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Best of the Bay 2014

And the Winners Are ...

We’ve saved the best for last.
    That’s Best of the Bay, Bay Weekly’s 17th annual report on what, and who, gives you the most satisfaction in Chesapeake Country.
    I love this issue because of its scope.
    First, Bay Weekly’s Best of the Bay encompasses more than 200 ­categories ranging from Best Crab Soup, Best Overall Restaurant, Best Gift Shop, Best View and many more.
    Second, it compiles a vast range of knowledge and insight gathered from community experts — you.
    With scope like that, Bay Weekly’s Best of the Bay will steer you widely and well.
    That’s why readers tell me they value Bay Weekly’s Best of the Bay.
    And you know, readers are always right. I know, because every year, Best of the Bay makes me one of you.
    Thanks for the good guidance! May we all use it widely and well in 2015.

Arts & Culture  

Annual Gala
Hospice of the Chesapeake

Art Gallery
Annmarie Garden

Charity Fundraiser
End Hunger in Calvert County

Comedy Venue
Maryland Hall for the ­Creative Arts

Live Music Venue
Rams Head Tavern

Local Artist
Jane Wingard

Local Author
Mick Blackistone

Local Band or Musician
Brothers Osborne

Local Book
The Day They Left the Bay

Calvert Marine Museum

Outdoor Concert Venue
Calvert Marine Museum

Theater Company
The Colonial Players

Theatrical Production
Bat Boy, the Musical, The Colonial Players

Eating Out  

Asian Food
Nagoya Asian Bistro

Bagel Shop
Naval Bagels

Kate’s at Zü Coffee

Bang for-Your-Buck
Smokey Joe’s Grill

Barbecue Joint

Traders Seafood Steak & Ale
Grump's Cafe

Burger Joint
Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Business Lunch
Carrol’s Creek Cafe

Ken’s Creative Kitchen

Chain Restaurant
Ledo Pizza

Cheese Shop
Tastings Gourmet Market

Coffee House
Zü Coffee

Comfort Food
Petie Greens

Crab Cake
Jerry’s Place

Crab House
Mike’s Bar & Crab House

Crab Soup
Thursday’s Steak & Crabhouse

Blondie’s Baking Company

Nick’s of Calvert

The Cheesecake Factory

Donut Shack

Farm-to-Table Restaurant
Vin 909

Fine Dining Restaurant

Fish Market
Tyler’s Crab House

French Food
Les Folies Brasserie

French Fries
Five Guys Burgers and Fries

Friendliest Wait Staff
Zü Coffee

Greek Restaurant
Chris’s Charcoal Pit

Grocery Store
Trader Joe’s

Hoagie / Sub

Hot Dogs
Pip’s Dock Street Dogs

Ice Cream Shop
Storm Bros. Ice Cream Factory

Indian Food
Basmati Indian Cuisine

Irish Pub
Galway Bay Irish Pub

Italian Restaurant
Mamma Lucia Italian Restaurant

Kid-Friendly Restaurant
Chuck E Cheese

Local Chef
Jessica Rosage, Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar

Vin 909

Mexican Restaurant
Plaza Mexico

Outdoor Dining
Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar

Overall Restaurant
Vin 909

Oyster Bar
McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar

Rocco’s Pizzeria

Prix Fixe Menu
Café Bretton

Restaurant for First Date

Restaurant to Take Out of Town Guests ~ Tied
Pusser’s Caribbean Grille & Jerry’s Place

Romantic Dinner
Vin 909

Chesapeake Grille & Deli

Seafood Restaurant ~ Tied
Stoney’s Seafood House & O’Learys Seafood Restaurant


Soft-Shell Crab
Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar

Splurge Restaurant
Lewnes’ Steakhouse

Lewnes’ Steakhouse

Sunday Brunch
Rod ’N’ Reel Restaurant

Deale Umai Sushi House

EZ Thai Restaurant

Wine List
Grapes Wine Bar

Wings ~ Tied
Thursday’s Steak & Crabhouse & Annapolis Smokehouse

Getting Around  

Boat Dealer
Tri-State Marine

Boat Detailer
Boat Shine, LLC

Boat Repair
GPS Marine

Car Dealer
Annapolis Subaru

Car Wash ~ Tied
Maritime Autowash & Huntingtown Auto Spa

Herrington Harbour

Family Auto Care

Health & Beauty  

Meadow Hill Wellness

Donna at Jacqueline Morgan Day Spa

Bay Clipper

Dr. Ginger Wolfe

Day Spa
Robert Andrew Salon

Dr. Justin Rosco

Facial ~ Tied
Skin Sense Body Balance & Heaven and Earth Medi Spa

Hair Stylist
Style Lounge

Holistic Health Provider
Lindsay Fox, Meadow Hill Wellness

Manicure/Pedicure — Tied
Andy Nails & Glamour Nails

Massage Therapist
Meadow Hill Wellness

Excel Pilates Annapolis

Place to Pamper Yourself
Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

Primary Care Physician
Dr. Jon Love

Tanning Salon
Sun Deck

Tattoo Parlor
Pride & Glory Tattoo Studio

Urgent Care
Doctors Express

People & Places  

Bay Beach
North Beach

Bay Town or Neighborhood
North Beach

Best-Kept Secret
Patuxent Wildlife Research Center & Refuge

Community Event
Eastport Yacht Club Lights Parade

Day Trip
Washington, D.C.

Dog Park
Quiet Waters Park

Grassroots Movement
Watershed ­stewards

Living History
Jefferson Patterson Park

Local Activist
Bernie Fowler

Local Attorney
Council Baradel

Local Attraction
Maryland Renaissance Festival

Local Charity
End Hunger in Calvert County

Local Politician
Laura Neuman

Local Trend
Old Bay & mayo sandwich

Most Endangered Bay History

Quiet Waters Park

Annapolis City Dock

Place for Indoor Fun
Southern Maryland Community Center

Place for Outdoor Fun
Calvert Cliffs State Park

Place to Take the Kids
Quiet Waters Park

Dunkirk Park

Wedding Reception
Herrington on the Bay

WiFi hot spot
Zü Coffee


Rams Head Tavern

Bar Food
Anthony’s Bar

Molly Larsen, ­Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar

Beer Selection
Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill

Bloody Mary
Happy Harbor

Cheap Drinks
Happy Harbor


Dance Club
Vera’s Beach Club


Dock Bar
Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar

Happy Hour
Happy Harbor

Happy Harbor

Stan & Joe’s Saloon

Live Music ~ Tied
Rod ’N’ Reel & ­Metropolitan

Margaritas ~ Tied
Mexico & Mexican Cafe

Neighborhood Bar ~ Tied
Happy Harbor & Davis’ Pub

New Bar
Corner Grille of Shady Side

Place for a Blind Date
Rod ’N’ Reel

Place to Shoot Pool
Union Jack’s

Sports Bar
The All-American Steakhouse

Shopping & Services  

Antique Store
Annapolis Maritime Antiques

Art Supply Store
Art Things

Second Looks Books

Comic Book Store
Third Eye Comics

Consignment Store
Second Wind ­Consignments

Craft Store

Customer Service
Trader Joe’s

Doggie Day Care
Dogwood Acres

Farmers Market ~ Tied
North Beach Farmers Market & Riva Road Farmers Market

Farm/Produce Stand
Chesapeake’s Bounty

Flower Shop
Floral Expressions

Furniture Store
Annapolis Resale Furniture and Finds

Gardening Store
Greenstreet Gardens

Gift Shop
Magnolia Shoppe

Hardware Store
Sneade’s Ace Home Center

Home Decor Store
Annapolis Maritime Antiques

Hotel ~ Tied
Loew’s Annapolis Hotel & Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

House-Cleaning Service
Right Touch Cleaning

Jewelry Store
Dickinson Jewelers

Calvert Library, Prince Frederick

Liquor Store
Edgewater Liquors

Local Getaway
St. Michaels

Local Men’s Clothing
Jos. A. Bank Clothiers

Maryland Casino
Maryland Live!

New Business of 2014
Zü Coffee, Gambrills

Pet Service
Lucky Duck Pet Stuff

Pet Store
Pet Valu

Plant Nursery
Homestead Gardens

Whole Foods Market

Real Estate Agency
Schwartz Realty

Toy Shop
Franklin Toys

South Arundel Veterinary Hospital

Women’s Boutique
Caren's Solomons Style

Sports & Recreation  

Bike Shop
Annapolis Bike & Sports

Bowling Alley
Lord Calvert Bowling Center

Dance Studio
Calvert School of Dance

Golf Course
Twin Shields Golf Club

Health Club
Edgewater Fitness

Local Race
ZOOMA Annapolis Women’s Half Marathon

Martial Arts Studio
Calvert MMA Academy

Personal Trainer ~ Tie
JD, Fitness Studio of Annapolis & Danny Lee, Gold’s Gym

Sailing Lessons
Severn Sailing Association

Best Neighborhood Bar
Best Happy Hour
Best Bloody Mary
Best Cheap Drinks
Best Juke Box

Happy Harbor

533 Deale Rd., Deale, 410-867-0949, ­
Happy Harbor bartenders Lori and Jason.

Best Bakery, Kate’s at Zü
Best Coffee House
Friendliest Wait Staff
Best WiFi Hot Spot
Best New Business of 2014,
Zü Coffee, Gambrills

Zü Coffee

• 934 Bay Ridge Road, Annapolis, 410-990-0731,
• 2638 Chapel Lake Dr., Gambrills, 443-292-8980,

Best Outdoor Dining
Best Soft-Shell Crab
Best Dock Bar
Best Local Chef, Jessica Rosage
Best Bartender, Molly Larsen

Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar

6158 Drum Point Rd., Deale, 410-867-7110,
Skipper’s Pier co-owners Dave and Jessica Rosage.

Best Acupuncture
Best Massage Therapist
Best Holistic Health Provider,
Lindsay Fox

Meadow Hill ­Wellness

53 Old Solomons Island Rd., Annapolis, 410-263-0411,

Holistic health provider Lindsay Fox and Meadow Hill Wellness owner and acupuncturist Sara Poldmae.

Best Bay Beach
Best Town or Neighborhood
Best Farmers Market

Town of North Beach

Best Hotel
Best Place to Pamper Yourself

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, 410-257-5596,

Best Crab Soup
Best Wings

Thursday’s Steak & Crabhouse

4851 Riverside Dr., Galesville, 410-867-7200,
Thursday’s owner Dave Hysan.

Best Mexican Restaurant
Best Margaritas

Plaza Mexico, Mexico

• 9200 Bay Ave., North Beach, 443-964-6381,
• 2520 Solomons Island Rd., Huntingtown, 410-414-9037,