I took part in one of these special dinners they host and it was a great experience! It's a prix fixe menu paired with the featured wine and/or vintner hosted by the vintner in an intimate setting. Additionally, the chef incorporates the wine as an ingredient in at least one of the meals showcasing the wine's versatility.
It's a little on the pricey side, but it's certainly a fun experience. But you have to make reservations early as there are a slew of regulars who attend these dinners monthly.
This is the best waterfront restaurant in Annapolis by a very large margin. Why?
1. View - It's nestled on the shoreline at the foot of the 450 bridge and directly across the Severn River from the Naval Academy where you get to enjoy unobstructed views from most of the seating areas. Multi-level outdoor seating has even nicer views (but you do have to deal with bugs)
2. Food - I came here for their Sunday brunch and I keep coming back because the food is unparalleled. Even my friends and family back in Philly are hooked on the Severn Inn's Sunday brunch! The buffet is large, fairly priced, unlimited mimosas and bloody marys and far better gourmet options compared to their closest competitor.
3. Environment - Nicely appointed and airy feeling throughout. It gives you the sense of a converted boathouse without being obnoxiously nautical-themed.
4. Ambience - This is a good place for a first date.
Parking is a bit limited and could be challenging to find especially after 12pm on Sunday when the churches let out. I recommend reservations (I use OpenTable), especially for the wildly popular Sunday brunch.
The Chart House is part of a national chain and executes better than their Philadelphia counterpart. But honestly, it's only really good for drinks, appetizers and the view of Spa Creek.
I've had dinner and brunch here and wasn't impressed with either. The brunch is a la carte with limited selections and rather pricey. Dinner was okay but nothing jumped out as being memorable or worthy of a return trip.
The only time I go to this restaurant really is during the winter when they have the fireplace going where I can enjoy a nice cocktail and appetizer while looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking Spa Creek and City Dock (if there are no boats anchored in the middle of Spa Creek).
This place is good for a steak sandwich fix, but you have to remember that this is NOT a Philly steak sandwich. If you're a transplanted Philadelphian, as I am, you'll appreciate the attempt and it will satisfy your craving, but you'll still miss your steak from Pat's, Geno's, Jim's Steaks, Steve's Prince of Steaks, Tony Luke's, Gearo's or even the Center City corner lunch wagon.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not knocking the shop and their steak sandwiches are very tasty, but there are some drastic differences:
1. Size - Theirs is a meager 6 inches long costing $7.50. Philly's are a foot long for a dollar less.
2. Roll - Theirs is soft and more like a dinner roll. Philly's are crunchy and chewy Amoroso Italian rolls.
3. Onions - Theirs are grilled red onions. Philly's are yellow (in most cases)
4. Temperature - Theirs is wrapped in aluminum foil and it's cold before you get to your car. Philly's is wrapped in paper and stays hot until you get to your seat in Citizens Bank Park.
5. Nutrition - Theirs tastes almost healthy. Philly's is beautifully heart stopping.
Mmm, now I got a craving for a cheesesteak with onions and American! Good thing I'm heading to Philly this weekend because I'm making a trip to Steve's at Comly and the Blvd! (Sorry Philly Flash!)
I don't know how this restaurant got rated as What's Up, Annapolis? magazine's Best Italian restaurant of 2011. The food is horrible (it's not Tuscan-style), the staff is slow and uninformed and the prices were bloated (probably because of its location in the same vicinity as The Westin Hotel).
If you want better tasting Italian-ish food, go to Papa John's. At least there you won't be surprised by the lack of quality and won't be paying out the nose for it either.
This is a great place: reasonably priced, nice atmosphere, good food and fantastic desserts. A friend of mine lived in Bologna, Italy for a few years and is very critical of Italian restaurants. Every time she comes down, she wants to go to Brio and at least get a tiramisu because it's the closest to traditional Italian tiramisu. She also loves their authentic Italian entrees, most of which aren't usually seen in Italian restaurants that cater to the American palette. It does get busy pretty quickly so I suggest making a reservation, especially on the weekends or when there's something going on at the Academy. This is a popular place for Midshipmen to go to with visiting family.
I went to this establishment for their Sunday brunch buffet as it's touted as being one of the best. Though the restaurant is bright and airy, I wasn't too impressed with it overall. Don't get me wrong, the food was good and the selection was admirable, but the view is only "okay" and there wasn't much included with the cost. There is a better option in the area that gives more bang for your buck. Their competitor has a far better vista, far better gourmet selections as part of a larger buffet, and they include limitless mimosas and bloody marys in their price.
This is hands-down the best steakhouse in the area. Actually, it ranks # 2 on my list of all-time great steakhouses...2nd only to Bobby Flay's Steak in the Borgata in Atlantic City, NJ.
The steaks are phenomenal (like Texas-sized), cooked correctly (how many of us told the server "medium rare" and it came out "medium"?), reasonably priced (a little pricey but the steaks are fair market price), the sides are huge and everything can be shared for no additional cost. The staff are fun, friendly and professional. My server was even able to recommend restaurants with Sunday brunch buffets in the area (which I still go to!). The wine selection is astounding and is annually recognized by respected wine connoisseurs as being the best.
The restaurant itself is small so reservations are a necessity. The bar area, though quaint, is tiny so good luck finding a seat if you're just interested in a drink.
I've been going to their Claymont, DE store for almost a decade now. If this store is anything like that one, you can be sure that you won't find a better deal, more knowledgeable staff, or bigger selection than Total Wine & More. To give you a better idea of the popularity of this store: The one in Claymont, DE attracts customers from all over. It's not surprising to see license plates and dealer stickers from only the local area, but NJ, Philadelphia and its suburbs, northeastern PA, NY, and MD.
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