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Howard County's Best of Dining 2012

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A delicious, enjoyable dining experience is what one hopes for when venturing out for a meal. To help hone your search for a satisfying bite, Howard Magazine polls its readers each year. Here are the winners of our 2012 Best of Dining survey.

ALFRESCO
Clyde's of Columbia
Honorable mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
The Tomato Palace
Facci Ristorante
LeeLynn's Dining Room & Lounge

AMBIANCE
The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
Honorable mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Stanford Grill
Luna Bella

ASIAN (other than Chinese)
Asian Palace Sushi Bar & Asian Cuisine
Honorable mention:
Asean Bistro
Sushi Sono
Thai Aroma

BAR FOOD
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
Honorable mention:
Victoria Gastro Pub
Looney's Pub South
Clyde's of Columbia

BEST VALUE
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
Honorable mention:
Twist & Turn Tavern
The Tomato Palace
Subway

BREAKFAST
Eggspectation
Honorable mention:
Bob Evans Restaurant
Mimis Cafe
Double-T Diner

BRUNCH
Clyde's of Columbia
Honorable mention:
Eggspectation
Victoria Gastro Pub
Alexandra's Restaurant

BUFFET
Chen Hibachi Buffet
Honorable mention:
Royal Taj
House of India
Alexandra's Restaurant
Mango Grove

BURGER
Five Guys
Honorable mention:
Red Robin Gourmet Burger
Clyde's of Columbia
Victoria Gastro Pub

CHEF
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Honorable mention:
Luna Bella
Tersiguel's
The Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant

CHINESE
Hunan Manor
Honorable mention:
Hunan Legend
Asean Bistro
P.F. Chang's China Bistro

COFFEE
Starbucks
Honorable mention:
Dunkin' Donuts
Mad City Cafe

CRAB CAKE
Shanty Grille
Honorable mention:
Clyde's of Columbia
LeeLynn's Dining Room & Lounge
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery

DELI
Jason's Deli
Honorable mention:
Charter Deli
Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery
Lakeside Cafe and Deli

DESSERT
Cheesecake Factory
Honorable mention:
Luna Bella
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
The Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant

FINE DINING
The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
Honorable mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Tersiguel's
Elkridge Furnace Inn

HAPPY HOUR
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
Honorable mention:
Victoria Gastro Pub
Looney's Pub South
Clyde's of Columbia

HEALTHFUL MENU
Great Sage
Honorable mention:
Donna's Cafe & Coffee Bar
The Cafe at David's Natural Market
Subway

ICE CREAM
Meadows
Honorable mention:
Rita's Italian Ice
Cold Stone
Soft Stuff (at Forest Motel)

INDIAN
House of India
Honorable mention:
Royal Taj
The Mango Grove
Akbar

ITALIAN
Luna Bella
Honorable mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Facci Ristorante
Tino's Italian Bistro

LATE NIGHT DINING
Clyde's of Columbia
Honorable mention:
Victoria Gastro Pub
Double-T Diner
Iron Bridge Wine Co.

LIVE ENTERTAINMENT
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
Honorable mention:
Looney's Pub South
Stanford Grill
Nottingham's

LOCALLY MADE BEER
Ellicott Mills Brewing Co.
Honorable mention:
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
Pub Dog Pizza & Drafthouse
Frisco Tap House

LUNCH MENU
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Honorable mention:
Luna Bella
Bon Fresco Sandwich Bakery
Panera Bread 

MARGARITA
El Azteca
Honorable mention:
Azul 17
La Palapa Grill & Cantina
La Palapa Too

MARTINI
Clyde's of Columbia
Honorable mention:
Facci Ristorante
Luna Bella
Victoria Gastro Pub

MEXICAN
El Azteca
Honorable mention:
La Palapa Grill & Cantina
La Palapa Too
Azul 17

NEW RESTAURANT (TIE)
The Corner Stable
Tino's Italian Bistro
Honorable mention:
East Moon Asian Bistro
Asian Palace Sushi Bar & Asian Cuisine

PIZZA
Luna Bella
Honorable mention:
Ledo
Coal Fire Pizza
Facci Ristorante

PLACE TO TAKE KIDS
Red Robin Gourmet Burgers
Honorable mention:
Cheeburger Cheeburger
Chick-fil-A
Luna Bella

PLACE TO TAKE OUT-OF-TOWNERS
Clyde's of Columbia

Honorable mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Iron Bridge Wine Co.
Victoria Gastro Pub

RESTAURANT (OVERALL)
Luna Bella
Honorable mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Facci Ristorante
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery

RIBS
Bare Bones Grill & Brewery
Honorable mention:
Kloby’s Smokehouse
The Corner Stable
Famous Dave’s Bar-B-Que

ROMANTIC
Tersiguel's
Honorable mention:
The Kings Contrivance Restaurant
Elkridge Furnace Inn
Iron Bridge Wine Co.

SERVICE
Luna Bella
Honorable mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Tersiguel’s
Stanford Grill

SPORTS BAR
Looney's Pub South
Honorable mention:
Champps Restaurant & Bar
Greene Turtle
River Hill Sports Grille

STEAK (TIE)
Outback Steakhouse
Stanford Grill
Honorable mention:
Venegas
Longhorn Steaks
Copeland's of New Orleans

SUSHI
Sushi Sono
Honorable mention:
Sushi King
Asian Palace Sushi Bar & Asian Cuisine
Katana

TAKEOUT
Maiwand Kabob
Honorable mention:
Luna Bella
Hunan Manor
Hunan Legend

TAPAS/SMALL PLATE MENU
Ranazul
Honorable mention:
The Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant
Iron Bridge Wine Co.
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar

VEGETARIAN
Great Sage
Honorable mention:
Mango Grove
The Cafe at David’s Natural Market

VIEW
Clyde's of Columbia
Honorable mention:
Waterside (Sheraton Columbia Hotel)
Coho Grill
The Tomato Palace

WINE LIST
Iron Bridge Wine Co.
Honorable mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Facci Ristorante
Bistro Blanc

WINE TASTING
Iron Bridge Wine Co.
Honorable mention:
AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar
Bistro Blanc  
Facci Ristorante

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