At Ashley's Sweet Beginnings, which opened in May in The Shops at Kenilworth in Towson, the desserts are so fabulous that being a grown up is difficult. Fortunately, the restaurant's soups and sandwiches are tasty enough that even the healthy stuff goes down as easily as a spoonful of sugar.
With an impresive view and central location, Barcocina¿s owners would have been forgiven for playing it safe in the kitchen, sticking with crab cakes and bar food. Instead, the restaurant has adopted a modern approach to Mexican food, serving creative twists on familiar dishes like tacos and seviche. Those dishes aren¿t always perfect, but they¿re never boring.
Sushi classes at For the Love of Food, Waterfront Kitchen and RA Sushi typically fill up quickly, chefs say. It¿s no surprise that people would want to make the food that they¿re eating more of at restaurants. Americans are expected to spend $2.1 billion at sushi restaurants this year, according to research firm IBISWorld.
Although it's only minutes from the busiest parts of Howard County, the Highland Inn feels removed from the hustle and bustle of the area. From the pretty setting to the well-executed, classic food, dinner there is a welcome respite from everyday troubles.
Eggs can do it all. Equally at home as breakfast on the go or as the centerpiece of an elegant dinner, it¿s no wonder that the simple ingredient holds a special place in chefs¿ hearts. Here, four local chefs share their favorite egg preparations, ranging from a simple crab omelet to delicate, sophisticated croquettes.
Bushmill Tavern is the restaurant/bar that every neighborhood wishes it had. There's nothing fancy about the place, from the bare bones decor to the burger-centric menu, but thanks to friendly service and a ton of talent in the kitchen, locals could eat at Bushmill every night and never get bored.
Her business, Red Parrot Asian Bistro, started in Rockville's White Flint Mall in 2001 as an express eatery and has since evolved a table-service restaurant with prominent locations in Ellicott City and Hanover, and a third coming this month to Baltimore. The eatery offers a true mix of Asian cuisines – drawing on Japanese, Korean, Chinese and Thai recipes – in an upscale and modern dining atmosphere.
In the food world, the battle between serious carnivores and vegetarians is a famous one, with meat-eaters often claiming that without meat, food simply can't be that tasty. Clarksville restaurant Great Sage, which this year celebrates a decade of vegan, organic cookery, proves that even without meat, a meal can be hearty, satisfying and, yes, delicious.
I had one of those soul-satisfying, I-love-Baltimore nights a few Saturdays back at Cafe Gia Ristorante, a colorful, cheerful and satisfying Italian restaurant on the corner of High Street and Eastern Avenue.
Belvedere Square, with its hip artisanal vendors, has earned its stripes as a food-lovers' destination. The area just to its south, now home to a handful of casual, capable eateries, is poised to piggyback on that success.
Flying to the West Coast for vacation isn't often ideal for Baltimoreans. It can be difficult to find nonstop flights, and it's almost always a pricey venture. But that all changed this month when Alaska Airlines launched reasonably priced, nonstop service from BWI-Marshall to Seattle.
It feels like seasonal overkill, but there is one marriage growing stronger with time: pumpkin-spice beer. We recently spoke with owners and brewmasters of Maryland breweries, and all agreed the demand for it continues to grow annually.