This restaurant in Maryland pays tribute to Poe, and is delightfully dark and moody.
If you are a fan of dark and goth literature, then you have to visit the Annabelle Lee Tavern in Maryland, which pays homage to Edgar Allan Poe. The restaurant is completely dedicated to the author and poet and celebrates his life and literary accomplishments. This one-of-a-kind eatery also provides a delectable menu. Owned by Kurt Bragunier since 2007, it especially pays tribute to the last poem written by Edgar Allan Poe.
The quaint and charming restaurant is at the corner of South Clinton and Fleet street at Baltimore's Canton neighborhood. The entrance is a simple black door with a white inscription that welcomes its guests with a few words from Poe. It reads, "A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling My beautiful Annabel Lee." The outdoor is adorned with black raven plaques that stand in contrast to the white exterior and it channels another of Poe's work. Inside the tavern, there are multiple artifacts that will remind you of him, who died under the mysterious conditions in 1849.
The interiors of the place will help you channel your inner Poe and you will be transported to a different era. The atmosphere is moody, reeling heavily on the darker side and every single detail of the place is beautifully intricate. But fret not, there is nothing sinister about the cozy Annabel Lee Tavern. The staff is warm and welcoming and the head-chef Daiveon "Dee" Jacobs serves a beautifully crafted menu of lip-smacking dishes. When you are walking around the place, eerie items dot the place that naturally lends itself to the ambiance.
Some of the drinks are served in glasses with Poe's face on it and the menus are handwritten exactly in the way Poe used to write his poems. The Poe-themed cocktail menu features drinks like Masque of the Red Death with blackberry vodka, pomegranate liqueur, peach schnapps, and cranberry juice. Other drinks include microbrews and domestic and imported beers, along with a wide selection of wines. The food looks absolutely incredible and the duck fat fries are a crowd favorite. Since the place holds about 50, the staff recommends that you make reservations beforehand, so you can enjoy this delightful place.
The burgundy walls adorn the corners of the restaurant replete with Poe memorabilia and lines from "Annabel Lee". In addition, the tavern also holds Poe readings and also celebrates the birthday of the famous poet on January 19. For more details, you can visit their website or check out their Facebook page.