character, Stan and Joe’s Saloon is just what you want in a neighborhood bar: Plenty of regular customers, a menu that’s just more than regular bar fare, and a pair of owners with senses of humor.  

Tsunami  Where: 51 West Street, Annapolis When: dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-990-9868 Click: tsunamiannapolis.com The scoop: Most people visit Tsunami for either its trendy atmosphere or the sushi menu. However, the creators behind Lemongrass and Metropolitan outfitted Tsunami with a unique entrée menu too, including Sriracha mac-n-cheese.

GREATER ANNAPOLIS

Bean Rush Café  Where: 112 Annapolis Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch Cost: $ Call: 410-263-2534 Click: beanrushcafe.com/annapolis The scoop: This friendly neighborhood eatery is a perfect place to grab a cup of joe and a panini, and sit and relax. Choose from whole bean coffee to signatures lattes and mochas. If you’re not a coffee fan, Bean Rush also offers a variety of teas and fresh fruit smoothies.

Brio Tuscan Grille  Where: 305 Sail Place, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-571-5660 Click: brioitalian.com The scoop: Brio might be a national chain of Italian cuisine, but it offers some delectable deals for local residents, ranging from the chef’s specialties, a lighter menu to choose from, and an incredible wine list. 

Cantler’s Riverside Inn  Where: 458 Forest Beach Road, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-757-1311 Click: cantlers.com The scoop: If you want authentic Maryland seafood, Cantler’s could be just the place for you—owners and founders Jimmy and Linda Cantler are native Marylanders. Jimmy worked as a waterman on the Chesapeake Bay before beginning the restaurant in 1974, and his family has worked in the seafood industry for five generations. 

The Canton Restaurant  Where: 11 Ridgely Avenue, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-280-8658 Click: www.thecantononline.com The scoop: The Canton Restaurant has been in business for over 55 years and is an Annapolis staple for Chinese cuisine. Family-owned, this restaurant offers a lunch buffet Monday through Friday, as well as an involved sit down and carry-out menu.

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant  Where: 1906 Towne Center Boulevard, Suite 238, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 443-837-9989 Click: coopershawkwinery.com The scoop:  Cooper’s Hawk offers a signature menu with a selection of dishes designed to pair perfectly with their own wines, made in their own private winery. Join their Wine Club for exclusive deals with great benefits. 

Evelyn’s  Where: 26 Annapolis Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch/brunch Cost: $ Call: 410-263-4794 Click: evelynsannapolis.com The scoop: Evelyn’s focuses their menu not only on healthy eating, but sustainability and supporting the environment. This eatery uses the finest organic ingredients and has a strong connection with local farmers to create the tastiest and freshest meals.

Flamant  Where: 17 Annapolis Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-0274 Click: flamantmd.com The scoop: This restaurant has an elegant yet relaxed ambiance, with a classic European-inspired menu. Flamant utilizes protein from local sources, as well as fresh products selected daily to accompany their seasonal menu.

Gordon Biersch  Where: 1906 Towne Centre Boulevard, Suite 155, Annapolis  When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-266-5965 Click: gordonbiersch.com The scoop: Gordon Biersch boasts an extensive menu, but the real draw is its portfolio of handcrafted beers, the ingredients of which adhere to Germany’s “Purity Law”— Reinheitsgebot—which focuses on using only the freshest, purest ingredients in its brews. Join them for their awesome happy hours.

Mexican Café  Where: 609 Melvin Avenue, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-626-1520 Click: themexicancafe.com The scoop: Join the fiesta at Mexican Café! With several margarita combos to choose from, as well as an extensive, fresh menu, everyone finds something to love here. Check out their fun daily specials, like Margarita Monday, where you can get a regular margarita for half price.

Paladar Latin Kitchen and Rum Bar  Where: 1905 Towne Centre Boulevard, Suite 100, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-897-1022 Click: paladarlatinkitchen.com The scoop: Discover the bold flavors of Latin America at this fresh, colorful, and fun Latin kitchen and rum bar. It’s best known for its freshly made guacamole and hand-muddled Mojitos. 

PF Chang’s China Bistro  Where: 307 Sail Place, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-573-2990 Click: pfchangs.com The scoop: PF Chang’s aims to make Asian dining simple and delicious. Before heading to the restaurant, check out the mobile app to make reservations, view the menu, or place a take-out order. Feasting on the ever-popular lettuce wraps has never been easier. 

Sam’s on the Waterfront  Where: 2020 Chesapeake Harbour Drive East, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-3600 Click: samsonthewaterfront.com The scoop: Winner of two distinguished awards from Wine Spectator and Wine Enthusiast, Sam’s was the first restaurant in the city to be deemed “green.” Settle back with a glass of vino, take in the views of the harbour, and enjoy the regional cuisine Sam’s has to offer. 

Severn Inn  Where: 1993 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$$ Call: 410-349-4000 Click: severninn.com The scoop: With its panoramic views of Annapolis and the Naval Academy, the Severn Inn is just the place to dine for a celebratory meal. However, if you’re looking for something a little bit more laidback, check out the pub menu for a casual dining experience. 

Soul  Where: 509 S. Cherry Grove, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-267-6191 Click: soulannapolis.com The scoop: Opened by Chef Dave Pow, southern comfort cuisine and small plates set the tone at Soul, with portions large enough to share. The outdoor patio welcomes patrons when the weather abides. 

Ziki Japanese Steakhouse  Where: 1906 Towne Center Boulevard, Suite 4250, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-224-6598 Click: zikisteakhouse.com The scoop: Sit inside at a hibachi table for an entertaining presentation of your chicken, steak, or seafood entrée, or dine al fresco, choosing an option from an extensive sushi menu. One of the specials: the Maryland roll, fried soft shell crab and blue crabmeat, topped with avocado and flying fish roe. 

EASTPORT

Blackwall Hitch  Where: 400 Sixth Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-3454 Click: theblackwallhitch.com The scoop: Newly minted in town just about four years ago, Blackwall Hitch has quickly won over locals and tourists alike with its fresh cuisine and scenic views of Eastport. The rooftop deck provides a fun take on al fresco dining. 

Boatyard Bar & Grill  Where: 400 Fourth Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-216-6206 Click: boatyardbarandgrill.com The scoop: If you’re looking for a fun place to take your kids or out-of-town visitors, go to Boatyard Bar and Grill. They’re pretty proud of their crab cakes; we really enjoy the crab cake sandwich on the sandwich menu. 

Bread and Butter Kitchen  Where: 303 Second Street, Suite A, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch Cost: $ Call: 410-202-8680 Click: breadandbutterkitchen.com The scoop: Bread and Butter offers a variety of classic breakfast and lunch favorites, from omelets and scones to egg, chicken, or tuna salad sandwiches. This eatery is always sure to utilize products from local farmers for the freshest menu.

Carrol’s Creek Café  Where: 410 Severn Avenue, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-263-8102 Click: carrolscreek.com The scoop: Carrol’s Creek has long been the place for a romantic dinner, relaxed happy hour, or classy lunch date with its views of Spa Creek. The restaurant also offers half-price wine night on Tuesday evenings, where you can get a bottle of your favorite wine at half the price.

Chart House  Where: 300 Second Street, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$$ Call: 410-268-7166 Click: chart-house.com The scoop: With its expansive views of the Annapolis harbour, it’s no surprise that Chart House focuses on serving fresh seafood, as well as steakhouse classics. However, the restaurant’s extensive salad bar is also a popular offering. 

Davis’ Pub  Where: 400 Chester Avenue, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-268-7432 Click: davispub.com The scoop: Certified by the City of Annapolis as an Environmental Steward, you can find plenty of local favorites on this neighborhood hangout’s menu, such as crab cakes, burgers, and weekly meatloaf and pot roast specials. Check out their Facebook or Twitter page for updated daily specials! 

Eastport Kitchen  Where: 923 Chesapeake Avenue, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-990-0000 Click: eastportkitchen.com The scoop: Whether you have a hankering for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, Eastport Kitchen has you covered! Check out their website for monthly dinner specials, which is served Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. 

Leeward Market Café & Grocery  Where: 601 Second Street, Annapolis When: breakfast, lunch Cost: $ Call: 443-837-6122 Click: leewardmarketcafe.com The scoop: Leeward Market offers simple fare with big taste. Relax there in the morning with their freshly brewed City Dock Coffee or join them for lunch and order one of their classic gourmet pizzas or build your own with an array of ingredients to choose from.

Lewnes’ Steakhouse  Where: 401 Fourth Street, Annapolis When: dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-263-1617 Click: lewnessteakhouse.com The scoop: Whether it’s an intimate and romantic dinner or a celebration with friends and family, Lewnes’ Steakhouse offers a sophisticated evening coupled with good food, including U.S. Prime steaks cooked to perfection. 

O’Learys Seafood  Where: 310 Third Street, Annapolis When: dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$$ Call: 410-263-0884 Click: olearysseafood.com The scoop: Since 1983, the fresh seafood cuisine at O’Learys Seafood has garnered local, regional, and national acclaim, including Best of Annapolis honors for Best Seafood Restaurant several consecutive years.  

Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse  Where: 301 Severn Avenue, Annapolis When: dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-990-0033 Click: ruthschris-annapolis.com The scoop: This widely-known and well-respected chain is renowned for its excellent cuts of meat, but also offers poultry and seafood options for those who don’t love steak. The side dishes are ordered separately and come in portions large enough to share. 

Vin909 Winecafé  Where: 909 Bay Ridge Avenue, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-990-1846 Click: vin909.com The scoop: Since its opening, this family-run wine bar and restaurant has been praised for its atmosphere, wine (there are more than 35 choices), and farm-to-table menu, particularly the wood-fired pizzas. 

ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

The Big Fish Grille  Where: 1260 Crain Highway, Crofton When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-451-3133 Click: thebigfishgrille.com  The scoop: It’s impossible to miss the Big Fish Grille’s sign on Route 3, so stop by for this restaurant with a colorful and eclectic décor. Don’t miss happy hour with great prices on sushi, drinks, and appetizers such as lobster mac-n-cheese or Chesapeake fries.   

The Bistro at South River  Where: 3451 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-798-5865 Click: golfclubsr.com The scoop: The golf course might be private, but the public is welcome at the Bistro, where the executive chef serves up mouth-watering entrees such as the Chicken Chesapeake and Maryland crab soup. 

Broken Oar Bar & Grill  Where: 864 Nabbs Creek Road, Glen Burnie When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 443-818-9070 Click: brokenoarbarandgrill.com The scoop: Dine with a scenic view of Nabbs Creek and relax in the casual ambiance of Broken Oar. Start your meal off right and indulge in one of their many shareable apps, like Crabby Tots or the Giant Quesadilla. 

Coal Fire  Where: 1402 S. Main Chapel Way, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-721-2625 Click: coalfireonline.com The scoop: Cooking their pizza in a 900-degree coal fire oven, Coal Fire’s pizza is “charred to perfection,” as the restaurant likes to say. With other great eats offered, like sandwiches and pasta, you’re bound to find something you love here. Don’t miss out on their late-night happy hour!

Donnelly’s Dockside  Where: 1050 Deep Creek Avenue, Arnold When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-757-4045 The scoop: Formerly known as Deep Creek Restaurant, Donnelly’s is just 15 minutes from Annapolis, but you’ll feel worlds away while enjoying views of Deep Creek. Grab a drink from the bar and enjoy the seafood menu. 

Fat Boys Crab Shack  Where: 1581 Defense Highway, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-721-5252 Click: fatboyscrabshack.com The scoop: Fat Boys has something for everyone—even if you don’t love crabs. When you visit the crab shack, order at the counter and either take your food to go or take a seat on the outdoor deck to dine. 

Founders Tavern & Grille  Where: 8125 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-544-0076 Click: founderstavernandgrille.com The scoop: Quality and freshness of ingredients are no question when it comes to Founders’ menu. Since its establishment in 2013, Founders offers many different menu items to choose from, whether it’s food or their extensive list of libations. 

Fuji Japanese Steakhouse, Hibachi, Sushi, and Lava Bar  Where: 1406 S. Main Chapel Way, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-721-6880 Click: jcfuji.com The scoop: This Crofton/Gambrills staple offers fresh sushi and other Japanese favorites. Sit down for an entertaining culinary show at the Hibachi table or dine al fresco with a cold cocktail and some friends.

George Martin’s Grillfire  Where: 7793-A Arundel Mills Boulevard, Hanover When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-799-2883 Click: georgemartinsgrillfire.com The scoop: Attached to the luxury Hotel at Arundel Preserve, Grillfire is a contemporary and sophisticated place to dine in the West County region. The menu is playful yet upscale, with options for a family dinner or a romantic night out. 

Gina’s Cantina  Where: 722 Generals Highway, Millersville When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-923-8226 The scoop: Tucked away on Veteran’s Highway, Gina’s Cantina is a casual eatery with an upbeat atmosphere and colorful décor. Take a seat at the picnic tables indoor and out, and sip a margarita with a meal of uniquely prepared Tex-Mex specialties.

The Hideaway  Where: 1439 Odenton Road, Odenton When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $ Call: 410-874-7300 Click: hideawayodenton.com The scoop: True to its name, The Hideaway is a hidden gem now known for reputable barbecue that has sold out during peak times. Try out their award-winning wings, dry-rubbed in their own special signature seasonings.

Houlihan’s  Where: 1407 S. Main Chapel Way, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-721-4468 Click: houlihans.com The scoop: An American bar and restaurant serving one robust lunch and dinner menu—offering many choices, including appetizers to share, wood-grilled flatbreads, and entrees from beef to salmon.

Killarney House  Where: 584 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville  When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $ Call: 410-798-8700  Click: killarneyhousepub.com The scoop: Stop by this Irish watering hole right off Route 214 that features a menu with both Irish and American classics. Killarney House also offers a lengthy gluten-free menu.

Langways All American Sports Bar & Grill  Where: 1357 Defense Highway, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-721-4108 Click: langwayssportsbar.com The scoop: Langways is not only a family-friendly restaurant, but it also offers great specials, like half-price burgers on Mondays, and live music on Fridays. You can watch the big game on one of their 30 screens as you catch up with friends.

Libations  Where: 8541 Veterans Highway, Millersville When: lunch, dinner, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-987-9800 Click: libationsmd.com The scoop: This tavern serves modern American classics, such as grilled cheese and a “steak burger.” Maryland favorites are also offered, like the ever-popular Maryland crab cakes. Libations also boasts an extensive menu of…well…libations.   

Lures Bar and Grille  Where: 1397 Generals Highway, Crownsville When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-923-1606 Click: luresbarandgrille.com The scoop: Lures, a casual bar with a nautical feel, specializes in regular customers, offering both a beer and wine club for repeaters. You can also sign up to receive its weekly newsletter with the latest happenings.

Molloy’s Irish Pub & Grill  Where: 1053 Route Three North, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-451-4222 Click: molloysirishpub.com The scoop: As the name indicates, the restaurant offers the feel and spirit of an Irish pub with menu items such as Irish Potato and Leek Soup and Lamb Stew. Join them late-night for some brews and a round of darts with those who frequent the pub.

Mother’s Peninsula Grille  Where: 969 Ritchie Highway, Arnold When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-975-5950 Click: mothersgrille.com The scoop: Mother’s Peninsula Grille is located ten minutes from the Annapolis waterfront, the state capitol, and the U.S. Naval Academy. This bar and grill offers over 90 different beers to choose from, as well as traditional American favorites. 

Mike’s Crabhouse  Where: 3030 Riva Road, Riva When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-956-2784 Click: mikescrabhouse.com The scoop: The expansive deck overlooking the South River is just one reason to visit Mike’s, which has been around since 1958. For days when the weather doesn’t allow outdoor dining, the dining room inside features the same great views of the river with large tables so you can bring your whole family to crack crabs.

Newk’s Eatery  Where: 1360 Main Chapel Way, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 443-302-2734 Click: newks.com/location/gambrills-md The scoop: Newk’s may be a national chain, but they are sure to source the finest and freshest ingredients around. Choose to dine in for a lovely meal on their patio or order take out and indulge at home.

O’Loughlin’s Restaurant & Pub  Where: 1258 Bay Dale Drive, Arnold When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $ Call:  410-349-0200 Click: oloughlinspub.com The scoop: O’Loughlin’s offers a wide range of menu items, from a cup of classic Maryland crab soup to a burger smothered with Guinness BBQ sauce. The friendly, casual atmosphere is a crowd pleaser to regulars and newbies alike.

Old Stein Inn  Where: 1143 Central Avenue, Edgewater When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-798-6807 Click: oldstein-inn.com The scoop: Family-owned by German immigrants, Old Stein Inn features a renowned Biergarten, the perfect place to drink and dine al fresco. Try a beer sampler and accompany it with the Bavarian Soft Pretzel.

The Pier Oyster Bar  Where: 48 South River Road, Edgewater When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 443-837-6057 Click: coconutjoesusa.com The scoop: If you want to feel like you’re at the beach, but don’t have the time to make the trip, visit The Pier Oyster Bar, a family-friendly sandy getaway with live music, beach-inspired food, and an upbeat atmosphere.

The Point Crab House & Grill  Where: 700 Mill Creek Road, Arnold When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-544-5448 Click: thepointcrabhouse.com The scoop: The Point Crab House is a casual restaurant that combines the best of both worlds—fine Chesapeake cuisine and a scenic waterfront dining experience. Join them on Wednesday and Thursday evenings for some live music and tasty fare. 

Querétaro  Where: 1406 S. Main Chapel Way, Suite 110, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-721-1392 Click: queretaroinc.com The scoop: Authentic Mexican cuisine from the same ownership that has brought the popular Mi Casita and Rinconcito Mexicano restaurants to the region.

Rams Head Roadhouse  Where: 1773 Generals Highway, Annapolis When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch 


Thai at Waugh Chapel 
Where: 1406 S. Main Chapel Way, #102, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-415-1004 Click: thaiatwaughchapel.com The scoop: Authentic Thai cuisine, expertly prepared with artistic presentation and a creative cocktail menu have won crowds, who especially enjoy dinners before or after taking in a movie at the nearby cinema. The outdoor patio is perfect during warmer evenings, especially when the Towne Centre hosts its weekend outdoor concert series.Cost: $$ Call: 410-849-8058 Click: ramsheadtavern.com/roadhouse The scoop: The Generals Highway outpost of the popular live music venue and restaurant, the roadhouse features live music on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, along with always-interesting daily specials and a can’t-miss happy hour.

Yellowfin Steak & Fish House  Where: 2840 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-573-1333 Click: yellowfinedgewater.com The scoop: A stunning view of South River (including sunsets), great happy hour specials, and an extensive dinner menu (including sushi). What more could you want from a summer dining restaurant? 

SOUTHERN ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY

(Deale, Galesville, Chesapeake Beach, Rose Haven, Tracys Landing) 

Abner’s Crab House  Where: 3748 Harbor Road, Chesapeake Beach When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-257-3689 Click: abnerscrabhouse.net The scoop: Pull your boat into Abner’s Marina and head next door, where it’s all about the crabs. The menu features crab soups, steamed crabs, crab legs, and crab cakes, plus other varieties of seafood. 

Dockside Restaurant & Sports Bar  Where: 421 Deale Road, Tracys Landing When: lunch, dinner, weekend breakfast Cost: $$ Call: 410-867-1138 Click: docksiderestaurantmd.com The scoop: True to its name, Dockside Restaurant sits directly on Rockhold Creek, and features a casual yet delectable dining experience, a sports bar area, tiki bar outside, and a wide-ranging menu of seafood classics, pub grub, and American staples. 

Happy Harbor Restaurant and Bar

 Where: 533 Deale Road, Deale When: lunch, dinner, late-night, weekend breakfast Cost: $ Call: 410-867-0949 Click: happyharbordeale.com The scoop: If walls could talk, Happy Harbor’s would say “Come get Happy!” With killer drink specials and a widespread menu, everyone has a smile on their face here.

Neptune’s Seafood Pub  Where: 8800 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach When: lunch, dinner, late-night, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call:  410-257-7899 Click: neptunesseafoodpub.com The scoop: Neptune’s is a friendly neighborhood bar, serving casual cuisine with a focus on fresh seafood. Locals gather to hang out and catch up with a few brews, and maybe even enjoy a sports game on one of the big-screen TVs. 

Petie Greens Bar and Grill  Where: 6103 Drum Point Road, Deale When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-867-1488 Click: petiegreens.com The scoop: Enjoy delightful fare and great drinks in the heart of Deale. From the crab dip appetizer to the delicious stuffed shrimp entrée, you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose at Petie Greens!

Pirates Cove Restaurant & Dock Bar  Where: 4817 Riverside Drive, Galesville When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $ Call: 410-867-2300 Click: piratescovemd.com The scoop: Featuring live music, a view of West River, and a choice of casual cuisine from the dock bar or an upscale meal in the dining room, Pirates Cove has just what you need for a summer dining experience.

Rod ‘N’ Reel  Where: 4165 Mears Avenue, Chesapeake Beach When: breakfast (breakfast buffets available on weekends), lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-257-2735 ext. 107 Click: chesapeakebeachresortspa.com The scoop: Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa’s Rod ‘N’ Reel restaurant offers waterfront dining with a panoramic view of the Chesapeake Bay. The fresh seafood and juicy certified steaks are favorites. 

Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar  Where: 6158 Drum Point Road, Deale When: dinner, weekend lunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-867-7110 Click: skipperspier.com The scoop: Skipper’s Pier has long been a popular southern Maryland restaurant that boasts beautiful views of the water, an expansive deck, and savory seafood, among other things. 

South County Café  Where: 5960 Deale Churchton Road, Deale When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-867-6450 Click: southcountycafe.com The scoop: Order at the counter at South County Café and either dine at one of the outdoor tables or take it home to your family. The extensive menu offers local favorites such as crab cake platters, but delves outside regional cuisine. 

Thursday’s Steak & Crabhouse  Where: 4851 Riverside Drive, Galesville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-867-7200 The scoop: A great place to kick back and relax with an ice-cold beer and a great view, Thursday’s offers some great menu options, including steamed shrimp or mussels.

Traders Steak, Seafood, and Ale  Where: 8132 Bayside Road, Chesapeake Beach When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 301-855-0766 Click: traders-eagle.com The scoop: For more than 50 years, Traders has been known for its steak and seafood entrees, along with a score of comfort food dishes available for dinner. The restaurant also features live entertainment on their outside deck bar Wednesday through Saturday, perfect to gather with a group of friends.

The Westlawn Inn  Where: 9200 Chesapeake Avenue, North Beach When: dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-257-0001 Click: westlawninn.com The scoop: This family-owned restaurant welcomes everyone with open arms, whether you’re a local or a visitor. An expansive libations menu, live music, along with savory fare, this “causally upscale” restaurant is the place to be.

QUEEN ANNE’S COUNTY

Annie’s Paramount Steak & Seafood House   Where: 500 Kent Narrows Way North, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch  Cost: $$ Call: 410-827-7103 Click: annies.biz The scoop: When you visit Annie’s, it’s hard to decide between steak and seafood—people really enjoy the crab cakes and stuffed flounder, but the extensive menu offers plenty of options for surf and turf. 

Big Bats Café  Where: 216 Saint Claire Place, Stevensville When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-604-1120 Click: bigbats.com The scoop: We’re in the thralls of baseball season, and where better to go than a baseball-themed bar with numerous TV screens? The bar doesn’t pledge loyalty to any particular team, so show up to root on the O’s or the Nats, and indulge in cold beers and good food specials. 

The Big Owl Tiki Bar   Where: 3015 Kent Narrows Way South, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-827-6523 Click: thebigowl.com The scoop: Jimmy Buffet fans, here’s your taste of the Margaritaville on the Eastern Shore. A local’s bar, Big Owl doesn’t proclaim to be anything fancy—just some good food, cold drinks, live music, and a beautiful Kent Narrows water view…and that’s just the way its customers like it.

Bridges on Kent Narrows  Where: 321 Wells Cove Road, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-827-0282 Click: bridgesrestaurant.net The scoop:  Bridges offers complimentary slips while dining at the restaurant (or just $25 if staying overnight), so you can dock and hop onto the expansive waterfront patio to sample the menu, which features a fresh approach to Eastern Shore cuisine. 

Café Sado  Where: 205 Tackle Circle, Chester When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-604-1688 Click: cafesado.com The scoop: A fusion of French and Asian cuisine, Café Sado specializes in Thai dishes as well as traditional sushi rolls. We’re particularly enticed by the butternut squash dumplings served with gyoza sauce.

Doc’s Riverside Grille  Where: 511 Chesterfield Avenue, Centreville When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-758-1707 Click: docsriversidegrille.com The scoop: A casual local’s spot with a variety of daily specials and events, Trivia Night on Mondays, Taco Tuesdays, and $4 craft drafts on Thursdays. 

Fisherman’s Inn & Crab Deck  Where: 3116 Main Street, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-827-8807 (Inn); 410-827-6666 (crab deck)  Click: fishermansinn.com The scoop: This Kent Narrows mainstay offers a one-stop shop for its summer patrons. If you want some good, old-fashion crab pickin’, head to the crab deck. For classic Eastern Shore fare in a white-tablecloth setting, the Inn has just what you need. And if you just want some seafood to take home, the market offers fresh catches for your kitchen.

Harris Crab House & Seafood Restaurant

 Where:  433 Kent Narrow Way North, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-827-9500 Click: harriscrabhouse.com The scoop: This popular crab house not only offers a variety of fresh seafood for some serious feasting, but it does so in an admirably eco-friendly way by participating in the Oyster Recovery Partnership, a program to restore oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.

Hemingway’s Restaurant  Where: 357 Pier One Road, Stevensville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-604-0999 Click: hemingwaysbaybridge.com The scoop: From your perch on the waterfront deck of Hemingway’s—conveniently located seconds from the Bay Bridge—you’ll have a front-row seat to the gorgeous sunset. Time it right, and you can enjoy a romantic dinner with someone special while watching the sun go down. 

The Jetty  Where: 201 Wells Cove Road, Grasonville When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-827-4959 Click: jettydockbar.com The scoop: Sit back and relax with your toes in the sand and a beer in your hand at The Jetty. Call the restaurant for a ride to and from Stevensville, Chester, Grasonville, Romancoke, and parts of Queenstown, so you can indulge in a cocktail without worry.  

Historic Kent Manor Inn & Restaurant  Where: 500 Kent Manor Drive, Stevensville When: Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-643-5757 Click: kentmanor.com The scoop: Whether you’re a guest of the Inn or otherwise, enjoy the elegant setting and beautiful view at Kent Manor as you indulge in a savory brunch.

Kentmorr Restaurant  Where: 910 Kentmorr Road, Stevensville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-643-2263 Click: kentmorr.com The scoop: Pull your boat up to the dock and take a pre-dinner walk on Kentmorr’s sandy beach. When you’re ready for taste their award-winning cream of crab soup, you can choose between the elegant dining room or the casual outdoor tiki bar. 

Knoxie’s Table at The Inn  Where: 180 Pier One Road, Stevensville When:  dinner, late-night, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 443.249.5777 Click: baybeachclub.com The scoop: With ingredients from local farmers and watermen, Knoxie’s offers classic dishes with a Chesapeake twist. If you’re not ready for a meal, head over to their outdoor bar for a relaxing evening.

The Narrows  Where: 3023 Kent Narrow Way South, Grasonville When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-827-8113 Click: thenarrowsrestaurant.com The scoop: Customers go crazy for The Narrows’ jumbo lump crab cakes and cream of crab soup. If you can’t make it to Grasonville, the restaurant will satisfy you craving by shipping both of them, along with their vegetable crab soup, overnight to anywhere in the U.S.

Rustico Restaurant & Wine Bar  Where: 401 Love Point Road, Stevensville When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-643-9444 Click: rusticoonline.com The scoop: An Italian restaurant and wine bar specializing in traditional Sicilian food, Rustico’s patrons go crazy for the Linguine di Cremona, a blend of pasta, jumbo lump crab, shrimp, and sea scallops in a creamy Alfredo sauce. Every Monday and Wednesday, you can order a half-priced bottle of wine to go along with it. 

KENT COUNTY

Barbara’s on the Bay  Where: 12 Ericsson Avenue, Betterton When: lunch, dinner, Sunday Brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-348-3079 Click: barbarasonthebay.com The scoop: Hearty classics, seafood faves, and a view that’s tough to beat, Barbara’s offers cozy confines—indoors and out—overlooking the expansive Chesapeake Bay.

Bay Wolf Restaurant   Where: 21270 Rock Hall Avenue, Rock Hall When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-639-2000 Click: baywolfrestaurant.com The scoop: Sail into a local marina and take a short walk to Bay Wolf, which will offer you its blend of Austrian (think indulgent wienerschnitzel) and Eastern Shore cuisine (think fresh rockfish). 

Bayside Restaurant and Bar  Where: 22170 Great Oak Landing Road, Chestertown When: dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-778-5007 Click: mearsgreatoaklanding.com The scoop: Bayside Restaurant and Bar features live music and dancing on the weekends, as well as a contemporary, simple menu to enjoy. If dancing’s not your thing, there’s a separate dining room to relax and eat in as well.

Fish Whistle  Where: 98 Cannon Street, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-778-3566 Click: fishandwhistle.com The scoop: The daily specials here are unparalleled. Want 75-cent wings or an $8 burger? Visit Mondays. Half-priced bottle of wine? That’s on Wednesdays. Catch our drift? Every day, there’s a deal to be had. 

Jellyfish Joel’s  Where: 22170 Great Oak Landing Road, Chestertown When: dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-778-5007 Click: mearsgreatoaklanding.com The scoop: Chesapeake Bay Eastern Shore’s own Jellyfish Joel’s Tropical Beach Bar features live weekend entertainment, along with refreshing libations and a variety of light snacks and sandwiches.

The Kitchen at the Imperial  Where: 208 High Street, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-778-5000 Click:  imperialchestertown.com The scoop: The Imperial serves an upscale, comfort-food menu but we’ve also got our eye on the extensive menu of unique spirits, ranging from wine to cognac. 

Harbor Shack  Where: 20895 Bayside Avenue, Rock Hall When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-639-9996 Click: harborshack.net The scoop: This casual yet upbeat waterfront spot doesn’t take itself too seriously—except when it comes to good food, live entertainment, and a great view of the harbor. 

Molly’s Restaurant  Where: 12503 Augustine Herman Highway, Kennedyville When: lunch, dinner, weekend breakfast Cost: $$ Call: 410-348-2430 The scoop: Bring along your four-legged friend, as Molly’s porch is dog-friendly, and enjoy their diverse menu and awesome specials.

O’Connor’s Pub & Restaurant  Where: 844 High Street, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-810-3338 The scoop: If you’re searching for Irish fare on the Shore, O’Connor’s Pub is the place. The menu features traditional Irish standards, plus a variety of Eastern Shore favorites. 

Osprey Point Restaurant  Where: 20786 Rock Hall Avenue, Rock Hall When: dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-639-2194 Click: ospreypoint.com The scoop: Elegant waterfront dining, where transient boaters receive free dockage while taking in a fine meal. Dine on some American classics, such as a simple Black Angus burger, or a Maryland staple, like broiled crab cakes. 

The Sandbar at Rolph’s Wharf Marina

 Where: 1008 Rolphs Wharf Road, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-778-6389 The scoop: The outdoor beach bar at Rolph’s offers the opportunity to take your shoes off and feel the sand between your toes while drinking a cold beer or frozen margarita. And that view of the Chester River isn’t too shabby either.   

The Shanty Beach Bar at Tolchester Marina

 Where: 21085 Tolchester Beach Road, Chestertown When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-778-1400 Click: tolchestermarina.com The scoop: Offering respite from a day on the water, this beachy Bay-front bar has cold drinks, sandy shoreline, and live music throughout the summer season. 

Waterman’s Crab House Restaurant & Dock Bar  Where: 21055 Sharp Street, Rock Hall When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-639-2261 Click: watermanscrabhouse.com The scoop: With a history dating back more than 40 years, Waterman’s has established itself as a place for destination dining, evolving from a fresh seafood market in the past to a full-service restaurant with a beautiful view of the Bay.

TALBOT COUNTY

Ava’s Pizzeria & Wine Bar  Where: 409 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-3081 Click: avaspizzeria.com The scoop: Ava’s is more than your neighborhood pizza joint. Sure, they serve wood-fired pizzas, like bianco and margherita, but the entrees are nothing to scoff at. Try the shrimp fra diavolo, a customer favorite.

Awful Arthur’s Seafood Company  Where: 402 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-3474 Click: awfularthursusa.com The scoop: In the heart of downtown historic St. Michaels, Awful Arthur’s is located inside a historic home and is just two blocks from the St. Michaels harbor. Dine fireside in the cooler months, or enjoy a meal outdoors during warmer weather.

Bistro St. Michaels  Where: 403 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: dinner, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-9111 Click: bistrostmichaels.com The scoop: A menu that is rooted in traditional culinary styles, yet modern, all sourced with the highest ingredients, sustainable seafood, and free-range eggs, and partnerships with local farmers.

Blackthorn Irish Pub  Where: 209 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-8011 The scoop: This casual yet lively pub offers an abundant beer selection, classic Irish fare, seafood, and a great late-night scene with bar games. Check out their live weekend entertainment for some drinks and dancing!

Capsize  Where: 314 Tilghman Street, Oxford When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-226-5900 Click: capsizeoxmd.com The scoop: Capsize landed in Oxford about a year ago, but it’s already all the rage of the town. This restaurant features a contemporary American menu with seafood classics, like the Crab Cake Sandwich. Don’t forget to bring along Fido! Capsize offers some favorites for your four-legged friend.

Carpenter Street Saloon  Where: 113 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-5111 Click: carpenterstreetsaloon.com The scoop: With entertainment like trivia and open mic night, Carpenter Street Saloon is the place to be on any given summer evening. Enjoy their diverse menu as you catch up with old friends at this friendly pub.

Characters Bridge Restaurant  Where: 6136 Tilghman Island Road, Tilghman Island When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-886-1060 Click: charactersbridgerestaurant.com The scoop: Shore classics, seafood, beef, and chicken dishes—a robust menu and fine drinks enjoyed on the Tilghman waterfront indoors or on the outdoor deck. 

The Crab Claw  Where: 304 Burns Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-2900 Click: thecrabclaw.com The scoop: An old-fashioned Eastern Shore crab house, The Crab Claw is known for having great crab cakes. And because of its position on the water, sometimes you catch a glimpse of watermen pulling up with the day’s catches. 

Crab N Que  Where: 207 N. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-8064 Click: crabnque.com The scoop: Crab N Que offers seafood and bar-b-que favorites, and takes pride on using blue crab meat exclusively from Maryland. Try the highly-recommended Brussels sprouts as a tasty starter to your meal. 

Crepes by the Bay  Where: 413 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: breakfast, lunch Cost: $ Call: 410-745-8429 The scoop: This quaint restaurant offers your choice of a sweet, savory, or breakfast crepe, whether it’s breakfast or lunch. Don’t forget to add some ice cream!

Foxy’s Harbor Grille  Where: 125 Mulberry Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-4340 Click: foxysharborgrille.com The scoop: It’s summer, so follow Foxy’s motto: “Livin’ on island time.” Order a Foxy’s Crush or a frozen blueberry lemonade (adult-style), sway to the live music, or just gaze at the beautiful water view.  

The Galley  Where: 305 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: breakfast, lunch Cost: $ Call:410-200-8572 Click: thegalleysaintmichaels.com The scoop: Located in the heart of historic downtown St. Michaels, The Galley is known for the best breakfast in the area. Their meals are inspired by family recipes, each one with its own unique story.

Gina’s Café  Where: 601 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-6400 The scoop: If you’re craving some great Mexican/Southwest cuisine, then Gina’s is the place to go. Indulge in the burrito of the day or the top-notch nachos, and be sure to join them for Thirsty Thursday, where you can get a $5 margarita offered in several different flavors! 

Harbourside Grill  Where: 101 N. Harbor Road, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-9001 Click: harbourinn.com The scoop: Whether you want a relaxing experience on the covered deck overlooking the water or small bites indoors, the Harbourside Grill caters to everyone’s palate. 

Harrison’s Eastern Shore  Where: 1216 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-8090 Click: harrisoneasternshore.com The scoop: A casual restaurant, Harrison’s serves the freshest seafood around, caught by local watermen. With lots of options to choose from, this restaurant is perfect for the whole family.

Hunters’ Tavern at the Tidewater Inn  Where: 101 East Dover Street, Easton When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-822-4034 Click: tidewaterinn.com/hunters-tavern The scoop: What could be better than sitting on a patio on a balmy summer night, enjoying a drink? Hunters’ Tavern might be attached to an elegant hotel, but it’s a spot for folks of all sorts to take in a drink and an appetizer and watch the happenings of historic Easton. 

Latitude 38 Bistro and Spirits  Where: 26342 Oxford Road, Oxford When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-226-5303 Click: latitude38.org The scoop:  Latitude 38 offers upscale fare, such as steaks, crab cakes, and fresh fish. Those with small appetites should be sure to dine here, as the restaurant offers half-sized entrees for light eaters. 

Lowes Wharf Bayside Grill & Tiki Bar  Where: 21651 Lowes Wharf Road, Sherwood When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-6684 Click: loweswharf.com The scoop: The epitome of a hidden gem, Lowes Wharf is one of those places that’s off the beaten path, but so worth the drive. Beautiful views, a sandy beach, fun activities, and a full bar and restaurant—you might just want to stay the night in the accompanying inn. 

Marker Five Restaurant  Where: 6178 Tilghman Island Road, Tilghman When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-886-1122 Click: markerfive.com The scoop:  Serving fresh, local cuisine, Marker Five is a casual waterfront dining restaurant, featuring a variety of local fresh seafood, as well as house smoked ribs, wings, BBQ, and over 30 beers on tap. 

Mason’s Redux  Where: 22 South Harrison Street, Easton When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-822-3204 Click: masonsredux.com The scoop: Enjoy some elegant dining in the heart of Easton as you indulge in a carefully-crafted cocktail, such as The Dalmation—a mixture of vodka, black pepper syrup, and fresh grapefruit.

Old Brick Café  Where: 401 S. Talbot Street, St. Michaels When: breakfast Cost: $ Call: 410-745-3323 Click: old-brick-cafe.business.site The scoop: Start your day off right with a breakfast favorite like a veggie omelet, or indulge in a bacon blueberry waffle as you relax with a cup of coffee.

Pope’s Tavern 
Where: 504 S. Morris Street, Oxford When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-226-5220 Click: oxfordinn.net The scoop: At Pope’s Tavern, indulge in the American bistro experience with seafood flair. Sit back and relax, and choose from a wide variety of spirits, wine, and beer for the ultimate dining experience.

The Purser’s Pub at the Inn at Perry Cabin  Where: 308 Watkins Lane, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-2200 Click: perrycabin.com The scoop: Enjoy a warm summer evening in the leafy garden courtyard as you sip on a cocktail and indulge in some Chesapeake classics, like cream of crab soup or oysters. 

The Robert Morris Inn  Where: 314 North Morris Street, Oxford When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-226-5111 Click: robertmorrisinn.com The scoop: Located in one of the Eastern Shore’s most historic towns, the Inn itself has an impressive history, dating back to 1710. Come visit this storied establishment and choose from fine dining, a casual tavern, lazy weekend brunch, of afternoon tea, all developed by award-winning Chef Mark Salter.  

St. Michaels Crab & Steak House  Where: 305 Mulberry Street, St. Michaels When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-745-3737 Click: stmichaelscrabhouse.com The Scoop: As the name might suggest, St. Michaels Crab and Steak House offers classic cuisine from land and sea with an entertaining view of the boats coming and going from the harbor. 

Scossa Restaurant & Lounge  Where: 8 N. Washington Street, Easton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-822-2202 Click: scossarestaurant.com The scoop: A fine-dining Italian restaurant in the heart of Easton, Scossa also operates an outdoor café when the weather permits. The Northern Italian cuisine, along with dining al fresco allows you to feel as if you’re in the streets of Tuscany. 

Stars at the Inn at Perry Cabin  Where: 308 Watkins Lane, St. Michaels When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea Cost: $$$ Call: 410-745-2200 Click: perrycabin.com The scoop: For a special dining experience, Stars offers locally-sourced cuisine served in an upscale, white-tablecloth atmosphere while you dine and admire the scenic Miles River.

DORCHESTER COUNTY

Bistro Poplar  Where: 535 Poplar Street, Cambridge When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-228-4884 Click: bistropoplar.com The scoop: Bistro Poplar incorporates French cuisine with a Mediterranean and Asian twist for a unique dining experience in historic downtown Cambridge. Pair a delicious entrée with a hand-picked cocktail for the ultimate meal.  

Blue Point Provision at the Hyatt Regency  Where: 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge When: dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-901-6410 Click: chesapeakebay.hyatt.com The scoop: Enjoy panoramic views of the Choptank River at this casual spot. Savor regional seafood specialties like Crab Mac and Cheese, as well as unique global dishes like Drunken’ Shrimp with Sweet Thai Chili. 

Canvasback Restaurant & Coolahan’s Irish Pub  Where: 420 Race Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $$ Call: 410-221-7888 The scoop: The menu features various types of cuisine from seafood to French fare in both an upscale dining room and a casual, intimate Coolahan’s Pub. Give their World Famous Cream of Crab Soup a try.

Carmela’s Cucina  Where: 400 Academy Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-221-8082 Click: carmelascucina1.com The scoop: Taste a little bit of Italy in the heart of the Chesapeake Bay. Carmela’s offers authentic Italian fare, often paired perfectly with a glass of wine or beer. Sit outside and relax on the back deck.

Eagles Nest Bar & Grille at the Hyatt Regency  Where: 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge When: lunch, early dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-901-6396 Click: chesapeakebay.hyatt.com The scoop: A fine-dining option for adults only, this seasonal white-tablecloth restaurant at the Hyatt Chesapeake Regency serves steaks, burgers, and seafood in an Eastern Shore fashion. 

The High Spot Gastropub  Where: 305 High Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-228-7420 Click: thehighspotgastropub.com The scoop: The High Spot pairs the best brews with upscale pub food, all with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Check out their daily happy hour specials as well!  

Jimmie and Sook’s Raw Bar and Grill   Where: 527 Poplar Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-228-0008 Click: jimmieandsooks.com The scoop: With a name like Jimmie and Sook’s, you’d expect amazing crabs at this Cambridge restaurant—and you’d be right. Try the crab fries or sit on the backyard patio and crack open steamed crabs. 

Palm Beach Willies  Where: 638 Taylors Island Road, Taylors Island When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 419-221-5111 Click: palmbeachwilliesti.com The scoop: Get nautical at Palm Beach Willie’s, located within Dorchester’s Slaughter Creek Marina, where customers rave over Willie’s Seafood Stew, made with jumbo lump crab meat, shrimp, fish, scallops, mussels, and clams.  

Portside Seafood Restaurant  Where: 201 Trenton Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-228-9007 Click: portsidemaryland.com The scoop: An expansive upper deck overlooks Cambridge Creek, while diners indulge on a menu heavy on the seafood. Check out their weekday specials, such as Mexican Monday and Burger Day on Tuesdays.

Rock Lobstah  Where: 315 Gay Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 443-477-6261 Click: rocklobstah.com The scoop: Do you like lobster, beer, oysters, shrimp, and fun? Then this is the place for you! Fresh seafood in a relaxed, fun setting is what Rock Lobstah offers.

Snappers Waterfront Café  Where: 112 Commerce Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-228-0112 Click: snapperswaterfrontcafe.com The scoop: If you didn’t make your Caribbean vacation this year, just visit Snappers. There, you’ll find a tiki bar, plus some authentic Jamaican dishes such as Jerk chicken. There are also plenty of seafood classics, such as Mahi-Mahi, which tastes awesome-awesome.  

Stoked Wood Fired Eatery  Where: 413 Muir Street, Cambridge When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 443-477-6040 Click: stokedwoodfiredeatery.com The scoop: Stoked Wood features contemporary Italian cuisine with fresh selections of local oysters, cheeses, and veggies, as well as Maryland favorites, like a crab dip appetizer. Choose from artisanal pizza, pasta, sandwiches, plates, and sweets.

Suicide Bridge Restaurant  Where: 6304 Suicide Bridge Road, Hurlock When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-943-4689 Click: suicide-bridge-restaurant.com The scoop: Suicide Bridge offers a worthy experience with panoramic views of Cabin Creek, riverboat cruises, and fresh seafood purchased from local watermen during the crabbing season. Be sure to grab a drink from their lengthy libations menu. 

Water’s Edge Grill at the Hyatt Regency   Where: 100 Heron Boulevard, Cambridge When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-901-6400 Click: chesapeakebay.hyatt.com The scoop: Head to this chic, modern restaurant for a sumptuous weekend breakfast or an elegant date night out. Take in the beautiful views of the Chesapeake Bay as you dine finely. 

CAROLINE COUNTY

Harry’s on the Green  Where: 4 South First Street, Denton When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-479-1919 Click: harrysonthegreen.com The scoop: Equally popular for its happy hours or a romantic dinner date, Harry’s offers American cuisine with a French twist. Its outdoor seating offers sunset backdrops, perfect for winding down. 

Market Street Public House  Where: 200 Market Street, Denton When: lunch, dinner, late-night Cost: $ Call: 410-479-4720 Click: marketstreet.pub The scoop: Enjoy a drink and grab a burger in Market Street’s friendly atmosphere. With American favorites as well as traditional Irish-pub fare, locals and tourists alike will find something they love here.

ADDITIONAL DESTINATION RESTAURANTS

Squisito Pizza & Pasta Where: locations vary around the region. See website for details. When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: phone numbers vary. See website for details. Click: squisitopizzaandpasta.com The scoop: A big chain in our surrounding area, as well as Virginia, Squisito doesn’t hold back when it comes to tasty dishes. We recommend trying their famous hand tossed pizza, made New York-style.

WEST OF THE BAY BRIDGE

Broadneck Grill & Cantina Where: (2 locations) 1364 Cape Saint Claire Road, Annapolis; 74 Central Avenue West, Edgewater When: breakfast, lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-757-0002 (Annapolis); 410-956-3366 (Edgewater) Click: broadneckgrill.com The scoop: This restaurant has become a staple in the Annapolis and Edgewater areas with their authentic Mexican and American dishes. Give their taco platter a try, which offers a tasty blend of spices.

Jalapeños Where: 85 Forest Drive, Annapolis  When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-266-7580 Click: jalapenosonline.com The scoop: This gem of a meeting/dining spot hides within a strip shopping center. Jalapeños offers authentic Spanish and Mexican cuisine and menu where there’s plenty to choose from. Treat yourself to a refreshing margarita and fresh, handmade guacamole.  

The Melting Pot

Where: 2348 Solomons Island Road, Annapolis When: dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-266-8004 Click: meltingpot.com The scoop:  The Melting Pot is indulgently fun, offering a burner-tabletop, pots of cheese and glasses of wine, long skewer forkettes, and dunkers. And don’t forget about dessert! Plenty of chocolate fondue flavors are surrounded by a variety of fresh fruits and sweet treats.

Royal Karma Where: 302 Harry S. Truman Parkway, Suite K, Annapolis. When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-266-5006 Click: indianfoodannapolis.com The scoop: Royal Karma is known for their North Indian dishes, featuring a long menu to choose from. This Annapolis favorite offers menu items like samosas and various types of naan. 

Café Mezzanotte Where: 760 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park When: lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$$ Call: 410-647-1100 Click: cafemezzanotte.com The scoop: Café Mezzanotte offers fine dining while supporting local farming and sustainability and retaining the Italian heritage in their cooking.

Park Tavern Where: 580 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park When: lunch, dinner, late-night, weekend brunch Cost: $$ Call: 410-793-5930 Click: parktavernsp.com The scoop: Park Tavern offers an extensive menu of American pub fare, as well as a large range of adult beverages, which includes a carefully-curated list of craft beers. 

Pascal’s Chophouse Where: 139A Ritchie Highway, Severna Park When: brunch, lunch, dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 410-647-8216 Click: pascalschophouse.com The scoop: Whether you’re in the mood for an omelet, a crab cake sandwich, or a New York strip, Pascal’s delivers. With a sommelier on staff, Pascal’s boasts an extensive wine and cocktail list for you to choose from to accompany your meal.

Meatballs, Etc. Where: 7351 Assateague Drive, Jessup When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-904-5626 Click: meatballs-etc.com The scoop: A concept restaurant that is fast and friendly, serving only the finest and freshest ingredients. This dining experience allows the guest to be their own chef to create dishes inspired by their favorite Italian flavors.

Mi Casita Where: 1334 Defense Highway, Gambrills When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-451-0025 Click: micasitainc.com The scoop: Now a Crofton-Gambrills landmark for authentic Mexican cuisine, Mi Casita— “My Little Home”—is the first brainchild of owners Gloria and Catalina, who came to the U.S. from Mexico in 1991.

Mamma Roma Where: 8743 Piney Orchard Parkway, Odenton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-695-0247 Click: mammaromas.com The scoop: Bring your appetite and prepare to indulge your inner Italian palate at Mamma Roma, a little jewel tucked into a corner of the Village Center in Odenton. Here, you will find a friendly atmosphere and a zest for Italian fare. 

Hunan L’Rose Where: 1131 Annapolis Road, Odenton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-672-2928 Click: hunanlrose.com The scoop: Very traditional Chinese-American is the style of food served at Hunan L’Rose. Think white linen tablecloths, a complimentary pot of hot tea, and, at the finish, warm hand-towels and a darling little scoop of orange sorbet sporting a fortune cookie—the ambiance is the sum of all of these parts. 

Rinconcito Mexicano Where: 1103 Annapolis Road, Suite C, Odenton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-305-0882 Click: rinconcitomexicanoinc.com The scoop: Freshly made, authentic Mexican dishes, plus a complete selection of all the spirits you could want to have yourself a fiesta. Choose from authentic Mexican beers to various tequilas to mixed drinks and margaritas.

Ruth’s Chris Steak House Where: 1110 Town Center Boulevard, Odenton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$$ Call: 240-556-0033 Click: ruthschris.com The scoop: The famed steak house offers an award-winning wine selection, as well as top drawer service and to-die-for menu options. Choose from steaks and chops to seafood and other specialties. 

Rip’s Country Inn Where: 3809 N. Crain Highway, Bowie When: breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch Cost: $$ Call: 301-805-5900 Click: ripscountryinn.com The scoop: Rustic country cooking and Chesapeake eats is what you’ll find at Rip’s. Comfort food faves, such as meatloaf, keep longtime diners returning and newcomers hooked. 

EAST OF THE BAY BRIDGE

Captain’s Ketch Seafood Where: 316 Glebe Road, Easton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $$ Call: 410-820-7177 Click: captainsketchseafood.com The scoop: Made from scratch, authentic Eastern Shore seafood. Founder and owner Keith MacPherson prides himself and the business on offering the freshest premium seafood. 

Piazza Italian Market Where: 218 N. Washington Street, Suite 54, Easton When: lunch, dinner Cost: $ Call: 410-820-8281  Click: piazzaitalianmarket.com The scoop: Nestled in a plaza square of Easton, Piazza Italian Market is an extraordinarily favored spot by locals and visitors alike, known for its deli case, meats, cheeses, and ready-to-eat paninis.