Everyone should know by know how much we love Cooper’s Hawk Wines. They are located nationwide but the closest location to Philadelphia is in Annapolis, Maryland. It’s just a two hour drive and it’s always fun going there. We haven’t been there in several months and we needed to restock on our wines. Time to hit the road and head south!
Cooper’s Hawk in Annapolis is located in a beautiful town center location. It’s surrounded by upscale shops, restaurants, condos, you name it. It’s almost like you never have to leave the area. Everything you could possibly need is at your doorstep. Cooper’s Hawk has two floors. If you enter on the street level, you walk into their wonderful tasting room and wine shop. Upstairs is their fantastic restaurant. When we visit them, we usually do a wine tasting first, sample new wines, then head upstairs for a bite to eat.
After a wonderful wine tasting, we took the elevator upstairs and decided to have dinner. The food at Cooper’s Hawk restaurant is always excellent. We have never had a bad meal here. If they ever open a shop in Philadelphia, trust me when I say, they would rival the top restaurants in the city.
We started our dinner with their wonderful pretzel bread and a bottle of their “Origins” red wine. It is part of a collaboration with Lynfred Winery and it was delicious. It had hints of black cherry, raspberry, vanilla, baking spices and dark chocolate. It was a wonderful wine and would pair beautifully with our entrees.
We first started with an order of Asian ahi tuna sashimi which was so delicious! It’s served raw with a ponzu-ginger vinaigrette, avocado, radish, wasabi cream and Sriracha. It’s one of our favorites! The level of flavors you get in every bite is amazing and it just melts in your mouth.
For our entrees, we both went with the surf and turf. I ordered the sliced ginger soy glazed NY Strip with the Mexican drunken shrimp. The steak was cooked to perfection and was delicious. The shrimp was served bacon-wrapped, with a tequila lime butter sauce and fresh guacamole. The dish also came with potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. Everything was perfect. And Cooper’s Hawk doesn’t skimp on portions. There was so much food that I had to take some home.
Eric’s entree was their parmesan-crusted filet medallions and the soy ginger Atlantic salmon. Both were to die for! The filet was cooked a perfect medium rare and literally melted in your mouth. The salmon was perfectly cooked and tasted heavenly. The dish also came with potatoes and oven roasted vegetables. It was amazing!
For dessert, we split their key lime pie which we had never tried before. It was so good! It wasn’t too sweet or overly acidic. It was a perfect balance of citrus and lime. It was truly one of the best key lime pies we had ever tried. Once again, we were blown away by the quality of the food but considering how many times we have eaten here, we’ve come to expect excellence and we were not disappointed.
Annapolis is a perfect day trip or weekend trip if you’re looking for a quick getaway without the hassle of a long drive. If you ever decide to head there, promise me that you will stop by Cooper’s Hawk. You’ll be hooked instantly.