In its former lives, the space now occupied by J'Ollies Restaurant was a biker bar, a seafood restaurant, and a pub. When J'Ollies moved in, though, that space was transformed into a family-friendly restaurant where diners can feast on pancakes and waffles straight from the griddle, or homemade biscuits bathed in sausage gravy. They can even create their own omelet, filling a hearty three-egg and cheese package with meat and veggies. Later in the day, lunch and dinner options include American classics such as beer-battered cod, meatloaf, and grilled cheese sandwiches.
The cooks at Sierras Grill & Taqueria have plated heaping portions of classic and contemporary Mexican cuisine since 1989. Fish tacos with pico de gallo and guacamole join house specialties such as the Acapulco Princess?crabmeat, baby shrimp, and white-wine sauce wrapped in a flour tortilla?which is served atop a single pea. The cuisine masters also fuse American flavors into Latin American recipes, crafting empanadas stuffed with buffalo chicken and served with sticks of celery. Cocktails such as margaritas and beers such as Dos Equis and Shiner Bock complement each meal.
After admiring the lush gardens and historical exhibits of the stately and new renovated Riversdale House, sightseers often stroll the few blocks down to Calvert House Inn for fine dining. Built to pay homage to the hospitality and finery that the Riversdale House was renowned for, the elegant eatery now celebrates its 50th anniversary serving fine seafood to locals and tourists and has garnered praise from local news outlets. Pots bubble and hiss within the kitchen, where chefs fold oysters, shrimp, and scallops into a variety of classic dishes and craft their signature Maryland-style crab cakes from seasoned jumbo lump crab. The versatile chefs also extend their culinary expertise to a variety of land-grown specialties, including freshly ground burgers and premium steaks.
Out in the cheerful dining rooms, diners clink glasses of white wine in intimate booths, their faces illuminated by the glimmer of chandeliers. And to keep the mood convivial, these rooms play host to special events, including karaoke parties, Caribbean music nights, and performances from live bands. On Sundays, brunch diners raise glasses of OJ while live jazz music mingles through the air.
MOM's Organic Market helps customers live healthier lifestyles, both at the dinner table and out in the world. Each store’s stock of nourishing eats avoids additives and preservatives—and cartoon packaging that markets to children—helping shoppers fill up on treats while eschewing unnatural chemicals. The store’s practices also encourage healthy living with green initiatives such as offering used-light-bulb recycling and hosting holiday-light recycling events. MOM's also helps offset the CO2 created by customers driving to and from their stores by purchasing TerraPass credits that help fund carbon-dioxide-reduction projects. Additionally, select stores house electric-car-charging stations that enable eco-conscious shoppers to fill up their batteries, reducing their need to hire cyclists to pedal their in-trunk generators.
The Jerk Pit’s white wood siding and covered porch might lead folks to think they’re stepping into owner Lisa Waddell Rose’s own house—and that’s likely what she intended. The chefs apply spicy blends of seasonings to transform morsels of chicken, pork, fish, and tofu into traditional Jamaican jerk dishes, served alongside other staples such as curried goat and ackee with saltfish. While sipping on Jamaican soda or sweet iced tea, patrons can utilize the Pit’s free WiFi to download sounds of crashing waves or pictures of the Caribbean's blueberry-flavored waters.
True to its name, New York Deli offers a menu of East Coast–style, piled-high sandwiches and subs with fillings including steak and cheese, homemade chunky chicken salad, and vegetarian-friendly falafel. Patrons can also nosh on wraps made with pita bread from a local bakery or slurp down chicken noodle soup made fresh daily. Located in College Park, New York Deli welcomes patrons from local neighborhoods and the University of Maryland and scornfully hisses at visitors dressed in Duke apparel.