Every time I visit Dirty Pat (and Mrs. Pat), I try to get my fair share of seafood, particularly east coast oysters. On my last trip, I had my first oyster shooter. Yes, it is hard to believe that an oyster lover like me had his first oyster shooter last year!
Last year, we visited Sailor Oyster Bar’s happy hour. This little row house turned oyster bar is a popular place with the college crowd. Along with the oysters, we had several bottles of Prosecco, though the college kids focus on craft beer. They also have creative small plates, such as Hamachi crudo, and torched scallops.
Another institution we visited on our first visit several years ago, was the downtown Annapolis institution, Chick and Ruth’s Delly, founded in 1965. Of course, the crab cake Benedict is their signature dish, along with homemade corned beef hash. The place is always crowded!
Do not fear, if you end up eating too much, there is always a great walking tour of the U.S. Nabal Academy (at least in daylight hours). You are on your own at night. In fact, we had the pleasure of dining with a Midshipman that evening at a local Chinese restaurant.
Locals say the best crabcake in the world is served at the Boatyard Bar and Grill. This is where I had my first oyster shooter, along with a crabcake sandwich. And a cold beer.
I leave it to Dirty Pat for choosing where we eat. Last time, we had oysters most every day. And we went to a Chinese place about a mile from their home. It was surprisingly very good, and a bit different. And they always pair wine with their Chinese food, I usually choose beer or tea.