Hell Point Seafood (Closed)
12 Dock St.
Annapolis, MD 21401
Cuisines: Seafood, Modern, American
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 to 9; Friday and Saturday 11:30 to 10; Sunday 11:30 to 9.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Price Range: Expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Mussels in green Thai curry with diced squash; oysters on the half shell; crabcakes; cornmeal-crusted flounder with tasso ham and baby shrimp; swordfish with tomato confit; seasonal tarts (peach in summer, pear in fall, apple in winter); caramel layer cak
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible
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This Annapolis spinoff from longtime DC chef Bob Kinkead lacks the polish of his venerable Kinkead’s, but the place has established itself as one of the area’s prime destinations for seafood.
Longtime Kinkead partner James Huff commands the kitchen, which transforms daily catches into superb soups and chowders, fry baskets (a gorgeous fritto misto of clams, oysters, and bay scallops), and robust interpretations of local specialties.
Main courses are sometimes more flat than vivid—a recent crabcake platter was composed of oddly squishy cakes—but the restaurant has achieved a surprising consistency and the staff, previously a detriment, is now an asset: Servers are quick to offer a taste of wine, and their explanations of dishes are concise and informative. Come dessert, the Eastern Shore–style caramel cake and the seasonal tarte Tatin taste like instant classics.
Also good: Malpeque oysters on the half shell; mussels in a creamy yellow curry; seafood chowder; Yucatán-style tuna soup.
Open Wednesday for dinner, Thursday through Sunday for lunch and dinner. Expensive.