100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Bartlett Pear Inn
No. 25 on this year's list.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Jessica Voelker, Anna Spiegel
Photograph by Chris Campbell.
Comments () | Published January 28, 2014
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Bartlett Pear Inn
Address: 28 S. Harrison St., Easton, MD
Phone: 410-770-3300
Neighborhood: Easton
Opening Hours: Wednesday through Sunday for dinner.
Price Range: Expensive
Best Dishes Duck pastrami with juniper-brioche toast; truffle-glazed pappardelle with maitake-mushroom fricassee; duo of guinea hen; fries with ketchup and truffle mayo; cassoulet; chocolate lava cake with caramel and pistachio.

An expertly crafted sherry Manhattan and a plancha-seared crabcake are the first signs that you haven’t fully escaped urban living at this Eastern Shore inn. Chef/co-owner Jordan Lloyd, an Easton native, has cooked in such revered kitchens as Per Se in New York, and his blend of local knowledge and four-star training shows. Names of nearby farms dot the menu, and Chesapeake dishes such as oyster stew are elevated without sacrificing deliciousness.

Bartender Justin Peregoy takes cues from the kitchen when it comes to cocktails—blending Scotch with carrot juice or spiking an old fashioned with pomegranate—and the results are dangerously drinkable. 

Open: Wednesday through Sunday for dinner. 

Don’t miss: French fries; Yorkshire pudding with sweetbreads; pasta with mushroom fricassee; poached lobster and crispy lobster cake with soy-glazed eggplant; braised pork; pear tart.

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