Food & Drink in Maryland


$16 for $30 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Azul 17

Azul 17

Columbia Market Place

Cooks prepare dishes such as chicken in mole sauce, while bartenders forge beverages using more than 100 blue-agave tequilas

$30 $16

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$15 for $30 Worth of Indian Cuisine at Thayekari Indian Bistro

Thayekari Indian Bistro

Germantown

Spicy curries, ginger-infused tiger shrimp, and chicken cooked in a traditional Indian oven

$30 $15

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian-Inspired Pizzeria Fare at Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Silver Spring

Massive pies with crisp, chewy crust emerge from stone ovens topped with locally sourced ingredients and housemade meatballs

$20 $12

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$24 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Mexican Food and Drinks at Chevys ($45 Total Value)

Chevys - Brandywine

Brandywine

Mexican dishes such as pork carnitas and chicken flautas with jalapeño jelly; 8 varieties of margarita

$15 $8

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$8 for $20 Worth of Pan-Asian Cuisine at East Moon Asian Bistro

East Moon Asian Bistro - Glen Burnie

East Moon Asian Bistro - Glen Burnie

Huge variety of pan-Asian dishes such as Thai-style panang curry, sweet and sour chicken, and wonton soup

$20 $8

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$16 for $30 Worth of Burgers, Crepes, Pasta, and American Cuisine for Dinner after 3PM at Eggspectation

Eggspectation

Chantilly

All-day menu features breakfast, lunch, and dinner options such as seafood, pasta, burgers, steaks, benedicts, crepes, and omelettes

$30 $16

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Burgers and Sandwiches at The Lodge Restaurant (44% Off). Two Options Available.

The Lodge Restaurant

The Lodge Restaurant

Organic meat served up in inventive dishes, such as house-made bison chili, alligator bites, and wild-boar brisket

$25 $14

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Seafood and Drinks at The Seasoned Mariner (Up to 60% Off). Three Options Available.

The Seasoned Mariner

Dundalk

Seafood platters, steaks, and drinks accompanied by an indoor waterfall and views of the waterfront

$25 $10

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$20 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Pan-Asian Cuisine at Taipei Tokyo

Taipei Tokyo

West Rockville

Chinese, Taiwanese, Thai, and Japanese cuisine includes noodles, sushi, curry, and fried rice

$30 $20

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Thai Cuisine and Sushi at Sala Thai (45% Off). Four Options Available.

Sala Thai

Sala Thai U Street & Sushi U

Sushi rolls and traditional Thai dishes such as chicken satay, tom yum soup, and pad thai

$40 $22

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$12 for $20 Worth of Coal Oven-Baked Pizza, Pasta, Sandwiches, and Salads at Coal Fire

Coal Fire

Coal Fire - Kentlands

Cooks bake each hand-tossed pizza inside an oven heated to 900 degrees by clean-burning anthracite coal mined in northeastern Pennsylvania

$20 $12

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$10 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $4 Worth of Yogurt at Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt Towson ($20 Value)

Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt Towson

Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt

Frozen yogurt in flavors such as cake batter, peanut butter, and mango sorbet along with dozens of toppings options

$20 $10

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$11 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt in Love ($20 Value)

Yogurt In Love

Fort Meade

Rotating selection of 14 frozen yogurt flavors capped with a choice of toppings such as sprinkles, fresh fruit, or candy

$5 $2.75

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Fresh Baked Goods at The Breadery (40% Off). Two Options Available.

The Breadery

The Breadery

Artisan loaves baked from milled Montana wheat and grains, jalapeno cornbread, challah, cinnamon swirl, ciabatta, parmesan, and 5-seed

$20 $12

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$17 for $30 Worth of New American Cuisine at Aqua 103

Aqua 103

Paramount-Long Meadow

Upscale takes on classic dishes, including ribs in apple-butter BBQ sauce, steak kebabs in a burgundy-mushroom glaze, and seafood pasta

$30 $17

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$16 for $30 Worth of Fresh Food at River Watch Restaurant & Marina

River Watch Restaurant & Marina

Essex

Munch on shrimp, clams casino, steak, chicken, salads, and crab dip while drinking in views of the water

$30 $16

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Drafts and Laughs at Maryland National Guard Armory on Saturday, April 25 (Up to 50% Off)

ABC Events

Maryland National Guard Armory

Local and wounded veterans share witty observations at standup show benefitting Warfighter Sports; refreshments available for purchase

$30 $16

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Greek Meal for Two or Four or $17 for $30 Worth of Takeout at Perry's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge

Perry's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge

Odenton

Greek meals commence with saganaki or grape leaves, followed by braised lamb, gyros, or moussaka; carry out Greek or American dishes

$30 $17

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$24 for a Wine-Tasting Package with One Bottle of Wine and Wineglasses for Two ($46 Value)

St Michaels Winery

St. Michaels Winery

Sample 10 wines, both dry and sweet, at winery in historical seaside-resort town with a take home bottle

$46 $24

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Souvenir Glasses at The Winery at Olney (Up to 44% Off)

The Winery at Olney

The Winery at Olney

Sample five locally vinted wines and take home stemless wineglasses

$27 $18

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One Dozen Cupcakes or Single-Layer Sheet Cake at Bakers Park (Up to 53% Off)

Bakers Park

King's Point Plaza

Edible balloons and flowers adorn vanilla or chocolate sheet cakes, while swirls of icing cap cupcakes in flavors such red velvet

$30 $15

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Wine Tasting/Paint Party for 4, 6, or 10 In Home, or for 1 or 2 at Local Pub from Sipping Pretty (Up to 55% Off)

Sipping Pretty

Parkville

During wine tasting/paint parties at a private home or in a local pub, guests sample wines while painting on canvas

$240 $120

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Japanese Cuisine at Yuki Sushi (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Yuki Sushi

Yuki Sushi

47 specialty sushi rolls pair with cooked entrees of hibachi-cooked scallops and spicy pork

$20 $11

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Two Sandwiches or Breakfast Items with Two Beverages at Fox & Fern Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

Fox & Fern Cafe

Fox & Fern Cafe

Breakfast is served all day at this cafe, where organic, fair-trade coffee complements sandwiches with local produce and world flavors

$23.70 $14

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Jamaican Fare at The Jerk Pit in College Park (40% Off). Two Options Available.

The Jerk Pit

The Jerk Pit

Amid the radiant walls of manor-style home, Jamaican eatery crafts jerk chicken, tofu, pork & seafood beside traditional oxtail & curry goat

$20 $12

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Two Ice-Cream Creations with Optional Kids' Cones or Bowls or $20for $30 Worth of Ice-Cream Cakes

Cold Stone Creamery

5, Parsons

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations; design a distinctive ice-cream cake

$10.58 $6

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Mediterranean Food at My Three Sons ($ Value)

My Three Sons

My Three Sons Edgewood

Fresh, locally grown ingredients form the backbone of a variety of Mediterranean dishes, including pita sandwiches and New York–style pizzas

$10 $5.50

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$30 for $45 Worth of Sushi and Teppanyaki Cuisine at Ginza of Tokyo. Groupon Reservation Required.

Ginza Of Tokyo

North Laurel

Amid blazes of fire, teppanyaki grills sear premium meats, seafood, and veggies; chefs create maki rolls and deceptively simple sashimi

$45 $30

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$11 for $20 Worth of Beer, Wine, and Mixed Drinks at The Firehouse Pub

The Firehouse Pub

Firehouse Pub

Mixed drinks, shots, wine, and domestic and imported beer at pub with billiards table, frequent live music, and biweekly karaoke

$20 $11

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Premium Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Cheese and Take-Home Wine Glasses at Basignani Winery (50% Off)

Basignani Winery

Sparks

Premium tasting introduces palates to eight handcrafted, cellar-aged wines from grapes grown on premises

$32 $17

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Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout at Yomato Sushi (Up to 40% Off)

Yomato Sushi

Yomato Sushi

Chefs prepare 20 specialty sushi rolls, including the Sweet Heart and Tiger Eye, and several varieties of lemongrass soup and curry

$20 $12

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$11 for Four Groupons, Each Valid for $5 Worth of Ice Cream Treats at Baskin-Robbins ($20 Value)

Baskin-Robbins

Multiple Locations

Classic ice-cream treats include milkshakes, malts, and sundaes; variety of constantly-changing flavors

$5 $2.75

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Steak and Seafood for Lunch or Dinner for Two or Four at Christopher Daniel (Up to 45% Off)

Christopher Daniel

Cockeysville

The lunchtime menu satisfies with bison, grilled favorites, and seafood salad; dinner excites taste buds with classic steaks and fresh fish

$20 $12

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Classic Grill Fare, Sushi, and Drinks for Two or Four at Fish Head Cantina (45% Off)

Fish Head Cantina

Fish Head Cantina

Eclectic venue pairs fresh sushi with live music, tiki bar cocktails, and a full menu of classic grill fare

$20 $11

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four and $10 or $20 Toward Wine at Elk Run Vineyards (50% Off)

Elk Run Vineyards

19, Linganore

Try reds, whites, dessert wines, and port over the course of six tastings; use the included credit toward wine to take home

$30 $15

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Ice Cream, or One-year Punch Card for Monthly Pints of Ice Cream at Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream (Up to 58% Off)

Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream

Multiple Locations

More than 30 signature flavors in a variety of frozen treats, such as smoothies, sundaes, shakes, and custom cakes

$10 $5.25

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$15 for Reggaefest Chicken Combo Meals with Drink for Two at Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill ($25 Value)

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill

Golden Krust Caribbean Bakery and Grill

Jamaican-style chicken meets hungry guests smothered in curry, brown stew, or marinated in spicy jerk seasonings

$25 $15

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BBQ Feast for Two or Four at Carnivore BBQ (Up to 46% Off)

Carnivore BBQ

Carnivore BBQ

Feast includes slow-smoked brisket, pulled pork, and ribs slathered in homemade sauces and rubs made from scratch with local ingredients

$88 $49

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French Cuisine at The Elkridge Furnace Inn (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

The Elkridge Furnace Inn

Elkridge

Shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, stuffed summer squash, and quiche du jour served at an inn that dates back to 1744

$50 $25

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Wine Tasting for Four or Six with Eight Samples Each at Monroeville Vineyard & Winery (Up to 37% Off)

Monroeville Vineyard & Winery

Monroeville Vineyard and Winery

Tasters sample sips of dry reds, semi-sweets and fruit wines that pair with a platter of cheese and crackers

$20 $13

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$11 for Five Groupons, Each Good for $4 Worth of Fro-Yo at Tutti Frutti of Mt Airy ($20 Total Value)

Tutti Frutti of Mt Airy

Tutti Frutti of Mt Airy

Rotating selection of frozen yogurt in classic, seasonal flavors, and crepes

$20 $11

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$12 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Burgers and Shakes at Z-Burger. Six Locations Available.

Zburger Baltimore

Z-Burger

Burgers with a choice of 20+ toppings and milkshakes in 75 flavors

$10 $6

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American Cuisine at Highland Inn (Up to 54% Off). Two Options Available.

Highland Inn

Highland

Enjoy American cuisine such as clams casino, dry-aged pork chops, and grilled shrimp and grits

$65 $30

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Classic American Comfort Food at The Greene Turtle (50% Off). Two Options Available.

The Greene Turtle

Aberdeen

Cheeseburger sliders and bavarian pretzel sticks lead into hearty entrees of handmade crab cakes, grilled chicken, and char-grilled steaks

$30 $15

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$30 for $50 Worth of Italian Dinner Cuisine and Drinks at Chiapparelli's

Chiapparelli's

Havre de Grace

A Zagat-rated Italian eatery with homey favorites such as spaghetti with handmade meatballs and American-style jumbo crab cakes

$50 $30

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Contemporary Cuisine and Drinks for Dinner at Nage (50% Value). Two Options Available.

Nage

Nage Restaurant

Chefs use locally sourced, organic ingredients to create shared plates of truffle macaroni and cheese, burgers, and mussels

$40 $20

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$12 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Jamaican Food at Wat U Makin' Jamaican ($20 Total Value)

Wat U Makin Jamaican

Joppa

With its bright green and yellow exterior and its authentic jerk chicken, the restaurant transports guests to Jamaica’s island paradise

$5 $3

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Indian or Nepalese Food and Drinks for Dine-In or Take-Out at Mount Everest Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Mount Everest Restaurant

Mount Everest Restaurant

Classic Indian entrees, such as paneer tikka masala and shrimp vindaloo, along with low-fat Nepalese options

$30 $16

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Seafood Dinner for Two or More or Four or More at Olde Towne Inn (Up to 43% Off)

Olde Towne Inn

Upper Marlboro

Sophisticated American fare; crab stuffed salmon, blackened mahi mahi, and seafood fettuccine with fresh scallops, shrimp, and crab

$30 $17

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Italian and Sicilian Dinner for Dine-In or Carryout at Carmelo's Italian Restaurant (Up to 47% Off)

Carmelo's Italian Restaurant

Pumphrey

Local organic ingredients and imports from Sicily combine into penne capricciosa, gourmet pizzas, and other authentic dishes

$30 $16

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$16 for $30 Worth of Indian Dinner Cuisine for Two at India Garden Fine Dining Restaurant

India Garden Fine Dining Restaurant

Bel Air

Traditional clay oven helps prepare Indian specialties such as tiger prawns, lamb chops, and roasted eggplant seasoned with bold spices

$30 $16

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$75 for a Paella-Making Class at La Tasca Baltimore (Up to $105 Value). Five Dates Available.

La Tasca Baltimore

Baltimore

Choose your own ingredients in this small-group cooking class to make paella under the guidance of La Tasca chefs while sipping sangria

$105 $75

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Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt at YogiCup (50% Off). Two Options Available.

YogiCup

Columbia

Frozen yogurt flavors rotate weekly and are complemented with candy and fresh fruit toppings

$10 $5

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$17 for $30 Worth of Dinner and Drinks at India Palace Bar & Tandoor

India Palace Bar & Tandoor

Germantown

Tandoor chicken, biryani rice, goat and lamb curries, and paneer simmering in a flavorful spinach blend

$30 $17

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$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Food at Pho D'Lite

Pho D'Lite

Silver Spring

Health-conscious dishes from all over Southeast Asia include pho and vermicelli bowls—noodles, spices, meat, and hot, richly seasoned broth

$15 $9

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$12 for $20 Worth of Vietnamese and Southeast Asian Food at Pho D'Lite

Pho D'Lite - Waldorf

Pho D'Lite - Waldorf

Health-conscious dishes from all over Southeast Asia include pho and vermicelli bowls—noodles, spices, meat, and richly seasoned broth

$20 $12

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Burgers, Fries, and Shakes for Two or Four at Mikie's (Up to 63% Off)

Mikie's

Glen Burnie

Grill pros serve up burgers topped with optional cheese and bacon, paired with fries and a thick shake

$19.05 $7

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$20 for $40 Worth of American Pub Grub and Drinks at Golden Sports Bar & Grill

Golden Sports Bar & Grill

Ellicott City

Bar with 8 pool tables, 10 dart boards, and loads of TVs and video games keeps the party going with 1/2 pound burgers and draft beer

$40 $20

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Mexican Cuisine at Baja Fresh (Up to 45% Off)

Baja Fresh

FSK Mall

Flame-grilled flavors of never-frozen chicken and steak fill tacos, burritos, and taquitos made to order with farm-fresh ingredients

$20 $12

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$75 for Paella-Making Class with Dinner & Sangria at La Tasca (Up to $105 Value). 14 Class Dates Available.

La Tasca

La Tasca Spanish Tapas Restaurant and Bar

Choose your own ingredients in this small-group cooking class to make paella under the guidance of La Tasca chefs while sipping sangria

$105 $75

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Three-Course Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Positano Restaurant (44% Off). Groupon Reservation Required.

Positano Restaurant

Positano Restaurant

Founded in 1977, family-owned Italian eatery has gained local prominence and earned praise from the Washington Post

$70 $39

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$13 for $25 Worth of Thai Food and Drinks for Two at Tara Thai

Tara Thai

Gaithersburg

Traditional Thai curries accompany seafood specialties such as crispy whole flounder and garlic shrimp

$25 $13

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$15 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Burgers and American Fare at Burger Bros. ($30 Total Value)

Burger Bros

Burger Brothers

Juicy 6-ounce Angus burgers, boneless wings, and hand-cut french fries

$10 $5

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Chinese Cuisine and Sushi at Mai Dragon (Up to 46% Off). Three Options Available.

Mai Dragon

Fort Meade

Eatery serves Chinese food such as pork fried rice, beef lo mein, and sweet and sour chicken, and creates maki rolls, sashimi, and nigiri

$25 $15

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Distillery Tour for Two or Four at Blackwater Distilling (Up to 51% Off)

Blackwater Distilling

Blackwater Distilling

Learn how the team behind all the Blackwater Distilling products makes their special spirits, from honey vodka to multiple varieties of rum

$40 $20

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Cake Balls, Alcohol-Infused Cupcakes, or Fondant-Cake at Poor Little Rich Girl Cupcakes & Cake (Up to 39% Off)

Poor Little Rich Girl Cupcakes & Cake

Poor Little Rich Girl Cupcakes & Cake

“Texas-sized” cupcakes in flavors like strawberry shortcake or with alcohol-infused filling; single-tiered cakes are covered in fondant

$25 $16

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Visit 2nd Annual Maryland Chicken Wing and Beer Festival from ABC Events (Up to 50% Off)

ABC Events

Parole

Festival celebrates chicken wings in event that supports local charities and nonprofits

$30 $16

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American Food for Two or Four or More at Riverboat On The Potomac (49% Off)

Riverboat On The Potomac

Colonial Beach

Classic American dishes paired with a panoramic view of the Potomac River

$35 $18

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$19 for $35 Worth of Belgian Cuisine at Mannequin Pis

Mannequin Pis

Olney

The award-winning restaurant features numerous styles of Belgian beers as well as steamed mussels in one of 17 savory broths

$35 $19

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Seafood Salad and Seafood for Pick-Up or Delivery at Dave's Gourmet Foods (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available

Dave's Gourmet Foods Corporation

Randallstown

Sofi Award winning gourmet market delivers chef-created, gourmet seafood meals, including half- or one-pound of seafood salad

$30 $15

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Ice Cream and Shakes or Cakes and Cupcakes at Cold Stone Creamery (50% Off)

Cold Stone Creamery- College Park

Cold Stone Creamery

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

$10 $5

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$16.50 for $30 Worth of Barbecue at RG's BBQ Cafe

RG's BBQ Cafe

North Laurel

Southern barbecue such as pit turkey, pulled pork, and baby back and spare ribs; homemade sides include corn bread and mac ‘n’ cheese

$30 $16.50

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Wine Tasting for Two or Four with Take-Home Bottles and Wine Glasses at Royal Rabbit Vineyards (Up to 42%Off)

Royal Rabbit Vineyards

Parkton

Boutique Winery offers tastings on Saturday and Sunday afternoons; customers receive wine glasses and bottles to take home

$41.50 $24

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$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Peruvian Dinner at Pollo Cabana ($30 Total Value)

Pollo Cabana

Greenbelt

Peruvian-style chicken cooked over a charcoal rotisserie served whole or in burritos, quesadillas, and salads

$15 $9

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Standup for Two, Four, or Eight at Magooby's Joke House (Up to 55% Off)

Magooby's Joke House

Magooby's Joke House

Venue named Best Comedy Club by the Baltimore City Paper hosts both veteran and up-and-coming comedians

$40 $24

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Sandwiches, Baked Goods, and Sweet Treats at Stone House Cakery & Cafe (Up to 50% Off)

Stone House Cakery & Cafe

Taneytown

Cafe and bakery prepares hearty black forest ham, chicken salad, and roast beef sandwiches along with cupcakes, sweet breads, and fruit pies

$20 $12

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$9 for $15 Worth of Candy — Dipped Delights

Dipped Delights

Oxford

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$15 $9

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$12 for $20 Worth of Food and Drink at Gino's Burgers & Chicken

Gino's Burgers & Chicken

Aberdeen

Enjoy chicken sandwiches, real ice cream shakes, and Gino’s famous giant burgers, all made-to-order from fresh ingredients

$20 $12

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Mediterranean Cuisine at Espuma (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Espuma

Espuma

Artfully plated meals inspired by Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines on a menu that shifts with the seasons

$80 $44

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To get a sense of The Greene Turtle's commitment to the neighborhood, one need only sit at the bar and look up. Dozens of mugs hang above the counter, emblazoned with the pub's logo and a unique number—each one belongs to a recurring patron. The Mug Club awards its members with draft-beer discounts and other specials, but more importantly, it allows loyal patrons to feel as though they own small slices of the venue without tattooing their names on the bartender's arm. This sense of shared familiarity is what fuels the entire franchise, which refrains from calling its locations "restaurants" in favor of friendlier terms: gathering places, communities, havens. Many of the locations contribute more than mugs to their districts. Staff members who participate in the annual Tips for Tots program donate the entirety of one day's tips to a nearby Toys for Tots initiative, and Tuesday Funds for Friends events benefit local organizations. These efforts have been chronicled by press sources such as Food and Drink magazine, with features that liken The Greene Turtles' philanthropic generosity to the generous portions of comfort food that leave the kitchens. From cheeseburger sliders and flatbread pizzas to handmade lump-crab cakes, the offerings on the menu embrace barroom traditions along with ingenuity. The steak and chicken entrees arrive with classic sides of green beans and yukon gold mashed potatoes, whereas the eastern shore mac ‘n’ cheese updates a comfort staple with chopped bacon, lump crab, scallions, and Old Bay seasoning. Diners can enjoy their meals by the glow of private flat-screen TVs—there's one in every booth—or beneath one of many larger televisions broadcasting sports games throughout the venue.
830 Market Street
Westminster,
MD
US
Husband-wife duo Julio and Lily Soto opened Azul 17 to celebrate not only Mexican cuisine, but to also embrace the culture through music, vibrant design, and a selection of more than 100 tequilas made with 100% blue agave. Their chefs all hail from Mexico and bring family recipes to the kitchen?including one chef's grandmother's recipe for black beans. It's ?old world style with updated presentation,? says manager Peter Bonohue. Peter has been in the restaurant business since he could legally work, and to him, Azul 17 has an especially fun atmosphere. ?I love tequila now,? he confessed. While chefs simmer their signature mole sauce and servers add fresh lime juice to margaritas, guests recline atop white leather banquettes or modern chairs. Eyes dance with murals and shimmering blue-tile mosaics splashed against white walls. Those whites are illuminated with a multicolored neon glow as DJs spin club, house, and Mexican tunes starting at 10 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. On Thursdays at 8 p.m., guests can spice up their tired hokey-pokey routine with salsa lessons.
9400 Snowden River Pkwy.
Columbia,
MD
US
A lengthy lineup of traditional game-day fare and a sports atmosphere captivate fans at Fox and Hound - Bailey's, where the kitchen remains open as late as its neighboring fully stocked bar. Chefs cook until the wee hours of the morning and always until the bar closes, baking Bavarian pretzel starters, crafting towers of onion rings, and preparing hand-battered chicken tenders that are cooked until they are golden brown. They blend their own seasonings to sprinkle over grilled-to-order burgers, and draw from a diverse roster of cheeses and toppings to crown their wood-oven-inspired flatbreads. While manning the bars, bartenders tap into a stash of libations, such as UV Whipped vodka and Patron Silver tequila, to mix their specialty cocktails. To further foster a sporting ambiance, high-definition TVs glow with sports games and custom music-video playlists, and guests partake in pastimes of ump bashing, billiards, or competitive people watching.
20021 Century Boulevard
Germantown,
MD
US
Even though Portuguese explorers couldn't pronounce the Swahili name for the African bird's eye chili—pili-pili—the sailors fully embraced its flavor shortly after landing in the region known today as Mozambique. Intrigued by the small, fiery pepper, they combined it with aromatic doses of herbs, garlic, and lemon to create the first peri-peri sauce. That sauce eventually became a wildly popular marinade for poultry, and the tasty concoction made its way to South Africa over the next several centuries. There, in 1987, two friends decided to honor this culinary legacy by founding the first Nando's Peri-Peri restaurant. The eatery continued to remain true to its South African roots, even while expanding to encompass locations in 24 countries across four continents. Beginning with fresh chickens that never see the inside of a kitchen freezer, the chefs furtively marinate the birds in a secret peri-peri sauce for 24 hours before grilling them over an open flame. Diners dictate the heat level of their order, requesting that the grilled chicken arrive relatively mild or that wings be slathered with even more incendiary spices. The succulent chicken can be plated with hearty side dishes—such as Portuguese-style rice with herbs and peppers or peas with mint—or served in the form of a sandwich, wrap, or pita. To complement the menus' African flavors, Nando's worldwide locations collectively feature more than 4,000 pieces of African artwork.
924 Ellsworth Dr
Silver Spring,
MD
US
In the kitchens of Brasas Grill, El Salvador native Claudia Rivas brings culinary touches learned across Puerto Rico, Argentina, and Peru to her preparation of saffron-infused paella and chilean sea bass. The grill's slate of Latin-American dishes "couldn't be more different from the chicken fingers and burgers served at all the places around it," according to a 2012 review in the Washington Post Express. Reviewer Kristen Page-Kirby singled out the ceviche, as well as the "wine-infused, chewy steak-and-potatoes dish called solomillo al jerez." Elsewhere on the menu, meaty combination plates recall Brazilian-style churrascaria, setting Angus steak and barbecue ribs alongside lobster tails, mussels, and andouille sausage.
2716 Crain Hwy
Waldorf,
MD
US
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.
805 Aquahart Rd
Glen Burnie,
MD
US
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