The celebrated smokery's owners Barbara Lahnstein and son Dorian Brown keep their focus on beautiful presentation and culinary delights made from fresh, local, all-natural, and never-canned-from-leftover-space-missions ingredients. During the week, stop by Easton Market Square and prep for Thanksgiving parties by picking up a smoked salmon fillet party platter ($25 per pound, plus $20 plattering fee) or a smoked and glazed whole duck ($40) brandied with fresh chutney from the seasonal catering menu. Otherwise, grab a quick bite from the plentiful lunch menu, which has more options than a chimney has chimney sweeps trapped inside. The salmon BLT ($9.95 whole, $5.50 half) stacks freshly smoked salmon, free-range bacon, tomato, and field greens with honey dijon dressing betwixt slices of sunflower-flaxseed bread. If seafood isn't your cup of sports drink, try the organic cherrywood-smoked pork loin sandwich ($8.95 whole, $5 half) crowned with fresh goat cheese, house-made tomato jam, red onions, and field greens or the vegetarian sampling ($9.25)—a variety show of smoked hummus, tofu, olives, and seasonal vegetables. Recuperating revelers, meanwhile, can wander into the Belvedere location during the weekend (from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.) for brunch eats not usually found in the average diner or pancake bungalow, such as the smoked salmon crepe ($10) a deep-sea rollup of hot smoked salmon, mashed potatoes and garlic spinach stuffed inside a tumeric crepe.
Some say it takes a village to raise a child. On Smith Island, it takes a village to nurture another type of legacy: Maryland’s official dessert. Known as a Smith Island cake, this delicacy brims with ten layers of goodness and 200 years of history. The story began in the island’s seaside towns, where women baked cakes for their hubbies’ oyster-fishing journeys. To help the treats withstand the waves, they iced them with fudge as sweet and sturdy as a drawbridge made of candy canes. Fast-forward to 2009, at a market 50 miles from Smith Island’s shores. Brian Murphy, a recent graduate of the Wharton School, was shopping for a birthday cake. As he chose a Smith Island cake, he was surprised to learn that no major bakeries call the island home. Though he’d always envisioned himself as a commodities trader, he began to think like an entrepreneur. Before long, he had partnered with the island’s bakers to form Smith Island Baking Company, a business that handcrafts Smith Island cakes and ships them around the world.
The bakery’s signature creation, the chocolate Smith Island cake, teems with thin layers of yellow cake and fudge that National Geographic has deemed “an architectural marvel.” In addition to crunching numbers at the company’s headquarters, Brian loads fresh flour, sugar, and cocoa onto the ferries that connect the island to Maryland’s mainland and the outer rings of Saturn. Under his leadership, the venture has grown to incorporate myriad other confections, from chocolate fudge to all-natural ice cream by Chef Jordan Lloyd.
Red Eye's Dock Bar is renowned for its bikini contests, but it's also a great place to eat with the family. It's the perfect summer spot for boaters, bikers, parrot heads, and business-folk alike. Sit outside on our huge outdoor seating area, right on the water, or up in our cool, air conditioned inside bar.
Since its first event in 2008, the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival has steadily added to its multisensory feast of libations, food, and live sounds. Originally conceived to highlight Maryland's wines, beers, and local delicacies, the festival now brings wines from around the world to its bayside location. White tents shield tasters from rain, sunburn, and any curious fish who might try to leap into their goblets. Each year, the festival benefits an array of community- and family-focused organizations.
A charming, two-story octagonal structure rests above the waters of a harbor on Chesapeake Bay, drawing in visitors with the sounds of laughter and live music on weekends and during Jazz brunch, as well as the scents of seasonal seafood and gourmet American cuisine. Executive chef William Clarke hitches the menu to the changing seasons to create an ever-changing slate of contemporary American seafood infused with contemporary influences. Guests make pilgrimages by land to sample the restaurant's Sunday brunches of signature crab benedict or lobster mac and cheese, or to savor dinners of stir-fried local vegetable, lobster sliders, and pan-roasted chicken.
Sips of wines and nibbles of Maryland crab cakes pair with the live strums of acoustic guitars on the seaside patio. Inside, walls decorated with rustic wine crates, a full-service bar, and waterfront windows frame each forkful with an elegant, yet approachable surrounding.
Herds of buffalo and cows graze between hundreds of fruit-bearing trees. But it’s the grapes sprouting throughout Cassinelli Winery & Vineyards' 110 wooded and open acres that matter most. Each hand-selected and sustainably farmed grape emerges from the earth to take its first step toward becoming one of 12 wines produced at the vineyard. Those include a 2009 barbera reserve and a 2009 merlot, bronze- and gold-medal winners, respectively, at the Maryland Governor’s Cup, a cup always filled with wine or melted cheese. Five total medals have distinguished Cassinelli wines, which the company’s sommeliers share at their tasting room, events, and a quartet of outlets throughout the state.
When her traditional seven-layer caramel cake began earning plaudits from magazines and television programs across the nation, it was only natural that Caroline Ragsdale Reutter would eventually score the endorsement of America’s favorite tastemaker: Oprah. The cake landed on Oprah’s Favorite Things list, helping draw a brand-new audience for Caroline’s shippable layered cakes and classic Southern cooking staples. Available in a customizable array of flavors, frostings, Best known for her rich caramel frostings and multi-layered confections, Caroline crafts treats ranging from gourmet take-out dishes to decorated cupcakes and wedding cakes. Available in a panoply of flavors, frostings, and fillings, cakes add a decadent finish to special events or can be kept frozen for up to six months to save the day during last-minute surprise parties. Caroline’s team also whips up heat-and-eat versions of homestyle Carolina and Maryland favorites, delivering tangy barbecue, cheesy biscuits, and tender lobster rolls to doorsteps or bathyspheres parked in shallow water.