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Enjoy Howard County’s Best Crab Cakes at Leelynn’s

We love our hometown, Ellicott City! Once a center of commerce for grain, it’s now a wonderful collection of antique stores, eclectic shops, restaurants, and taverns. There are Ghost Tours almost all through the year and a monthly farmers market during the spring through fall. There is always something going on in the historic downtown. (For more about Howard County, download our free area vacation guide!) All the walking tours and shopping will work up your appetite—and you’re in luck. One of Ellicott City’s best restaurants is Leelynn’s.

Leelynn’s Dining Room and Lounge offers a delicious variety of lunch and dinner plates to fit any appetite. Leelynn’s is a family run restaurant with a notoriously friendly staff, fresh menu options, and excellent ambiance.

Leelynn’s Dining Room and Lounge

9495 Old Annapolis Road

Ellicott City, MD 21042

Leelynn’s Famous Happy Hour

And after a day in the city, there’s nothing more fun and relaxing than enjoying Leelynn’s famous happy hour on weekdays from 3 – 6:30.  During Happy Hour you’ll find half-priced draft and bottled beer, wine by the glass, fresh squeezed margaritas, and more!

Dining at Leelynn’s


Leelynn’s Crab Dip is one of the best things to eat in Ellicott City!

Leelynn’s signature Crab Cakes have won the prestigious designation as the “Best Of” in Howard Magazine. You can count on a delicious appetizer at the bar or full meal when you choose the Crab Cakes. You can choose from single or double cakes that come with your choice of sweet potato fries or seasonal veggies.

Leelynn’s is also known for great burgers, salads, and soups that are sure to make your mouth water. Check out the seasonal specials that add extra interest to the menu throughout the year.

And if the weather permits, we highly recommend dining on the beautiful outdoor patio. Seating is arranged amid a lush garden with a stately pergola overhead.

Dishes to Try

Some house specials we recommend…

Leelynn’s Salad is a spicy, Southwestern-style entrée salad. It features mesclun greens, blackened chicken, cheddar jack cheese, bell peppers, black bean, roasted corn, tomato, onion, bacon, tortilla strips and chipotle ranch dressing.

The Crab Cake Sandwich or meal is a winning choice—literally. Selected as the “Best of” in Howard Magazine in 2009, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, & 2015. Or for a Happy Hour selection, try the Crab Dip with toasted pretzel baguettes.

About Ellicott City

Ellicott City, home to Wayside Inn, is an incredible little historic town. Founded in 1750 by the Ellicott Brothers, three Quaker brothers in search of a good location for a mill, they happened upon the Tiber river in what was then Ann Arundel County. Here, they decided, was an excellent location for their new mill. The town of Ellicott Mills was born! Since then our town has changed shape and purpose, but Ellicott City is still a thriving historic gem in Maryland.

Whatever brings you to Ellicott City, we hope you’ll give Leelynn’s a try. And why not stay with us at the conveniently located, historic Wayside Inn? Our free area vacation guide can help you plan your getaway!