MPT's Davis gets singular Annapolis honor

March 15, 2013|By Michael Dresser, The Baltimore Sun

Lou Davis, the dean of State House reporters, cracked the Annapolis equivalent of the "glass ceiling" Friday as he became the only journalist honored with a meal in his name at Chick & Ruth's deli of Main Street.

Gov. Martin O'Malley and House Speaker Michael E. Busch joined in the ceremony at which "the Lou Davis" -- a lox, eggs and onion platter with deli potatoes and toast -- was added to the menu wall alongside dozens of sandwiches and other meals named for politicians.

Teddy Levitt, owner of Chick & Ruth's, said Davis has been a customer at the deli since the 1960s.

O'Malley, who already had his place on the wall, said he once was denied a seat in the Annapolis institution's "governor's booth" because the server didn't believe he qualified for that honor.

"Just because you have a sandwich doesn't mean you own the place," O'Malley told Davis, chief Annapolis correspondent for Maryland Public Television.

Chick & Ruth's is known for its lengthy menu of value-priced meals named for Maryland's federal, state, county and city elected officials.

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