When it comes to dining options beyond downtown Annapolis proper, you can go North, to the eclectic restaurants scattered throughout West Annapolis, or you can go South, to the white tablecloth and high-end seafood restaurants in the Maritime Republic of Eastport.

But if you really want to experience as many different cuisines as possible, you can follow the advice of newspaperman Horace Greeley (or whoever actually first said “Go West, young man”) and go West – that is, go to West Street.

Yes, the 2.5-mile stretch from Church Circle, at the top of Main Street, to Solomons Island Road includes plenty of national fast food franchises, but it also offers over a dozen unique local restaurants to discover. And, for both their employees’ sake and yours, the majority of them are offering their eats (and in many cases, their drinks!) through some combination of carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery.

Working our way out from downtown, here’s a heaping helping of highlights:

Luna Blu

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Now in its 20th year, Luna Blu is my go-to for sit-down Italian in Annapolis, whether in its cozy dining room or right on West Street during Dinner Under the Stars, thanks to its extensive menu of made-from-scratch foods. A true seafood-lover, I order Calamari Rustici, a hard-to-find fresh non-fried calamari option, and Zuppa di Pesce, a Sicilian fisherman’s stew, every time I visit, but the menu is chocked full of every pasta dish you can imagine. The $38 four-course dinner special and carry-out pizza are great options as well, and the entire menu is now available for carryout, curbside pickup, and delivery during regular business hours.


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Whether enjoying its very attractively-priced happy hour and a half menu in the evening (served from 4:30-6:00 p.m. Monday-Friday) or one of its fifteen handcrafted cocktails and extensive sushi offerings late-night (the restaurant is open until 1:30 a.m. 7 days a week), you don’t want to miss the awesome ambiance and eats inside Tsunami. Until life returns to normal, however, it’s great to know that the restaurant’s entire sushi and kitchen menu – plus gift cards and a pretty great-looking #StrongerTogether t-shirt – is available for takeaway from 5-9 p.m. each night.


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A “small plates lounge,” Level features a Chesapeake-inspired mural on its second floor (depicting a blue heron and Thomas Point Light) and an eclectic menu of shareable dishes, from charcuterie boards to crab and corn gnocchi, made with locally-sourced ingredients on its website. Fortunately, the full menu – including beer, wine, and a wide array of handcrafted cocktails made with fresh juices, mixes, and garnishes – can be ordered online or by phone for pickup or delivery via DoorDash or GrubHub


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Lemongrass began offering modern Thai cuisine from its yellow building at the corner of West Street and Colonial Ave. in 2005, and has since opened Lemongrass Too, at Gateway Village, and Lemongrass Arnold. Having dined at the first and second locations many times, I can attest that the Shrimp Martini, Seafood Salad, and Chicken Ginger Perfect are consistently-prepared and delicious wherever you’re eating them – a good sign that whatever you order for pickup or delivery will be too!

Metropolitan Kitchen & Lounge

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Roughly 100 feet from Lemongrass, Metropolitan is a casual, farm-to-table restaurant that serves up local produce and meats, over 40 craft beers, and 16 custom cocktails from its menu – and in normal times, plenty of live music from its lounge. While the music might be temporarily on hold, Metropolitan is not only offering its full menu for carryout but also full catering-style meals, which allow you to mix-and-match two entrees and three sides, and 50% off all beer and wine, from 4:00-9:00 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.

Sailor Oyster Bar

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Just three years old, “SOB” was founded after owner Scott Herbst asked himself what a seafood restaurant without ovens, stoves, or microwaves would look like. To that end, it serves oysters, simple appetizers, and plenty of canned fish – something that would’ve been extremely common in Annapolis a few hundred years ago – in its Chesapeake-inspired, industrial-styled space. Sailor also has a hefty list of wines, craft beers, and cocktails, available for takeaway along with select menu items, daily specials, and discounted gift cards to benefit employees.

Paul’s Homewood Café

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An Annapolis mainstay since 1949, when it opened as Paul’s Lunch, Paul’s Homewood Café (Homewood refers to the neighborhood next to the restaurant) is both somewhat under-the-radar and my go-to spot for Annapolis Restaurant Week. My top picks on its creative Greek-American menu are homemade hummus and chicken souvlaki, so I was happy to see that both, along with all sorts of other Greek specialties and family meals, are on its carryout and delivery menu.

Carlson’s Thai Kitchen

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Speaking of under-the-radar spots, you’d be forgiven for driving past Carlson’s Thai Kitchen and not realizing that the unassuming building offers what’s surely the most unique combination of cuisines in Annapolis. But you would definitely be missing out – the light, fluffy donuts are made fresh each morning, when they often sell out within a few hours, and the Thai food is as authentic as it comes, from Tom Yum soup to Pad Ka Prow, both of which have made me sweat on multiple occasions. Both menus are available for carryout.

Bagel’s And…

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Similar to Chris’s in both age and location, Bagel’s And… has been serving fresh, homemade bagels from its spot in the last strip mall before Solomons Island Road for 38 years – including on holidays! It offers 21 traditional flavors, my favorite being six-grain everything; 14 cream cheeses, the most eye-catching being horseradish and bacon; and a wide array of breakfast sandwiches, lunch sandwiches, and platters. And it might be the earliest carryout option around, with the full menu available starting at 6:00 a.m. on weekdays, 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, and 7:00 a.m. on Sunday.

With so many different cuisines available for carryout or delivery within such a centralized stretch, you could be getting takeout from West Street for years and still never eat the same thing twice!

Note: Because restaurants’ hours of operation and delivery services change on a regular basis, please visit their website or call to confirm.