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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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

Dining Al Fresco in Annapolis

Annapolitans are an outdoorsy bunch, preferring to be outside no matter what the season. Proof is the popularity of the famous Frost Bite races on winter Sundays, the year-round runners you see on the city’s sidewalks and the known “fact” that it never rains on our golf courses or lacrosse fields. So if you enjoy dining al fresco, Annapolis has a variety of appealing options, weather permitting.

April 07, 2016

1747 Pub at Reynolds Tavern Scores for Food and History

Visitors seeking a historic setting for great burgers and beers should know about an obscure little pub in the cellar of the Reynolds Tavern on Church Circle. Look for a modest sign that practically whispers 1747 Pub on the side of the building, climb down stairs dating back to its original 1737 construction, and prepare […]

March 28, 2016

Annapolis Restaurateurs Selected to Host Dinner at James Beard House

It’s not every day you are invited to cook at the iconic James Beard House at 167 W. 12th Street in New York City. But that’s where Josh Brown, executive chef at Fox’s Den, a happening new American gastropub in Annapolis, will be on March 22, joined by the pub’s mixologist/bartender Tommy Burns as they present a five-course meal with matching wines.

March 08, 2016

Romantic Restaurants in Annapolis for Every Couple

Valentine’s Day turns our thoughts to heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, red roses—and a romantic dinner with our significant other. Aware that the choice of a restaurant for such an occasion is influenced by age as well as wallet, we’ve come up with a variety of ideas on Annapolis restaurants suitable for a special dinner-au-deux.

February 01, 2016

Local resident, Restaurant Executive Brings His Talents to Annapolis

Eastport Kitchen is generating lots of happy talk among area residents who welcome this newest addition to the local restaurant scene. With his wife Celia, Eastport resident and avid sailor Tony Moynagh opened this casual neighborhood hangout after an illustrious career with Clyde’s Restaurant Group.

January 06, 2016

Legislative Session Enlivens Area Restaurants and Inns

Restaurants rejoice at the influx of legislators, lobbyists and staffers brought to Annapolis by the annual convening of the Maryland General Assembly. This year marks the 436th session of the state’s governing body, kicking off January 13 and concluding April 11. At last count, that means 47 senators and 141 delegates will come to town on weekdays, some staying at area hotels or B&Bs and all of them dining locally.

January 03, 2016