Harry Browne’s: Not Just For Tourists & Legislators

| October 7, 2012
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Harry BrownesPaul and I decided to go to Harry Browne’s for lunch to celebrate a special event in our lives. We arrived around 1:30pm on a Friday afternoon.  It was not crowded when we were shown to a table in the window that provided a direct view of the State House and the hubbub of  State Circle. Shaded sidewalk seating was also available, but on this particular late summer day, air conditioning was preferred.

Talk about ambiance! This restaurant at 66 State Circle is absolutely oozing with it!  There were chandeliers, mirrors, and Tony Bennett crooning in the background.  We also enjoyed starched white tablecloths and napkins, a beautiful pressed tin ceiling, and fresh flowers on the table. It was especially surprising that the lunch menu prices were very much in line with other places we regularly go in the area.

The service was excellent and pleasant.  There was a leisurely pace to be enjoyed while we sipped ice teas and looked over the menu.  Most of the time, I check out a menu online in advance to determine if healthy options are being offered, so I was already leaning towards the grilled fish wrap.  Paul decided on the Reuben.

FoodMy fish wrap (Mahi-Mahi) was deliciously grilled and wrapped in a flour tortilla with tomato, lettuce and a little bit of cheddar cheese.  It was very good and contained a large portion of fish.  The menu stated that the wrap ($12) came with local greens, but the side salad was more than I expected.  It consisted of a generous portion of mixed greens, sliced almonds, carrots, and shredded parmesan with a light dressing.  I was very happy with this choice!

Paul had the New Yorker Classic Reuben ($11) with corned beef, sauerkraut, Swiss cheese, Russian dressing & handcut fries along with sliced pickles. He especially complimented the marbled rye bread and the lean corned beef.  As far as the fries, Paul compared them favorably to those at Al’s French Frys in Burlington, VT – a high standard to meet!

Other lunch choices that caught my eye were the grilled vegetable sandwich and the turkey club on whole wheat with avocado.

I went upstairs to the rest room areas and noticed the beautiful accommodations for private parties and functions.  The entire restaurant has been beautifully maintained, and we enjoyed talking to the owner about the history of the building.  Another visit to Harry Browne’s is certainly in our future!

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Category: Businesses, Chowin' Down, COLUMNS, LIFE IN THE AREA

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Lois Villemaire, originally from the Philadelphia area, has resided in Annapolis for 40 years. She retired from the AA County Office of Planning and Zoning in 2007, and subsequently worked for several years for the Montgomery County Planning Department. Now that she and her husband are retired, they both enjoy their children and grandchildren, golfing, biking, yoga, reading and exploring around Annapolis. Lois currently serves on the City of Annapolis Planning Commission.

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