Willy's Kitchen chicken and waffles.
Willy’s Kitchen serves up homestyle favorites like chicken-n-waffles. Image courtesy of Visit Annapolis.

Diners are among my favorite places to eat. Food with a home-cooked flair without messing up your kitchen is, let us be frank, almost always a win. That is why I love North County diners. The experience is like dining with family and friends because the staff comes to know you, often on a first-name basis.  

Each diner has its own unique vibe and special touches that make it a go-to for locals. You can sit back, relax, enjoy homey vibes, and have a good laugh surrounded by good company and good food. So do your tastebuds a favor and stop in at one of North County’s favorite diners.  

Honey Bee Diner interior.
Honey Bee Diner offers home cooked classics and Tuesdays are 1/2 price burger night! Image courtesy of Honey Bee Diner.

Honey Bee Diner 

Retro, friendly, and newly renovated, Honeybee Diner is an old-time favorite of North County diners. Ask the locals, and they will argue that Honey Bee has the best eggs, grits, and potatoes in the county. Whether the latter is true is up to your taste buds to decide. Priding themselves on good, speedy, and friendly service, homemade desserts, and a full menu of breakfast, lunch, and dinner dishes that are sure to delight your palate- Honeybee Diner is a must.  

7346 Ritchie Hwy 

Glen Burnie, MD 21061 

(410) 761-0477 


Nautilus Diner
Nautilus Diner has a lengthy menu with fresh desserts prepared daily. Image courtesy of Nautilus Diner.

The Nautilus Diner 

If The Nautilus Diner was in the business of boasting, its extensive menu of meal selections and crowd favorites would provide the necessary clout. With hearty breakfast spreads, prepared to order steaks, and seafood broil dinner entrees, Nautilus Diner is serving delectable dishes for just about everyone. Their fresh homemade desserts are prepared daily, including local favorites like creamy cheesecake, baklava, pastries, cookies, and more.   

1709 Transportation Dr 

Crofton, MD 21114 

 (410) 451-8515


Breakfast Shoppe
The Breakfast Shoppe regulars swear by the Backpacker’s Pie. Image courtesy of The Breakfast Shoppe. 

The Breakfast Shoppe 

The Breakfast Shoppe is your one-stop-shop for a delicious array of breakfast dishes. The locals rave over the Backpacker’s Pie, Eggs Benedict, and French toast, to name a few. So, if you want to dine where the customer service is as good as the food, snag a seat at a table at The Breakfast Shoppe.  

552 Ritchie Hwy 

Severna Park, MD 21146 

(410) 544-8599


Ann's Dari- Creme
At Ann’s Dari Creme you’ll find folks lined up around the block to order a footlong or one of their delicious soft serve ice creams. Image courtesy of Ann’s Dari-Creme.

Ann’s Dari-Creme 

North County locals would say Ann’s Dari-Creme has the best soft-serve ice cream in town hands-down for 70 years and counting. Rain, sun, sleet, or snow, you will often find the quaint parking lot of Ann’s Dari-Creme full and a line of patrons outside the door waiting anxiously for ice cream, fries, milkshakes, and footlong chili dogs. Loyal customers and new customers alike come from all over these United states for an Ann’s footlong or a dozen or even two dozen. Why? Because Ann’s Dari-Creme is a community within itself. Everyone is family, no matter if you are the person behind the counter serving up good food or the person at the counter eating it.   

7918 Ritchie Hwy 

Glen Burnie, MD 21061 

(410) 761-1231


Willy's Kitchen
Dive into a plate at Willy’s Kitchen, where the food is sourced locally. Image courtesy of Willy’s Kitchen.

Willy’s Kitchen 

When farm-fresh food collides with good home cooking, you get one mouth-watering irresistible meal. Therefore, do not be fooled about how tiny Willy’s Kitchen looks because it is packed full of big flavors. 

Local homemade quality crowd-pleasers include Pigs & Blankets, Smother My Biscuits, and poached crab. Dive into a plate at Willy’s Kitchen, where the food is sourced locally, and the patrons are family — locals and tourists alike. 

7271 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd 

Glen Burnie, MD 21061 

(410) 761-8001 

Egypt English

O'Dellshae TruVarsha Wiles Robinson El Bey, artistically known as Egypt English, is a poet and spoken word recording artist. She is the force behind the poetry EP and book "Opening Ceremony Vol. 1: The Birth of Egypt English". She graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in English Literature and an enhanced love for the art of storytelling. In addition to her poetry career, Egypt is a teacher for Art with a Heart in Baltimore, an image consultant and certified confidence coach for budding creative entrepreneurs, and the host of her lifestyle podcast, "The Monday Train". When she is not refining her crafts, you can find her making vibrant memories with her husband and son. She loves listening to a wide array of music, making energy healing jewelry, taking impromptu trips to the beach, and spending time in nature with her family. Growing up in the quiet sticks of Saponi country at Ringgold, Virginia, Egypt is captivated by the culture, hues, and hustle and bustle of Baltimore and the beautiful waters of Annapolis. Want to know more? Visit her blog, and follow her on Instagram @_leideEnglish.