What are the best Annapolis food experiences?

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Hayley Bosch

Annapolis is known for its fantastic seafood as well as a few other local specialties. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s picks for must-try eats in Annapolis:
 
1. Crabs at Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Inn. This spot’s specialty is local all the way — Chesapeake Bay blue crabs are served in abundance. Sit at the long picnic tables on the patio overlooking Mill Creek and order a dozen of “number one jimmies” and a cold beer. Get ready to get messy.
 
2. Pledge allegiance at Chick and Ruth’s Delly. Every morning, diners in the Jewish delicatessen get to their feet to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. A variety of sandwiches here are named for locals. Try the “Governor of Maryland,” the “Martin O’Malley,” or the “St. Johnnies.”
 
3. Have a lager at McGarvey’s Saloon & Oyster Bar. This saloon is a legend among Annapolitans and its dimly lit interior is a go-to spot for locals and tourists alike. Try the crab dip, one of the best in the city, the oyster shooters or the house Aviator Lager. McGarvey’s transforms into a bar and skews younger at night, filling up with Navy midshipmen, college students and local twentysomethings.
 
4. Get crab cakes at Davis’ Pub. Located across the bridge in Annapolis’ rival town Eastport, Davis’ Pub is where locals will send you for great crab cakes. With barely any filler, the cakes are pure backfin (the sweetest part of the crab). Go during the summer and enjoy your classic Maryland meal at an outdoor picnic table.
 
5. Get a scoop at Annapolis Ice Cream Company. Since it opened in 2004, the Main Street creamery has been a hit. The homemade ice cream flavors include blackberry cobbler, salted caramel and coffee Oreo.

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