Inside the savory-scented digs of Honey Baked Ham & Cafe, spools of hardwood-smoked, spiral-sliced ham entice carnivorous palates. Here, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff still makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
The hammery's kitchens also whip up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato soufflé. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Take a quick glance at Christopher Daniel's appetizers, and you might think you're at a seafood joint. After all, a bulk of those offerings?from cornmeal fried oysters to ahi tuna tartar with soy-truffle vinaigrette?hail from the ocean.
When it comes to entrees, however, head chef Christopher Ellis showcases an equal passion for land and sea. Alongside maritime mains, he sears every eight-ounce Angus new york strip into "a slab that speaks to meat eaters," according Baltimore magazine.
Wines by the bottle and glass can complement each feast, and stronger libations await diners in the restaurant's martini bar, fiVe. There, surrounded by 10 HD flat-screens, fiVE's bartenders tirelessly craft cocktails and martinis by hand.
At Let's Dish!, families select healthy, hearty meals to eat at home without having to dedicate valuable time to planning, shopping, or preparation. After placing an order online, patrons stop by the shop at a scheduled time to assemble dishes that are made from fresh ingredients, customized to taste, and then, like Sleeping Beauty, frozen to prevent them from aging. Meal menus rotate monthly and include homestyle selections, such as pork tenderloin, New Orleans-style andouille pasta toss and santorini chicken kabobs with summer orzo salad. The preassembled Dish-n-Dash entrees allow for speedy pickup service, freeing families to spend more quality bonding time sorting the mail by size and color.
Each day, the Timonium and Frederick branches brew eight different types of coffee (Annapolis brews six per day), mining from the Baltimore Coffee & Tea Company's coffee reserve, a treasure cove of 120 different varieties of beans. Types of coffee ($1.60 for 12 oz.) are offered on rotating basis, with flavors such as coconut cream and pumpkin spice introducing new aromas to bored taste buds, as well as Swiss Water–decaffeinated varieties for those that love the taste of coffee but find themselves inadvertently building a shrine to Grease after two cups of regular joe. Introduce yourself to the well-crafted wares of Mother Earth with a cup of tea ($1.95 for 20 oz.)—the shop features more than 1,000 kinds of leaves for consumption, from medicinal herb tea to an Eastern Shore variety—or go full throttle with an espresso concoction ($1.50–$4.25).
Classic pub fare combined with ample big-screen televisionery makes Padonia Station an ideal venue to catch your favorite game while indulging in the menu’s flavorsome features. Await the seventh-inning kickoff with six French-bread slices of crab toast served with tortilla chips and salsa ($8.99), or chase three meatball sliders with a side of apple sauce ($7.99), then condemn your mouth to a blazing eternity with 10 wings from hell, bleu cheese dressing, and celery sticks ($8.49). While legume lovers kick home runs with a vegetarian quesadilla ($6.89), meateaters might find themselves enamored by the antics of a homemade, chili-topped, Texas-style burger ($8.99) or a six-piece buffalo tender dinner ($11.99).
Cuisine Type: Grilled and Healthy American
Reservations: Not offered
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 5?10
Parking: Parking lot
Most popular offering: Ridiculously delicious homemade soups
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: Yes
Pro Tip: Free cafe parking right in front of our door.
"Lisa's American Grille is really Lisa's," says the restaurant's co-owner. "She's there every day, greeting guests, making their orders, and chatting with all of them." Lisa's touch extends from the host's stand to the kitchen, where she prepares hot paninis, fresh soups, and hearty burgers made to order. For dessert, she bakes cheese danishes or delicious brownies topped with caramel sauce, and sprinkled with nuts for a little crunch. And you can't go wrong with the cafe's daily soup specials. Because they're made from scratch, they change on a regular basis, but recent favorites have included Maryland crab, loaded bake potato, and tomato basil bisque.
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