RNR News and Notes

Every year in February, the Downtown Annapolis Partnership makes it possible to get out and try the best restaurants the city has to offer, without breaking the bank.  Behold – Annapolis Restaurant Week.


What Annapolis Restaurant Week offers that makes it stand out from other cities? The fixed price menus! Yes – all participating restaurants offer up 3-course dinners for the same price, $34.95.  Plus – some restaurants take it to the next level – offering a 2-course lunch for $15.95 and even a 2-course breakfast for $12.95. 


With over 40 restaurants participating this year – its hard to decide where to even start!


So we asked RNR Roadshow Captain Conor -  our resident self-proclaimed Foodie - what his top picks for Annapolis Restaurant Week 2018 are:


Buddy’s Crabs and Ribs – a downtown staple – don’t miss the Blackened Chicken Tacos for lunch and for dinner – how can you beat the Seafood Trio (Crab Cake, Lobster Tail, and  Grilled Shrimp) for $34.95!?


Caliente Grill – after showing off my figure skating skills over at the Quiet Waters Ice Rink – I like to refuel with some guac (you don’t have to pay extra when it’s Restaurant Week!) and the Bistec Encebollado.  If I have my girlfriend and I am showing off couples figure skating style- and we need dinner – don’t mess around and get the Ceviche Mixto, Camarones Al Ajillo, and Flan for dessert.


Carpaccio Tuscan Grill – can we start by saying how amazing this place is because instead giving each table some plain bread and olive oil before the meal – they bring out pizza bread!  Which is basically a basket of slices of cheese pizza.  Take that Olive Garden! Anyways – Carpaccio is offering lunch and dinner specials – so if you go during the day – I would go with the Insalata Cesare and the Penne Vodka Carpaccio Style.  Dinner time – switch it up and start with the Insalate Mediterranea and have the Vitello Marsala for your main course.  They haven’t listed their desserts – so maybe you can ask to have more pizza bread?


Fado  – Fado is offering lunch and dinner menus – but the star here is the salmon bites – these mini slices of heaven feature salmon, on boxty, with horseradish sauce.  Full Disclosure - you could put just about anything on Fado’s boxty and I would eat it…


The Federal House – if I am downtown on Tuesday – this is where I am having lunch – cause the steak fajita tacos sound legit and you know the Federal House’s Cream of Crab Soup is A+.  For dinner- I would go out on a limb and try something new – like the Shrimp Tostadas, Baseball Sirloin, and the Apple Strudel. 


Galway Bay – all I can say is that if you have never had the Shepherd’s Pie from Galway Bay – run, don’t walk, over to Main Street and get one … it is the best I have ever had – and I have had a lot of Shepherd’s Pies. 


Lighthouse Bistro – as you might have deciphered from my last choice – I am a fan of the savory pies. So a chicken pot pie at Lighthouse Bistro will be consumed by me at some point during Restaurant Week


Middleton’s – I love the steamed shrimp from Middleton’s! But they aren’t on the Restaurant Week menu – but you know what is – Oysters Rockefeller and the Middleton Special!  Plus – they have $6 Stella draughts!


Miss Shirley’s – Miss Shirley is shaking it up- offering lunch and breakfast, but no dinner.  And while I love me some Miss Shirley’s French Toast – I am going with the BBQ Mac and Cheese Skillet.  I don’t think I need to explain this any further - it’s a skillet loaded with mac n cheese House-Made Pulled BBQ Pork with local Baltimore BBQ Co. Chesapeake Sauce.  I might just order 2 … haven’t decided yet


O’Leary’s – Wil is always cooking up something fantastic – but the menu winner to me is the Shrimp and Grits.  They are stick to your ribs low country goodness in a bowl.  Gotta have it every time. 


O’Brien’s Steak House – don’t get fooled by the Shepherd’s Pie – we already know where to get that – but do stick with Oysters Rockefeller and the Stuffed Salmon.  Salmon stuffed with Crab Imperial – yes please!


Rams Head Tavern – have you ever been to an RNR Private Artist Showcase and seen the guy in the corner stuffing his face with Crabby Tots?  Yeah, that’s me – no shame in my game – they are incredible and definitely worth getting for Restaurant Week!


Sam’s on the Waterfront – good thing the Kobe Burger isn’t on the restaurant week menu – because it will force me to try something else.  The seafood is always on point here – so the Rockfish is going to be the go to here … and if you don’t know, now you know – the Crème Brulee Cheesecake is outrageously good. 


So there it is ... Conor's top picks for Annapolis Restaurant Week 2018 - so get out there and eat all the foods!