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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.
I was curious about Wild Country Seafood after it was written up in the Washingtonian Kliman Chat. When I looked on the map it appeared to be at the Maritime Museum there by the Eastport Yacht Club. There used to be a restaurant attached to the museum that was a great place to get a crabcake. I believe it was taken out by Isabelle. So I wondered if something similar had reopened. It isn't at the museum, but it is very close. I will warn you I wouldn't want to drive a big car down Second Street in Eastport and the parking situation is pretty much, "be creative." But it was definitely an interesting place. The crabcakes didn't use lump crabmeat, but they were good- they probably sell the lump as you can sell it for more money. This doesn't really offend me, but I will say there are other places in Annapolis you can get a better crabcake. It was a perfectly acceptable and good crabcake, but I have had better. The fries were from a bag seasoned fries, but again good and perfectly acceptable- now if they had homemade MD boardwalk fries this place would be killer. Platters also came with slaw that was very tangy, but I like a tangy slaw. I was in the mood for a crabcake so Mom and I split a platter and got an extra slaw. This was the perfect amount of food for us. They also sold live and steamed crabs. Outside there were about 5 picnic tables with umbrellas. This was a very popular spot on Saturday and it was a bit slow only because of the sheer numbers. Mom and I managed to get seats indoors and the little countertop. Inside only has two counters, I think you could fit 5-6 people there max. But I would put this on the list as another spot in Annapolis to get crabs to take out or to eat there (when it is nice). They also had some very fresh fish and shellfish you could purchase there. It isn't a huge menu, but everything coming out of the kitchen looked good. I would go back and try some other things. If you are looking for crabs in Annapolis add this place to your list. They also seem to do a lot of catering for groups and parties, which is worth noting. http://www.wildcountryseafood.com/