A first-place winner at the 2010 Stephen Starr-Gary Maddox BBQ Challenge, Big D's composes succulent barbecue symphonies over a wood smoker, lit by apple and cherry wood, in addition to spinning delectable disks of pizza, and more. The brisket sandwich, boasting beef that was smoked for 16 hours in honor of the number of hours William Henry Harrison served as an American president, combines homemade seasonings on a hearty kaiser role ($6.75), and the pulled-pork pizza fuses two culinary styles ($16). Those with a congenital aversion to carnivorous fare can load up their cuisine depositories with a flavorful mélange of mushrooms, green peppers, onions, and black olives that forms the large veggie pizza ($13.99). The culinary constructors at Big D's also build an 8-ounce burger edifice out of beef, cheese, bacon, and indefatigable spirit ($6.75).
With a sprawling menu of New York–style pizza, hoagies, and pastas, Nick's Pizza fills tummies with a bevy of toothsome delights made fresh to order. Subdue rampaging hunger monsters with appetizers such as the homemade mozzarella sticks stuffed with gooey, delectable cheese ($6.50), or the breadsticks, perfect for constructing yeasty tabletop log cabins ($2.50). Pie lovers can sink teeth into the disk-shaped objects of their affection, choosing from a staggering array of toppings, piled majestically atop genuine New York–style crust. Pizzas include standards such as cheese (14", $8.50; 18", $11), spicy innovations such as the hot buffalo chicken (14", $13; 18", $15.50), and cross-cultural fusions such as the taco pizza (14", $12.50; 18", $15). A spread of pastas supply carbohydrate needs with offerings such as the spaghetti bolognese ($10.95), gnocchi pesto ($10.95), and the spinach ravioli florentine ($13.95), all topped with homemade sauce.
The esculent artisans at The Olive Tree serenade diners with an extensive menu celebrating seafood and cuisine inspired by regions all throughout Italy. Evening diners can entice taste buds with comestible selections from a far-reaching dinner menu. Rouse appetites with fresh sautéed mussels reclining in a bath of garlic wine sauce ($10.59) before chowing on ricotta-stuffed baked manicotti ($11.99). Exercise incisors on grilled pork chops Italiano, served with grilled veggies and a side ($14.99) or crash a shrimp scampi slumber party jumping on a bed of linguine ($18.99). All entrees are served with unlimited garden salad and enough breadsticks to construct an edible scale model of Michelangelo's David. The dinner menu is rounded out by a variety of homemade desserts, including homemade cannoli ($4.95) and tiramisu ($4.95).
My Three Sons whips up hot and cool comestibles with a Mediterranean theme, sourcing many of its ingredients from local farms and dairies. The Edgewood menu boasts pitas resplendently stuffed with pesto chicken ($6.99–$7.25) and greek salad ($6.99–$7.99). A mixed greens salad stars a team of roasted walnuts, cranberries, pears, feta cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette dressing ($5.99–$6.25). Although prices and food items vary between the Edgewood and Churchville menus, both locations concoct a homemade soup of the day, made by the family’s matriarch, who simmers hearty ingredients along with a life lesson about pyramid schemes. Dine in or take eats elsewhere, such as Broom’s Bloom Dairy to thank the cows who’ve donated themselves for the cheese in My Three Sons’ cheeseburgers ($5.50–$5.99).
Venetian Palace serves up Italian cuisine and American classics in an atmosphere that the Baltimore Sun called "bright and cheerful, just like the very efficient waitstaff." Chefs charbroil tender steaks and center-cut pork chops, knead fresh pizza dough, and sauté chicken breasts in marsala wine sauce. Platters of broiled seafood hint at the restaurant's close proximity to the water, and a full bar stocked with international wines suggests the secret vineyard in the basement.