About the Author

Mary Lou Baker is a longtime food and travel writer who relishes the opportunity to tell her readers about good eating and drinking in the Chesapeake Bay area. Among her culinary credits are as a weekly columnist and restaurant reviewer for the Capital, (the Annapolis daily newspaper; a monthly columnist for Chesapeake Life Magazine; former food and wine editor for Baltimore Magazine; co-author of "Dining in Baltimore"; and co-author of Seafood Lover’s Chesapeake Bay: Restaurants, Markets, Recipes & Traditions, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the United States Naval Academy Gift Shop. A native New Englander, she is happy to have called Annapolis her hometown for most of her adult life. Cooking is her favorite thing to do, second only to sampling the talents of the chefs who make Annapolis and the Eastern Shore a mecca for food-loving visitors. She can be reached at Mlbaker6@msn.com

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Time for Dinner and Romance

“Stop trying to make everybody happy.  You’re not tequila.” This quip, currently making the rounds on the internet, struck my funny bone.  It came across my computer screen as I began writing this February blog – a month marked with Valentine’s Day, when everyone from first graders to perennials sends cards, orders flowers, and maybe […]

February 01, 2018


January Dining in Annapolis

Is cabin fever beginning to set in with all this cold recently? Feeling a little stir crazy? With winter in full force here in Annapolis, it’s nice to know locals and visitors alike can hunker down in one of the many restaurants to enjoy a meal, a drink, and even a warm fire. January dining […]

January 10, 2018


Foodie Holiday in Annapolis

The season to eat, drink and be merry is here to distract us from “other things” and Annapolis is the place to be for foodie holiday time.  Share in the tradition of Midnight Madness, three nights of high-spirited shopping and dining downtown.  Main Street, Maryland Avenue and the first block of West Street are closed […]

December 07, 2017


Thanksgiving in Annapolis

November marks the beginning of the holiday season in towns and cities across the nation. Every year, more and more Annapolis restaurants are offering Thanksgiving feasts all across town. The catch? Reservations fill up quickly, so be sure to call or book online. Here’s a short list of beloved spots serving up Thanksgiving in Annapolis. […]

November 08, 2017


Last Chance for Crabs: Take Home a Maryland Memory

Hundreds of sleek water craft and miles of wooden docks transform the Annapolis Harbor in the magic month of October – 5-9 for the U.S. Sailboat Show followed by a quick change for the U.S. Powerboat Show 12-15.  The state capital of Maryland is also known as “Sailing Capital of the U.S.” and the site […]

October 06, 2017


Dockside Annapolis Treasures

Vacations are times for breaking some of the rules that shape our behavior during the work week.  Sleeping late is okay.  So is night-owling. So is indulging in some of the foods that are usually in the “no-no” category.  We can aid and abet your indulgences by pointing you in the direction of a few […]

September 12, 2017


Take A Trip to Crabtown

Maryland blue crabs are sweeter and meatier than _____________.  Fill in the blank and start your research with a visit to one of the best crab houses in and around Annapolis.  If you are a visitor without a car and need transportation to one of them, consider the water taxi at the City Dock, an […]

August 02, 2017


Wine and Dinner Cruises on the Chesapeake

July can be steamy or dreamy – hot on land but much cooler on the water.  Watermark Cruises and the Schooner Woodwind offers a range of options for getting out on the scenic Severn River or the majestic Chesapeake Bay. These well- established local companies provide unique adventures of varying durations – from on-demand water […]

July 18, 2017


Dining and Docking Options in South County

Okay – ready for a little adventure?  Once you have discovered Annapolis and enjoyed its restaurants, bars, architecture, art galleries, and the Naval Academy Visitors Center, we suggest you get out of town! We invite you to discover the picturesque towns south of Annapolis (Southern Anne Arundel County, or South County to locals), a bucolic […]

June 19, 2017


Local Favorites: Longstanding Annapolis Restaurants

Statistics show that most restaurants in the United States have a pitifully short lifespan. Ninety percent close their doors just a year after they opened, and the life expectancy for most of the survivors averages five years. A famous exception to this rule is the White Horse Tavern in Newport, Rhode Island, open since 1673 […]

May 08, 2017


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