Crossroads Pub, Dayton

Crossroads Pub, Dayton (photo by Sarah Pastrana / March 28, 2012)

Howard County is home to an incredible assortment of dining experiences. From haute cuisine to grab-and-go, from special occasion to tonight’s supper, more than 250 restaurants await you within minutes of home or work. Whether you’re in the mood for continental cuisine in a romantic atmosphere, a Maryland crab cake in a casual setting, vegetarian Mexican dishes or almost anything else, we hope this comprehensive list will aid you in your search for palate-pleasing fare.


B - Breakfast

L - Lunch

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D - Dinner

$ - Under $10

$$ - $10-$20

$$$ - $20-$30

$$$$ - Above $30

Abby’s Gourmet Cafe 6724 Alexander Bell Drive, Columbia, 410-312-0998. Sandwiches, subs, wraps and hot/cold food bar.

AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar 6741 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia, 410-953-0500; Italian-style bistro food, small plate menu and nightly three-course prix fixe menu. Includes wine bar with 31 wines on tap, extensive bar. L D $-$$$$

Akbar 9400 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia, 410-381-3600. Authentic North Indian cuisine. Tandoori chicken, lamb, seafood and vegetarian entrées. D $-$$

Alexandra’s Restaurant 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, 410-480-2400; Newly renovated featuring American fusion cuisine. Tasting plates. Outdoor dining. Sunday brunch buffet. Extensive wine menu. Private dining.  B L D $$-$$$

An Loi 7104 Minstrel Way, Columbia, 410-381-3188. Authentic Vietnamese cuisine. L D $

Anna’s Coffee Roastery 8827 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, 443-546-4131. Specialty drinks, sandwiches, paninis, salads, wraps, frozen yogurt. Korean specialties. Herbal teas. B L D

Anthony’s N.Y. Pizza & Pasta House 5805 Clarksville Square, Clarksville, 443-535-9777. Salads, soups, classic subs, pasta entrees, healthy choices, seafood, wings, calzones. Family dinners to go. Kids’ menu, weekly specials. L D  $-$$

Applebee’s 8335 Benson Drive, Columbia, 410-872-0174. Bar and grill. American food. Kids’ menu. L D

Asean Bistro 8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, 410-772-5300. Asian fusion. Open daily. Jazz entertainment on weekends. L D $$-$$$

Asian Court 9180 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, 410-461-8388. Chinese and vegetarian cuisine. Dim sum. Open daily. Curbside pickup and delivery. L D

Asian Palace Sushi Bar & Asian Cuisine 10801 Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia, 410-772-8888, Chinese, Japanese and Thai flavors. Upscale setting. Salads, seafood, sushi, sashimi and vegetarian dishes. Full bar.