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Andrew manages the Maryland location, while Chris owns and operates the restaurant in Rockport. 495 Chesapeake Eats specializes in Maryland cuisine and craft cocktails, a concept that was conceived in a bar in D.C. way back in 1999.
“The concept is much more unique in a far away setting. So when I moved to Texas in September of 2015, it was only fitting to kick off the 495 concept here,” Chris shared.
495 Chesapeake provides a taste of Maryland to our coastal city. Their signature dish is the Maryland style jumbo lump crab cake, made with fresh, not pasteurized, blue crab. Several places in the area serve crab cake, but not quite like theirs. The flavor is all their own, making its mark on their customers and leaving them wanting more of that Chesapeake taste.
They also put a wood-fired grill in the kitchen to give all of their fish, seafood, and steak an exquisite flavor. Chef Wesley Virassamy is originally from Mauritius, bringing a well-rounded and one-of-a-kind culinary talent to Rockport.
The distinctness of this place doesn’t stop there. They also have a bar that serves craft beer, craft cocktails, and a bourbon list that brags of selections just normally found in big cities. With this being Chris’ fourth cocktail bar, many of their drinks are crafted from years of experimenting and serving what works. Their two signature cocktails are the 495 Gimlet and the Angels N’ Demons.
Their Rockport location is their first restaurant in Texas, but with one-of-a-kind food and award-winning drinks, we don’t expect it to be their last.
1008 E. North St. Rockport, Texas 78382