Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Francaise Dinner 2017!

This year, we ask that you make your dinner selections when you book your ticket.    A full booking includes the names of all people in your party, who is ordering what (Alice – chicken, chocolate cake; Bob – crab cakes, cheesecake), and payment.  Please also let us know any allergens the kitchen should be aware of at the time of the booking.  Knowing names, rather than strictly the numbers of each entrée, helps us help the servers, especially in the case of allergen disclosures.  We will work with you and the kitchen to ensure you get safe and tasty courses.

The ticket price is $65.  This includes bread service, a garden salad, your choice of entrée, your choice of dessert, a champagne toast, and non-alcoholic beverages (soft drinks, iced tea, coffee).  A cash bar will be available.

The menu selections:

Entrée (all served with roasted potatoes, unless otherwise specified, and seasonal vegetables)

Maryland-Style Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes – Lump crabmeat prepared in the traditional Maryland fashion, broiled to a golden brown

Free-Range Roasted Chicken – Roasted chicken served with a mushroom and peas risotto, finished with a morel mushroom sauce

Petit Filet and Shrimp – A petit filet matched with  grilled jumbo gulf shrimp


New York Style Cheesecake – Made with real cream cheese, whole eggs, sour cream, and vanilla in a graham cracker crust

Lovin' Spoonful Chocolate Cake – An intensely decadent double chocolate cake . . . Need we say more?

Ticket sales close on March 11, 2017.  No changes or cancellations can be accepted after 11:59 pm EST on March 14, 2017. All bookings must be sent to Isabella.  Her paypal email address is Jubileel@excite.com.  Use the send money to friends and family option.  Any charges for not using that option are your responsibility.  Anything less than the full ticket price will be considered an unpaid reservation.


Historic Downtown Annapolis has a number of B&Bs and modern hotels within a short walk of O'Brien's.  Our recommendation is Loews Annapolis, 126 West Street, currently showing $199 per night.  This is a competitive rate for the historic district.  Several of the B&Bs have a two-night minimum stay.

Discount accommodations are available outside the historic district – a good cluster of name-brand hotels for about $89 a night is located at exit 21 off US Route 50, near the Annapolis Mall.  These are about 4 miles from the historic district.

New this year, we have rented a house in the historic district for Friday and Saturday nights, approximately 5 minutes on foot from O'Brien's.  We have 8 available slots for $111.10 each covering both nights.  Parking is NOT included, and we are taking pre-paid reservations for the two-night block ONLY (you may arrive Saturday, but you will pay for both nights).  Please contact Jessica directly (mme.bahorel@gmail.com) for more information and to book a slot. 


There are several parking facilities serving Historic Downtown Annapolis.  The most convenient to O'Brien's is the Noah Hillman Parking Garage, 150 Gorman Street, immediately behind the restaurant.  A full map of parking options is available from the City of Annapolis at annapolisparking.com.


Annapolis is located on the Chesapeake Bay, at the end of Interstate 97 heading south from Baltimore and along US Route 50, the major highway heading east toward the Eastern Shore and Atlantic Beaches.  It is about a 50 minute drive from Washington, DC, when traffic cooperates.  The most convenient airport is Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).  If you prefer Amtrak, the east coast line stops at BWI and at New Carrollton, Maryland.  Email us if you are coming in from out of town and do not wish to rent a car: we will help work out transportation for both air and train arrivals.

Driving Directions:

O'Brien's is located at 113 Main Street.  Main Street is one-way heading away from the docks – the opposite direction to how most of you will be arriving.  From US-50, take Exit 24 for Rowe Boulevard/Maryland 70 South.  At the edge of the historic district, Northwest Street will make a slight right off Rowe Boulevard.  This will put you into Church Circle (yes, there's a traffic circle; yes, it will be ok).  Coming out of the circle, you want to take Duke of Gloucester Street (the 4th street coming off the circle).  From there, signs will show you where to turn left for the Noah Hillman Garage or you may make a left on Green Street to access Main Street just below O'Brien's.