Phillips Crab Deck is now open in Annapolis.
The 140-seat terrace restaurant, which opened very quietly on Aug. 16, marks Phillips Seafood's return to Annapolis -- in the same Dock Street location that it left in 2009. It was replaced there by Hell Point Seafood, which shut its doors in late February of this year.
Phillips Crab Deck, which is open daily for lunch and dinner beginning at 11:30 a.m., occupies only one of three buildings -- 14 Dock St. -- that housed the Phillips Annapolis Harbor Restaurant and then Hell Point Seafood. The neighboring buildings have been un-joined from the establishment and will soon house an English-style pub.
The new Phillips restaurant also marks a return to a more traditional Eastern Shore crab house menu and aesthetic for the Baltimore-based seafood company, whose restaurant origins date back to 1956, when Shirley and the late Brice Phillips opened their first "crab shack" in Ocean City.
As Phillips expanded to other cities, including Baltimore and Washington, D.C., Philadelphia and Atlantic City, the restaurants evolved into full-fledged dining experiences. The primary offerings at the new Phillips are steamed blue crabs, crab cakes, raw bar and steamer pots.
The restaurant is located at 14 Dock St. in Annapolis. For information call 410-280-2722 or go to phillipsseafood.com.