A Satisfying Meal
In a Friendly Setting
I eat and drink
too much. I know the scoop on pubs. Tourists constantly stop me
and ask for advice on where to go. I always tell them that most
of the restaurants downtown are pretty decent, but if they want
a guaranteed good meal, just go to Riordan's Saloon.
in the heart of downtown across from the Market House, Riordan's
has been a lively neighborhood saloon for 25 years. For 12 of
those years, I have eaten there a few times a month and haven't
had a bad meal or poor service yet. I usually go to Riordan's
for a light bite on a weeknight. My girlfriends and I often split
appetizers and have soup or salad. The spicy hot crab dip, cheddar
bacon potato skins, Buffalo wings and chicken tenders are consistently
good. They also serve oysters on the half shell, shrimp, clam
strips and calamari for seafood lovers. The daily special appetizer
is almost always the best selection: lobster claws, chicken rolls
Riordan's soups are terrific. I enjoy the regular menu items,
such as clam chowder and onion soup, but I would also highly recommend
the soup du jour, especially their bisque. Know that a Riordan's
bowl of bisque is a meal in itself. I like the chicken Caesar
salad or a fresh house salad with one of their homemade dressings.
I recently had the raspberry walnut dressing, and I wish I had
If I go to Riordan's with a hungry guy, the meal usually consists
of the man-sized portions you'll find on the list of house favorites
or of over-stuffed sandwiches. I am partial to the Santa Fe chicken
sandwich, a chicken breast topped with hickory barbeque sauce
and jack cheese, or the Crisfield chicken sandwich, topped with
crab dip and pepper jack cheese. Riordan's real bleu burger, Southwestern
burger and Philly-style burger, are all very good. Rumor has it
that the French dip sandwich is the best in Annapolis. The menu
also includes a pork BBQ, tuna and shrimp melts, crab cakes and
an excellent grilled salmon BLT.
Riordan's features dinner entrees such as broiled salmon, fried
oysters, sea scallops, grilled tuna, ribs and steaks. My neighbor
claims the prime rib is exceptional. The penne pastas such as
the shrimp, alfredo or scallop are tasty, but once you have tried
the chicken diablo, you'll be hooked. The daily special entrees
are worth a try, but it will be hard to pass up the chicken diablo
once you have a taste for it.
Riordan's is packed during most seasons on weekends so you may
have to wait for a table, especially during peak meal times and
Sunday brunch, which is worth the wait if you are an omelet or
eggs Benedict lover. The dining room upstairs is open on busy
weekends, and the view and mellow atmosphere are quite pleasant.
It also opens up some space in the festive and sometimes loud
downstairs bar area.
Try Riordan's---I think you'll like it.