Food

Carrols-Creek-CafeBack in Ireland, where I’m from, brunch was just catching on when I left last year to follow my husband to the States. I’d already gotten hooked on the traditional Irish brunch: pork sausages, rashers (thick bacon), black and white pudding, mushrooms, fried tomato, baked beans, and thick soda bread. So, I was thrilled to find the custom of brunch firmly entrenched in the Annapolis lifestyle. My husband and I love to go out in downtown Annapolis and get Sunday brunch. We like to try to find a new place each time, as it’s a great excuse to see what is happening in the area while indulging in a hearty breakfast. Here are a few spots that have appealed to us.

Carrol’s Creek Café

Last week we found a great restaurant called Carrol’s Creek Café (410 Severn Ave). It’s a fabulous place just a few minutes from Downtown in Eastport across the Spa Creek Bridge. The restaurant sits on the edge of the Chesapeake Bay overlooking the Marina. We got a great table at the window and had wonderful views of the yachts and boats docked outside, so I was super excited about that.

The brunch menu is excellent; it ranges from healthy multigrain pancakes to fresh berries to jumbo lump Crab Benedict. I went for the Breakfast Sandwich: two eggs over easy, bacon, tomato and lettuce with chipotle mayo on toasted Brioche. It was really tasty and the sauce gave it a nice, spicy kick. My husband had the Country Ham & Vermont White Cheddar omelet, with hash browns as a side. His was good-sized and yummy. Prices are very reasonable and the atmosphere and view are fabulous. We loved it there and will be going back soon for sure, maybe for dinner next time, as the menu looks amazing.

Rams Head Tavern
Rams Head Tavern’s Bloody Mary Bar

Rams Head Tavern

Another brunch spot I highly recommend is the Rams Head Tavern (33 West Street), just a block or so from Church Circle. The brunch menu is pretty extensive and a good value, especially if you are looking for an inexpensive boozy brunch. It offers a great selection of breakfast options and an all-you-can-drink Bloody Mary Bar with purchase of an entrée!

I had the Thirty-Three Brunch: two eggs any style, bacon, hash browns and fruit. The food was presented beautifully with purple flowers in the center of the plate, a really lovely touch. My husband had the Chorizo and egg tacos—scrambled eggs on soft tacos with cheese, chorizo and sour cream. They were amazing!

I did sample the bloody Mary bar, equipped with an abundance of sauces, spices and garnishes. I created my own beverage to my exact liking, which was great fun to do. The bar is a really cool place too with great atmosphere and a relaxed vibe.

Stan and Joe’s

Stan-and-Joes
Stan and Joe’s Chesapeake Benedict: two English muffins with two poached eggs, spinach and crab meat

One of my other favorite places to brunch in Annapolis is Stan and Joe’s (37 West Street), just up the street from Rams Head. It is a very casual saloon with a great selection of breakfast options. My favorite is the Chesapeake Benedict: two English Muffins toasted with two poached eggs, spinach with crab meat on top, all covered in a blanket of their homemade Hollandaise sauce. It is to die for and seeing as this is Annapolis you have to have some crab with breakfast, right? I found the orange juice very refreshing, but if you prefer something a little stronger you can order a mimosa or Bloody Mary for just three dollars. The restaurant has outside seating, fantastic during warmer months, where you can bring your dog, something we like to do whenever we can. The wait staff even gives you water for your pooch.

One of my other favorite places to brunch in Annapolis is Stan and Joe’s (37 West Street), just up the street from Rams Head. It is a very casual saloon with a great selection of breakfast options. My favorite is the Chesapeake Benedict: two English Muffins toasted with two poached eggs, spinach with crab meat on top, all covered in a blanket of their homemade Hollandaise sauce. It is to die for and seeing as this is Annapolis you have to have some crab with breakfast, right? I found the orange juice very refreshing, but if you prefer something a little stronger you can order a mimosa or Bloody Mary for just three dollars. The restaurant has outside seating, fantastic during warmer months, where you can bring your dog, something we like to do whenever we can. The wait staff even gives you water for your pooch.

Happy brunching in Annapolis!

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