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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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

Dining Around City Dock

Find yourself enjoying the nautical vibes at the Annapolis dock and wondering where to nosh in a restaurant-rich area of town?  Whether you want breakfast, lunch, dinner or deli take-out, the options are many.  This month we focus on some of the lesser known places around the City Dock where you will find a variety […]

April 04, 2017

Eat, Drink and Stay Merry this Holiday Season on West Street’s Restaurant Row

Annapolis is postcard-perfect during the holidays. The towering Christmas tree at the City Dock impresses; storefronts sparkle along Main Street, West Street and Maryland Avenue; and seasonal events like Midnight Madness bring throngs of merry-makers to the downtown area to greet friends and strangers and browse our many specialty shops. And of course, in the […]

December 16, 2016

Take a Walk on the Hip Side of Annapolis’ West Street Dining Scene

Visitors and locals alike are discovering another dimension to the Annapolis experience – the flipside of our town’s reputation for architecture, culture and the preservation of historic traditions. Led by charismatic entrepreneur Gavin Buckley, an Australian import who has made Annapolis his home for nearly a decade, the change to an edgier profile is happening […]

November 18, 2016

Brunching Around Annapolis

Sunday Brunch seems to be climbing to the top of the list of America’s favorite dining-out meals – and brunch in Annapolis is no exception. We have a growing list of options downtown and beyond. This month, I focus on some personal favorites – most within walking distance of the city’s major hostelries. Baroak, the […]

October 21, 2016

Tailgating is Tradition during Navy Football Season: Your Guide to Grab and Go Fare

White tents dot the landscape of the outer reaches of the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium ground at home games during the football season. There are four of these popular events in 2016, with the Naval Academy beating Fordham University earlier this month and upcoming games with Connecticut (Sept 10), Memphis (October 22), Tulsa (November 12) […]

September 15, 2016

Exploring Eastport’s Eateries

If you’re looking for the flipside of Annapolis proper, take the water taxi from the City Dock or cross the Spa Creek Bridge near the Annapolis Waterfront Hotel to explore the colorful community of Eastport. A peninsula bounded by Back Creek, Spa Creek and the Severn River, it is home to a bevy of restaurants, […]

August 17, 2016

Annapolis Freshfarms Farmers Market, a Local Sunday Morning Tradition

Seeking some delicious Sunday fun? From 8 am until noon each Sunday morning, May through November, a cluster of colorful tents magically appear on the Annapolis waterfront steps away from the downtown Annapolis Waterfront Hotel. Curious tourists and savvy locals are drawn to the site of the Annapolis Freshfarms Farmers Market, a collection of some […]

July 26, 2016

Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant Adds Luster to Annapolis Dining Options

Food and wine writers are asked to attend a variety of events, some of which are too appealing to pass up. Such was the case with an invitation last week to visit Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant at the upscale Annapolis Towne Centre, a mix of shops and restaurants that surround the development’s luxury condos […]

June 06, 2016

Tour—and Dine—at Annapolis’ Renowned Institutions of Higher Learning

May is a celebratory month in Maryland, when the first fruits of spring appear and moods mellow to match the season. It’s also a time when we welcome multitudes of visitors to the state capital of Annapolis, home of the United States Naval Academy and St. John’s College – two of the finest schools in […]

May 16, 2016