Cantler's named top seafood "dive." Say what?
I guess I should be glad when Maryland restaurants get any sort of national recognition, but at the same time I'm a little jaded about how national publications come up with their nominations of "best" whatever. So recently whenever I get one of these press releases, I ask.
Yes, I know it's the pot calling the kettle black. (See my Top 10 lists.)
Here's the item:
Maryland - Cantler's Riverside Inn, Annapolis
What to order: Anything involving crabs which are unloaded right at the dock. Try the rockfish stuffed with crab imperial.
What you'll pay: $11-$26 for entrées.
"A friend from Baltimore took me to Cantler's in 1998. I loved the place. It felt very relaxing: on the water, with open-air seating--such a classic Chesapeake Bay-area crab house that it almost seemed part of the natural landscape. And the crab tasted wonderful. Since then, I've eaten at literally hundreds of other seafood restaurants. Cantler's remains what it was 11 years ago: one of my all-time favorites.
"For 2009, we decided to do a 'greatest hits' version of our Seafood Dives feature--listing our picks as best-ever dives in each coastal state. Settling on a winner for Maryland wasn't easy. So many restaurants do such a great job with crab cakes (which I love), other crab dishes, and oysters. But the setting, the friendliness, and especially the food pushed Cantler's to the top."
Nothing against Cantler's, but did you try Mr. Bill's Terrace Inn in Essex, Mr. Millburg? Of course, you won't get the water view, but I feel like it ought to have been in the running.
(Doug Kapustin/Sun photographer)