MangoGrove Restaurant bases its menu of vegetarian Indian fare on the ancient philosophy of Ayurveda, which calls for food to help dictate a flow of health and holiness between the body, the mind, and the spirit. Each spice and herb used at MangoGrove, for example, has been selected for its specific therapeutic value. Keep all three wheels of wellness on your bio-tricycle in order by kicking off consumption with the chef's pick appetizer, Aloo Ki Tikki ($4.95), in which Delhi-style potato patties are combined with hearty flavors of ginger and cilantro. This dish––like all of MangoGrove's appetizers––is served with mint and date sauces and either chutney or sambar, a stew made with fresh vegetables, lentils, and a variety of spices. Curb hunger by cannonballing into a curry, such as the Kumbh Makai Mutter, featuring mushrooms, baby corn, and green peas ($12.95), and the Paneer Pasanda, which includes wedges of cottage cheese simmered in an almond cream sauce ($14.95) that curries favor with the chef. Dosai crêpes come stuffed with potato, onion, and cheese fillings ($10.95–$12.95).
A kickboxer earlier in his life, chef Robert Gadsby honed his culinary skills as executive chef in kitchens across Europe, Asia, and the United States, but it was his competitive spirit that earned him a chance to face off against Mario Batali on the Food Network's Iron Chef America. Gadsby's Bar American in Columbia is the product of several years' work and the chef's pursuit of excellence. The menu here is more American than a bald eagle throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game, featuring foods from cross the country, including Washington mussels, Oregon truffles, Wisconsin Cheese, and California wines. In the sleek modern dining room, visitors can indulge on Carolina-style pulled pork and seared Nantucket Bay scallops, all while enjoying open views of the kitchen and rustic stone accents.
When Lord Baltimore granted 370 acres of land to the Reverend James Macgill in 1730, he never imagined that a restaurant would be built there. Macgill and his descendants lived on the homestead for more than 200 years before selling it for restaurant development in the 1960s. Today, their stately columned mansion provides a pastoral backdrop for lunch, dinner, and brunch. Intimate candlelit dining rooms foster a romantic atmosphere, which has prompted frequent proposals inside the restaurant. Voted Howard County's finest dining by Howard Magazine in 2013, The Kings Contrivance Restaurant plays host to flickering lights that illuminate plates of pan-seared filet mignon, roasted duck breast, veal, and sautéed shrimp, all selections on a traditional menu with hints of European and Asian influence. The knowledgeable staff can suggest the best wine to pair with any dish.
Following Baja Fresh’s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.
At Let's Dish!, families select healthy, hearty meals to eat at home without having to dedicate valuable time to planning, shopping, or preparation. After placing an order online, patrons schedule time for an in-store session where they assemble dishes that are made from fresh ingredients, customized to taste, and then, like Sleeping Beauty, frozen to prevent them from aging. Meal menus rotate monthly and include homestyle selections, such as pork tenderloin, pot roast with mashed potatoes, and rosemary and mustard grilled sirloin steaks. The preassembled Dish-n-Dash entrees allow for speedy pickup service, freeing families to spend more quality bonding time sorting the mail by size and color. On a regional scale, Dish Delivery's reach expands from New York City to North Carolina.
The chefs at Koto Sake Japanese Steak House dazzle diners with their fast chopping and knife-wielding skills as they prepare Japanese seafood and steak meals directly at the table. “For those who are not familiar with the experience,” a reporter for The Baltimore Times wrote after a visit, “hibachi is a style of Japanese cooking in which the food is prepared in front of the patrons on a large iron stove. In addition to seeing your food cooked before your eyes, restaurant-goers are treated to a theatrical show that blends impressive utensil juggling, culinary acrobatics, and sarcastic comedy.”
Along with hibachi dinners, the cooks also fry rice and cook large pots of noodles. Like a spy movie set in a hotel for twins, the deep-fried and traditional maki rolls are full of surprises, from shrimp tempura to asparagus.