Part 1 continued…
Once we arrived, we were directed to the parking area which was down the street by the Annapolis Town Dock.
We paid for about 2 hours of parking which seemed like a good amount of time to relax and eat our food. I’d always rather pay for a bit more time than to have to run out and add more time to the meter. Or in this case buy another ticket to display on the dashboard.
After hanging out on the dock and people watching, we walked back to Pusser’s.
Pusser’s is a restaurant located next to the Waterfront Hotel in Annapolis, Maryland. At first it appeared to be a part of the hotel but I learned afterwards that it is independently operated.
Once entered, it took awhile for us to make our way to the seating area. There was a long hallway filled with decorations. Many of which were of maps and pictures of places in the U.S Virgin Islands. I became intrigued and wanted to learn more.
Pictures taken from inside of Pusser’s Caribbean Grille
After a quick google search and a visit to the website, I learned that Pusser’s Bar & Grille was named after the Pusser’s Rum brand. This rum is made by using a blend of five West Indian Rums and its origin appears to come from the Royal Navy (The United Kingdom’s naval warfare force). Unfortunatly, I did not get a chance to taste the rum myself but from seeing the reviews online, it appears to be a fan favorite.
After walking through yet another hallway, we were met by a hostess who guided us to our seats. We chose outdoor seating right by the waterside.
There, we watched as the different boats passed by. Some appeared to be filled with families enjoying a day on the water while others appeared to be tourists. We even saw a water taxi, which I thought was cute. Maybe next time I’ll take a tour of the harbor.
Our waiter was very nice and super friendly. Me being the clumsy person that I am, I had to ask him if anyone had ever tripped and fallen off the dock into the water. He said that sadly it does happen often but the water right below was only about five to eight feet deep until farther out.
The menu didn’t have that many options which I liked because it made it easier for me to choose what I wanted.
The menu for Pusser’s Caribbean Grille
We started off with drinks and then followed up with appetizers. For the appetizer, I ordered the Steamed Spiced Shrimp, tossed in island spices and steamed to order. It was indeed spicy. My mom went with the Coconut Rum Shrimp, which was coconut breaded jumbo shrimp served with gingered yellow tomato chutney. Last but not least, my dad ordered Crab Balls which was fried mini crab cakes served with tartar sauce and lemon. I helped myself to a sampling of their dishes and it was all cooked and seasoned deliciously.
For my entrée, I ordered the Jerk Chicken Wrap. It was a spicy grilled chicken breast on a whole wheat tortilla with Jack Cheese, guacamole, lettuce, tomato and onion. My mom ordered the Old English Fish and Chips (no explanation needed). My dad ordered the Pusser’s Gut Buster, which I thought was ridiculous after reading the description. According to the menu, it was an angus beef patty encased two grilled cheese sandwiches with bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise. Served with a side of French fries. After seeing it in person, I had a change of heart and struck a deal with my dad. We ended up with an exchange. Half of my wrap for half of his Gut Buster.
By this point, we had to request to-go boxes. I still had a few shrimps left from my appetizer and half of the half of wrap that I was left with. Even still I decided to push it and get dessert.
For dessert, I ordered the Apple Dumpling A La Mode, which was a warm apple dumpling with whipped cream, gingered cinnamon sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
I was shocked when it came out because it was covered in sliced strawberries, one of my nemeses along with peanuts and the list goes on. I felt bad having to ask for another order, but after explaining my food allergies, they were so polite about it and switched it out for a fresh new dumpling without the strawberries. We split it three-way and it was gone within minutes.
We then took some time to enjoy the waterfront view and stopped at the gift shop before waddling our way out to the exit.
I’ve got to say, this was a really nice spur of the moment trip and I enjoyed every second of it !