view counter

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


Museum
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


Bakery
Kate’s at Zü Coffee


Bang for-Your-Buck
Smokey Joe’s Grill


Barbecue Joint
Adam’s


Breakfast
Traders Seafood Steak & Ale
and
Grump's Cafe


Burger Joint
Five Guys Burgers and Fries


Business Lunch
Carrol’s Creek Cafe


Catering
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


Cupcakes
Blondie’s Baking Company


Deli
Nick’s of Calvert


Dessert
The Cheesecake Factory


Doughnuts
Donut Shack


Farm-to-Table Restaurant
Vin 909


Fine Dining Restaurant
Jalapeños


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
Subway


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


Menu
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


Pizza
Rocco’s Pizzeria


Prix Fixe Menu
Café Bretton


Restaurant for First Date
Level


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


Romantic Dinner
Vin 909


Sandwiches
Chesapeake Grille & Deli


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


Smoothie/Milkshake
Robeks


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


Splurge Restaurant
Lewnes’ Steakhouse


Steakhouse
Lewnes’ Steakhouse


Sunday Brunch
Rod ’N’ Reel Restaurant


Sushi
Deale Umai Sushi House


Vegetarian
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


Marina
Herrington Harbour


Mechanic
Family Auto Care


Health & Beauty  

Acupuncture
Meadow Hill Wellness


Aesthetician
Donna at Jacqueline Morgan Day Spa


Barber
Bay Clipper


Chiropractor
Dr. Ginger Wolfe


Day Spa
Robert Andrew Salon


Dermatologist
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


Pilates
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
­Oysters


Park
Quiet Waters Park


People-Watching
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


Playground
Dunkirk Park


Wedding Reception
Herrington on the Bay


WiFi hot spot
Zü Coffee


Nightlife  

Bar
Rams Head Tavern


Bar Food
Anthony’s Bar


Bartender
Molly Larsen, ­Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar


Beer Selection
Ruddy Duck Brewery & Grill


Bloody Mary
Happy Harbor


Cheap Drinks
Happy Harbor


Cocktails
Level


Dance Club
Vera’s Beach Club


DJ
Chalmbers


Dock Bar
Skipper’s Pier Restaurant & Dock Bar


Happy Hour
Happy Harbor


Jukebox
Happy Harbor


Karaoke
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


Bookstore
Second Looks Books


Comic Book Store
Third Eye Comics


Consignment Store
Second Wind ­Consignments


Craft Store
Michael’s


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


Library
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


Produce
Whole Foods Market


Real Estate Agency
Schwartz Realty


Toy Shop
Franklin Toys


Veterinarian
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, ­www.happyharbordeale.com
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,
www.zucoffee.com

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, www.skipperspier.com
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, www.meadowhillwellness.com

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

www.ci.north-beach.md.us

Best Hotel
Best Place to Pamper Yourself

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa

4165 Mears Ave., Chesapeake Beach, 410-257-5596, www.chesapeakebeachresortspa.com

Best Crab Soup
Best Wings

Thursday’s Steak & Crabhouse

4851 Riverside Dr., Galesville, 410-867-7200, http://tinyurl.com/padow6o
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,
www.plazamexicomaryland.com