WORTH THE DRIVE: AN­NAPO­LIS

The sailing cap­i­tal ex­pands its rep­u­ta­tion to in­clude de­li­cious din­ing.

Capitol File - - CONTENTS - BY TIM EBNER & AMY MOELLER

The word “An­napo­lis” im­me­di­ately brings to mind a slew of coastal call­ings: strolling dock­side on a mid­sum­mer night, watch­ing chil­dren feed ducks, eat­ing home­made ice cream at City Dock— all while bell buoys ding in the dis­tance. Yes, the cap­i­tal of Mary­land evokes a Nor­man Rock­well paint­ing, but what about su­perb culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences? If your an­swer is “no,” then al­low us to change your mind with a guide to some of An­napo­lis’s best eater­ies—based on your DC fa­vorites.

If you love the hy­per­local menu at The Dab­ney, try Pre­serve. The restau­rants are sim­i­larly de­signed, with an open bar and kitchen, and the kitchen’s guid­ing phi­los­o­phy is the same: show­case the best that the Ch­e­sa­peake re­gion has to of­fer. Can’t-miss dishes in­clude the pick­led veg­eta­bles, shrimp let­tuce wraps, and crispy kale. 164 Main St., 443-5986920; pre­serve-eats.com

If you love the home­made Pop-Tarts at Ted’s Bul­letin, try Iron Rooster. Both of these über-pop­u­lar brunch spots of­fer über-deca­dent break­fast, lunch, and “sup­per,” served with a side of nostal­gia. We’ll let you de­cide whose Pop-Tarts are bet­ter. 12 Mar­ket Space, 410-9901600; iron­roost­er­all­day.com

If you love the raw bar fa­vorites at Hank’s Oys­ter Bar, try Boat­yard Bar & Grill. Oys­ters are shucked fresh at this long-loved nau­ti­cal-themed bar and restau­rant, lo­cated across the creek in East­port. And just like Hank’s, Boat­yard is a big be­liever in the power of Old Bay. Mary­land crab soup, broiled crab cakes, and even French fries come served with the sea­son­ing. Sev­ern Av­enue and Fourth Street, 410-216-6206; boat­yard­barand­grill.com

If you love the tucked­away am­bi­ence at Sixth En­gine, try Fox’s Den. Down a nar­row stair­way off Main Street, the in­con­spic­u­ous store­front of Fox’s Den may be a lit­tle hard to find at first. But don’t pass it up. The wood-fired piz­zas and craft cock­tails make for the per­fect date-night meal. Look­ing for more? Try the chili mac or the seared cau­li­flower—and have a look at the im­pres­sive menu of craft beer. 179 B Main St., 443-8088991; foxs­den.com

Sailor’s de­light: An­napo­lis has rock­eted to foodie friend­li­ness with such dishes and hot spots as (clock­wise from top left) Vin 909; the city’s his­toric down­town; the chocolate and vanilla wafer cake from Iron Rooster; City Dock; the gnoc­chi served...

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