U.S. Sail/Powerboat Shows

Fall Dining

Every October, Annapolis plays host to sail and motor boat enthusiasts from many parts of the world, with the wind-powered vessels showcased as the “largest in-water boat show in the world.”  For the duration of the two back-to-back boat shows, feast at the dozens of restaurants and bars along City Dock. With views of the Annapolis Harbor, and front row seats to the U.S. Sailboat and U.S. Powerboat Shows, it’s the perfect kick off to fall dining.

Add Another Venue to Your Fall Dining List

Fall Dining
Courtesy of Blackwall Barn & Lodge

Blackwall Barn & Lodge (329 Gambrills Road, Gambrills MD), the newest and arguably the fanciest place to dine in Anne Arundel County, opened its doors to the public at 11 am on Monday, October 1.  I know because I had heard below-the-radar rumors that the Annapolis-based Blackwall Hitch restaurant group was hatching another member somewhere soon.  That “somewhere” is in Gambrills, about 15 minutes away from downtown Annapolis.

Fall Dining
Courtesy of Blackwall Barn & Lodge

For many years, a rustic barn housed Kaufman’s Tavern, a popular steak house in a rural setting. Fast forward to the present, when restaurateur James King can take pride in his millions-dollar investment to create something new from something old.  The original structure was torn down and replaced with a bigger and better barn, a handsome space for private parties or meetings of up to 175.  An attractive farm-to-table restaurant headed by CIA-graduate Michael Wagner has an extensive menu offering both light fare and full dinners at all hours.  Check out their website for some eye candy that shows what can be done when good taste meets its match in a menu that touches all the current culinary bases.

Open Mon-Fri 11 1:30 am; Sat & Sun 10-Sun 10 am. Light fare and full menus available all hours.

Famous Old Stein Inn is Oktoberfest Central

Fall Dining
Courtesy of Old Stein Inn

A beautiful bier garten and a high-spirited atmosphere bring crowds to the unique German restaurant Old Stein Inn (1143 Central Ave, Edgewater MD) for a rustic setting not far from Annapolis.  It’s good to bring your GPS along – and time your visit to the days when music makes everything seem better.  Authentic German specialties (a variety of wursts, hearty servings of sauerbraten and veal schnitzel and free-flowing German and local beers) have made this family-owned establishment a year-round favorite since 1983.

Open Wed-Thurs 4-9 pm, Fri-Sat until 10 pm, Sun noon-9 pm.  German music Saturdays in October 5-9 pm, Fri 6-10 pm, Sun 4-8 pm.


Images courtesy of, The Blackwall Barn & Lodge, and Old Stein Inn

Mary Lou Baker

Mary Lou Baker is a longtime food and travel writer who relishes the opportunity to tell her readers about good eating and drinking in the Chesapeake Bay area. Among her culinary credits are as a weekly columnist and restaurant reviewer for the Capital, (the Annapolis daily newspaper; a monthly columnist for Chesapeake Life Magazine; former food and wine editor for Baltimore Magazine; co-author of "Dining in Baltimore"; and co-author of Seafood Lover’s Chesapeake Bay: Restaurants, Markets, Recipes & Traditions, available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and the United States Naval Academy Gift Shop. A native New Englander, she is happy to have called Annapolis her hometown for most of her adult life. Cooking is her favorite thing to do, second only to sampling the talents of the chefs who make Annapolis and the Eastern Shore a mecca for food-loving visitors. She can be reached at [email protected]