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.
Chopstix Cafe & Grill at Urbana serves Chinese cuisine, only with a healthy twist. Instead of stir-frying ingredients or shooting them with chili-flavored lasers, chefs there specialize in grill-style cooking that results in tastier, better-for-you dishes. The cafe's list of quality ingredients doesn't hurt, either, and includes pork tenderloin, extra-large shrimp, and white-meat chicken that can be found in such popular dishes as the chicken with broccoli. As a full-service restaurant, Chopstix also pours adult beverages, including beer, wine, and Polynesian-style drinks.
At Mistero Bar and Italian Grille, it's easy to express yourself through pizza. The restaurant's make-your-own pies come with a choice of more than 10 toppings, from fresh mozzarella and tomato to pineapple and crispy bacon. When the chefs aren't baking custom pizzas in their brick oven or having recurring dreams about mozzarella, they're crafting other Italian delicacies: plates of penne tossed with crispy diced eggplant and goat cheese, for instance, or a seafood risotto studded with shrimp and crab.