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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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
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
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
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
Holidays bring many tourists to Maryland’s capital city, as well as many “home-comers” who travel from far and wide to celebrate here with their family and friends. While most of the good times will take place around the dining room table, there are folks who depend on local restaurants to provide a traditional Thanksgiving feast. We are pleased to report on some prime local spots that are happy to serve you turkey and all the trimmings.
November 20, 2015
The third Thursday of November marks the release of the 2015 Nouveau Beaujolais. Reserve November 19 on your calendar to celebrate in style with French-trained Chef Carro Oldham at Grapes Wine Bar of Annapolis.
November 18, 2015
“Ask the locals,” is the oft-given advice to folks from out of town looking for a good place to dine. But if you’re an early riser searching for a favorite breakfast spot, many of the locals (referred to here as Annapolitans) may still be asleep and, therefore, unavailable to offer their expert input. That’s where I come in. As a longtime Annapolis resident and restaurant reviewer, I am glad to be your “local”, sharing an insider’s perspective about where in our town you can find a phenomenal breakfast.
October 13, 2015
If you ask Chick & Ruth’s Delly owner Ted Levitt the key to his restaurant’s success, he’ll tell you without hesitation: “Friendly service and good food. Keep it old-fashioned. Keep it original.” This philosophy has paid off over the years, so much so that Ted and his wife Beth will be celebrating the 50th anniversary […]
August 12, 2015
Steve Vilnit, the seafood marketing genius at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, is an innovative cheerleader for the Maryland blue crab. Credit Vilnit for initiating the True Blue program, providing restaurants that use the native crustacean with logos to post on their windows. So, if you insist on crab cakes with the distinctive sweet taste and pleasing texture that distinguish the “beautiful swimmers” from their distant relations, “Go for the Blue”.
July 29, 2015
Annapolis has a special place in its civic heart for the French. Last month, city dignitaries and throngs of local residents turned out at City Dock to welcome the Hermione—an exact replica of the frigate that brought the Marquis de Lafayette from Rochefort, France to Boston in 1780. Several Annapolis families hosted the French visitors, treating them to dinner at Les Folies, the city’s premier French restaurant. The celebration of the Annapolis-France alliance continues this month with the wildly popular Bastille Day extravaganza at Les Folies Brassserie, to which the public is invited.
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