Five standout spots for 2018's Annapolis Restaurant Week

In its 10 years, Annapolis Restaurant Week has become a hot ticket — regularly attracting thousands of customers to participating restaurants.

“We are a culinary destination,” says Erik Evans, executive director of the Downtown Annapolis Partnership, which organizes the annual event, which runs Feb. 25-March 3. By late January, more than 150,000 people had already viewed the event’s Facebook page and more 4,000 had RSVPed.

Each participating restaurant offers a two-course lunch for $15.95 or a three-course dinner for $34.95. Some restaurants will also offer a two-course breakfasts for $12.95, and diners can expect bonus food and drink specials that tie in exclusively with restaurant week, according to Evans.

There are dozens of participating restaurants, but a few stand out:


17 Annapolis St.; 410-267-0274;

The European comfort food restaurant nestled in West Annapolis is headed by executive chef Frederik De Pue a three-course dinner with the option of a two-course wine pairing for an additional $20.

Try the popular mussel salad with brioche, garlic, parsnips and lemon dressing for the first course; the roasted organic farm chicken, which is sous vided for four hours and then roasted for an additional half-hour, for the second; and opt for the almond banana beignets with Szechuan pepper chocolate sauce for dessert.

It's no wonder The Baltimore Sun gave it 4.5 stars out of five.


164 Main St.; 443-598-6920;

The self-described casual American restaurant known for its pickling, preserving and fermenting is offering a three-course course dinner menu.

For an appetizer, try the crispy kale, which is made with cumin yogurt, housemade pepper jelly and red onion. That dish is the most popular of all the restaurant week items, according to Michelle Hoffman, co-owner and general manager, whose husband, Jeremy, is the restaurant’s executive chef.

She also suggests ordering the vegan pot de creme for dessert and the chicken liver mousse.

Miss Shirley’s Cafe

1 Park Place; 410-268-5171;

While other restaurants treat breakfast like an afterthought, the first meal of the day reigns at Miss Shirley’s Cafe, a Maryland chain which is regularly mentioned as one of the top breakfast restaurants in the region.

You can’t go wrong with the pancakes or mini waffles. The benne seed chicken and waffles are a popular mainstay.

For lunch, try the fried green tomatoes. Finish with the barbecue mac and cheese skillet, which is topped with pulled pork.

The Light House Bistro

202 West St.; 410-424-0922;

A first-year participant in restaurant week, The Light House Bistro is a unique concept restaurant that operates as a nonprofit, with proceeds going to The Light House Homeless Prevention Support Center.

As for the menu, try the trio of beignets for breakfast; the B.L.A.T. flatbread with bacon, pepper jack cheese, avocado and arugula for lunch; and the seared salmon for dinner.

Luna Blu Ristorante Italiano

36 West St., 410-267-9950,

The Italian restaurant known for its steak, wine selection and fresh pastas will offer lunch and dinner menus for restaurant week. During lunch, customers may choose dessert instead of a first course. And during dinner — for $38 — the restaurant will also offer a four-course meal consisting of an appetizer, salad, entree and dessert.

Although the restaurant will not be participating Sunday, Feb. 25, it will be offering half price bottles of wine on Monday and Wednesday during restaurant week.

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