The Pirate’s Booty whips up a veritable bounty of freshly prepared pirate-themed plates. The menu proffers delectable gems such as seasoned swords ($2.99) made from thick-cut, skin-on potatoes, and such specialties as the pirate hook ($1.75 each, or five for $7.99), a bacon-wrapped, deep-fried jalapeño stuffed with sausage and cheese. Tattoo a tongue with the specially seasoned Blackbeard’s burger ($6.99) or the Peg Leg chop ($7.95), a tender, batter-fried boneless pork chop. Patrons who sail in with the sunrise can tuck into breakfast plates, such as cinnamon french toast sprinkled with powdered sugar ($3.50) or the Jolly Roger ($2.25), a cheese-topped, oversized muffin filled with eggs and sausage, known to strike hunger into sailors when flown aloft from a ship's mast.
Behind a distinctive pink-and-purple-painted storefront, Blend of Buckroe's baristas brew individual cups of coffee and espresso drinks. The fledgling cafe enchanted the palate of an Examiner.com reporter, who heralded the shop's selection of light and dark roasts as "delightfully smooth" and "satisfying". Mugs of macchiato and mocha partner with plates of pastries and quiche on the simple café menu, augmented by sumptuous spoonfuls of ice cream. Artwork dangles from the purple walls of the WiFi-saturated seating area, and colorful couch cushions, old-fashioned benches, and an antique barbershop chair nestle patrons as they flip through magazines or compose lengthy sonnets to their favorite Supreme Court justice.
Created by a Le Cordon Bleu-trained chef, Entrée Vous composes gourmet meals that can be served whenever hunger calls, eliminating the boring, time-consuming parts of cooking. Two regular-sized entrees serve about 2–3 diners each. Satiate with skewers of luau pork: tangy-glazed chunks of pork alternating with sweet pineapple and red peppers ($15.49). Health-conscious eaters can choose Tuscan-grilled shrimp, whose succulent tails are marinated in basil, garlic, and olive oil ($14.49). Entrée Vous's ready-to-go side dishes include succotash ($7.99), feta five-bean salad ($7.99), and creamy cheddar-cheese macaroni made with elbow pasta ($8.99).
Perhaps it’s the dining room’s glittering chandeliers that make diners feel as though they’ve stepped back in time, or maybe it’s the silver tea sets displayed atop baroque-style tables that bring to mind a bygone era. Though it’s difficult to single out the one element of First Ladies Tea Parlor that transports diners to the past, it’s evident that owner KJ Jordan has realized her vision. KJ’s passion for all things old-timey manifests itself in the parlor’s varied schedule of events, from historic fashion shows and presentations by authors and historical interpreters to speakeasy dinners that keep the spirit of the 1920s alive via live jazz and free admission for ghosts. Away from the sun-dappled dining room, chef Gabby Bauman and her culinary crew bustle about the kitchen whipping up light lunches featuring entrees named after first ladies, including the Lady Dolley sandwich filled with roasted turkey and avocado and the Lady Betty salad dappled with salmon fillet and apricot-ginger dressing.
"Fisherman can place their orders, no matter what time during the morning. It's not abnormal for me to go up at 6 a.m. and deliver sandwiches," says general manager Kathy. With Kathy's boat right there on the marina, it seems that she has never known anything different—crafting homemade mac, coleslaw, and potato salad only steps from Chesapeake Bay. But it started only a few years ago. Vinings Landing Marina caught wind of the popularity of Kathy's deli in town and decided to pay her a visit. "They had a space available and asked me if I'd set up shop," Kathy says. "And, well—I love boating." Her start dovetailed nicely with a full renovation that bestowed the place with new tile floors, new walls, and hardwood tables, but a big selling point for Kathy was the outdoor patio to the Marina. "Here people can pop in by car, by boat, or by foot. It's very accessible." During winter months, regular fisherman and new guests alike stop in for her lunch offerings of made-to-order deli and breakfast sandwiches. As the calendar turns to April, warmer weather unleashes acoustic Fridays, as well as a few other pleasant surprises not dissimilar to hearing James Taylor sing at a Metallica concert. "The menu becomes more expansive," she says. "Burgers for dinner—also tuna salad, chicken salad, egg salad. I know the winter menu says just chips. But in summer, we'll roll out the fries.”
The aroma of freshly roasted coffee beans lures passersby into Bean There Coffeehouse's two locations, where baristas reenergize sluggish bodies with a menu cascading with traditional brews and seasonal espresso beverages. The coffee shops' thoroughly vetted beans are plucked from the top 20% rated throughout the world, with special attention paid to the country of origin, the altitude, and the astrological sign of each bean. Serving up flavorful coffee is their top priority, and the staff also cultivates a homey, neighborhood feel at each establishment, welcoming guests to events such as coffee tastings, dessert pairings, and poetry slams.