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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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

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