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boaters hoity-toity????

There's gotta be something wrong with those boaters. Too hoity-toity."

Oh, boy. You have to give me a break. If you think boaters are hoity-toity, you need to spend some time with some of those bikers. You pull up on your motorcycle and you are viewed, judged and probably talked about. Hope they can enjoy their visit and not find any bug parts in the food. ;-)

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Wayne Wilson is moving on, leaving sailing behind. Fortunately the Chesapeake Bay Eats spreadsheet lives on. I offered to take on maintenance of the database and Wayne sent it along. I'll post an update after I get back from a delivery some time next week.
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Whos better to do this than you Dave after all you like to "Eat well" grin. Thanks for taking it on

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Chicks and Ruths- neat memorbelia and a whos who of former diners, but ....the food is awful and let me expand on Daves (grin). The place is infested with cockroaches and I mean more than the state politicians, so no I wouldnt go for their crabcakes. There are so many other geat places with crabcakes. I love hole in the wall places...but I wont compromise with sanitation. I dont need to get sick.

Annapolis is berift of good restaurants....hard to understand. When the best restaurant food wise in town is a sushi place...you know you are in trouble.

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Ha ha, when I first read the "berift" statement, I was going to suggest that there are a few decent sushi places. Looks like you beat me to it. I agree that Annapolis doesn't really have many excellent restaurants.

That said, we've enjoyed Level Small Plates Lounge on West street, on several occasions. Decent wines, plus their ingredients are sourced locally--not just the vegetables and crabmeat, but even the bison for the bison carpaccio comes from Maryland.

I'm certainly not arguing for Annapolis culinary "greatness", just mentioning a place downtown that we like and that's a little different from some of the others.
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Level Small Plates...have heard that place is nice with good wines...can you elaborate? BTW are you coming to the Rondevous on June 11?

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Level Small Plates...have heard that place is nice with good wines...can you elaborate? BTW are you coming to the Rondevous on June 11?

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Que? Some how I keep missing the the rendezvous threads! I will check on that one--we'd love to make it this year. I'll reply on the rendezvous thread when I have more info. Thanks for the invite!

As for Level, the best reference might be their site, with menu, wine list, etc: level small plates lounge: 69 west street annapolis, md 21403 410.268.0003. Their site says they've made "best" lists with Baltimore Sun and Washingtonian.

That said, here's my take on it. It's a smaller restaurant, but has plenty of seating and a small bar, then upstairs is all "lounge" with a larger bar, as I recall. It's a step above the average fair downtown, and to me feels more fresh (both atmosphere and food) than the spendy seafood places in Eastport. It's casual, but personally, I wouldn't wear shorts or t-shirt there--I'd go a step above.

We've sampled several wines on the list, including some reds from Argentina that went very well the bison carpaccio I mentioned, which we always order when we're there. We've tried the hummus (love the garlic), the grilled calamari (lemon, sea salt, capers...), spicy tuna tartare, gnocchi, several of the flatbread pizzas, and a rockfish ceviche... At the minimum, everything we've tried has provided a nice experience--interesting flavors and nothing "standard". The staff is helpful and advocate for their locally acquired ingredients. Questions we've had about a wine here and there have been answered by someone who'd obviously tried it personally.

Now, I should remind everyone that I'm no chef! But I think Level's worth checking out. I'd recommend visiting on a weeknight if possible--weekends tend to be busy, like most restaurants in the historic area.

I hope that helps! If you check it out, let us know what you think.
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J looks like my kind of place. They have red from 3 vineyards I have visited in California you might like

Storybook Zinfindel, Emeritus Pinot Noir and Patz and Hall Pinot Noir....all nice moderately price wines. The menu loks interesting too. We will try it.

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Wayne Wilson is moving on, leaving sailing behind. Fortunately the Chesapeake Bay Eats spreadsheet lives on. I offered to take on maintenance of the database and Wayne sent it along. I'll post an update after I get back from a delivery some time next week.
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All right folks - please be gentle with me. This is my first attempt at updating Wayne's list. You can get the latest update on my website. It looks okay to me on two computers and an iPhone but please let me know if there is anything broken the way you look at it.

Take a look at any reviews you may have done (or that Wayne or I scraped off the thread) and if there is not a star rating please post, PM, or e-mail me so I can update.

I got josrulz rating of Level Small Plates up, but am still working through posts 200(ish) to the end to make sure we didn't miss anything. I'm also working on the labels that are different for the same place - for example West St in Annapolis shows up three different ways; I'm working on that but it is boring and laborious so will take a while. *grin*
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Thanks for taking this on. Its is one of my favorite threads and most usefull on Sailnet..Go figure...its a food one. The reviews I have found have been spot on.

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