Recently I visited Annapolis, Maryland for a two-day seminar and of course I was excited to explore and visit a new restaurant. While researching nearby restaurants I decided on Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant because it was minutes away from my seminar location and their menu options looked amazing. My second day of the seminar ended early enough for me to stop in Cooper’s Hawk during their lunch time.
Cooper’s Hawk in Annapolis is a two-story restaurant and bar with a wine tasting room, retail store and barrel-aging room. The bar side of the restaurant has an extended outdoor patio that includes seating.
As I mentioned, I’d already looked at the menu and I knew what I wanted to order for lunch. My waitress was very pleasant and helpful explaining the wine list and food pairings. Because the wine list is so extensive, some guests have a hard time deciding and they are encouraged to sample one or two wines. Of course I sampled two…who doesn’t like free wine samples?! The restaurant provides complimentary pretzel bread warm and fresh from the oven. For my appetizer I ordered the Crispy Brussels Sprouts with Cashews, Mint, Sweet Thai Chili and Sesame-Sriracha Aioli. Best Brussels EVER! Hands Down! I think it was the Sweet Thai Chili sauce and the Sriracha, that sweet and spicy mix with the perfectly crisp Brussels is a hit! And it’s a hearty appetizer size, I wasn’t able to eat it all and had to take the leftovers home.
After sampling three wines because I couldn’t’ decide on which two to sample, I decided to order the Sparkling Wine Flight. Cooper’s Hawk offers six different wine flights – Sparkling, White, Red, Dessert, Cooper’s Hawk Lux and Create Your Own. Each flight is the equivalent of two glasses of wine. The Sparkling Flight featured an Almond Sparkling, Raspberry Sparkling, Sparkling Rose’ and Blanc de Blanc. Surprisingly I loved the Almond Sparkling wine, I wasn’t sure about how an Almond wine would taste but it tasted like almond cookies or candy.
For my lunch option I ordered the Chicken Piccata and swapped the baked chicken for their Parmesan-Crusted Chicken and it was the best decision. Perfect pasta topped with a buttery lemon sauce seasoned with crisp capers. Seriously this meal is amazing. I’ve been back to the restaurant two more times in the last 30 days because I had to have it again and again.
During my last visit I ordered the Dessert Wine Flight and I especially liked the blueberry wine. As you can tell, I tend to like sweet wines. Maybe on my next visit I’ll venture out and order a red wine or white wine flight.
Have you been to Cooper’s Hawk Winery and Restaurant? What’s your favorite dish to order?
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