Chef Maclonza Lee crafts authentic southern dishes from fresh, local ingredients, inspired by a cavalcade of Cajun family recipes. Peruse a menu of southerly-seasoned meals, opening with Cajun-grilled tofu or seitan mixed in with vegetables and pita chips ($12). Chef Mac builds a Cajun chicken sandwich by hiring a contractor and deftly convincing thin, grilled chicken slices to wander into a cloud of barbecue sauce, and trapping them between halves of a grilled wheat bun ($10). Diners may also dig through a grilled bounty of classic jambalaya's chicken, andouille sausage, and shrimp ($18).
Captain Tony Vicari hauled his first catch out of the Chesapeake Bay at the age of 13 with his father. The two still work together capturing crabs. They personally catch or purchase each one served at Waterman's Pride Seafood, where the cooks steam the creatures to order on the same day they were nabbed from the sea. In addition to serving buckets of crabs and crab legs, the marine eatery serves platters of flounder fillets, housemade jumbo lump crab cakes, and stuffed or butterfly shrimp. A raw bar features mussels, oysters, and clams to accommodate their fear of fire.
Nearly 40 years ago, Greek immigrant Demetrios "Jimmy" Minadakis helped build Jimmy's Famous Seafood with his bare hands, and the business has remained in his hardworking family ever since. With fresh seafood flown in daily and a menu listing more than 80 tasty plates, there is hardly a shelled, gilled, or exoskeleton-clad creature from the great puddle that Jimmy's doesn't offer. The restaurant specializes in crab and crab-infused dishes, such as the crab cake platter ($14.95), crab-stuffed jumbo shrimp ($21.95), and Alaskan snow crab legs ($18.95). Other mouth-watering mollusks include oysters on the half shell ($9.95) and littleneck clams shucked to order ($6.95 for 12). Fans of land mammals can use their teeth to applaud an impressive array of red meats, like bacon-wrapped filet mignon ($19.95) or lamb chops ($24.95) served with traditional Greek accoutrements, such as phyllo bread, Tzatziki sauce, and a moustache bib.
Sunnyside Cafe treats its guests to hearty American diner feasts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Visitors rave about the eatery's celebrated fruit tea, which draws patrons from other states and dimensions with its fragrant flavor. Diners also delight in the popular chicken and waffle sandwich, meaty burgers, whole-grain waffles topped with fruit, or flavored waffles and pancakes, including a snickerdoodle waffle.
Within a neon interior reminiscent of a 1950s diner scene, Boulevard Diner's menu packs in an extensive collection of nostalgic noshes alongside tasty international munchies. Dinner items such as homemade meatloaf ($11.95) or a 16-ounce broiled new york strip steak ($20.95), both accompanied by potatoes and veggies, make for a meal more American than working an unpaid internship. Midday hunger twinges dissipate into happy thoughts with a greek burger's 7-ounce beef patty, feta cheese, onion, and tomato ($6.75+), and the Neptune sub ($9.35) cradles a bed full of succulent fried shrimp snuggled up to a blanket of coleslaw and cocktail sauce. Offering large portions for every edible item, Boulevard Diner also beefs up its comestible cornucopia with savory seafood, Mediterranean, and deep-fried fare.
Though he spent much of his life as a truck driver for the city, Shareef's true calling was cooking. But it wasn't until he resigned from his driving job that he took a leap of faith and opened his first restaurant. Shareef's business has since evolved from halal hot dogs and burgers cooked on a small grill at his first establishment to a full menu of Mediterranean-style wraps, sandwiches, and platters served at two namesake eateries. To anchor the menu, the grill's chefs pair tortillas, buns, and beds of lettuce with halal and kosher meats and vegetables sautéed in their own butter sauce and craft housemade desserts including sweet-potato-and-cheese pies from fresh ingredients. And regardless of what location you are dining at, Shareef and his staff aim to make their space inviting and their food consistent by making every order fresh.
And Shareef's diners aren't the only ones raving about the menu's healthy yet delicious Mediterranean cuisine. The mayor of Baltimore even took notice, presenting the eatery with a certificate of recognition for their "outstanding contributions and dedication to providing . . . families with nutritious, affordable food."