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January 2011

Luna Blu Ristorante Italiano

1/27/11 Luna Blu serves authentic Southern Italian cooking in authentic Italian style, at a relaxing pace at well-laid tables in an intimate dining space. For lunch and dinner, choices range from a slice of hand-tossed pizza to escargots in puff pastry to fresh pasta with one of many homemade sauces, to rustic veal, chicken or seafood. A lengthy wine list offers a generous selection and price-range of Italian wines. For the exceptional deal, visit on a Monday or Wednesday night and take advantage of half-priced bottles (some exclusions). Quality:  0 Expense Rating:  0 Location 36 West Street Annapolis, MD 21401 Phone: 410-267-9959 Hours of Operation:  M-Th 11am-2:30pm and 5pm-9:30pm; F 11am-2:30pm and 5-11pm; Sa 5-11pm Sa; Su 5-9:30pm Web Site:  Luna Blu

Smokey Joe’s Grill

1/27/11 Smokey Joe’s is a casual place where you can afford to have a good time three meals a day. Come early for hearty breakfasts and join the fishermen. Come later for great barbecue, chicken and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Most dinners come with two homestyle sides, comfort foods like mashed potatoes with gravy, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, seasoned fries or potato salad.  Kids get special attention at Smokey Joe’s. Every Tuesday is Family Fun Night from 5 to 7pm, when all kids eat free. Quality:  0 Expense Rating:  0 Location Route 261 Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 Phone: 410-257-2427; 301-855-3089 Hours of Operation:  M-Th 7am-10pm; F-Su 7am-2am Web Site:  Smokey Joe's

Rustico Restaurant & Wine Bar

1/27/11 Rustico brings the robust flavors, fresh ingredients and warm, inviting atmosphere of southern Italy to picturesque Love Point in Stevensville, on the Eastern Shore. In the rustic setting of a revitalized historic landmark, partner and executive chef Gino Romano oversees the duplication of the tastes of Naples, his hometown in such dishes as Risotto Mediterraneano. Continuing the Italian tradition, Rustico is also a wine bar, where you can get to know Italian varietals. On Mondays and Wednesday, most bottles of wine are half-priced. Quality:  0 Expense Rating:  0 Location 401 Love Point Road Stevensville Maryland 21666 Phone: 410-643-9444 Hours of Operation:  M-Th 11am-10pm; F,Sa 11am-11pm; Su noon-10pm Web Site:  Rustico

Rod ‘n' Reel Restaurant

1/27/11 In 2011, Rod ’n’ Reel Restaurant celebrates its 65th year. For all its changes it hasn’t changed so much. You’ll have the same far horizon your grandparents did with nothing between you and the Eastern Shore but water, sky and boats.  Quality:  0 Expense Rating:  0 Location Route 261 Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732 Phone: 877-rodnreel (763-6733); 301-85 Hours of Operation:  Open daily for lunch, dinner and Saturday and Sunday brunch: M-F 11am-10pm; Sa 8am-10pm; Su 8am-9pm Web Site:  Rod 'n' Reel

Jalapeños Restaurante

1/27/11 Jalapeños Restaurante has served Chesapeake Country the classical cuisine of Spain and Hispanic America since 1999. Serving full meals, tapas and antojitos. Quality:  0 Expense Rating:  0 Location 85 Forest Plaza Annapolis 21401 Phone: 410-266-7580 Hours of Operation:  Lunch M-Sa 11:30am-2:30pm; dinner M-Su 4-10pm Web Site:  Jalapenos

The Inn at Pirates Cove

1/27/11 Pirates Cove Oyster Pan Roast Quality:  0 Expense Rating:  0 Location 4817 Riverside Drive Galesville, MD 20675 Phone: 410-867-2300, 301-261-5050 Hours of Operation:  Winter hours: M-Th 11:30am-9pm; F 11:30am-10pm; Sa 9am-10pm Su 9am-9pm Web Site:  Pirates Cove

After a New Year’s Eve fire ravaged The Old Stein Inn, owner Mike Selinger looks to rebuild his dream

“No more tears,” says 41-year-old Mike Selinger on the 12th day since flames ravaged his family restaurant, The Old Stein Inn in Mayo. The predawn fire on the last day of 2010 shook his world, stole his livelihood and made him find words to explain to his parents what happened to the restaurant they founded 28 and left in his hands 15 years ago. 

Coyote Call

Fifty feet away, just where open land tumbled into kudzu, a large, shaggy, mottled, gray canine was devouring the carcass of some small animal. Certainly not a fox, which are the size of cats or lapdogs. Nor a wolf. Wolves are not resident in Maryland, according to Harry Spiker, Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ man on big furbearing mammals. Likely it was a coyote. In Fairhaven.

Digging up the origin of Jumpers Hole Road led to a few facts and plenty of fiction

Part of our What’s With That series has been a challenge to you, dear reader. We invite you to write in your queries, with the promise of an upcoming solution in our pages.  Turns out, this was a foolish assertion.  Pat Nesbit of Arnold wrote seeking the origin of the name Jumpers Hole Road. After a day of research, I got a bad feeling that I was about to be stumped. I was. 

Parole Rotary promises to feed the hungry and comfort the afflicted with its Naptown barBAYq contest and festival

This spring, the worlds of competitive cooking and barbecue culture will collide in Annapolis, as the capital city unveils its first-ever barbecue contest. Parole Rotary’s 2011 Naptown BarBAYq, planned for May 13 and 14 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, is a first-time event with big hopes. If it works, it will be a grand success on many scores, including bankrolling charities of Parole Rotary’s choosing.