Moved to Annapolis about 2 yrs ago, and discovered Harry Browne's. It was the best place in town by far (and we have tried them all several times!). Service was sometimes great, sometimes not so great. But... the food...! The chef was formerly of Pesce and Galileo in D.C., and was doing the best food around, unlike anyone else in Annapolis. Foie gras, exotic mushrooms, gorgeous fish, polenta, homemade gnocchi, heavenly duck confit, brocollini, ...incredible!!! We used to frequent there, take all our houseguests (particularly the ones from NYC), went for holiday meals (Thanksgiving was the best bargain ever, and better than anyone's mother EVER made, and New Year's Eve 2003 was to die for, particulary the desserts from a great new pastry chef that came last fall -- also from D.C. as I understood. ) Never once were we disappointed. Specials were out of this world, clearly a reflection of the chef's talents.
But no more... last week we went, dinner was horrible, off-tasting,no specials and when we mentioned our extreme disappointment to the waiter, he said Chef Tony Spagnoli(of the last 2 years) had left in June. When we replied that at least we will have one of the delicious desserts from the pastry chef, the waiter said, "oh, she left too!"
I don't know who's cooking in that kitchen now, but obviously Harry Browne hasn't gotten anyone who knows what they are doing. Too bad for Annapolitans, and good fortune for where ever Chef Spagnoli and that talented pastry chef have gone to.
What a shame. Such a great location, wonderful atmosphere, and a real need in Annapolis for fine dining, truly great food. There is lots of money coming into Annapolis, and with it, people who have traveled (not just by boat!) who have more discriminating palates. Oh, well, I guess we'll have to start driving back to D.C. for dinner.
Harry Browne: RIP