The sandwich assemblers at The Corned Beef Factory know that the best sandwiches are built carefully, and not just thrown together. They pile deli meats and cheeses onto Kaiser rolls, sub rolls, or pieces of rye or white bread before dressing them with Russian dressing, mustard, and other accoutrements. Sandwiches can be paired with homemade sides such as crab soup or coleslaw, or desserts such as lemon meringue pie, red velvet cake, or strawberry cheesecake. The Corned Beef Factory also caters events, offering sandwich and salad trays or a five-foot submarine sandwich that can be stuffed with a few crowbars and delivered to a buddy in jail.
As guests round the corner on their way to Captain James Landing, the first thing they see is the majestic prow of a ship looming over the street, as though ready to set sail across the pavement. This illusion dramatically heralds the maritime theme of the restaurant, where diners enjoy the fruits of the sea alongside the water. When the weather is warm, guests can dine on the waterside patio, crushing crabs and swigging cold beer in harmony with the soothing sounds of gently lapping waves and Aquaman's soft sobbing. Inside feels no less festive, with picnic-style benches lined up beneath a mounted marlin and lamps repurposed from wooden steering wheels.
Todd Conner's menu features contemporary American cuisine and regional fare made with fresh ingredients. Ahi Tuna Bites, seared and served with Cusabi dip ($10.99 for 4) or Fell's ultimate crab cake ($14.99) can be washed down with a glass of wine from the fully stocked bar. The Build-Your-Own Angus Burger ($8.99) encourages amateur architects to construct a buttress of ground beef deliciousness from a list of twelve toppings. Sharing plate space with all entrées are Todd Conner's house-made chips, which were voted Baltimore's Best Chips in 2009 by Baltimore Magazine.
Milan's chef blends traditional Italian recipes with creative flair when grilling marinated rib-eye steaks and hand-rolling fresh pastas. Grilled swordfish, spinach pasta, filet mignon, and a braised lamb take separate spotlights on dinner plates, guarded by sidekicks such as butternut squash and roasted fingerling potatoes. Sunday-brunch spreads treat taste buds to gourmet entrees such as lump-crab omelets and belgian waffles with cannoli filling, plus mimosas mixed with only the tears of overjoyed oranges.
Milan's three levels and 12,000 square feet fill with jovial chatter, and an opulent white dining area lets patrons bask in futuristic style without sneaking into an astronaut's nest. The restaurant maintains a fashion-centric ethos, meaning proper dining attire is required.
At Caesar’s Den, chef Guido DeFranco weds classic southern Italian cuisine to a vast selection of Italian wines. His kitchen team tosses pastas with from-scratch tomato sauce and sautés shrimp and calamari in white wine. They also season cuts of veal and lamb and with fresh Mediterranean herbs. Additionally, servers are happy to recommend wines that cleanse palates or approximate the pH level of the Trevi Fountain.