Despite the fact that everyone has to eat to live, the culinary team at Liv2Eat thinks it should be the other way around. Sourcing seasonal ingredients, they craft a rotating selection of dishes throughout the year, from fresh seafood selections to a local snap pea salad. Six days a week, the back patio and dining rooms bustle during dinner service, and servers transport bottles of wine, craft beers, and champagne throughout the cozy, low-lit dining rooms. On Sundays, the chef/owner puts his own elegant spin on morning noshes that include a green eggs & ham with wilted spinach that gives eaters a penchant for speaking in rhyme.
A coffee shop is a great place to get work done without being actively social but still feeling completely social. Use today's Groupon to be productive in the comfort of the crowd instead of alone at home. For $10, you get $20 toward anything edible and drinkable (does not include intangibly consumable events) at Peace & A Cup of Joe. You can snag up to three Groupons, which will be converted into gift cards the first time you head into the quaint, independent shop. These will act just as regular gift cards act, with composure and class. Groupons are also good toward daily specials.
Koffee Therapy features "shade-grown" coffees. Shrouded by a lush tree canopy, these bird-friendly blends boost vegetation, are completely organic, and were never smothered in Gak to accelerate ripening. Try a cup of drip Koffee ($1.50–$1.75) or sample an espresso-based drink from coffee-shop classics such as red eyes (from $2.25), mochas (from $2.75), and cappuccinos (from $2.50). Cold beverages include homemade ice tea ($1.60), ginger beer ($2), and refreshing Perrier ($1.50). Koffee Therapy also serves fruit smoothies ($4.50) and iced coffee drinks.
Sorso's menu features a variety of tasty Italian treats that will teach even the crudest of stomach growls to elegantly roll their r's. Start your morning right with a swift sip of organic espresso ($1.65), a creamy cappuccino ($3.35 for 16 oz.), or an icy frappe ($4.25 for 20 oz.). Sorso Cafe serves only Chesapeake Bay Roasting Co. coffee, a company committed to quality and eco-friendly production practices. Calm your caffeine jitters with a hearty breakfast sandwich ($3.55), a refreshing yogurt and granola cup ($3.95), or one of Sorso's sweet pastries ($1.45–$1.95).
After emigrating to Baltimore from Palermo, Italy, Gioacchino Vaccaro wanted to share the pastries of his homeland with his new neighbors. In 1956, he founded his eponymous pastry shop, an establishment that has since expanded to include four locations. The culinary team dishes out cannoli that ensconce homemade ricotta filling, three-tiered rum cake, and crunchy biscotti cookies.
Beyond pastries, the eateries toast paninis and stuff classic mufalato sandwiches with Italian pepper ham, mortadella, and salami. To complement their meals, visitors can sip hand-crafted espresso drinks, such as cappuccinos in traditional “Italiano” style and house style, served with a dollop of whipped cream. For more adult pours, patrons can opt for assorted martinis, beers, and dessert wines.
The clinks of wine and cocktail glasses echo in Sascha's 527 Cafe's decadent 19th-century townhouse, adorned with cascading red velvet curtains and ever-changing displays of artwork. Illuminated by flickering candles and prismatic glints from a crystal chandelier, shareable small plates introduce the menu's New American flavor with an emphasis on quality ingredients. Entrees include grilled and sautéed cuts of seafood, chicken, and steak, bathed with dynamic sauces and paired with wholesome produce. Patrons can whisper décor compliments into the ears of painted portraits residing on the eatery's walls, and then dig into a homemade dessert for a sweet jolt proven to be safer than drinking hot cocoa from a plugged-in toaster.