I have a grand announcement to make: I am officially a blogger for Naptown Locals, the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitors Bureau blog site. Super exciting! I am honored to be considered and thrilled at the opportunity.
My first post for them hit this morning. My assignments was to come up with a comprehensive list of all the restaurants I could find in AACo that happen to have fireplaces.
The list is long. My first blog post was 1,643 words. My goal was 500 MAX. I had to cut. The only way to do that was to ax any descriptions and stick to a list. Here it is, barebones but confirmed. I can tell you, proudly, that in all my research I didn’t find a single list as comprehensive as my own.
I am a one-stop shop.
Below is the longer version, which might give a little more insight to anyone wanting fireside dining. The list is alphabetical. Notice that your favorite fireplace is missing from this list? Please leave a note in the comments.
And yes, I know this was submitted just in time for a weekend that is supposed to hit 60, but I checked Accuweather today, and we have at least 3 more weeks of 30’s, 40’s and freezing overnights to make a fireplace sounds damn nice.
A short note: almost all the restaurants below do not accept reservations, but do take your name for priority seating. Most places are friendly enough that they will try to honor a reservation if call as far in advance as possible.
Adam’s Ribs is a favorite for locals because it is so comfortable and friendly, and because of delicious staples like juicy burgers, amazing barbecue and cornbread that you simply can’t put down. The white brick fireplace here mingles seasonal warmth with the smell of roasting meat, making the atmosphere feel a little like home.
Check the restaurant’s website and Facebook page for daily specials.
921 Chesapeake Ave. Eastport/Annapolis
The fireplace at Blackwall Hitch is within steps of a long, ship-shape bar and an intimate concert space, making it the ideal place to curl up with a handcrafted drink and great music. “The Hitch”, as it is referred to by locals, is renown for a broad menu defined by Chef Zachary Pope’s dedication to fresh ingredients and emphasis on simple but classic gourmet technique. It is also popular for it’s location just across the Spa Creek Bridge from downtown Annapolis, a large parking lot and a topside patio with views over the Severn River all the way to the Bay Bridge.
Classic and comfortable leather chairs, available on a first-come, first-served basis, surround the Hitch’s fireplace, which is usually lit all day in cold weather. The fire puts out a lot of heat, so is sometimes extinguished during crowded concerts.
The Hitch always offers a variety of drink and food specials and has an incredible Happy Hour featuring $6 small plates. You can find specials on their Facebook and Twitter feeds.
400 Sixth Street, Eastport/Annapolis
The lone French outpost on Main Street in downtown Annapolis, Café Normandie is beloved as much for its Steak Frites as it is for the cozy gas fireplace that commands the center of this hospitable auberge. Tables and booths are close enough to enjoy the heat of the fire, and of course are popular as well. Patrons can request reservations if they call a few days ahead of time. Passersby can look for a small sign on the front window indicating if the fire is on.
185 Main Street, Annapolis
Consistently mentioned for excellent service and dependably delicious food, Carroll’s Creek is also recommended for a stunning view across Spa Creek toward downtown Annapolis and the United States Naval Academy. The fireplace here anchors the lounge area, accessed via the front door and a sharp left turn opposite the receptionist desk. Comfortable sofas define the fireplace, which is lit most days for lunch and dinner. Enjoy drink and food specials during Happy Hour.
410 Severn Ave #100, Eastport/Annapolis
Popular for a long, wide view across Spa Creek, Chart House is the best place in town to view sailboat races by day and stars by night. Both events are made even better by a roaring fireplace, located in the lounge area. Seating and tabletops are available near the fire, but is available on a first come, first served basis. Chart House offers a superb menu for Happy Hour with drink specials that range from $3.25 to $7 and small plates you might not want to share!
300 2nd Street, Eastport/Annapolis
What could be better than breakfast any time of day, especially when it means entrees like fried chicken on house-made biscuits with raspberry jam or homemade tarts the size of a plate? Iron Rooster is a little over a year old, but already has lines out the door because there is no better place in town to enjoy bacon AND beer.
The fireplace is in the upstairs dining room. Surrounding tables have a fine view over Market House and City Dock. Reservations are accepted on weekdays. Weekends are first-come, first-served.
12 Market Space, Downtown Annapolis
Jalapenos hails itself as an authentic Spanish restaurant with a dash of Mexican flair. Located in a strip mall in Parole, the locally owned restaurant is a bastion of Old World flavor and decor. The menu features a large selection of tapas and the bar makes the best sangria in town.
The gas fireplace at Jalapenos is right in the center of the main dining room. Surrounding tables can enjoy the warmth of the fire, and occasionally local musicians or even flamenco dancers. The restaurant does accept advance reservations for seats near the fire, which is lit all day in winter, but relies more on priority seating and a first-come, first-served policy.
85 Forest Drive, Parole/Annapolis
Killarney House specializes in traditional Irish fare and hearty dishes like Shepherd’s Pie, Fish & Chips, potato boxty, salmon and a variety of soups and stews. Most dishes are made from scratch, including authentic brown bread and traditional soda bread. The huge fireplace here is in the rear of the dining room, where it is surrounded by four tabletops.
Fireside dining reservations are accepted, but the hostess recommends doing so as far in advance as possible. Priority seating is available during busy times. Killarney House has great dining specials and features a popular Prime Rib ($25.99) on Friday and Saturday night.
584W Central Ave., Davidsonville
Middleton Tavern has, in its 276-year-old history, been host to America’s most revered leaders, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and James Monroe. Members of the American Revolution and Continental Congress were known to frequent the tavern, which has been continuously owned from 1750 until now, although records show occupation as early as 1740.
Located at the foot of Main Street, kitty-corner to City Dock, Middleton’s is admired by locals and tourists alike for classic Chesapeake fare, an extensive selection of raw oysters and a friendly bar.
Middleton’s has four fireplaces: two in the downstairs dining area, and two in the private space upstairs. Tables near the fire are much coveted by patrons in the know, but the restaurant tries to accommodate special requests and priority seating.
2 Market Space, Downtown Annapolis
Sports fans in particular enjoy this casual neighborhood bistro that specializes in pub fare like burgers and wings, huge sandwiches and made-from-scratch entrees and desserts. Large screen TVs define the bar space, but the local owners have made a point to create a family-friendly atmosphere in the dining room. They are also dedicated to buying fresh and local whenever possible; in fact, most produce is sourced from the Eastern Shore and the majority of the menu is made by hand in-house.
The fireplace here is currently under renovation, but should be ready to go by the third week of February. It is usually lit all day, or until the restaurant becomes crowded, at which time it is just too warm. Mother’s accepts reservations on weekdays and for parties larger than six; otherwise, seats near the fire are available through Priority Seating.
969 Ritchie Highway, Arnold (between Annapolis and Severna Park)
Located on the West River in southern Anne Arundel County, Pirate’s Cove offers stunning sunset views and a classic American menu anchored by fantastic steak, seafood and salads. The property has two fireplaces: a smaller gas fire in the cozy lounge and a wood burning fire in the main dining room. Both are lit from late morning until close, and are truly a cozy spot to while away the cold weather. The lounge in particular is a romantic spot for it’s intimate layout, proximity to the bar and excellent local music.
4817 Riverside Drive, Galesville
Pusser’s is a Caribbean outpost in downtown Annapolis, where locals appreciate the flavor and heat of the menu as much as they do Dark & Stormy’s from the bar. Located alongside Ego Alley, Pusser’s has a waterside dining area and large picture windows that make boat-watching an afternoon pastime. The gas fireplace here is set in a beautiful hand-carved mantel.
Located in the Annapolis Waterside Hotel, 80 Compromise St., Annapolis
The stone mantel of the fireplace at the Sunset Lounge in Glen Burnie is large and old-fashioned, fitting in perfectly with the comfortable, casual ambience of the room and the classic Chesapeake menu. The restaurant receives frequent accolades for its rendition of Cream of Crab Soup and is known for some of the best Crab Cakes in town. Tables near the fire can be reserved, but be sure to call in advance.
625 Greenway Rd SE, Glen Burnie
Located in the basement of Reynold’s Tavern, 1747 Pub is the oldest tavern in town. The fireplace here is original to the building, and is located in what was formerly the kitchen.
1747 Pub features an eclectic menu of small plates alongside hearty comfort food like mac-n-cheese and classic English fare like Shepherd’s Pie and fish-and-chips.
7 Church Circle, Annapolis
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