Desserves owner Milisa Godson fills her cupcakery with delectably dulcet concoctions based on cherished family recipes. Passing under the shop's pine-green awning, sweet savants are greeted by two cases of freshly baked goods topped with creamy dollops of pastel frosting. Groupon buyers can collate a dozen confections from any of Desserves' nine standard cupcake flavors. German-chocolate and Italian-cream confections allow visitors to taste the flavors of Europe without the hassle of stealing a diplomat's lunchbox, and succulent cheesecake, carrot-cake, and yellow-cake treats pack the flavors of full-size sweets into a more portable form.
The family-run establishment features the exotic ingredients and flavors found in many a Cuban kitchen, served up buffet-style Surprises come daily on the specials menu (starting at $8.95), which features dishes served with rice, black beans, and a choice between crispy yuca fries or sweet fried plantains. Skirt the decades-old travel embargo and visit Cuba by land and sea with the traditional seafood and steak dinner entree that comes with delightful flourishes such as chimichurri garlic sauce ($23).
Kneading fresh dough for pizza, roasting meat for gyros, and layering delicate sheets of phyllo pastry to make spanakopita; these are all daily activities at Zorba's Island Bar Restaurant, where cooks prepare traditional Greek recipes passed down through the generations. Diners can pair their meals with the traditional Greek liqueur—ouzo—or opt for a cold beer or cocktail from the full bar. There's a tile porch for those who wish to dine in open air, and a game room that keeps guests entertained with rounds of pool and air hockey.
Beef ‘O’ Brady’s menu boasts a beefy bounty of classic American fare prepared hot, steaming, and packed with enough beefy flavors to stampede even the most ravenous appetite. Start out with a combo appetizer ($9.99), finding an edible equilibrium with three hand-breaded chicken tenders, three mozzarella planks, onion rings, and a cheese quesadilla with four dipping sauces, or dive into the beef end with the restaurant’s signature ‘O’ Brady Burger ($7.99), seasoned in a slumber bag of herbs and spices and topped with melted provolone cheese. Other eats include a half rack of St. Louis ribs ($10.99), available in Sweet Baby Ray’s, Sweet and Tangy, or Kickin’ Bayou BBQ sauce, and Beef ‘O’ Brady’s sandwich staple, the Dubliner ($8.99), containing thinly sliced roast beef, sautéed mushrooms, and swiss cheese. Fallen angels can attempt to reclaim the power of flight through consumption of a dozen boneless chicken wings ($9.59), available in nearly a dozen flavorful sauces.
The chefs at Red Bowl fill their expansive menu with dishes from all over Asia. Chefs showcase their cooking skills in the open kitchen, rolling up dozens of sushi rolls, chopping up fresh mango for a spicy Thai dish, or introducing tender pieces of chicken to lotus flour while preparing general tso's chicken. Diners can sip Asian-inspired cocktails at the tile-covered bar, peering up at the sporting events or paperwork-completing contests on large TVs overhead. Hanging pendant lights cast a soft glow over the rest of the modern interior.
In the early 1960s, fried chicken restaurateur Albert Constantine found himself in direct competition with Colonel Sanders. Constantine knew he had to step up his game. "He had a line outside his store every day,” the restaurateur told Baltimore City Paper. “I figured I could do business like that too." He devised a breading that would feature 21 herbs and spices, and he used his trusty broaster―a type of pressure fryer used for frying poultry―to fry bone-in chicken in 100% peanut oil. The result: crispy chicken that wasn’t greasy. Maryland Fried Chicken was born.
Today the franchise has restaurants in a few different states, and they all serve Constantine’s original recipe for Maryland-style fried chicken. The most popular menu items are the individual and family-size chicken dinners, which come with white or dark meat chicken, southern sides, and buttery biscuits. There are also some bite-size snacks available at the restaurants, such as buffalo wings, hush puppies, and ice cubes.