100 Very Best Restaurants 2014: Bartlett Pear Inn

No. 25 on this year's list.
Photograph by Chris Campbell.

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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Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.

Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.