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.
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).
Helmed by chef Jim Benson, Eleven Courses’ multifaceted team of chefs, artists, and organizers embraces the art of the party with elegant catering and event services ranging from in-home tastings to multicourse wedding feasts. Top-notch chefs curate nuanced tasting menus as well as wine and artisan-beer tastings that tease out the complementary tastes of bacon and beer or wine and truffles.
In addition to keeping kitchens alive and cooking, Jim’s team also handles the whys and wherefores of event planning. Resident visual artists contribute to cake and floral designs, and professional planners orchestrate happenings ranging from weddings and business meetings to black-tie fantasy-baseball drafts. Eleven Courses' staff members hone their skills at a range of regional events such as the Capital Bacon and Beer Bash, the Baltimore Bridal Show, the National Harbor Wine and Food Festival, and the 3rd Anniversary Hippodrome Foodie Experience with Andrew Zimmerman of Travel Channel fame. Eleven Courses has been featured on WTTG FOX 5 and WBAL 11.
Customization is the word at Dominick's Pizza, where guests can tailor hand-tossed pizzas and overstuffed subs to their liking. Thick, Sicilian-style crusts form serving platters for a choice of 20 toppings, including italian sausage, capicola ham, and sweet peppers. Jumbo wings come in more than a dozen flavors, including Cajun and barbecue. Bolstered by nearly 50 years of history, the pizzeria also specializes in pastas as traditional as an Italian matron’s weekly spaghetti-weaving parties.