Black Hog BBQ & Bar slow-cooks a saucy menu showcasing succulent beef, pork, chicken, and sausage sidled beside an array of classic Southern sides. Round up a heaping helping of smoked brisket or pulled pork shoulder to fill a bun, plate, or polo shirt pocket before slathering it in one of Black Hog's signature house-made sauces such as zesty Carolina Red or tangy Mike's Mustard Sauce. Sandwiches smother servings of smoked pit ham or Arkansas beef into a pillowy bun, and sides sing harmonious backup to their meaty frontmen, with melty mac 'n' cheese and cool coleslaw draping taste buds in culinary nostalgia. While the protein palace also stocks a full bar, today's Groupon is not good for alcohol, and vice versa, as evidenced by the time it woke up in a strange bathtub folded into inappropriate shapes.
Terri's Cafe and Bakery's chefs plate classic American fare concocted from local beef and dairy, fresh game, market-fresh fish, and breads baked in-house. Inspired by American country kitchens, chefs smother homemade biscuits in sausage, chipped beef, or chipped-venison gravy, and dress light buttermilk or hearty buckwheat griddlecakes in toppings such as blueberries and chocolate chips. Ladled with spiced fig sauce or cranberries and nuts, baked brie warms up lunch-time palates for one of 18 bun-bound delights such as turkey breast roasted in-house, Maryland crab, or 8-ounce burger patties of bison or local beef. Knives come out at dinner to spar for bites of Kansas elk strip steak and engage in fencing matches across tables, and forks pirouette in angel-hair pasta tossed with plump shrimp and garlic. Pairs can dip into a dense, velvety bowl of local South Mountain Ice Cream to get their recommended daily intake of frozen dairy.
Whether it's a quick barbecue lunch between corporate presentations or a grandiose wedding banquet amid mountain views, High Point Catering knows how to make a meal memorable. For more than 40 years, the company has been honing its serving skills with meals freshly prepared onsite throughout the Washington, D.C. area. Its dishes run the gamut from gourmet selections such as lobster ravioli and bleu-cheese-studded filet mignon to their specialty: Texas-style beef brisket, Carolina-style pulled chicken, dry-rubbed spareribs, and other classics of the barbecue grill. Though they excel at adapting their culinary tools and 24-hour playback of the Iron Chef theme music to any environment, many party-planners might rather come to them. With sweeping views of Sugarloaf Mountain and Little Bennett Regional Park, the 150-acre expanse of High Point Farm lends not only a picturesque backdrop to important events, but also a zipline, paintball, water slides, and a host of other adrenaline-pumping amenities.
Following Baja Fresh?s ethos set in 1990 as a healthy take on fast food, never-frozen meats sizzle atop the grill before they're tucked into made-to-order tacos and burritos. Grilled corn and flour tortillas embrace fish, carnitas, chicken, and steak, and smoky queso fundido sidles onto nachos and into burritos. Between bites, chips scoop up salsa made from farm-fresh produce rather than poured out of a can or fabricated in a space-age replicator. A complimentary salsa bar ensures no mouthful goes unspiced, and guests can scoop up their favorites as they await their dine-in, takeout, or catering orders.
The chefs at Griff's Landing scour docks for freshly caught seafood to stuff plump crab cakes into massive, thick sandwiches and fry shrimp, clams, and scallops in flaky batter. Servers bear platters through the dining room's lime-green walls and tropical murals to tabletops covered with white cloths. Ornamental lights beam down from the tiki bar, where bartenders dole out beer, wine, and specialty cocktails. Outside, a wooden deck stretches out over a cheerful front patio to protect diners from sun, rain, and clouds that aren't fully nailed to the sky. Throughout the week, the restaurant hosts special events ranging from Wednesday-night trivia contests to Friday-night dance parties.
Tacos and tequila are pretty standard fare at any Mexican restaurant. But Casa Rico Tacos & Tequila ups the ante with gourmet fillings such as tilapia drizzled in chipotle cream sauce, and pork carnitas with roasted pineapple and red onions. As for the house tequilas, they're infused with spicy flavors including cinnamon and tres chilies. The latter goes into one of the restaurant's many specialty margaritas, a fiery concoction made with mango, fresh mint, and passion fruit involved in a torrid love triangle.
Since 1987, Casa Rico has been serving recipes crafted by owner and executive chef Renu. She prepares many regional specialties, including molcajete?a stew with cactus, potatoes, and cheese?as well as a Monterey-style grill combo with skirt steak and chipotle shrimp. In keeping with the food, the dining rooms have a south-of-the-border look; Mexican art hangs on pink and yellow walls, Spanish tile covers the ceiling, and striped blankets add a colorful touch to banquet tables.