Maynard’s Cafe's flavor slingers craft a surf 'n' turf menu brimming with oceanic delights and land-locked meats. Dining companions can warm up for competitive chew-offs with the Maynard’s Combo, an amalgam of finger foods that include crab balls, jalapeño poppers, chicken tenders, and steamed shrimp among other handheld poppables. Then order up a heftier entree, such as the chicken fettuccini, crab legs and drawn butter, or fried oysters. The new york strip steak cohabitates with crab cakes and brings two sides to the table. Guests can savor their meals while oogling karaoke performers crooning after 9 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday or watch cards go flying during rounds of Texas Hold 'em or high-stakes Go Fish on Thursdays.
As you finger-frolic down the menu, open with the succulent Maryland crab soup ($4 for a cup, $6 for a bowl). Crab guacamole ($9.25), much like synchronized swimming through a pool of salsa, puts a south-of-the-border spin on the delights of the sea. Shades along the sandwich spectrum include a beef medallion hoagie ($11.75), soft-shell crab delivered daily from Tilghman Island ($13.50), and a fresh char-broiled burger ($7). Bo's seafood club ($12) sets up crab cakes and shrimp salad on a blind date and uses the intoxicating effects of bacon to spark the chemistry between them, while the strawberry chicken club ($10) layers grilled chicken, avocado mayonnaise, and fresh, sweet strawberries on two sturdy slices of wheat bread. You can also visit Bo Brooks's outdoor Tiki Hut to dine on its menu and experience an open, airy environment makes for a nice backdrop to casual American cuisine and a drink from the fully stocked bar.
Dough takes on double duty at King's Pretzel & Pizza, forming the foundation of New York–style pizza slices and twisting and flipping into soft pretzels that come sprinkled with seasonings. Cheese oozes from stuffed pretzel logs, which burst with such meats as hot dog, sausage, and ham. Waffle cones and dishes brimming with homemade ice cream greet grins with 13 different flavors, from coffee and butter pecan to eggnog and pumpkin pie. The restaurant's scents waft throughout the Patapsco Dutch Farmers' Market, where shoppers pick up homemade jam and fresh produce and scour the indoor and outdoor furniture selection for wood they can burn to run their furnace-powered freezers.
GrrChe's chefs rove around Baltimore in a mobile truck to dole out heat-kissed breads slathered with medleys of five gourmet, gooey types of cheese and fresh ingredients. Cruise through the menu, which is populated with toasty meals, including The Caribbean grill, a heat-sealed treat laden with mango salsa, swiss, and honey mustard ($6.50). Molten cheddar melts over pulled pork and macaroni ($7.75), and double-cream brie spills over Maine lobster for a meal as gooey as a love letter written by a fifth-grader. A complimentary pickle spear and a choice of chips or an apple round out the hunger cessation. Considered the most socially acceptable way to be friends with a truck, following GrrChe on Twitter also allows people to track the location of the grill wagon.
Lenny's fills stomachs across the nation with a menu of hearty sandwiches stuffed with sliced-to-order deli meats, chicken and tuna salads made from scratch, and a specialty hot-pepper relish made from whole diced cherry peppers. Regular size subs measure 7.5 inches and contain a half pound of meat and cheese, and large subs stretch to 15 inches, pack a full pound of foodstuffs, and exert a gravitational pull on coastal tides.
The Red Star Bar & Grill boasts a refined menu of bar fare for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. Dive into an order of mussels and garlic fries ($12), and enjoy the butter-topped bivalve cooked in a white wine and basil broth. Spice-seekers can explore the jalapeno mac and cheese ($10), loaded with bacon and jalapenos and topped with panko bread crumbs. Red Star's enticing entree selection boasts eight savory salads (full sizes start at $7), gourmet personal pizzas (starting at $10), and artfully constructed hand-helds, such as the blackened tuna wrap ($13), which includes sushi-grade ahi tuna, fresh veggies, and Creole remoulade sauce, or the bison burger ($12), topped with sautéed onions, pepper jack cheese, and a roasted garlic aioli. Ensure dinner has as sweet a conclusion as Othello with the daily-changing bread pudding ($5) or seasonal cheesecake ($5).