chick & ruth’s delly

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Annapolis is just a hop, skip, and a jump away from Baltimore, a quick drive down I-97, and there you are, in the state’s capital. It’s really quite beautiful, on a nice day, walking by the water along cobblestone roads and alleys, surrounded by historical buildings, and of course, lots of tourists. That to me, is the only drawback, but a quick day-trip is lovely as always.

Mr.S and I had a late lunch at Chick & Ruth’s Delly, a diner and deli right on Main St. It’s somewhat of an institution with locals, having existed now for decades and decades. Whatever you’re in the mood for, they’ll most likely have, as the menu offers breakfast, lunch and dinner selections all day. They’re most known for their deli sandwiches, amusingly, all named after politicians (The Dick Cheney is chicken salad with lettuce on wheat toast) and the Colossal Sandwiches piled dangerously high, with enough corned beef and pastrami to feed 6 people! Deciding to opt out on the coronary disease, we ordered some simple hearty dishes that really hit the spot.

breakfast served all day
turkey Reuben

Mr.S got the Attorney General Doug Gansler, a turkey reuben on rye, with fries. I always enjoy a good fried egg with toast, and on a whim, ordered a side of grits. There was surely nothing to complain about seeing as we both cleaned our plates. The best part was the small tub of complimentary dill pickles you get at the start, all crispy and tangy, definitely homemade.


Don’t expect to make and close any insider deals here. You’re literally inches away from the diners at the table next to you. Feeling neighborly? It’s all part of the fun here. And fun, it is. Perhaps next time I go back, I’ll have an appetite large enough to accommodate 5 pounds of deli meats!


Chick & Ruth’s Delly

165 Main Street
Annapolis, MD 21401

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