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Annapolis dining

BontheC | Jun 8, 2008 02:52 PM

Saw some recent posts about dining in Annapolis. Since I live here, I have to agree with the many posters that the restaurants here, for the most part, serve straight forward food, and frankly cater to the tourists more so than the residents. I have dined at Harry Browne's in the past, but hadn't been there in awhile until last week. Foodies may want to give this place another try. The setting is quaint, right across from the State House, and the few outside tables let you enjoy a relaxing meal with your pet if you so desire. How nice it was to be in a fine dining establishment and have our best friend, (chocolate lab), right by our side.

Service was impeccable, and the food was surprisingly delicious and inventive. Since we hadn't fine dined in months and we were celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary we decided to order BIG. I started with a grilled wild boar sausage appetizer that came w/ an onion & dried cherry marmalade, cornmeal blinis and a vanilla balsamic reduction. Sounds like a slew of ingredients, but everything co-mingled brilliantly and it was a star dish. Another appetizer was Virginia oysters, dusted with foccacia breadcrumbs and flash fried, This was served with a delicious aoli. We decided to split our salad, and we made the right decision since this could have been an entree: duck confit salad, w/walnuts, buttermilk blue cheese, angel hair fried potatoes, and a dried cherry and port vinaigrette. It was quite good.

I have to say it was the first Annapolis dining experience that surprised me with its uniqueness and its unusual flavors. I was about to burst before the entree came, so I was not so into enjoying my pan seared butterfish w/grilled shrimp and asian style sides. My husband however, had no problem digging into his perfectly grilled strip steak. You should check out the menu on line. There are numerous other stand-out appetizers and entrees I would have liked to have tried if only I had three stomachs.

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