The celebrated smokery's owners Barbara Lahnstein and son Dorian Brown keep their focus on beautiful presentation and culinary delights made from fresh, local, all-natural, and never-canned-from-leftover-space-missions ingredients. During the week, stop by Easton Market Square and prep for Thanksgiving parties by picking up a smoked salmon fillet party platter ($25 per pound, plus $20 plattering fee) or a smoked and glazed whole duck ($40) brandied with fresh chutney from the seasonal catering menu. Otherwise, grab a quick bite from the plentiful lunch menu, which has more options than a chimney has chimney sweeps trapped inside. The salmon BLT ($9.95 whole, $5.50 half) stacks freshly smoked salmon, free-range bacon, tomato, and field greens with honey dijon dressing betwixt slices of sunflower-flaxseed bread. If seafood isn't your cup of sports drink, try the organic cherrywood-smoked pork loin sandwich ($8.95 whole, $5 half) crowned with fresh goat cheese, house-made tomato jam, red onions, and field greens or the vegetarian sampling ($9.25)—a variety show of smoked hummus, tofu, olives, and seasonal vegetables. Recuperating revelers, meanwhile, can wander into the Belvedere location during the weekend (from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) for brunch eats not usually found in the average diner or pancake bungalow, such as the smoked salmon crepe ($10) a deep-sea rollup of hot smoked salmon, mashed potatoes and garlic spinach stuffed inside a tumeric crepe.
Canvasback Restaurant & Pub serves up elegant regional plates of seafood, steak, and pasta, while frosty beers and live music invite visitors to kick back their feet and relax. Like an EU agricultural treaty, the bill of fare unites Europe through food, with French onion soups and Italian tortellini plates paired with Irish ales and whiskeys. Guests tuck into tender steaks in Jameson sauce or crab cakes made with meat from Cambridge's J. M. Clayton Company as they tap their feet to the tunes of folk singers, jazz-piano players, and bluegrass bands. The bar offers 12 beers on tap including Maryland-brewed beers served in frosty mugs and Ireland-brewed ales.
Since its first event in 2008, the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival has steadily added to its multisensory feast of libations, food, and live sounds. Originally conceived to highlight Maryland's wines, beers, and local delicacies, the festival now brings wines from around the world to its bayside location. White tents shield tasters from rain, sunburn, and any curious fish who might try to leap into their goblets. Each year, the festival benefits an array of community- and family-focused organizations.
A charming, two-story octagonal structure rests above the waters of a harbor on Chesapeake Bay, drawing in visitors with the sounds of laughter and live music on weekends and during Jazz brunch, as well as the scents of seasonal seafood and gourmet American cuisine. Executive chef William Clarke hitches the menu to the changing seasons to create an ever-changing slate of contemporary American seafood infused with contemporary influences. Guests make pilgrimages by land to sample the restaurant's Sunday brunches of signature crab benedict or lobster mac and cheese, or to savor dinners of stir-fried local vegetable, lobster sliders, and pan-roasted chicken.
Sips of wines and nibbles of Maryland crab cakes pair with the live strums of acoustic guitars on the seaside patio. Inside, walls decorated with rustic wine crates, a full-service bar, and waterfront windows frame each forkful with an elegant, yet approachable surrounding.