Federal House Bar & Grill

Written by on January 25, 2013 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(federalhouserestaurant.com) – Market Space, Annapolis, Maryland

Historic Plaque

How I heard of this place: Chris surprised me with a weekend getaway to the historic and very quaint city of Annapolis. He even did his research to find a cozy Bed & Breakfast within walking distance of everything we could want to see and do! Elly, our hostess recommended Federal House as a great spot for a casual dinner, hearty portions, and great food.

Federal House

Type of cuisine: “Our menu includes local favorites like our award winning cream of crab soup, tasty sandwiches, fresh seafood, and our newest addition, the Crab Monster. Federal House offers a great dining experience for the whole family. Our friendly and welcoming staff will be happy to help you find your “new favorite”.”

Ambiance: Located on Market Space in the Historical District of Annapolis, The Federal House is nestled among a shopping and sightseeing haven. Have lunch and experience the unique charm of the world’s sailing capital or visit us for dinner to check out Annapolis’s extraordinary nightlifeBe sure to check out our events page to see what’s happening at Federal House late night. We have live music during the week, DJ Chris Hart on the weekends, and World Tavern Poker every Tuesday.

Federal House inside

What I ordered: The snow began falling immediately upon our safe arrival, and despite the short walk down Fleet Street towards Federal House, we were in need of warm bowls of hot soup. Chris chose a cup of the Soup of the Day ($4.50), a chicken and spicy chorizo gumbo to accompany his large glass of cranberry juice ($2.99).


I went for the Onion Soup Gratin ($4.99), served with melted provolone and Swiss and a once-crunchy crouton, with my hot cup of water and lemon wedge.

Onion Soup

For our main entrees, without hesitation, my husband requested the Fresh Fish of the day: Atlantic Salmon ($23.99), grilled and served with a side of basil pesto, asparagus and garlic mashed potatoes.

Salmon Dinner

At his request, I selected the Crab Alfredo ($18.99), a delicious combination of king crab and blue crab lumps tossed with julienned vegetables, served over fettucinne and smothered in a house-made Alfredo sauce.

Crab Alfredo

No room for dessert, but the Fried Chimi-Xango Cheesecake ($7.99) – creamy cheesecake and chunks of banana in butter caramel sauce wrapped in a pastry tortilla, flash fried and rolled in cinnamon sugar, served with vanilla bean ice cream, sliced mango, strawberry compote, and whipped topping – peaked our interest from appetizers and throughout our entrees.

What I loved: The large, no-skimping morsels of crab in my Alfredo, as well as the fresh, crispy julienned squash and zucchini. The basil pesto sauce accompanying the chunky mashed potatoes and salmon – to die for! The pan-seared, buttery asparagus stole the show!  As far as good vibes, we smilingly enjoyed the 1980s era music playing overhead, namely the renditions and accompaniments by our fellow Scandinavian diners.

Why I loved it: Good food. Easy setting. Large and spacious venue. Casual and hearty. Comfort food for the masses.

Cost: Average to high ($12.99 – $32.99 per dinner entree)

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