My Three Sons sprang into existence because one Harford County mother wanted to share the simple Mediterranean meals she made for her three sons with the public. Today, her simple counter-service restaurant has expanded from its original Churchville location, adding branches in Edgewood and Jarrettsville. The Jarrettsville site features low lighting, upscale entrees, and local wines from Fiore Winery. The dishes at all three locations highlight fresh, local ingredients from Harford County businesses, such as Level Farm beef and Broom's Bloom Dairy cheese. The hot, molten core of the menu is built on more than a dozen pita sandwiches, stuffed with fillings such as gyro meat, pesto chicken, and grilled eggplant or zucchini. Other items range from New York–style pizzas to platters of beer-battered fish or marinated meat.
Supper Thyme's goal is to de-stress the breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours by inviting visitors to craft hearty and nutritious meals beforehand. After perusing the monthly rotating menu, customers can select an assortment of calorie-conscious, family-friendly, or organically inspired dishes and schedule an appointment to come in and assemble the ingredients. Staff members then gather all of the necessary ingredients and utensils, ensuring that each meal can be assembled in as few as 10 minutes. In between portioning out servings, visitors can enjoy a snack while listening to music or chatting with fellow attendees in the shop’s casual, low-stress kitchen environment. The meals can remain safely frozen in homes' freezers, with easy-to-follow cooking instructions allowing customers to quickly thaw and cook entrees whenever they might need to feed families, guests, or a lost restaurant reviewer.
A flame erupts, nearly as tall as the chef standing just inches away. In just a moment, however, the blaze retreats, vanishing as suddenly as the splash of wine that conjured it. Such a sight is commonplace in the kitchen of Vittorio Scotto and Diego Colamonaco, who grew up steeped in the passion for food and healthy living that characterizes their homeland, Italy. After moving to the United States, the duo opened Scotto's Café to celebrate the flavors of their upbringing and give diners a more personable alternative to chain restaurants. Each day, rich aromas float from the kitchen into the dining space, tantalizing diners as the chefs finish dishes with drizzles of freshly prepared sauces. The culinary team also portions meals in bulk to cater events ranging from birthday parties to millinery-school graduations.
The showpiece of India Garden Fine Dining Restaurant can't be seen by patrons. Instead, it is tucked back in the kitchen, exactly where a traditional clay oven should be. Heated by charcoals, the oven’s belly reaches temperatures of up to 900 degrees—enough heat to seal every drop of ginger, garlic, basil, and black pepper inside lamb chops, chicken, and tiger prawns. The tandoor oven also cooks vegetarian-friendly dishes such as the Baingan Bharta’s roasted eggplant with onions, tomatoes, and a smattering of Indian spices.