Drawing inspiration from the recipes of six generations spread across three families, Georgia Soul Food brings a bit of southern cooking to the heart of the Mid-Atlantic. Fried chicken, catfish, and salisbury steak with creamy gravy can all emerge from the kitchen with hearty, rib-sticking side dishes, including candied yams, collard greens, and golden mac n' cheese. While seated at a red and white-checkered table with a slice of coconut cake and a glass of sweet tea, it's easy to imagine yourself transported to the heart of the deep South or the Steel Magnolias craft service table.
Let’s be honest, if a restaurant isn’t beautiful on the outside, it’s in our nature to doubt how good it is on the inside. Look no further and doubt no more! Maxie’s Pizza Bar Grille has a beautiful exterior that is simply the beginning of very tastefully done décor. With dining options outside and in, as well as at the bar, diners have a few great options about where they eat and how their environment interacts with them. The big draw of Maxie’s isn’t just the building, though. Maxie’s Pizza Bar Grille offers great pizzas—either the whole pizza or by the slice—and loaded down with toppings! Diners can also get some great wraps, pastas, sandwiches and salads here, along with a large selection of entrees at dinner! If you’re in Charles Village and in the mood for Italian, check out Maxie’s!
Whether seated on a patio overlooking stretches of grass or within a cozy dining room aglow with hanging lights, guests at Donna’s are treated to an array of tasty, upscale American dishes. The menu boasts a selection that changes weekly and may include quinoa and homemade falafel, five-spice ribs, salmon on cold noodles, or homemade tacos. From the expansive wine lists, guests select a glass of dry sparkling prosecco to pair with pizza or calamari or sip a seasonal cocktail such as the pineapple caipirinha. In addition to crafting delicious meals, the team at Donna’s offers cooking classes, during which they bake rustic breads, make pastas by hand, and quiet the melodramatic death throes of Italian vegetables.
Repeatedly deemed Best Rock Club and once voted Best Drunken Hookup Bar by City Paper readers, Ottobar hosts an ongoing calendar of local and touring bands, DJs, and comedians. With bars on both floors of the two-story venue, guests can sip on mixed drinks and beers while listening to live music or pumping quarters into an award-winning jukebox. The venue also hosts special nights including spelling bees and underground dance parties, wherein guests shake their hips to the sound of shoveling.
Recently featured in the Washington Times, Gertrude's is a salt-stained bastion of coastal cuisine, with a menu chock-full of Chesapeake classics. Chef and owner John Shields, a nationally acclaimed coastal-fare innovator, author, and crab whisperer, named the restaurant for his grandmother, Gertrude Cleary. Grandma Gertrude's traditional Baltimore crab cake recipe lives on at her namesake restaurant with a dinner order of Gertie's crab cakes ($20), which arrives dressed with a choice of eight sauces, including the Creole or three-mustard. It's served with a choice of sides such as apple and fennel coleslaw, hush puppies, or grilled rosemary potatoes. Other maritime entrees, such as the citrus barbecue shrimp ($24) and the Chesapeake rockfish imperial ($30), recognize each other from the Shark Week extras' green room and happily provide diners fishing for Bay fare authenticity with transcendent catches for immediate consumption. Also available are Gertie's seafood Creole ($24) and locally raised beef burgers ($10).
Sandella's upscale flatbread chain is spreading rapidly to form a robust crust of healthy pizza and paninis surrounding the Baltimore region and beyond. The secret of Sandella's proprietary brick-oven flatbread is kept by skilled property managers, who ward off teen detectives' regular attempts to solve the menu's mystery of health and taste fusion. Configure your body's bread-intake valve for a provolone & veggie panini ($4.99), or sneak away from your dust cloud from fighting cartoon characters for a brazilian chicken grilled flatbread ($5.99). This Groupon is not valid for alcohol purchases, but perfectly valid for 100% crushed-fruit smoothies and fountain sodas.