Mini in the sense that we really did not have sufficient time to sample as broad a range of offerings as normal due to not allowing sufficient time before the theater.
If you know Annapolis at all, you know the high reverence in which all historical homes and establishments are held, and rightfully so given the fact it did once hold as the nation’s first capital. The Maryland Inn, positioned at the top of Main Street and a scion in the historical directory, houses the Treaty of Paris. This long established restaurant, has held notable station for many years as both a worthy contributor to fine dining as well as a venue to jazz in past decades in its small and charming ancient celler environ.
This Saturday we had an early 6:45 reservation with almost no competition for patrons until a little later. No specials were on for the evening and strangely, there was no Soup of the Day. That out of the way we set to work on a standard American influenced menu while enjoying a cocktail. Not having experienced this restaurant for quite some years we both opted for one of the pricier menu items ($29.95 a la cart) with a bent toward our personal tastes, pan fried Soft-shell Crabs in a light batter with potato salad and grilled asparagus for her and garlic-herb rack of lamb in a mint demi-glace over spring onion risotto and carrots for me.
The use of a coating, even the lightest batter, is not the most common approach for this fine local delicacy of crab, but was highly successful in its three fold presentation. The potato salad could not have been better and likely fresh made. The lamb was to order with the tasty sauce married with the fresh mint leaves. While waiting, and there was the incumbent extended time after ordering that most “fine dining” establishments eschew, we dallied over large hot from the oven popovers. So light and consumable with the sweet butter they nearly disappeared before our main meal.
The total choice of entrees available could not have been more than a dozen with at least two of each main food type. There were some choices of salads and various appetizers. Having stayed beyond our planned departure we could not sample the desert, sadly. The wine list showed decent variety, but may underperform the serious oenophile.
Service and pricing were both in line for the deeply historic and pleasant surroundings which were observed for the ninety minutes plus we were seated. Go, enjoy, and absorb. There is also a separate cozy friendly bar area on the Main Street entrance.
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