On a hot summer night at Ann’s Dari Crème in Glen Burnie, the line stretches out the door and around the building, as hungry customers wait their turn to order one of Ann’s famous footlongs.
“We sell hundreds of them a day, even more in the summertime,” says manager Cindy Lombard, who has worked at Ann’s for 37 years.
Ann’s Dari Crème has been serving crunchy deep-fried hot dogs and creamy soft serve ice cream since 1950. “A footlong and one of our shakes is the perfect summer meal,” says Lombard.
Summertime is as much about the food as it is sunbathing and swimming. A recent survey by Zagat found that American’s favorite summertime foods are hamburgers and hot dogs, followed closely by ice cream. And in Maryland it’s impossible not to add fresh seafood to the list.
Whether you are craving an ice cream sundae or something hot off the grill, these area food joints specialize in classic eats that will leave your taste buds yearning for summer all year long.
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls
Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls on Main Street in Annapolis has only been around for four years, but the small store serving New England style seafood has quickly gained a loyal following. The menu at Mason’s centers on fresh Maine lobster, steamed and served in a toasted hot dog roll. Founder Dan Beck sought to bring the classic Maine lobster roll to Maryland and flies fresh lobster in six days a week from Prospect Harbor, Maine.
The Classic comes with a slather of mayo and is topped with lemon butter. The Connecticut Roll is served sans mayo, with warm lobster meat drowning in melted butter. Add a Maine Root Blueberry soda and a homemade whoopie pie for the ideal summer supper.
188 Main Street, Annapolis
Hovermale’s Taste Best
Hovermale’s Test Best in Fort Washington has been serving some of the area’s best soft-serve ice cream for more than 65 years. The 1950s style drive-up stand is only open April through November, and on summer nights the parking lot is packed with families indulging in cool treats like soft serve cones, chocolate dips or their famously creamy milkshakes. The strawberry shortcake sundae, a sweet concoction of pound cake, strawberries, whipped cream and vanilla soft serve is is summer in a cup.
9011 Livingston Road, Fort Washington
Pip’s Dock Street Dogs
Pip’s Dock Street Dogs in downtown Annapolis grills up mouth-watering hot dogs served with classic toppings like homemade chili and sauerkraut. Owner Ryan Lamy ships in Pip’s all-beef dogs with natural casings from New York. Dogs are split and grilled rather than steamed. Build your own dog from the extensive list of complimentary toppings with everything from Red Hots to jalapenos to chipotle mayo. Or try one of Pip’s signature dogs like the Tijuana—a hot dog served with bacon, chipotle mayo, sweet peppers and shredded cheddar. For a taste of classic summer, go for the best-selling Coney Island dog, topped with mustard, chili and diced onions.
Annapolis City Dock
Ann’s Dari Crème
Ann’s Dari Crème has been a Glen Burnie fixture for more than 67 years. The red-roofed landmark near Marley Station mall has remained the same over time, and regulars wouldn’t have it any other way. Order up a soft serve swirl, a cherry milkshake or a hot fudge sundae. Ann’s legions of loyal diners don’t always come for the ice cream, but rather for their famous footlong hot dogs, subs and cheeseburgers. Unlike a traditional dog, Ann’s hot dogs are fried and served in foot-long hoagie rolls with toppings like chopped onion and house made chili.
7918 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie
Stevensville Crab Shack
A crab shack might seem like an obvious choice for summertime eats, but Stevensville Crab Shack has so much more than steamed crabs. Owners Bob and Cheri Wittman opened this roadside pit stop on Kent Island twenty years ago as a way to share their favorite Eastern shore recipes and seafood dishes. Locals rave about the fried oysters and fried shrimp, the creamy macaroni salad and homemade deviled eggs. It’s not easy to find fried scallops outside of New England, but the ones at Stevensville Crab Shack are plump, juicy and crisp. A basket of steamed shrimp, little neck clams or fried oysters, eaten on a picnic table outside in the shadow of the Bay Bridge is a sublime summer experience.
116 Pier One Road, Stevensville
Nothing can cool you off faster on a hot summer day than a snowball, a cup of shaved ice covered in sweet sugary syrup and sometimes covered in marshmallow fluff. B&B Snowballs in Ferndale mixes up each of its 40 flavors on-site with a mixture of sugar and concentrate. With unusual flavors like pumpkin pie and s’mores, even the most discriminating sweet tooth will find something to love at B&B. It’s possible to satisfy your hankering for savory summer eats here too—B&B operates a crab shack right out back.
7193 Baltimore Annapolis Boulevard,
Glen Burnie, 410-761-0944