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Guide to Howard County 2022: Dining

This list includes highlights from the Howard County 2022 Best Restaurant winners, from tried-and-true takeout spots to new dining destinations.

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AMERICAN

The Ale House Columbia

A pub with locally sourced food, craft beers on tap and live music.

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6480 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia

443-546-3640

thealehousecolumbia.com

Bolder Food/Drink

Mount Airy restaurant with outdoor patio and seasonal menu of New American dishes.

17004 Frederick Road

410-489-2491

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Busboys and Poets

The popular regional chain offers a full-service restaurant, bar and bookstore and is known for hosting a variety of events, from open mic nights to poetry readings.

6251 Mango Tree Road, Columbia

410-734-2445

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Bushel and a Peck Kitchen and Bar

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This addition to Clarksville’s dining scene focuses on Chesapeake Bay flavors with rotating Ukrainian-Lithuanian offerings.

12250 Clarksville Pike, Suite H, Clarksville

410-531-1809

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Cured | 18th & 21st

Two restaurants under one roof with one side offering a neighborhood corner bar with comfort food and the other a Prohibition-era supper club featuring live music and cocktails.

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10980 Grantchester Way, Suite 110, Columbia

667-786-7111

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Eggspectation

Offering a lengthy egg-focused breakfast menu, plus American lunch and dinner fare.

6010 University Blvd., Ellicott City

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410-750-3115

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The Food Market

The Baltimore-based restaurant known for its comfort food dishes has a new, 5,000-square-foot location in Columbia that offers both indoor and outdoor dining.

10480 Little Patuxent Pkwy, G150, Columbia

410-997-7000

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Iron Bridge Wine Co.

Cafe and restaurant offering a New American menu and elaborate wine collection.

10435 Route 108, Columbia

410-997-3456

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Leelynn’s Dining Room and Lounge

American bistro with patio seating and a full offering of beers, wines and cocktails.

9495 Old Annapolis Road, Suite A, Ellicott City

410-715-8500

leelynns.com

Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar

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A gastropub with a modern take on traditional cuisine.

11085 Resort Road, Suite 404, Ellicott City

410-203-0327

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ASIAN AND ASIAN FUSION

Hunan Legend

Chinese restaurant serving Hunan and Szechuan specialties.

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Dorsey’s Search Village Center, 4725 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City

410-884-3888

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Hunan Manor

Contemporary Chinese cuisine from all the provinces along with vegetarian selections.

7091 Deepage Drive, Columbia

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410-381-1134

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Jesse Wong’s Asean Bistro

Asian fusion with nightly entertainment, including jazz on the weekends.

8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia

410-772-5300

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Matcha Time Cafe

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A quaint eatery specializing in Japanese teas, soups, ramen, sushi and sweets.

3785 Hamilton St., Ellicott City

410-418-4832

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Sushi King Japanese Restaurant

Family operated Japanese restaurant in Columbia serving sushi, sashimi and other specialties.

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6490 Dobbin Road, Columbia

410-997-1269

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Sushi Sono Japanese Restaurant

Sushi and traditional Japanese cuisine in a lakefront setting.

10215 Wincopin Circle, Columbia

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410-997-6131

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Sushi Q

Sushi Bar and Grill in Elkridge strip mall.

6325 Washington Blvd., Unit F, Elkridge

410-579-2453

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Umi Sushi

Cozy Ellicott City sushi spot with outdoor patio overlooking Tiber stream.

8167 Main St., Ellicott City

410-480-1888

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BAR AND GRILL

Grille 620

Steak, seafood and raw bar with daily specials.

11099 Resort Road, Ellicott City

410-203-0620

grille620.com

Lib’s Grill

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A neighborhood grill and raw bar offering seafood, steaks, craft beers, wines and unique cocktails.

8191 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton

301-725-5427

libsgrill.com

Looney’s Pub

Sports bar with multiple TVs offering pub fare, brunch and entertainment.

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8180 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton

301-617-3593

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Phoenix Upper Main

Longtime Ellicott City staple serving wide range of beers and bar food; formerly known as Phoenix Emporium.

8308 Main St., Ellicott City

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410-313-8141

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River Hill Grill

American grill offering seafood, salads, soups, burgers, desserts and beer.

6040 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville

410-531-7900

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Stanford Grill

Straightforward New American cuisine in intimate setting at Columbia Corporate Park.

8900 Stanford Blvd., Columbia

410-312-0445

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Victoria Gastro Pub

Gastropub serving innovative takes on classic pub fare with an emphasis on local ingredients.

8201 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia

410-750-1880

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The White Oak Tavern

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Taphouse serving locally sourced, farm-to-table pub food on a seasonal menu. Live music on weekend nights.

Enchanted Forest Shopping Center, 10030 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

410-680-8974

thewhiteoaktavern.com

BARBECUE

Bare Bones Grill and Brewery

Baby back ribs and various grilled meats, plus five house microbrews.

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9150 Baltimore National Pike, #22, Ellicott City

410-461-0770

barebonesgrill.com/maryland

The Canopy

This 30-year-old-plus eatery serves open pit beef, turkey and ham.

9319 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

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443-288-1400

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Kloby’s Smokehouse

This casual eatery offers barbecue, beer and bourbon.

Montpelier Center, 7500 Montpelier Road, Suite 116, Laurel

301-362-1510

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Walker’s Tap & Table

Innovative New American cuisine, brick oven pizza and barbecue from chef Chad Wells plus exhaustive list of draft beers.

2465 MD-97, Glenwood

410-801-9400

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BREWERIES

Black Flag Brewing Co.

Production brewery and taproom in Columbia with 16 taps and rotating food trucks.

9315 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia

443-864-5139

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Frisco Taphouse and Brewery

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Taproom featuring dozens of beers on tap alongside American food with an extensive menu.

6695 Dobbin Road, Columbia

410-312-4907

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Jailbreak Brewing Co.

A brewery featuring craft beer and pub food in a modern taproom.

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9445 Washington Blvd., North, Laurel

443-345-9699

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Manor Hill Tavern

Brewery-owned restaurant offering American dishes with local produce and beers in multiple bar areas.

3733 Old Columbia Pike, Ellicott City

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410-997-7771

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DELI, CAFE AND DESSERT

Beef Brothers Deli & Catering

Pizza, sides, soups, salads, wings, classic and specialty deli sandwiches, subs, desserts, milkshakes and smoothies. Kids’ menu. Online ordering.

10155 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

410-461-3354

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Bonheur Patisserie & Deli

Columbia bakery and deli carrying salads and sandwiches as well as a variety of breads, bagels and pastries.

7106 Minstrel Way, Suite E, Columbia

410-290-7755

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Charter Deli

Deli serving a wide range of sandwiches, salads, bagels and muffins.

10700 Charter Drive, Suite 130, Columbia

410-715-2272

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Cindy’s Soft Serve

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Seasonal Elkridge shop serving ice cream and snowballs.

6330 Washington Blvd., Elkridge

410-796-3349

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Decadent, a Coffee and Dessert Bar

Maple Lawn bakery specializing in cakes, including birthday sprinkle cake and strawberry shortcake.

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11710 E. Market Place, Fulton

301-957-2530

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EC Diner

EC Diner opened during the pandemic and won best breakfast/brunch, lunch, crab cake, dessert, late-night dining, new restaurant, outdoor dining, value and place to take the kids in our annual Best Restaurants. This place has it all.

10055 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City.

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410-750-3300

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Georgia Grace Cafe

Quick-service cafe with European-inspired menu and Greek dishes.

8004 Frederick Road, Ellicott City

410-988-8052

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Kupcakes & Co.

Gourmet cakes and cupcakes with shops in Elkridge and Clarksville.

6010 Meadowridge Center Drive, Suite H, Elkridge

12250 Clarksville Pike, Suite D, Clarksville

443-552-3033

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Little Market Cafe

Cafe offering sandwiches, pastries and espresso steps from Main Street in Ellicott City.

3731 Hamilton St., Ellicott City

410-465-5995

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Mad City Coffee

Coffee shop offering house-roasted coffee and espresso drinks, muffins, pastries, soups and sandwiches.

10801 Hickory Ridge Road, Columbia

410-964-8671

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The Meadows

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Old-fashioned frozen custard chain selling cones and shakes.

6470 Freetown Road, Columbia

443-296-6100

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Mike and Mel’s Deli

This deli is known for its corned beef and brisket and generous portions.

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8191 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton.

443-663-3354

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Park Ridge Creamery

Hand-scooped ice cream featuring Baltimore-based Taharka Brothers premium and small-batch ice cream.

3741 Hamilton St., Ellicott City

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RegionAle

Sandwiches and craft beers from Ellicott City native.

5705 Richards Valley Road, Suite B-1, Ellicott City

410-465-0505

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Roggenart

European-themed bakery serves Austrian-style pastries with French and Italian flair.

6476 Dobbin Center Way, Columbia

443-583-7854

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Scoop and Paddle

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Authentic American handmade ice cream and ice cream sandwiches.

The Common Kitchen, 12250 Clarksville Pike, Suite A, Clarksville

443-607-2667

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The Snowball Stand

A stand on the corner of Woodstock Road and Route 99 with multiple flavors and specials.

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1970 Woodstock Road, Woodstock

410-207-4885

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Syriana Cafe & Gallery

Eatery serving Syrian and Middle Eastern fare such as kebabs and falafels.

8180 Main St., Ellicott City

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443-325-5661

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Touche Touchet Bakery and Pastry Shoppe

Bakery and cafe with indoor and outdoor seating offering baked goods and custom orders.

10400 Shaker Drive, Columbia

410-997-9338

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FINE DINING

Elkridge Furnace Inn

The farm to fork restaurant situated on the banks of the Patapsco River offers a seasonal approach to fine dining. On site gardens are fully organic and the kitchen works in conjunction with several local area farms.

5745 Furnace Ave, Elkridge

410-379-9336

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Tersiguel’s French Country Restaurant

Classic French country cuisine in renovated 19th-century town house on Main Street in Ellicott City.

8293 Main St., Ellicott City

410-465-4004

tersiguels.com

The Turn House

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Farm to table cuisine with large outdoor patio along golf course.

11130 Willow Bottom Drive, Columbia

410-740-2096

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Xenia Greek Kouzina

Sleekly decorated restaurant in a Columbia business park serving upscale Greek cuisine.

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8850 Columbia 100 Parkway, Columbia

410-740-2500

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INDIAN FOOD

Ananda

Northern Indian cuisine and drinks, as well as a weekend all-you-can-eat brunch buffet.

7421 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton

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301-725-4800

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Chutney Indian Restaurant

Specialties from North and South India in fine dining atmosphere.

9400 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia

410-381-3600

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House of India

Homemade tandoori specials, lamb, chicken, seafood and vegetable entrees as well as a daily lunch buffet.

9350 Snowden River Parkway, Columbia

410-381-3844 or 410-381-6647

houseofindiainc.com

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Maiwand Kabob

Afghan lamb, beef and chicken kebabs, as well as entrees and appetizers.

Harper’s Choice Village Center, 5467 Harpers Farm Road, Columbia; 410-992-7754

Columbia Crossing, 6131 Columbia Crossing Circle, Columbia; 410-872-0975

Maple Lawn, 8175 Westside Blvd., Suite C, Fulton; 410-600-3670

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The Mint Room

An extensive menu of traditional northern India food served in rustic contemporary décor.

9469 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

410-696-2727

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Namaste Foodie

Indian street food stall in Clarksville Commons.

12250 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville

301-974-4478

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Royal Taj Restaurant

Dining room offering tandoori dishes and chicken, lamb, seafood and rice specialties, as well as vegan options.

8335 Benson Drive, Columbia

410-381-1111

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ITALIAN AND PIZZA

Aida Bistro & Wine Bar

Italian restaurant offering all-day happy hour, wines on tap by the glass, and three heated and covered outdoor patios.

6741 Columbia Gateway Drive, Columbia

410-953-0500

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Coal Fire

Artisan-style pizzeria with an upscale, intimate setting and a full-service bar.

5725 Richards Valley Road, Ellicott City

410-480-2625

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Facci Ristorante of Maple Lawn and Turf Valley

Wood-fired pizza and wine bar in stylish environment.

11095 Resort Road, Ellicott City

410-750-0001

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River House Pizza Co.

Wood-fired pizza and salads.

Forest Green Shopping Center, 10039 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

410-418-4848 or 410-418-4887

riverhousepizza.com

Tino’s Italian Bistro

Classic Italian dishes in a family-friendly atmosphere.

8775 Centre Park Drive, Columbia

410-730-8466

tinositalianbistro.com

Tony’s Pizzeria

Pizza place serving pizza, subs and other Italian specialties.

7627 Woodbine Road, Woodbine; 410-549-2222

13800 Frederick Road, West Friendship; 443-266-7349

mytonyspizzeria.com

KOREAN

Honey Pig Korean BBQ

Korean barbecue and soups in a lively atmosphere.

10045 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

410-696-2426

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Rainpia

Korean and Chinese appetizers, noodles, rice, soup and entrees.

10194 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 103, Ellicott City

410-418-8992

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Shin Chon Garden

Traditional Korean cuisine, including barbecue and sushi with table grills.

8801 Baltimore National Pike #27, Ellicott City

410-461-3280

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Tous Les Jours

Korean-French bakery offering breads, pastries and bingsoo.

9380 Baltimore National Pike, #111, Ellicott City

410-461-6301

tljus.com

LATIN AMERICAN FOOD

El Azteca

Classic Mexican cuisine including fresh seafood, roasted pork, fajitas, steaks and vegetarian offerings along with a full bar.

12210 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville

410-531-3001

elaztecamaryland.com

Ernesto’s Fine Mexican Food

Casual Mexican restaurant featuring tacos, quesadillas, burritos and more in addition to a full bar.

10040 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City

410-465-4800

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La Palapa Grill & Cantina

Mexican restaurant featuring a bar and live music.

8307 Main St., Ellicott City

410-465-0070

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Tasty Empanadas

Empanadas and other Paraguayan specialties in the Clarksville Common Kitchen.

12250 Clarksville Pike, Suite A, Clarksville

240-893-3232

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SEAFOOD

Blowfish Poke

Here you’ll find abundant options for poke, the traditional Hawaiian salad topped with cubes of raw fish — typically tuna — marinated in soy sauce and sesame oil.

12250 Clarksville Pike, Suite A, Clarksville.

410-995-9298

blowfishpokemd.com

Hudson Coastal Raw Bar & Grill

Features East Coast seafood and raw bar, as well as poultry, pork and beef dishes.

11811 West Market Place, Fulton

240-280-8640

hudsoncoastal.com

The Walrus Oyster & Ale House

Sit-down restaurant at The Mall in Columbia puts the spotlight on Chesapeake seafood.

10300 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite #3030, Columbia

410-730-5738

walrusoysterandale.com/columbia

VEGETARIAN/VEGAN

Great Sage

Vegan and organic food, wine, beer and cocktails.

5809 Clarksville Square Drive, Clarksville

443-535-9400

greatsage.com

Koshary by Misteka

Egyptian koshary and Mediterranean dishes at the Clarksville Commons.

12250 Clarksville Commons, Suite A, Clarksville

240-319-4011

kosharybymisteka.com

FOOD TRUCKS

Bennett’s Grill

Family-operated food truck off John McAdams Drive in the Columbia Gateway Business Park.

301-325-3280

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Greek on the Street

Authentic Greek cuisine including gyro and lamb at various locations in Central Maryland.

443-463-9544

greekonthestreetbaltimore.com

Mike’s Gelato

Food truck offering artisan Italian ice cream.

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443-864-3105

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T & J Waffles

Food truck and carryout shop offering homemade waffles.

9855 Washington Blvd. North, Laurel

240-280-2050

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