Best of the Bay 2021

As voted on by readers in our annual online poll.


Best Asian:  Deale Umai Sushi House, Deale

Best Bagel Shop: Naval Bagels, Annapolis

Best Bakery: The Bakist, North Beach

Best Bang for Your Buck: JesseJay’s Latin Kitchen, Churchton

Best Barbecue: West River Pit, West River

Best Breakfast: Driftwood Diner, Shady Side

Best Brunch: Killarney House, Davidsonville

Best Burger: Happy Harbor, Deale

Best Business Lunch: Dockside Restaurant & Sports Bar, Tracys Landing

Best Catering: TIE The Bell House Catering (Kelly Bell); Whitman’s Catering/South County Cafe

Best Cheese Shop: Vaughan Cheese, North Beach

Best Coffee Shop: Rise Up Coffee, Annapolis/Edgewater

Best Crabcakes: Edgewater Restaurant

Best Crab House: Mike’s Crabhouse, Riva

Best Crab Soup:Driftwood Diner, Shady Side

Best Deli: Giolitti’s, Annapolis

Best Dessert: Main & Market, Annapolis

Best Fine Dining: Lewnes Steakhouse, Annapolis

Best French Restaurant: Café Normandie, Annapolis

Best Wait Staff: JesseJay’s Latin Kitchen, Churchton

Best Fries: South County Café, Deale

Best German: Old Stein Inn, Edgewater

Best Greek: Chris’ Charcoal Pit, Annapolis

Best Hoagie/Sub: Capriotti’s, Annapolis

Best Hot Dogs: Pip’s Dock Street Dogs, Annapolis

Best Ice Cream Shop: Shady Side Soft Serve

Best Irish Restaurant/Pub: Killarney House, Davidsonville

Best Italian: Mamma Lucia, Dunkirk

Best Kid Friendly Restaurant: Skipper’s Pier, Deale

Best Local Chef: Jessica Rosage, Skipper’s Pier, Deale

Best Mexican Restaurant: JesseJay’s Latin Kitchen, Churchton

Best Milkshakes: Chick & Ruth’s Delly, Annapolis

Best New Restaurant of 2021:Vaughan Cheese, North Beach

Best Outdoor Dining:Skipper’s Pier, Deale

Best Restaurant Overall: JesseJay’s Latin Kitchen, Churchton

Best Oyster Bar: Sailor Oyster Bar, Annapolis

Best Pizza: Ledo Pizza

Best Restaurant to Take Out of Town Guests:South County Café, Deale

Best Romantic Dinner:Lewnes Steakhouse, Annapolis

Best Salad/Salad Bar: Chopt, Annapolis

Best Sandwiches:South County Café, Deale

Best Seafood Restaurant:South County Café, Deale

Best Smoothie: Robeks, Annapolis

Best Soft Shell Crab:Happy Harbor, Deale

Best Special Occasion Restaurant:Lewnes Steakhouse, Annapolis

Best Steakhouse:Lewnes Steakhouse, Annapolis

Best Sushi: Deale Umai Sushi

Best Takeout: JesseJay’s Latin Kitchen, Churchton

Best Vegetarian: Lemongrass, Annapolis

Best Waterside Dining:Skipper’s Pier, Deale

Best Wings: Annapolis Smokehouse


Best Acupuncture: Edgewater Acupuncture

Best Aesthetician/Facials: Ali Dohne, Charlie Rae Skincare, Deale

Best Chiropractor: Maryland Chiropractic and Physical Medicine

Best Day Spa: Even Keel Wellness Spa, Annapolis  

Best Dentist: Churchton Dental

Best Dermatology: Anne Arundel Dermatology

Best Eyewear: Brilliant Eyecare

Best General Practitioner: Dr. Gillian Lowe, South River Family Medicine

Best Health Club/Gym: Chesapeake Health & Fitness, Deale

Best Hair Stylist: Grace Booker, The Hair Studio, Deale

Best Hair Removal Service: Charlie Rae Skincare, Deale

Best Holistic Health Provider:Edgewater Acupuncture

Best Manicure/Pedicure: Sleek Nails & Spa

Best Massage Therapist: Donna Bagatti (posthumously)

Best Pediatrician(s): Davidsonville Pediatrics

Best Personal Trainer: Krystle Castro, Deale (Chesapeake Health & Fitness)

Best Urgent Care: AFC Urgent Care, Edgewater

Best Yoga Studio: Chesapeake Health & Fitness

Best Yoga Instructors: TIE Kellie Conrad; Mary Jane Palmigiano


Best Bar: The Boathouse at Anchored Inn, Deale

Best Bar Food: TIEHappy Harbor; Dockside Restaurant & Sports Bar, Tracys Landing

Best Bartender: Amanda Willet,Skipper’s Pier, Deale

Best Beer Selection: The Wheel House Beer Garden, North Beach

Best Bloody Marys:Happy Harbor, Deale

Best Cheap Drinks:Happy Harbor, Deale

Best Cocktails:Skipper’s Pier, Deale

Best DJ: DJ Dave Entertainment (Dave Lysinger)

Best Dock Bar:Skipper’s Pier, Deale

Best Happy Hour:The Boathouse at Anchored Inn, Deale

Best Karaoke: DJ Dave Entertainment (Dave Lysinger)

Best Live Music:The Boathouse at Anchored Inn, Deale

Best Local Band/Musician: Chesapeake Sons

Best Margaritas:JesseJay’s Latin Kitchen, Churchton

Best New Bar: The Wheel House Beer Garden, North Beach  

Best Orange Crush (or other flavor):The Boathouse at Anchored Inn, Deale

Best Sports Bar: All American Steakhouse, Edgewater


Best Art Gallery: Gallery 57 West, Annapolis  

Best Bowling Alley: Lord Calvert Bowling, Huntingtown

Best Charity/Community Event: Captain Avery Museum’s Oysterfest, Shady Side

Best Dance Studio: Slater’s Dance Studio, Deale

Best Day Trip: St. Michaels

Best Festival: Maryland Renaissance Festival

Best Golf Course: Cannon Club, Lothian

Best Museum: Calvert Marine Museum, Solomons

Best Local Winery: Running Hare Vineyard, Prince Frederick

Best Martial Arts Studio: South River Martial Arts

Best Park: Quiet Waters Park, Annapolis

Best Theater Company: The Colonial Players, Annapolis



Best Antique Store: TIE A Vintage Deale; Vintage By the Bay, both in Deale

Best Art Supply Store: Art Things, Annapolis

Best Auto Care/Mechanic: McDowell’s Auto Care, Owings

Best Bike Shop: Bike Doctor (multiple locations)

Best Birthday Party Venue: Mission Escape Rooms  

Best Car Dealer: Sheehy Lexus  

Best Consignment Shop: Second Wind Consignments, Deale

Best Customer Service:Mission Escape Rooms  

Best Doggie Day Care: Perfect Pet Resort, Lothian

Best Electrician: Chesapeake Electric, Annapolis

Best Farmers Market/Stand: Miss Plum’s Farm Stand, Churchton

Best Financial Advisor: Brent Boone, The Boone Group, Annapolis

Best Flower Shop/Florist: Floral Expressions, Dunkirk  

Best Furniture Store:Vintage By the Bay, Deale

Best Garden Supply/Nursery: Greenstreet Gardens, Lothian

Best Gift Shop:Vintage By the Bay, Deale

Best Hardware Store: Sneade’s Ace, Owings  

Best Home Décor:Vintage By the Bay, Deale

Best House Cleaning Service: Cleaning Maid Easy, Deale  

Best Jewelry Store: Dickinson Jewelers, Dunkirk

Best Lawncare Services: Garner Exteriors, Dunkirk

Best Liquor Store: Captain Kidd’s, Deale  

Best Marina: Herrington Harbour

Best New Business (non-restaurant): Joe’s Tree Service

Best Pet Services/Supplies: Beechnut Kennels, Edgewater

Best Real Estate Agency/Realtor: Schwartz Realty, Deale

Best Tackle Shop: Tri-State Marine Tackle Shop, Deale

Best Tattoo Parlor: Red Octopus

Best Tree Service: Bartlett Tree Experts

Best Veterinarian: Muddy Creek Animal Hospital, Churchton  

Best Water Sports Rentals: Chesapeake Paddle Sports, Deale

Best Wedding Caterer: Bayside Bull Catering, Edgewater

Best Wedding Cakes: Kim’s Cakes

Best Wedding Venue: Herrington on the Bay  

Best Women’s Boutique: My Fancy Finds, Deale

Businesses with multiple write-in votes in categories not listed

Cleanest Establishment: Chesapeake Health & Fitness

Best Auto Detailing: Autocave Auto DetailingShine Right Detailing

Best Orthodontist: Benkovich Orthodontics

Best Working Boatyard: Bert Jabin Yacht Yard

Best Brewery: Forward Brewing

Best Makeup Artist: Davey Cook, True Colors

Best Gluten-Free, Vegan Bakery: Baked by the Bay

Best Dive Service: Anne Arundel Dive Services

Best Mortgage Lender: JBK Team Vellum Mortgage

Best Hair Salon: The Hair Studio, Deale