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Main Ingredient

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914 Bay Ridge Rd, Annapolis, MD 21403-3999
7:30 am - 9:30 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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Falmouth, Massachusetts
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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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137 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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 

Level Contributor
12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

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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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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55 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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
Salisbury, Maryland
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154 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Hubby and I ate a late lunch here after visiting downtown Annapolis. I had every intention of saving room to enjoy one of the delicious looking desserts in their case but I was so full. I ordered the Chesapeake wrap with sweet potato fries. It was packed full and bursting with flavor. The sweet potato fries were some of the... More 

Thank momof4inmd
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178 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

When we arrived we were the only dinners there. This made me nervous. Things turned out well. My shrimp sandwich was very good. The croissant was fresh and soft. I liked that it did not have a bunch of celery in it. It could have used a pinch of Old Bay though. My only complaint was the employees were talking... More 

Thank Storm886
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

The Main Ingredient never disappoints. It is dependably good all the time. The staff is so friendly and the food fresh, delicious, and plentiful. I generally order a salad and enjoy the mini pumpkin muffin that comes on the side.

Thank FarmlifeDom
Mont Vernon, New Hampshire
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91 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2016

We stopped in here with friends while visiting in the area. One of the locals really likes this place. Located in a strip mall, parking is usually plentiful. Once inside the place is roomy and comfortable. The wait staff is friendly. The food is delicious. The specials change depending on what is available and in season. The variety is nice.... More 

Thank PumaPaws

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, 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: 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?