Behind a cheerful sign, By The Scoop Ice Cream Shoppe's staff scoops 24 flavors of hand-dipped ice cream, 8 italian-ice varieties, and vanilla and chocolate soft-serve custard. Heaps of ice cream pack into freshly baked waffle cones, and dollops of real-fruit italian ice and creamy gelati hop atop waffles and brownies. A highly customizable treat, sundaes bask beneath combinations of more than 20 toppings. Homemade ice-cream cakes and pies of sundry shapes and sizes bear vibrant designs, birthday tidings, or pictures of a loved one's beloved smartphone. Confections are spun from family recipes, and a chalkboard invites pastel doodles. Bright red tabletops speckle the shoppe?s interior as frozen treats soften in the sunlight of the outdoor seating area.
Specializing in locally-sourced, seasonal fare whenever possible, the folks behind Fox & Fern Cafe have made it their mission to craft a menu of casual cafe eats made with the freshest possible ingredients. Inside the colorful, well-lit storefront, customers step up to order from a long list of sandwiches lined with fresh quality ingredients, sourced from local and organic farms when possible. But sandwiches aren't all that's made fresh. Each day, bakers whip up their specialty sweets, which often include scones, cinnamon buns, cookies, cupcakes, and tarts, all served alongside fresh-brewed coffee and espresso drinks.
Wife-and-husband team Theresa and Deward Ray whip up fresh, inventive handheld daily cakes from scratch, and authentic, made-to-order savory crêpes. Cross cultural borders with the Caprese crêpe, or practice conversational French with the chicken cordon bleu, a broad plateau of chicken, ham, and swiss cheese topped with a mornay sauce and wrapped in a crêpe as tight as the bond between a rubber band and its ball. Sink sweet teeth into classic cupcake flavors like red velvet, salted caramel, vanilla, or chocolate, or test out daily rotating cupcake flavors such as white-chocolate almond cupcakes on Thursdays, Kahlua and crème cupcakes on Tuesdays, and maple bacon on Saturdays.
Brothers Jimmy, Tony, and Nick Miller pioneered Buddy Maratta’s Cafe and Deli, christening it after their father’s childhood nickname, with the vision of enlightening palates to traditional Baltimore cuisine. Drawing on his degree from the Baltimore Culinary Institute and on years of fine-dining experience, Chef Nick whips up a menu of breakfast and lunch sandwiches and salads and calls upon the Miller mother and aunts to bake homemade desserts and cakes. Platters of specialty crab fries, braised-short-rib cheesesteaks, and a variety of gourmet salads emerge from the kitchen into a casual-dining area where rows of tabletops bask beneath hanging lights and framed artwork, among the free WiFi waves. In addition to dining in, patrons can request catering services for special events, meetings, and jury-duty reunions.
Inside the savory-scented digs of Honey Baked Ham & Cafe, spools of hardwood-smoked, spiral-sliced ham entice carnivorous palates. Here, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Each day, the Timonium and Frederick branches brew eight different types of coffee (Annapolis brews six per day), mining from the Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company's coffee reserve, a treasure cove of 120 different varieties of beans. Types of coffee ($1.60 for 12 oz.) are offered on rotating basis, with flavors such as coconut cream and pumpkin spice introducing new aromas to bored taste buds, as well as Swiss Water–decaffeinated varieties for those that love the taste of coffee but find themselves inadvertently building a shrine to Grease after two cups of regular joe. Introduce yourself to the well-crafted wares of Mother Earth with a cup of tea ($1.95 for 20 oz.)—the shop features more than 1,000 kinds of leaves for consumption, from medicinal herb tea to an Eastern Shore variety—or go full throttle with an espresso concoction ($1.50–$4.25).