Annapolis—with its cobbled streets, eighteenth-century homes, and storied history—has long charmed visitors. But the food scene? Let’s call it a late bloomer. Aside from a handful of beloved stalwarts, pub fare long dominated downtown. But all of that’s changing as locals and newcomers open stylish spots that make the most of the town’s quirky Euro vibe and rich bounty at its doorstep. The blue crabs of Maryland make up a huge staple ingredient in area’s cuisine. Annapolis restaurants greatly incorporate this resource in an array of uses. Main & Market, for example, serves traditional, purist style crab cakes, and the forty-plus-year-old institution Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn still sources crabs from local watermen. On West Street, great food, drink, and company can be found. Step into Naptown, as the locals call it, and enjoy this developing and delicious food scene.

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Snapshot: Annapolis, Maryland

Hemmed in part by the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries that carve its lush coastline, Annapolis is a knockout of a town.

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Chesapeake’s Salty Spice for Brackish Blue Crabs

A Chesapeake fishing family created a seasoning in 1945 to complement their crabs. 75 years later, their team produces 30,000 of their bestselling original blend used at Maryland's most popular crab houses.

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