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.
Chef Maclonza Lee crafts authentic southern dishes from fresh, local ingredients, inspired by a cavalcade of Cajun family recipes. Peruse a menu of southerly-seasoned meals, opening with Cajun-grilled tofu or seitan mixed in with vegetables and pita chips ($12). Chef Mac builds a Cajun chicken sandwich by hiring a contractor and deftly convincing thin, grilled chicken slices to wander into a cloud of barbecue sauce, and trapping them between halves of a grilled wheat bun ($10). Diners may also dig through a grilled bounty of classic jambalaya's chicken, andouille sausage, and shrimp ($18).
The Falls serves up an eclectic menu of casual American fare in a glittering, Italianesque café environment. Start with an order of fresh mussels in garlic-leek sauce ($8), or give your tongue a hearty hug-punch with crunchy green-chili wontons, served with salsa fresca ($6). Salads ($4–$8) and sandwiches, such as the succulent bison burger ($9), offer mouths a tasty tour of the café's flora and fauna. Meanwhile, the eatery's generous entrees, such as a grilled pork chop with seasonal vegetables ($15) or the pan-seared salmon drizzled with lemon-caper-vermouth sauce ($16), promise an elegant plateful of protein to sustain your all-night coyote-chase-and-cuddle club. Wash everything down with a glass or bottle of fermented fruit from an extensive wine menu.
This cozy gem of an eatery only serves crepes made from fresh and natural ingredients. Recipes are homemade whenever possible, except when the home is on vacation and human hands need to pick up the shack's slack. The quaint interior brings crepe lovers close together as if they were the savorous ingredients and the restaurant itself was the ethereal wrap. When the weather permits, break out of the shell to enjoy a spacious outdoor area.
Talara pulsates with vibrant Art Deco hues and patrons passing tapas, seviche, paella, and an array of Latin and South American specialties. Seven different seviche styles, each with a different mix of fresh seafood, are available from the seviche bar; nosh a 2 oz. serving of traditional seviche ($8) or choose two ($15) or three ($21) different preparations, such as the Peruvian-style tiradito or the curried tropical fruit. Tapas options include Portuguese-style mussels ($9), mini tostadas ($8), and empanadas stuffed with pulled pork and queso blanco ($9). Mid-sized plates, such as coconut-shrimp tempura ($14) and chili-rubbed salmon ($16), fill any appetite bucket to the brim. View the complete menu here.
Ethel and Ramone's taps into the bounty of flavors from Chesapeake Bay and New Orleans to serve a harmonious mix of Cajun and Maryland cuisines. Salivating diners can browse the menu for appetizers, such as the pan-fried oysters ($10), served with a dusting of Cajun spices and a chilled remoulade on the side. Stick to a hometown staple with the crab cakes delmarva (market price), where delicate crabmeat mingles with Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, and a sprinkling of ciabatta breadcrumbs. Or find the pot of gumbo at the end of the Cajun rainbow with the authentic gumbo, which is steeped in andouille, okra, and vegetables and dunked with your preferred type of meat (sausage, bronzed chicken, shrimp, crab, or seafood combination) ($17–$22). Those taking a lunchtime break from building an art museum that will house only artwork finger-painted by Shaquille O'Neal can snack on several sandwiches, such as the Shrimp Marty with blackened shrimp and savory bacon on toasted ciabatta ($12) .