Din­ing in An­napo­lis can be as much fun as walk­ing the docks.

Yachting - - CURRENTS - By Kim Kavin

We love ev­ery boat­show. Truly, we do. Whether it’s the megay­achts in Fort Laud­erdale or the Downeast de­buts in New­port, Rhode Is­land, or the cen­ter con­soles and fam­i­lyfriendly cruis­ers in New York City, each boat show has its own vibe and rea­sons to get ex­cited. ¶ The United States Power­boat Show in An­napo­lis of­fers plenty in that re­spect (see the side­bar on the op­po­site page), but for us, an added bonus at this par­tic­u­lar show is the af­ter-the-docks din­ing in the his­toric dis­trict. Quite a few restau­rants are within walk­ing dis­tance. Some are in build­ings more than a cen­tury old. A hand­ful have helped to keep oys­ter­men and other sea­far­ing en­ter­prises go­ing for gen­er­a­tions. ¶ McGar­vey’s (see the side­bar be­low) is our choice for oys­ters, served with a cock­tail sauce, fiery horse­rad­ish and le­mon, plus crack­ers to give your taste buds a break. (Thank good­ness.) ¶ Close by is the Fed­eral House Bar & Grille, es­tab­lished in 1830 and still win­ning awards for its cream of crab soup. Its other spe­cialty is crab cakes, and a re­cently added fan fa­vorite is the Crabby Patty: a burger topped with a fried onion, crab dip and cheese. ¶ Near there is the Iron Rooster, which is the place to go for com­fort food such as

Low­coun­try dirty rice, meat­loaf and chicken pot pie — say, if you need to soothe your nerves dur­ing a bid­ding war for a bro­ker­age boat. ¶ And as hard as it might be to save a few calo­ries for dessert, we highly rec­om­mend a stop at the Storm Bros. Ice Cream Fac­tory, which has been serv­ing up sweet­ness since 1979. There are sin­gle-, dou­ble­and triple-scoop ver­sions of ev­ery­thing from tra­di­tional choco­late and vanilla to deep-dish ap­ple pie. (Yes, as ice cream. On a cone.) ¶ So, walk the show docks un­til your feet are good and sore, and work up a hearty ap­petite. An­napo­lis never dis­ap­points — on boats or bel­lies.

BOAT SHOW FA­VORITE McGar­vey’s Sa­loon and Oys­ter Bar was es­tab­lished in 1975 and has been a fa­vorite hang­out among An­napo­lis boat-show pa­trons for years. Fresh oys­ters, clams and mus­sels are de­liv­ered to the restau­rant six days a week. The oys­ters come from Mary­land, Delaware and Vir­ginia.

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