The menu at Arlon's is even more accommodating than the carryout policy. Spanning classic dishes of American, Italian, and Indian cuisine, everything is available for preparation for gatherings large and small. Submarine sandwiches and stromboli are served among other popular hand-held eats, while entrees include house-made crab cakes and tandoori-style chicken and fish curries. Between all these eclectic dishes, though, the chefs are hard at work crafting their signature dish: thin-crust pizzas made with fresh dough and and a trusty sauce recipe. House specialties include the buffalo chicken pizza drizzled in spicy sauce and bleu cheese, and the seafood pizza, which features shimp and crabmeat seasoned with cocktail sauce and Old Bay.
Tavern on the Square's chefs put their own spin on traditional pub food by incorporating local ingredients and wild game. Along with classics such as crab cake sandwiches, the culinary team forms ground bison into half-pound burgers and fills burritos with queso fresca and braised wild boar. Until the wee hours of 2 a.m., barkeeps are on-hand to pair these inventive eats with more than 80 different brews and specialty cocktails including organic cucumber martinis.
Meals unfold beneath high ceilings in the dining room, where flat-screen televisions broadcast homeruns and retiring umpires removing their masks for the first time since birth.
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.
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.
Shapiro's Cafe is a low-key neighborhood eatery that has comfort food and coffee down pat. Guests can sample classic deli sandwiches, such as hot brisket on rye, or opt for Mediterranean specialities, such as shawarma and falafel, which was voted best in the city by Baltimore City Paper in 2010 and 2011. Shapiro's also has the caf? staples covered with breakfast sandwiches, light salads, and strawberry and snozzberry smoothies. For a caffeine jolt, try a cup of Zeke's Coffee?the caf? pours it black or can turn it into specialty drinks including mocha lattes.
In the black-and-red dining room, underneath hand-chalked blackboards that proclaim daily specials in bold print, fresh-baked pies travel from oven to table loaded with toppings. The customized pizzas come in two shapes, the traditional round 18-inch pies and the ‘slyce’ pizzas, which, like the holes in many Venetian canal walls, are canoe shaped. The outdoor patio lines each side of Home Slyce’s corner building, where wings, sandwiches, and calzones wash down easily with craft brews, wines, and domestic drafts.