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Wild Orchid Café, Annapolis, Maryland

909 Bay Ridge Avenue
Annapolis , Maryland
Tel: 410 268 8009's insider take:

Working out of a winsome 1912 bungalow in Eastport, a residential section of Annapolis, chef Jim Wilder specializes in New American comfort food in a comfortable setting. The scent of fresh-baked bread wafts from a compact kitchen that places a premium on local, seasonal ingredients—grilled peaches with blue cheese and field greens in the summer, salmon with apple-horseradish crème fraîche in the winter—with a few signature favorites, like the butternut-squash soup with Maryland lump crabmeat. The three-course prix-fixe menu is a great value at $39; a $28 three-course menu with smaller portions is also offered Monday through Thursday. The dining room is warm but simple, with honey wood floors, Shaker-style chairs, and crisp white linens. Out back there's a snug patio for warm-weather dining. Be sure to make reservations on weekends.

Open Mondays through Thursdays 11 am to 3 pm and 5 to 9 pm, Fridays and Saturdays 11 am to 3 pm and 5 to 10 pm, Sundays 9 am to 3 pm and 4 to 9 pm.

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