Just came from a visit to Annapolis and there were two visits every foodie should consider when they take their next 40 minute trip from the nation's capital to Maryland's capital.
The first is on east bay, to Wild Caught Seafood. A father and son who are local fishermen decided to get into retail and they've opened up this cute store off Second Street at the far end of the east shore in Annapolis. I don't recall the hours, but they are open Saturday and Sundays.
They have great prices on locally caught crabs- while they were out of the large and jumbos by early afternoon on Sunday, the prices for mediums (which would be large at the DC waterfront) were two dozen for 40.00. While quality is variable depending on when crabs are caught these were very lively, extremely fresh and both heavy and full of crab meat.
They also had nice large softshells that were also very fresh. For 5.00 each they can't be beat! On top of that there were also little neck clams that were from the area and they tell me oyster season starts next week so they'll have those too.
No place to sit- this is a little, clean, retail store, however they do have mallets, cute crab "newspaper" and local seasonings to go. Also, a couple blocks up on second is a small coffeshop (on the right as you leave Wild Caught). Very good coffee, tasty, inexpensive thin crust pizza, some locally grown produce and flowers that are both seasonal and beautiful!
Second stop was Butcher's Block off Riva on Harry Truman (I think exit 22). It's a small store but what a neat selection of prime, choice, American Kobe and exotic meats! Beautiful cuts of the best looking steaks I've seen in a while, had an American Kobe boneless prime rib (26.00 per pound) that was out of this world. Bought some elk, buffalo, and elk/bear burgers for the freezer as well as a small pc of foie gras that I can't wait to try.
I understand from other threads that they'll deconstruct a pig or a side of beef from time to time and I put my name on the list at the store if they do it again. I don't know what the terms will be, but I'd gladly go in with 10-15 people who would take 5-10 pounds each, or pay like $10 each for a few hours of watching an expert deconstruct a pig or a side. They also have homemade sausage, corned and roast beef done in house, a nice little selection on wine and a freezer case full of odd, interesting and tasty packets that's well worth a look. Also noticed a new sushi place that opened next door that we'll stop at the next time we're there...
Halfway between Baltimore and DC, full of quaint charm, Annapolis is a fun afternoon gettaway for any chowhounders!
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