There are any number of great reasons to take the short drive to Annapolis. The Alex Haley Memorial, Cats at the Compass Rose Theater, or a stop by the Naval Academy Museum – all excellent reasons to go. Ah, but the tastiest NEW reason to make the trek to our state capital is undoubtedly, Iron Rooster.

Iron Rooster serves up some of the best views in Annapolis, along with a heaping side of great service, and familiar comfort food classics with a gourmet twist. In all honesty, they had me at Red Velvet Waffles.

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Walk through the classic colonial-style front doors and you’ll know you aren’t in for a played out plate of crab cakes. The decor is warm and inviting, reminiscent a vintage farmhouse you might expect to find in the rolling hills of the county. Whitewashed walls, comfortable bistro style tables, and the delectable aroma of something amazing cooking in the kitchen greet you along with a friendly smile from the staff.

Warm Monkey Bread with rum raisin sauce, candied pecans, and fresh sliced bananas, sounds good for starters – or to put you in a bliss-induced carb coma. Chicken and Waffles, Shrimp ‘n’ Grits, and a BLT & E – crispy pork belly, cool iceberg lettuce, fried green tomatoes, topped with a poached egg nestled on a brioche bun with a slather of garlic aioli… um, did I just hear your car start?

Iron Rooster deliciously combines a comfortable atmosphere with elevated dishes that are sure to please sophisticated palates, and persnickety eaters alike.

Iron Rooster, Annapolis

GETTING THERE: Parking is rough. Annapolis is better suited to boat parking. That said, there are several public parking garages in the area. There is also street parking to be had a block or so away. Iron Rooster’s address may not show up on your GPS (ugh, that was fun), but it is easy to spot. It is directly behind Market House and across the street from the Alex Haley Memorial.

COST: Most dishes from the Breakfast, Sandwiches, Hen House, and Burger menues run in the $8 to $15 range. Portions are generous and there are smaller bites and respectable array of mixology options for grownups looking to get social. They also offer options for kids, including a classic PB&J!

FAMILY ACCESSIBILITY: The upstairs area (incidentally the area with the best views) is equipped to handle larger parties and is perfect for families.  Of note though, the stairs are steep – this is a historical building after all. Make sure you keep an extra eye on turbo-charged-champion-stair-racers, if you’ve got ’em.

KEEP ‘EM HAPPY: Partner and Chef extraordinaire, Kyle Algaze is also a dad, so he’s made sure the kiddos are entertained. There are TVs upstairs and fun activity sheets to play and color on. Kyle does a great job of getting around to greet guests, making a meal here feel all the more like home.