As a small child, Jason Farrell toddled through his family's seafood diner, Marley's Seafood and Subs, acquiring the nautical food know-how and original barbecue recipes that would serve him well when he returned to his childhood neighborhood to found Barbecue, Blues & Seafood. Jason—along with brother Brian and cousin Duane—recently celebrated the restaurant’s first anniversary by grilling an entire pig and regaling guests with the choicest cuts. Jason’s young daughters, Reghan and Julia, tag along with him daily to give their favorite menu items a barbecue-coated thumbs-up.
After nearly 40 years of combined experience in the restaurant industry, Dave and Pam Keohane knew how to please their patrons when they realized their dreams of restaurant ownership and opened Greenhouse Grill in 1990. Inside, cozy booths and warmly toned walls encourage diners to linger over dessert and chat over draft beers and expertly mixed margaritas. All-American starters such as bacon cheese fries and crab dip stop stomach rumbles long enough for guests to peruse the menu, which mingles hand-cut steaks, seafood specialties, and sandwiches accompanied by bottomless fries. The chefs also toss pasta specialties with meats and seafood such as crab and shrimp, and several homestyle specialties ensure whole families or incomplete sets of green army men have plenty of options to choose from.
For the chocolatiers at The Chocolate Pumpkin, quality always trumps quantity. That's why they specialize in handmade, bite-sized treats that ensure a proper balance of flavors. The chocolatiers also put extra effort into their confections' appearances, molding chocolate into tiny truffles and crafting long-stem chocolate roses. This attention to detail, both in recipes and artistry, helps them create memorable gifts perfect for anniversaries, birthdays, or other days that can be circled with hearts on calendars.
The allure of Bill Bateman's Bistro increases exponentially with a glance at the wide-ranging menu. Locally lauded for its superlative wings, Bill Bateman's Bistro's offers glazed poultry in a variety of sizes and sauces. Combine cuisines with 10 ($8.49) of the Sweet Thai Chili Wings, or firmly uphold winged tradition with 30 original buffalo wings ($22.99). Fifty Wings from Hell ($36.99) will sate the fire-deprived tongues of fearless wing devourers and can be ordered via a Ouija board that until recently was just a game. The shrimp-melt wrap ($10.99), jalapeñoed Heat Wave Burger ($8.99), and grilled-chicken-topped California Salad ($10.99) are but a few of the numerous bites capable of complementing the various cold draft beers. For the full rundown of possible palate pleasers, see the complete menu for each participating location: Parkville, Severna Park, Glen Burnie, and Reisterstown.
The sushi chefs at East Moon Asian Bistro know it's fun to play with your food. Presenting beautiful, interesting, and playful displays of their labors, caterpillar rolls are arranged to emulate their namesake, while dry ice adds an air of mystique to colorful plates. Aside from the sushi bar, East Moon's chefs in the kitchen prepare a huge variety of pan-Asian dishes, such as Thai-style panang curry, sweet and sour chicken, and wonton soup.
With red shutters and window boxes full of flowers, Mikie's appearance lives up to its large and welcoming menu of homemade food. The restaurant's cooks serve up breakfast all day long and dole out hot, juicy burgers by the bag. Freshly baked desserts round out their offerings, and drivers can deliver meals to businesses within a 5-mile radius?the precise distance that Mikie's food smells can travel.