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Cantler's Riverside Inn in Annapolis was named the most popular restaurant in Maryland by People magazine.
Cantler's Riverside Inn in Annapolis was named the most popular restaurant in Maryland by People magazine. (By Paul W. Gillespie / Capital Gazette)

Cantler's Riverside Inn is the most popular restaurant in Maryland, according to People magazine.

The magazine's food section recently released a list of the most popular restaurants in each state and Washington, D.C. Cantler's, a longtime Annapolis crab house, was named No. 1 for Maryland.

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People's food editors considered a range of factors to determine the most popular restaurants restaurant in every state, according to the list, including expert opinions from Zagat, diner ratings and Google scores. They paid "special attention to spots sourcing local ingredients and serving iconic or regionally inspired food," the list said.

Craig Kirkner and Charlie Ross stand across from each other in a small, refrigerated back room at Conrad's Crabs & Seafood Market on Taylor Avenue, near Towson.

In Maryland, that meant looking for the best spots to crack open crabs.

"Marylanders say the sweet, Old Bay-crusted Chesapeake blue crabs are the best around — and Cantler's is the most authentic place to enjoy them as you sit on the deck overlooking lovely Mill Creek," the description on People's website reads.

You don't need an MBA from Wharton to figure out that if you've been successful in business for more than four decades (Cantler's celebrated their 40th anniversary last year), then you must be doing something very right. Head out to Cantler's (use the GPS if it's your first time) and you can experience first hand the reasons for their enduring popularity. You'll see up close and personal why they're an Annapolis landmark.

Cantler's is located at 458 Forest Beach Road.

The full list is available here.

Read a 2015 review of Cantler's here.

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