Sculptures of simple wooden sailboats glide across the wall behind Sake House's sushi bar, where chefs bend intently over long filets of fresh fish. In front of them in the dining room, tables draped with tidy white tablecloths stand out against the dark, wooden walls, and platters littered with colorful sushi travel on the arms of servers. Behind the bar, bottles of chilled sake wear poetic labels such as "Bamboo Dew", "Soaring Cloud", and "Black River", and at hibachi tables, chefs deftly manipulate their knives across steaks and lobsters or carve their initials into broccoli trees.
Not many restaurants list Cap'n Crunch on their menu. Even fewer use it as one of their signature ingredients. But for the chefs at Chamberlain's Factory Grill, the classic cereal has the perfect blend of sweetness and crunchiness for coating their signature dishes during breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Freshly prepared Angus burgers are given a touch of sweetness, thanks to slices of sweet tomatoes. And when chefs aren't whipping up fish 'n' chips or handmade sandwiches, they're stocking their display case with a rotating selection of desserts. They blend milkshakes from 1 of 16 flavors of ice cream, bake brownies and lemon bars. Guests enjoy these goods in a family-friendly dining room with televisions that show cartoons.
Praised by the Washington Post as "undoubtedly the most stylish gathering spot in the Maryland suburbs," Ranazul's chic, comfortable interior sets the tone for shared plates and conversation over bottles of wine. Traditional cold tapas arrive at tables during dinner as slabs of raw salmon over seasoned avocado and briny seaweed, or tender, pan-seared scallops surrounded by potatoes, spring vegetables, and crab meat. Meals are paired with selections from a wine list replete with more than 220 bottles and 32 options by the glass, from light, sparkling prosecco to sustainably-farmed pinot noir from New Zealand.
Amid the satisfying clinks of cocktail glasses and the glow of neon lights, patrons at Laurel Station Bar & Grill feast on juicy burgers and steaks, lump crab cakes, and succulent steamed shrimp, all while enjoying the exploits of their favorite sports stars. Over 20 high-definition screens deck the brick walls, broadcasting all Sunday football games and most pay-per-view events, and an enormous projector screen unfolds sporting events and shadow-puppet cage matches in jumbo resolution. Guests belly up to the granite-topped bar for frosty draft beers, or book a private party room to ring in special occasions with good company and hearty pub fare.
Most of the tables at Ginza Of Tokyo aren't just tables?they're also home to giant flat-iron skillets, heated from below to create a blazing-hot surface, otherwise known as a teppanyaki grill. Hibachi chefs expertly wield knives and spatulas to saut? and prepare premium meats and vegetables. Chefs keep their tables engaged while they're creating savory dishes, taking orders from the dinner menu. Ginza Of Toyko is also home to a number of expert sushi chefs, who slice filets of raw fish to roll into maki cylinders or drape over mounds of perfectly cooked sushi rice.
Candlelight combines with the warm glow of sconces and chandeliers to illuminate the plush leather chairs and crisply draped tablecloths at Venegas Prime Filet. Completing this picture of fine dining are dishes of filet mignon, pasta with chunks of lobster meat in a white-wine cream sauce, and 32-ounce Aussie Wagyu rib chops ferried by waiters who speak in your choice of accent. As they relax over a glass of wine or sip cocktails, diners should consider following dinner with a caramelized banana split lavished with rum caramel.