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On a cool, spring evening, friends Chad and Mary joined us on our picturesque drive to Oxford. The season’s air filled the car as we passed wide-open spaces and meandered through seemingly dense forestland, every so often catching a glimpse of grand homes, as we made our way along the final stretch of Route 333 towards Oxford.

Review | The Wild Orchid

Though it’s in a new location, Karen and Jim Wilder’s Wild Orchid continues to offer delicious food in a classy atmosphere.


If you like dining adventure and you’re a food lover as I am, you have to stay open-minded when you are trying a new restaurant with unfamiliar, ethnic dishes. That is exactly what we did, and we were well rewarded for it! A few steps up West Street, we visited India’s, which has served traditional, authentic dishes of regional India for 14 years at this location, and close to 18 years in Annapolis.

The Main Ingredient

For nearly two decades now, the Main Ingredient, led by Evie Loftus and Jenny Francis, has been consistent in offering our region an impressive catering business. We visited the accompanying café a couple of years ago or so, and returned this time to a quite delightful little dinner.

Friday Night Cocktails: The Gingerbread Man

This holiday-inspired cocktail is made with Lucid Absinthe, the first genuine version of absinthe made with Grande Wormwood to be legal in the United States in 95 years.

Working Lunch: Metro Diner Cafe

Welcome to Working Lunch. We review a restaurant in Annapolis or on the Eastern Shore from the perspective of nine-to-fivers getting lunch in the middle of their workday. Hence, pace and cost will be factored differently than you’d expect from a typical restaurant review, which is usually from the perspective of a dinner experience. By Kelsey Collins & Emily WilsonHow we got there: Metro Silver Diner is located in the back of the Annapolis Towne Centre, right under Target. We parked in the garage attached to the building and headed in.

Legal Spirits in Easton to close

Legal Spirits Restaurant and Tavern in Easton will close by the end of the year, according to an article in Sunday's Star Democrat.The tavern, which was voted to have the best Cream of Crab Soup on the Eastern Shore by the readers of What's Up? this year, is owned by Tim Quinn and John Dodson, who decided not to purchase the space they were leasing for the restaurant. Luckily for our readers, the cream of crab soup will continue to be sold hot, cold, or frozen out of Easton Antiques & Art Gallery. Replacing Legal Spirits will be a steakhouse/tavern opened by Stephen Mangasarian and Tom Haschen. It will be modeled after a 1930s New York-style steakhouse, serving bangers and mash, steaks, and shepherd's pie. The new restaurant does not yet have a name, but they hope to open in late February or early March.

Annapolis Happy Hour: The Rockfish

It's the happiest hour of the day! Check back every Thursday to find out what great happy hour specials local restaurants are offering. Well, it's 9 a.m., and I'm already thinking about Happy Hour. What to do? Gather your coworkers and head to Eastport to check out happy hour at The Rockfish Restaurant, located at 400 Sixth Street. Not only do they have lots of live music, they have both great happy hour special and daily specials.

Thanksgiving Summary

Now that the leftovers are gone (hopefully!) and the Christmas decorations have been brought of our boxes, I finally have a chance to sit down and talk about my Thanksgiving. My actual Thanksgiving was spent at my future in-laws house in Delaware. They have their own traditions in terms of what food they serve on the Thanksgiving table, and they include macaroni and cheese, corn, and broccoli. Hey, I'm not going to judge -- my mother makes a (wonderful) green Jell-o salad with walnuts, apples, and celery in it every year, which I'm sure other people think is strange. 

Annapolis Happy Hour: Gordon Biersch

It's the happiest hour of the day! Check back every Thursday to find out what great happy hour specials local restaurants are offering. First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving! Hopefully you're all feasting away with family and friends. However, if you're in the need of a cocktail (perhaps because those family and friends are driving you crazy) or a good mug of beer, check out Gordon Biersch's happy hour sometime soon.