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Vin 909 Wine Cafe, Farm-To-Table Cooking in a Home Setting at 909 Bay Ridge Avenue in Eastport

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Forgive me Don if this is the wrong place to post this, but I needed to talk about our meal at Vin 909 in Annapolis. We thought we were lost when we got there because it's located in a residential neighborhood in what looks like somebody's house. When we saw all the people waiting on the lawn, we knew we were in the right place. It was just 6pm on Saturday night, but we waited about 45 minutes for a table. There's a pretty lawn with benches to wait for a table, so we ordered a bottle of wine and sat for a while. There are two small dining rooms inside and and a small patio out back. Also, there were two tables on the front porch that didn't look very comfortable. Oh yeah, the food. For starters I had the "Chesapeake farm raised clams" with wild mushrooms, grilled corn, scallions, garlic, smoked bacon, white wine, and cream. I think this was the best dish I ever had in my life. The clams were perfectly cooked, the bacon was thick and meaty, and the sauce was perfectly decadent. My SO, not as pro-cholesterol as I am, had the greens with blue cheese. SO loved it. Then we moved on to the pizza. Pizzas are sort of oval, pretty thin, but not soupy at all. Kind of Roman if you know what I mean. I had the Spotted Pig with spicy soppressata, wild boar meatballs, tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, and provolone. SO had the Trip, wild mushrooms,taleggio and fontina cheeses. Pizzas were AMAZING. Perfectly balanced amounts of sauce, cheese and toppings. Service was friendly and efficient. Char was just right. When informed of a food allergy, the server checked with the chef for each dish we ordered. Sorry, no dessert report, too full.

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We had a really nice Sunday dinner here.  Good flavors, very good ingredients, and very pleasant service.  Definitely worth a visit if you're in the Annapolis area.  There's a small parking lot for the restaurant plus a decent amount of free street parking nearby.

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The food here is always innovative and well prepared. No reservation policy is kind of a pain . Is usually filled within 10 minuites of opening

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Rate this as the best meal I ever had in Annapolis. Love the ambience, the casual seating (we made friends with everyone around us), and the interesting farm-to-table menu that wasn't overly pretentious.

Things looked and smelled so good that the two of us accidentally ordered way more than we should have!

We had a rich, creamy corn-ginger soup , mixed salad (amazing - which is a difficult accolade to achieve for a salad),rock fish ceviche (not my favorite as I"m not much of a rockfish in ceviche fan - but it was the only ceviche offered and I AM a ceviche fan, so couldn't pass it up. ), skirt steak (probably one of the best dishes I've ever had at a restaurant. When I mentioned it to the server, he told us that it is the ONE dish that they will never take off the menu as rumor has it the customers would riot. I believe it. And, if that weren't enough food. We also had a fantastic mushroom pizza. Oh. And if THAT weren't enough, we ordered dessert! Butterscotch pudding with caramel sticks (beyond words). CARAMEL STICKS! 

We've told many many friends about this great little place and I can't wait to go back!

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What day and time did you go?  The last time I tried the wait was almost 2 hours, that is a deal breaker all the time.

I live in Annapolis on weekends, I suppose we'll go on some stormy night when the tourists aren't there!!

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Ate at Vin last night.  Sunday at 6 they were packed and we were able to grab 2 seats at the kitchen bar.  Vin gets way elevated in my mind as I watched numerous chefs show a ton of love on the food they prepared sent out.  We had  a simple salad with figs and gorgonzola  and white pizza with mushrooms and arugula, both of which were excellent.  I watched the chef prepare tuna tartar and take lessons from the lead chef in plating and seasoning as the night went on, will order next time.  I didn't realize they make mozzarella fresh to order for their pesto entrée, have to order this next time as well.

This is a keeper but hard to get into on weekends once tourist season starts in Annapolis.  No reservations and folks start lining up at 430 on Saturdays.

Highly recommended.

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On a Thursday night in the non tourist season Vin has a small, 10 minute wait at 730.  We shared a salad, scallop entrée and white flatbread with Lamb Sausage.  This place is still rocking on all cylinders as they execute well.  They had just rolled out a new seasonal menu but I didn't notice much difference then before.  This would be on my usual rotation except that it always has a wait and there are many other great choices in Naptown.

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On 8/14/2013 at 8:46 PM, Cuddlyone said:

Forgive me Don if this is the wrong place to post this, but I needed to talk about our meal at Vin 909 in Annapolis. We thought we were lost when we got there because it's located in a residential neighborhood in what looks like somebody's house. When we saw all the people waiting on the lawn, we knew we were in the right place. It was just 6pm on Saturday night, but we waited about 45 minutes for a table. There's a pretty lawn with benches to wait for a table, so we ordered a bottle of wine and sat for a while. There are two small dining rooms inside and and a small patio out back. Also, there were two tables on the front porch that didn't look very comfortable. Oh yeah, the food. For starters I had the "Chesapeake farm raised clams" with wild mushrooms, grilled corn, scallions, garlic, smoked bacon, white wine, and cream. I think this was the best dish I ever had in my life. The clams were perfectly cooked, the bacon was thick and meaty, and the sauce was perfectly decadent. My SO, not as pro-cholesterol as I am, had the greens with blue cheese. SO loved it. Then we moved on to the pizza. Pizzas are sort of oval, pretty thin, but not soupy at all. Kind of Roman if you know what I mean. I had the Spotted Pig with spicy soppressata, wild boar meatballs, tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil, and provolone. SO had the Trip, wild mushrooms,taleggio and fontina cheeses. Pizzas were AMAZING. Perfectly balanced amounts of sauce, cheese and toppings. Service was friendly and efficient. Char was just right. When informed of a food allergy, the server checked with the chef for each dish we ordered. Sorry, no dessert report, too full.

I think this is the spot, a couple I ran into at Chiko, were raving about. I must find out for myself. Adding to short list.

off main st,

kat

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Vin is in Eastport on a residential street.  Around the corner is a strip mall that is showing its age but has the Eastport Kitchen and Adams Ribs, both fallbacks when Vin has a 2 hour wait.  

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