I need to tell you about a restaurant in Annapolis called Crush Kitchen and Winehouse. Tommy and I met our friends Allison and George here for dinner on Saturday night and it was so wonderful!
I actually found the restaurant just by googling “restaurants in Annapolis”. This little gem of a restaurant popped up and the reviews were consistently strong. I thought “why not, let’s give it a try”. Well, by the end of dinner the four of us were so glad we ate here.
First of all the restaurant is housed in an old (and no longer functioning) firehouse so there are cute little characteristics of the building’s previous life – a long spiraling staircase, huge windows at the front of the restaurant, and various other smaller ladders along certain walls of the building. We all loved the ambiance of the place – it’s a one-story restaurant, so seating is limited. And while it was crowded on a Saturday night the noise level wasn’t obnoxious at all.
Now on to the food…oh the food. I think our favorite little dish of the night was the Prosciutto Wrapped Dates. In fact it was this appetizer that most of the reviews were raving about, as was the couple that was leaving the restaurant as Tommy and I were coming in. They stopped us and told us that if we liked dates we absolutely had to order this dish.
Well we did and were not led astray. While I would never have thought of this combo for dates, this particular mixing of flavors was so so so good.
We ordered another appetizer, the Crush Crab Dip, which was heavenly.
In fact all of Crush’s appetizers sounded equally delicious. The whole table definitely spent a few minutes contemplating just ordering different appetizer dishes to sample. But alas, we opted for more entree-type meals.
Tommy ordered the Beef & Lamb Meatloaf.
George ordered the Blackened Salmon.
Allison ordered two appetizers for her entree, the Alligator Sausage and the Duck Dumplings.
And yours truly ordered the Denia Spicy Shrimp & Chorizo.
I am still thinking about that pasta dish, sadly. While both Tommy and I loved our entrees we couldn’t eat it all in one sitting so we got two doggie bags to take home with us. I was able to enjoy my leftover pasta the next morning for breakfast, but as I was getting out of the car later that night when we were home I accidentally dropped Tommy’s leftovers in the driveway. I felt HORRIBLE since I knew how much he was looking forward to eating the rest of it later…major fail.
Even though we were all stuffed from all the yummy food we had just gobbled up, we headed to the center of Annapolis to get ice cream cones from a super cute ice cream and fudge shop to enjoy on the ride home.
Such a great night!