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Free appetizers at Gordon Biersch

During my regular browsing of local restaurants' websites today, I came across a few things of interest at Gordon Biersch, which is located at the Annapolis Towne Center. First, when I followed the link to their Facebook page, I discovered that "liking" Gordon Biersch gave you a coupon for a free Garlic Fries appetizer. It's for dine-in use only and can't be used with any other coupons. However, the fine print doesn't say there's any purchase required; however, I do recommend pairing the fries with a cold beer.

Good deals at The Melting Pot

Fondue - the practice of dipping food skewered on a metal rod into cheese, chocolate or a broth - was all the rage in the 1970s. It's struggled to really make a comeback, although I do admit to owning a fondue pot. At The Melting Pot, though, on Solomons Island Road in Annapolis, fondue never went out of style.

Complimentary birthday dinner at The Chop House

Did you know you can receive a complimentary birthday dinner at The Chop House in Annapolis? This is quite interesting to me because my birthday just so happens to be on Friday. The deal is this: Come in on your birthday with a valid ID, and they'll discount your bill, according to the nice woman I spoke with on the reservations line. If there are two of you dining, the food portion of your bill will be discounted 50 percent; if there's three of you, it will be 33 percent off; four of you and they'll take 25 percent off, and so on. After looking at the restaurant's menu, I think the lobster ravioli with shrimp and scallops scampi is calling to me...or perhaps the pepper and coriander-crusted tuna? Oh dear, I just can't decide. - Kelsey Collins,

Power Lunch: The Kitchen at 137

Welcome to Power Lunch. Each week we’ll 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.   How we got here: James and I hopped in the car and headed to downtown Annapolis. The Kitchen at 137 is located 137 Prince George Street. The Kitchen is small and decorated in a Mediterranean style, with large, fun frame posters separating the diners from the cooks.  

Don't forget: Annapolis Crab Festival tomorrow

Don't forget the Annapolis Rotary Club's Crab Festival tomorrow from 5-8 p.m. In its 65th year, the festival serves all-you-can-eat and -drink, including large crabs, Maryland vegetable carb soup, corn on the cob, beer barbecue sandwiches, hot dogs, draft beer and sodas. Tickets to the event cost $60 for adulst and $20 for children ages 3-12.According to the Rotary Club's website, expect about 2,500 people eating 478 bushels of crabs, 3,400 ears of corn, 130 gallons of crab soup, 1,800 hot dogs, 150 pounds of beef barbecue and hundreds of gallons of soft drinks and beer. Wow, that's a lot of food.

Dockside Caribbean Party at Watermen's Crab House

Watermen's Crab House in Rock Hall has some fun events coming up both this weekend and next weekend. This Friday, Aug. 6, the restaurant hosts a dockside Caribbean party, complete with music from Samo JFC Reggae/Calypso from Trinidad. The event includes contest prizes and drink specials (the summer drink promo is Dekuper and Cruzan Rum), plus a limbo contest on the deck.

It's all about oysters with Annapolis Green

In my recent tradition of telling you about things at the very last minute (by the way, so sorry for that. I'll do better, I promise), there's an event tonight I want you to know about, Green Drinks Annapolis. Here's the info from the press release: "Oysters, oysters, everywhere! Join us Thursday for some fun, learning about oysters, tasty appetizers and drinks and great music by the Oyster Boys in an oyster packing house!

Harbour Inn under new management

Bob Pascal's Habour Inn and Marina in St. Michaels is now under new management and has added a new executive chef, David Hayes. The Inn is promoting its Sunday brunch, which features a carving station, an omelet station, and other special additions such as steamed shrimp and award-winning cupcakes by Pamela Zak. The brunch costs $25, which includes one specialty cocktail. Reservations are recommended; call 410-745-9131. Now I'm not a big breakfast food person, but shrimp and cucpakes? I think I could go for those at any time of the day.-- Kelsey Collins,

Family Night at Metro Diner Cafe

It looks like Metro Diner Cafe at the Annapolis Towne Center is really catering to families. Every Wednesday night from 5-8 p.m., bring the whole gang for a family fun night. Tonight, Aug. 4, kids can get their faces painted and spin the prize wheel. Because I didn't really know what that meant, I called over to the diner to find out. An employee told me that it's one of those big wheels that clicks as you spin it with an arrow pointing to your prize. The first spin is free, while extra spins cost $1 each. Prizes range from free items from the Diner to prizes from other places in the Towne Center.

Dinner and a Show

Reynolds Tavern and Annapolis Summer Garden Theatre have paired up to off a discount on either dinner or a show when you dine at the Tavern and see "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" at the theater. They call it "Eats and Seats," and the premise is simple - show your theater ticket at Reynolds Tavern, and you'll get $3 off an entree for each ticket presented. Alternatively, you can take your Reynolds Tavern receipt to the theater's box office and get $3 off the price of an adult ticket - one for each entree purchased (up to four tickets).



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