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Main Ingredient

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914 Bay Ridge Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403-3999
+1 410-626-0388
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 7:30 am - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Annapolis, Maryland
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

we are so lucky to have THE MAIN INGREDIENT as our neighborhood go-to. it is warm and inviting and friendly. leather booths are our favorite seating. the staff is awesome. first a greeting and drink order then a board of warm, crusty bread (delicious) and some whipped sweet butter. the food is gourmet with daily specials. their tuna steak (Kirosowa)... More 

Thank Catherine R
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87 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ordered takeout for our large group. Food was fresh and delicious with lots of flavor. It was prepared quickly and the waitstaff was excellent.

Thank Ashleigh10
Atlanta, Georgia
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144 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

The breakfast was fantastic...each of us had something different and everything was pronounced to be tasty and filling. I had an omelet with crab filling and cheese, one of my friends had a dish that he requested to be made without bacon (he's a vegetarian) and they were happy to oblige, another friend had eggs over easy and the final... More 

Thank ColumbiaMDPercolate
CMR8027, General Manager at Main Ingredient, responded to this review

Dear ColumbiaMDPercolate, Thank you so much for taking the time to review the Main Ingredient Cafe and for such lovely compliments & feedback! I look forward to your next visit in the Cafe. Sincerely, Christina Rossetti Main Ingredient Cafe More 

Cape Elizabeth, Maine
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37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Seems everyone visiting Annapolis has heard of Miss Shirley's and Chick and Ruths for breakfast. Well for my money Main Ingredient is better. Food is way better than Chick and Ruths. Food is less "creative" than Miss Shirley's, less expensive and more traditional breakfast food. So, if looking for a great breakfast place with great food at a reasonable cost,... More 

Thank Thomas K
Falmouth, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

We love their great variety of breakfast treats, pancakes and waffles of every description. Wonderful coffee and friendly wait staff makes it a perfect start for the day. In fact, I guess they have lunch and dinners, too, but we're too stuffed from breakfast to go back!

Thank Sherry M
Columbia, Maryland
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139 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

This place has been around for years. It is a comfortable, consistent, go-to place for locals. The food is prepared with care using quality ingredients. Soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, and evening specials every day of the week. For breakfast try the fabulous French toast made with fresh baked cinnamon swirl bread, or build your own omelette selecting from dozen of... More 

Thank hankski
CMR8027, General Manager at Main Ingredient, responded to this review

Dear Hankski, Thanks so much for the wonderful review! We look forward to seeing you in the cafe in the near future. Sincerely, Christina Rossetti More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The food is very good and has interesting items on the menu. Great salads and nice variety of flavors available..

Thank sail0r
CMR8027, General Manager at Main Ingredient, responded to this review

sail0r, Thanks so much for the excellent review! We look forward to seeing you in the cafe in the near future. Sincerely, Christina Rossetti More 

Annapolis, Maryland, United States
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64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2016 via mobile

This place is in a strip mall and is often busy. The food comes out quickly and the menu is okay. If you get breakfast be forewarned that the breakfast potatoes are tasteless and often lukewarm. The holding queue is very small so just put your name in and stand outside. The waitresses are hit and miss. Most are friendly,... More 

Thank Edward K
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

We 1st learned of this restaurant when we enjoyed their catering gig at a wedding. It has been one of our favorites for more than 15-years. Often a waiting line on weekends, and the people are 95% locals who enjoy the great meals at moderate prices. Absolutely reliable - we've never had a bad meal there. Watch out for the... More 

Thank Curthess
Annapolis, Maryland
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57 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

The Main Ingredient does catering and has a restaurant next door that is average for a strip shopping center but what you lose in decor you get back in delicious food. The staff is friendly and most of the seats are comfortable (you might want to avoid the booth by the door). They specialize in soups, bread, cakes.

Thank AbleDanger

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 8:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 914 Bay Ridge Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403-3999
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Annapolis
  • Phone Number: +1 410-626-0388

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?