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Top Choice Seafood in Annapolis

Jimmy Cantler's Riverside Inn

One of the best crab shacks in the state, where eating a steamed crab has been elevated to an art form: a hands-on, messy endeavor, normally accompanied by corn on the cob and ice-cold beer. Cantler's is a little wa…
Top Choice American in Annapolis

Vin 909

Perched on a little wooded hill and boasting intimate but enjoyably casual ambience, Vin is the best thing happening in Annapolis for food. Farm-sourced goodness features in the form of duck confit, dry-aged Angus b…
Historic Building in Annapolis

Maryland State House

The country's oldest state capitol in continuous legislative use, the grand 1772 State House also served as national capital from 1783 to 1784. Notably, General George Washington returned his commission here as Comm…
University in Annapolis

US Naval Academy

The undergraduate college of the US Navy is one of the most selective universities in America. The Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center is the place to book tours (adult/child $11/9; 75 minutes) and immerse in all things A…
Museum in Annapolis

Hammond Harwood House

Of the many historical homes in town, the Hammond Harwood House, dating from 1774, is the one to visit. It has a superb collection of decorative arts, including 18th-century furniture, paintings and ephemera, and is…
Breakfast in Annapolis

Iron Rooster

From the crab cake Benedict layered with lump crab, poached eggs and hollandaise to the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles with black pepper pan gravy, everything sounds good at this rustic-chic enclave near Dock …
Seafood in Annapolis

Boatyard Bar & Grill

This bright, nautically themed restaurant with a big central bar is a festive and welcoming spot for crab cakes, fish and chips, oysters, fish tacos and other seafood. Happy hour (3pm to 7pm Monday to Friday) draws …
Live Music in Annapolis

Rams Head On Stage

Settle in at tables to watch performances by well-known bands and musicians, from Dave Davies to Lee Ann Womack to Keller Williams. Small bites ($10 to $15), wine, cocktails and beer are served. The venue is next do…
Diner in Annapolis

Chick & Ruth’s Delly

A cornerstone of Annapolis, the-squeeze-'em-in-tight Delly bursts with affable quirkiness and a big menu, heavy on sandwiches and breakfast fare. Patriots can relive grade-school days reciting the Pledge of Allegian…
Pub in Annapolis

Fox's Den

Head underground for microbrews and craft cocktails, all served in a snug gastropub in the thick of the Main St action. Hopping on Mondays when the brick-oven pizzas are $10.