About Potato Valley Cafe
At all other restaurants, the potato is a supporting player, a character actor, an extra. At this charming bare-bones cafe, it’s elevated to a starring role. Most of the menu is given over to potato dishes, though in a counterintuitive bit of programming, owners Barbara Ripani and Anders Ekbladh have chosen to focus on the rather overlooked and somewhat unloved baked potato. The proof of the place is in just how good a hot, split potato—the skin peeling back, the insides soft and rich—can be with only a pat of butter and some grated cheddar. But it pays to indulge, too. The Vegetarian Combo is as extravagant, in its humble way, as a plate of seared foie gras with brioche: a glorious pile-up of artichoke hearts, black beans, corn, mango, roasted onions, and garlic butter, none of which—amazingly and, perhaps, fittingly—overpowers the potato.
Cuisine: Snacks and small plates
Where you can get it: 47 State Cir., Annapolis; 410-267-0902
Also good: Cuban-chicken potato; South of the Valley potato.