Comfort food at its best, right in Annapolis! Put Chick & Ruth's Delly at the top of your foodie adventure list.
No trip to Annapolis, MD, is complete without a stop at Chick & Ruth’s Delly. For those familiar with their gastronomic delights, you now have images of hot corned beef floating through your mind. But for those who have yet to experience their food, you’re in for a treat. This place is my go-to for comfort food while visiting the city on the Chesapeake Bay. There are no frills, no white starched tablecloths, and the place is a tight squeeze, BUT the food keeps the place buzzing with hungry patrons.
We planned to meet a few friends in Annapolis to catch up over food and drinks. It took about an hour to drive down from Baltimore County. Parking can be a bit of a hassle, but if you look on side streets away from Main Street, it is usually not a problem. Now here's where it can get dicey (if you’re starving): don’t go expecting to be seated right away. It took us about 30 minutes from the time we put our name down to get a table. This was around 2 p.m. on a gorgeous Saturday. Granted, we were a party of eight with a six-month-old in tow, so we needed lots of space. But they came through! We got two tables all the way in the back of the restaurant, in a nice little tucked-away nook right by a large window.
My friend openly exclaimed that the menu, more like a magazine, was overwhelming. I also sat at the table flipping, and flipping, and flipping… my mouth watering with each page I gazed at. The selection is mind-boggling but also amazing, allowing each one of us (baby not included) to find something we really craved. They have breakfast platters, waffles, burgers, crab cakes, soups, salads, and pizza. I am SURE I am missing a lot more. I got the Reuben with melt-in-your-mouth corned beef, sauerkraut, and Russian dressing. The hubby got a giant cheesesteak that did not disappoint. They have dishes named after various political figures, such as the Senator “James Mathias” – a kosher hot dog, with American cheese, and bologna for $4.99. Or the Delegate “Christian J. Miele” – chicken salad, lettuce, and tomato on toasted multi-grain, a.k.a “The Happy Miele,” for $7.29.
This blew me away. They have beer and wine for $2.99 -- all day, every day. No silly happy hours to track and no need to elbow your way to the bar to order an overpriced glass of Pinot. Enjoy a nice drink that won’t drain your savings whenever you want – isn’t this what being an adult is all about? I opted for the mimosa. This was no dainty champagne flute. They served me a beer mug full of the brunch-staple goodness. It must have been around 16 ounces. I was happy. The day was complete. I had found paradise. Oh, and the price for this mimosa? $3.99. Mic drop. Just kidding, there’s more!
40 flavors of pies and cakes. Need I say more?
Up for a Challenge?
Remember Travel Channel’s “Man vs. Food?” Well if not, let me refresh your memory. This place gives you one hour to finish one of their colossal challenges to win a t-shirt, your picture on their website, and bragging rights. Take your pick from a six-pound milkshake, a three-pound sandwich, or a three-pound cheeseburger. If you are feeling extra hungry, the “Man vs. Food Challenge" involves wolfing down BOTH the milkshake (still 6 pounds) AND a 1.5-pound sandwich. Not for the faint of heart.
So instead of chewing on your pen, desk, laptop, etc. – grab the keys and get yourself and a buddy to Chick & Ruth’s Delly! They’re open Sunday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.
Have you ever been to this restaurant? More importantly, are you a "Man vs. Food Challenge" winner?! Share with us your Chick & Ruth's stories in the comments below!