Boatyard Bar and Grill is located on Fourth Street in Annapolis, Maryland.
For the final part of my east coast trip, mom and I crossed into Maryland and stayed in Annapolis, the capital. Wonderful area by the water, which also means fresh seafood.
On a Sunday evening in mid-September, Boatyard Bar and Grill was fairly packed with maybe a 20-30 minute wait for two people.
The menu has a lot of seafood options. I started with their Maryland Crab Soup ($7.99), a rich, spicy crab and beef broth with bacon, celery, onion, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, cabbage, and lump Maryland blue crab meat. It arrived warm, its texture on the thicker side, like a red chowder. Generous helping of crab, and very tasty.
I then had an order of Norman's Cay Conch Fritters ($10.99), house-made fritters containing conch meat and Caribbean seasoning. Think sea snails. Through all the fritter batter, it didn't have a telltale or noticeable flavor, but was very good due to the Caribbean seasoning. The Bahamian sauce was good and may not be far off from this recipe I found just from doing a Google search.
Mom had a Chipotle bean burger ($10.99), the patty made with roasted corn, brown rice, and mushrooms on a wheat-oat roll. Good flavor again thanks to the chipotle.
I couldn't leave Maryland without having the state's official dessert: Maryland Smith Island Cake ($7.99). It's basically a 9-layer yellow cake with chocolate fudge and chocolate sauce drizzle. Not surprisingly, the panda approved highly of this, Frankly, it was either this or the Key Lime Pie, but the state's official dessert won out this time.
Good service. Their parking lot can only hold so many people, so we parked on the street a couple blocks away.
Tons of places to go for seafood in Annapolis, and Boatyard was a good one. 7.5/10