Restaurant serves up homemade quality dishes in Naplate
My family always has recommended Annie's Hide-away in Naplate to me, and while I'd always intended to try it, I just hadn't gotten around to it.
That was the case until recently, when I finally gave it a try.
I'll definitely be back.
Annie's truly is hidden away; it's located two blocks off the main drag within the neighborhoods of Naplate. There's a neon sign glowing "Annie's" to help direct you there.
Though family-style fried chicken was tempting, since the restaurant boasts it has the best fried chicken around, my dinner companion and I decided to order chicken Oscar, chicken Parmesan and an appetizer of macaroni and cheese bites.
The chicken Parmesan ($18.95) featured a sizable breaded chicken breast coated with mozzarella cheese, nestled on top of a heaping bed of spaghetti. The chicken itself was juicy and tasty, and the breading was a light batter that crumbled into the spaghetti, providing wonderful batter-accented bites to the pasta. The spaghetti sauce had a pleasant, fresh taste with an herbal profile that took me by surprise, but was really good.
My companion's chicken Oscar ($20.95) featured another juicy chicken breast beneath a hollandaise sauce mixed with crab meat and asparagus. It was served over a bed of rice, giving it a savory flavor boost. The taste was rich, but not overbearing.
Both of our dinners were served with a choice of soup or salad.
We opted for the soup of the day, creamy potato. We loved the bacon bits and potato chunks. The soup also comes with homemade bread for dipping.
Finding an appetizer was difficult, because there are 26 different items to choose from. We debated getting the cheese squares, poppers or fried ravioli, but ultimately landed on the mac and cheese bites ($6.95).
They were the perfect combination of deep-fried batter and cheese.
Part of the charm of Annie's is eating in the intimate dining room and bellying up to the bar for a drink before or after.
Because of the COVID pandemic, however, Annie's dining room was closed, so they brought food to the car curbside. The process was very easy. The staff asked what type of car I drive when I made the carryout order, and delivered my food as soon as I pulled up to the designated parking spot.
I see now why my family loves Annie's so much. Each dish had a homemade quality.
There are several items, such as the ravs in chicken broth, the fried chicken, the seafood and the baked mostaccioli that I want to try.
I have to listen to my family more often.
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