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Chick & Ruth's Delly

165 Main St., Annapolis, MD - (410) 269-6737
Posted By Michael Stern on 6/12/2001 4:46:00 PM
Chick & Ruth’s is a wild, fun place to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, or a late-nite snack. In the heart of old Annapolis, it is a Jewish style (but not strictly kosher) deli that is colorful, full of life, and so cramped that if you sit in one of the booths opposite the counter, you will be within inches of the person next to you. This is not the place to come for a quiet, private, or intimate conversation.

The menu at Chick & Ruth’s has something for everyone, from creamed chipped beef on toast to spiced steamed shrimp by the pound. At breakfast, you can have a bagel with lox, pancakes with a ham steak, or a seasoned crab omelet with a heap of lusciously oily Delly fried potatoes. At lunch, there are sandwiches, hot plates, foot-long dogs, and fantastic hamburgers ranging from two-ouncers to one pounders. The homemade soup repertoire is grand, including matzoh ball, chicken noodle, French onion, Maryland crab (spicy!) and cream of crab.

Annapolis is is the Maryland state capital, so many of the house specialties are named after politicians. A chopped liver and corned beef sandwich is known as the Governor Mandel; lox on a bagel is Golda Meir; turkey breast on whole wheat is Bill Clinton.

Upstairs above the deli is the Scotlaur Inn, which is, as far as we know, the world’s only “Bed & Bagel,” a hostelry with ten rooms for rent.

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3 - Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Overall: Excellent - Worth a Detour
Corned Beef
Crab Omelet
Corned Beef Hash
Fried Potatoes
chicken soup
crab soup
omelet
Coffee
chopped liver
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'It took me four years to discover how good the crab omelet is,' our waitress, Nancy, exclaimed when we ordered one. It is a wonderful dish, the copious crab augmented with your choice of American, Swiss, cheddar, or provolone cheese.
"'It took me four years to discover how good the crab omelet is,' our waitress, Nancy, exclaimed when we ordered one. It is a wonderful dish, the copious crab augmented with your choice of American, Swiss, cheddar, or provolone cheese."
Michael Stern





Sandwiches are named after famous people.  Golda Meir is a bagel and lox.
"Sandwiches are named after famous people. Golda Meir is a bagel and lox."
Michael Stern


A poor picture of excellent corned beef hash. Blurry as it is, you can see the vast variety of texture in the meat, which packs a powerful briny flavor. That's the edge of an egg resting on top.
"A poor picture of excellent corned beef hash. Blurry as it is, you can see the vast variety of texture in the meat, which packs a powerful briny flavor. That's the edge of an egg resting on top."
Michael Stern


Chick & Ruth's fried potatoes are a delicious cacaphony of crunch, chew, large, small, burnt and barely softened pieces. They come with most egg breakfasts and are available a a side dish all by themselves.
"Chick & Ruth's fried potatoes are a delicious cacaphony of crunch, chew, large, small, burnt and barely softened pieces. They come with most egg breakfasts and are available a a side dish all by themselves."
Michael Stern


Chick & Ruth's has been around since the mid-1960s. It is an extremely colorful place -- very Maryland but also classic urban deli.
"Chick & Ruth's has been around since the mid-1960s. It is an extremely colorful place -- very Maryland but also classic urban deli."
Michael Stern


Except for the Maraschino cherry, this fruit really is fresh!
"Except for the Maraschino cherry, this fruit really is fresh!"
Michael Stern


Coffee is presented in a thick mug with a spoon along with a scattering of half-and-half packets. $1.85 buys all you can drink.
"Coffee is presented in a thick mug with a spoon along with a scattering of half-and-half packets. $1.85 buys all you can drink."
Michael Stern


This view of the interior gives a good sense of how cozy Chick & Ruth's is.  On the far right, posted on the wall, are paper plates listing the famous-name sandwiches.
"This view of the interior gives a good sense of how cozy Chick & Ruth's is. On the far right, posted on the wall, are paper plates listing the famous-name sandwiches."
Michael Stern


If you can't find what you like to eat at this place, you just aren't hungry!
"If you can't find what you like to eat at this place, you just aren't hungry!"
Michael Stern


Kosher-style, but not Kosher, Chick & Ruth's serves everything from chopped liver to steamed shrimp.
"Kosher-style, but not Kosher, Chick & Ruth's serves everything from chopped liver to steamed shrimp."
Michael Stern



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