Restaurants in Maryland

$23 for $40 Worth of Thai Food and Sushi for Dinner at Cha Ya Asian Bistro

Cha Ya Asian Bistro

Columbia

$40 $23

Thai curries and lemongrass-infused seafood paired with creative sushi rolls in a colorful lounge

$15 for $30 Worth of Dinner and Drinks at India Palace Bar & Tandoor

India Palace Bar & Tandoor

Germantown

$30 $15

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

$15 for $30 Worth of Burgers, Crepes, Pasta, and American Cuisine for Dinner at Eggspectation. Five Locations Available.

Eggspectation

Multiple Locations

$30 $15

Seafood such as crab cakes and lobster macaroni and cheese, savory and sweet crepes, and half-pound USDA Choice burgers

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

Pho D'Lite

Waldorf

$20 $12

(20)

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

$11 for $20 Worth of Pan-Asian Cuisine at East Moon Asian Bistro

East Moon Asian Bistro

Glen Burnie

$20 $11

(31)

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

Sandwiches or Ham Dinner with Heat & Serve Sides at HoneyBaked Ham (Up to 52% Off)

HoneyBaked Ham

Multiple Locations

$6.79 $3.25

Cured hams hardwood-smoked for 24+ hours, available on sandwiches with other meats or as part of a dinner with two Heat & Serve sides

3 Signature Sandwiches or 1 HoneyBaked Ham Dinner for 4­–8 at HoneyBaked Ham & Cafe – Frederick (Up to 52% Off)

HoneyBaked Ham & Cafe

Frederick

$6.99 $3.33

Turkeys and bone-in hams, smoked for up to 24 hours and ready-to-serve, complement heart ham sandwiches

Chinese Dinner at Bob's Shanghai 66 (Up to 47% Off). Two Options Available.

Bob's Shanghai 66

Rockville

$30 $16

Sichuan-style beef noodles, spicy pork wontons, pork & shrimp shumai fried flounder with dry peppers, and lauded XLB, or pork soup dumplings

All-Day Breakfast, Sandwiches, and Salads at The Original Pancake House (Up to 44% Off). Two Options Available.

Original Pancake House

Multiple Locations

$18 $10

Made-from-scratch specialties, such as dutch-baby and apple pancakes, served all day alongside lunches and fresh-squeezed orange juice

$22 for $40 Worth of Indian Food and Drinks at Tandoori Nights

Tandoori Nights

Multiple Locations

$40 $22

Clay ovens prepare marinated boneless chicken breast, curry coats cubed goat and veggies, and biryani dishes top tables inside modern eatery

Sushi and Thai Food for Dine-In or Takeout at San Sushi Too & Thai One On (Up to 50% Off)

San Sushi Too & Thai One On

Towson

$30 $15

(97)

Thai curries, soups, and salads alongside creative sushi rolls, tempura, teriyaki, and udon and soba noodles

Two or Four Sub, Salad, or Flatbread Meals with Chips and Drinks, or $6 for $12 Worth of Subs at Quiznos

Quizno's

Bowie

$12 $6

Atop artisan breads, staffers pile butcher-quality meats to create meatball, California-chicken, and lobster-and-seafood-salad subs

Latin-Inspired Food at Jose's Grill (Up to 52% Off). Two Options Available.

Jose's Grill

Wheaton

$25 $12

Bolivian-style oxtail soup, sopa de mariscos, lomo saltado, red snapper filet, T-bone steak, fajitas, and fettucini alfredo

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

Mai Dragon

Fort Meade

$25 $14

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

Dine-In, Takeout or Delivery at Carini's Pizza, Subs & Pasta (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Carini's Pizza, Subs & Pasta

Stevensville

$20 $11

Specialty pizzas with housemade crust and sauce; hot and cold subs including cheesesteaks; pasta dishes

$20 for $40 Worth of New American Cuisine for Dinner at Aqua 103

Aqua 103

Hagerstown

$40 $20

Upscale takes on classic dishes such as ribs, kebabs, and seafood pasta in a modern lounge space

$12.50 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food and Drinks at Katana Sushi

Katana Sushi

Parole

$25 $12.50

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More than 40 sushi rolls packed with shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and sweet potato; entrees include teriyaki salmon and basil chicken

Pub Food and Beer for Two or Four at Severna Park Taphouse (Up to 58% Off)

Severna Park Taphouse

Severna Park

$48 $22

(28)

Draft brews from Goose Island and Lagunitas pair with burgers in family-friendly spot

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

$30 $17

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

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

Riverboat On The Potomac

Colonial Beach

$35 $18

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

$19 for $35 Worth of Food for Two or More at Trummerfest

Trummer's on Main

Clifton

$35 $19

Event puts a tasty spin on Oktoberfest with Austrian wine and beer and hearty cuisine

Two Sandwiches or Breakfast Items with Two Beverages at Fox & Fern Cafe (Up to 42% Off)

Fox & Fern Cafe

Bel Air North

$25.92 $15

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

Sandwiches and Salads at New York Deli (Half Off). Two Options Available.

New York Deli

North College Park

$10 $5

(25)

New York–style sandwiches, housemade chicken salads, falafel, and wraps made with local pita bread

$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Seafood at Vince’s Crab House ($20 Total Value)

Vince's Crab House

Middle River

$10 $5.50

(44)

Chefs transform freshly caught seafood from Maryland's coast into sandwiches and dinner platters

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

RG's BBQ Cafe

North Laurel

$30 $16.50

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

Steak and Seafood at Tall Oaks Restaurant (Up to 54% Off)

Tall Oaks Restaurant

3

$65 $30

(51)

Angus steaks and local seafood—such as fried crab and barbeque oysters—served in a sunny dining room

Upscale American Cuisine, Valid Saturday or Sunday–Friday at The Milton Inn Restaurant

The Milton Inn Restaurant

8

$60 $40

Award-winning chef besieges taste buds with artisanal fare & handpicked wines in nearly 300-year-old fieldstone manor

Dinner for Two or Four at Wits End Saloon (Up to 47% Off)

Wits End Saloon

Lutherville - Timonium

$30 $16

Saloon located within Magooby's Joke House serves upscale pub food including burgers made from grass-fed beef and more than 50 whiskeys

Sushi Dinner for Two or Four at Fish Head Cantina (Up to 40% Off)

Fish Head Cantina

Arbutus

$20 $12

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

$13 for $20 Worth of Italian and Greek Food at Bellagio Pizzeria (Up to 47% Off)

Bellagio Pizzeria

Rossville

$20 $13

Eclectic spread includes specialty pizzas topped with feta and gyro meat, 8-inch subs, and crab cake served with fries

$13 for $25 Worth of Mexican and Indian Cuisine and Drinks for 2 at Casa Rica-The Mexican Food Place

Casa Rica-The Mexican Food Place

Westminster

$25 $13

Choose among Mexican staples such as enchiladas and baja shrimp and Indian options including chicken tikka and lamb vindaloo

Ethiopian Meal for Two or Four at Sheba Restaurant and Bar (42% Off)

Sheba Restaurant and Bar

Canton

$47.93 $28

Guests scoop up a variety of spiced and stewed meats and veggies with special spongy flat bread

Mexican Dinner Cuisinefor Two, Four, or Carry-Out at Sierras Grill & Taqueria (Up to 50% Off)

Sierras Grill & Taqueria

Calverton

$30 $16

Chicken barbacoa, enchiladas in ranchera sauce, fish tacos, and other Mexican dishes

$16 for $30 Worth of Japanese Cuisine for Two at Fuji Steakhouse

Fuji Steakhouse

Edgewater

$30 $16

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Chefs fashion fresh seafood into elaborate sushi rolls or put on a knife show as they prepare freshly grilled meals at diners' tables

French Cuisine at The Elkridge Furnace Inn (Half Off). Three Options Available.

The Elkridge Furnace Inn

Elkridge

$50 $25

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

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

Z-Burger

Multiple Locations

$10 $6

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

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

Gino's Burgers & Chicken

Aberdeen

$20 $12

(10)

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

$25 for $50 Worth of Italian Dinner Cuisine and Drinks at Chiapparelli's

Chiapparelli's

Havre de Grace

$50 $25

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

$19 for Two Dozen Oysters and Two Craft Beers at Catcher's Restaurant ($38 Value)

Catcher's Restaurant

Rehoboth Beach

$38 $19

Fresh oysters paired with cool craft beers that can be enjoyed inside a cozy dining room or at outdoor patio tables

$11 for $20 Worth of Jamaican Food at Wat U Makin' Jamaican

Wat U Makin' Jamaican

Joppa

$20 $11

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

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

$30 $16

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

Breakfast or Lunch and Drinks at Zandi’s Grill (48% Off). Two Options Available.

Zandi's Grill

South Gate

$20 $11

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Laid-back breakfasts or lunches with omelets and egg sandwiches, burgers, salads, and onion rings

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

Olde Towne Inn

Upper Marlboro

$30 $17

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

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

Carmelo's Italian Restaurant

Linthicum

$30 $16

(22)

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

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

India Garden Fine Dining Restaurant

Bel Air South

$30 $16

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

Seafood and Burgers or Steamed Crabs for Takeout at Waterman's Pride Seafood (40% Off)

Waterman's Pride Seafood

Overlea

$10 $6

Crabs caught daily served steamed, as crab cakes, and in platters

$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Dinner Cuisine at Azul 17

Azul 17

Columbia Market Place

$30 $15

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

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

Pete's New Haven Style Apizza

Silver Spring

$20 $12

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

$29 for $50 Worth of Latin-American Steaks and Seafood at Brasas Grill

Brasas Grill

Waldorf

$50 $29

Head chef Cesar Nava oversees a masterful production of Peruvian rotisserie chickens, lobster tails, and baby back ribs

Burgers, Fries, and Shakes for Two or Four at Mikie's (Up to 48% Off)

Mikie's

Glen Burnie

$19.05 $10

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

Asian Cuisine for Lunch or Dinner at Red Parrot Asian Bistro (Up to 50% Off)

Red Parrot Asian Bistro

Ellicott City

$50 $30

Expansive menu of pan-Asian fare includes dozens of specialty sushi rolls, Chinese cashew chicken, Korean stir-fried beef, and bubble tea

Indian Cuisine at Delhi6 (45% Off)

Delhi6

Ballenger Creek

$20 $11

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Restaurant inspired by a region of India renowned for its authentic cuisine features Indian-inspired decor and a warm, rich ambiance

$45 for an Indian and Nepalese Meal for Two at Himalayan Heritage ($82 Value)

Himalayan Heritage

Multiple Locations

$82 $45

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Biryani, tandoori-baked dishes, and other Indian and Nepalese dishes served amid cultural décor

Fusion Hot Pot Cuisine for Two or Four or More Adults at Riverside Hot Pot Cuisine (41% Off)

Riverside Hot Pot Cuisine

Gaithersburg

$29 $17

DIY, organic hot pots that can be customized with 13 choices of meat, 13 choices of seafood, and 21 different vegetables

Street-Style Thai Food at Noodle Charm (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Noodle Charm

Towson

$15 $8

Locally sourced meats and produce are flavored with chilies, spices, and herbs from Thailand to create noodle and rice dishes

$20 for $40 Worth of Indian Cuisine and Drinks for Dinner at India's

India's

Annapolis

$40 $20

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Kumar family serves up dishes of chicken tandoori, black-lentil dal, naan, and lamb stew, fragrant with fenugreek, cumin, and ginger

Three-Course Prix Fixe Dinner for Two or Four, or $7 for $15 Worth of Weekday Lunch at Azteca Restaurant and Cantina

Azteca Restaurant and Cantina

College Park

$15 $7

(37)

3-course dinner begins with mixed-seafood ceviche followed by broiled tilapia & shrimp; lunch items include chicken fajitas & giant burritos

Mixology Class for Two with Drinks and Appetizers or 20 Wings and Beer at Memphis Belle Saloon (Up to 50% Off)

Memphis Belle Saloon

Middle River

$80 $40

Mixology class teaches guests to make drinks and includes beverages and appetizers; wings and beer pair with televised sports

Teppanyaki Dinner and Sushi at Ginza Of Tokyo (Up to 33% Off). Two Pricing Options Available.

Ginza Of Tokyo

North Laurel

$45 $30

(35)

Hibachi chefs prepare savory dishes with sea foods, meats, and veggies; sushi chefs create artful maki rolls and sashimi

Hibachi Cuisine or Sushi at Ginza Japanese Restaurant (Up to 50% Off).

Ginza Japanese Restaurant

Ginza Japanese Steak House

$30 $15

(14)

Colorful sushi rolls served alongside hot entrees cooked on hibachi grills in front of diners' tables

Steakhouse Cuisine or Pizza Dinner for Two with Wings and Draft Beer at Legends Café (45% Off)

Legends Café

Westminster

$20 $11

Pizza, wings, sandwiches, milkshakes, and gourmet pasta and seafood on a menu that's 90% made-from-scratch, served in a casual atmosphere

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

The Greene Turtle

Aberdeen

$30 $15

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

$15 for $30 Worth of Indian Food at Sizzling Bombay in Bel Air

Sizzling Bombay

Bel Air South

$30 $15

(44)

Traditional Indian kebabs & tandoori dishes with chicken, lamb, seafood & veggies

$11 for Two $10 Groupons for American and Indian Food at Eastern Kebab & Grill ($20 Total Value)

Eastern Kebab & Grill

Brewer's Hill

$10 $5.50

(8)

Kebabs, sub sandwiches, burgers, and seafood platters among other Indian and American food

$15 for $30 Worth of Japanese Food and Drinks for Two at Koto Sake Japanese Steak House

Koto Sake Japanese Steak House

Hickory Ridge

$30 $15

(81)

Chefs create seafood and steak meals tableside; sushi rolls with asparagus, yellowtail, eel, shrimp tempura, and crab meat

West African Cuisine at Dinner at Roger Miller Restaurant (Half Off). Two Options Available.

Roger Miller Restaurant

Silver Spring

$24 $12

(32)

West African dishes such as curry goat and traditional stews at a small eatery named for a beloved Cameroonian soccer star

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

Golden Sports Bar & Grill

Ellicott City

$40 $20

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

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

Baja Fresh

FSK Mall

$20 $12

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

Deli Food or Catering at Heckman's Delicatessen (50% Off). Three Options Available.

Heckman's Delicatessen

Bethesda

$30 $15

New York–style deli serves sandwiches including corned beef, reuben; turkey, pastrami and brisket

Café Cuisine at 49 West (50% Off). Three Options Available.

49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery

Annapolis

$30 $15

(120)

Hearty breakfast dishes, healthy sandwiches, and seafood entrees served in a café with local artwork and live music

Up to 40% Off Sandwiches — Shane's Rib Shack - Laurel; Valid Tuesday - Friday 1 PM - 7 PM

Shane's Rib Shack - Laurel

Multiple Locations

$10 $6

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

Greek Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Acropolis Restaurant (Up to 50% Off).

Acropolis Restaurant

Fifteenth Street

$20 $11

(43)

Lamb shish kebabs, moussaka, shrimp saganaki, and other Greek entrees for two or four people

Mediterranean and American Dinner for Two or Four at Rudy's Mediterranean Grill (Up to 48% Off)

Rudy's Mediterranean Grill

Columbia

$60.95 $33

(60)

Mediterranean dishes such as hummus & spinach pie join internationally eclectic menu of shrimp scampi, pastrami sandwiches & crab cakes.

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

Pho D'Lite

Silver Spring

$20 $12

(90)

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

$21 for One Pizza and One A La Carte Food item at Zum Zum Pizzeria (Up to $36 Value)

Zum Zum Pizzeria

Ellicott City

$36 $21

Pick up a pizza and another dish at this creative food joint, where chicken tenders, jalapeno poppers, and onion rings are all big draws

Three-Course French Mediterranean Dinner for Two or Four at Brasserie Monte Carlo (Up to 42% Off)

Brasserie Monte Carlo

Bethesda

$92 $54

(172)

French Mediterranean dishes such as fettuccine carbonara and braised beef short ribs in a red-wine reduction

Tacos, Burritos, and Margaritas at Mexican Café (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Mexican Café

Annapolis

$20 $10

(66)

Tacos filled with chicken, steak, pork, or tilapia complement house specialties such as tamale dinners and more than a dozen margaritas

American and Tex-Mex Food and Drink for Two or Four at Alonso's & Loco Hombre (Up to 50% Off)

Alonso's & Loco Hombre

Keswick

$30 $15

(48)

Burgers come stuffed with jalapeno poppers and bowls of spicy steak chili heat up the night for any diner

Modern American Cuisine at Gadsby's Bar American (Up to 54% Off)

Gadsby's Bar American

Ellicott City

$65 $30

Ribeye steaks, seared scallops, pen cove mussels, and other elegant dishes made with fresh ingredients by a chef from Iron Chef America

Select Local Merchants

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 Blvd
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