Upon relocating to Maryland from Los Angeles, the owners of Tortacos immediately noticed one thing—the lack of quality tacos. They’ve done their best to right this wrong by crafting California-inspired tacos whose corn tortillas are piled with toppings such as pico de gallo, cilantro, radishes, lime, and house onion mix. Diners can get their tacos with fish, or with one of five other meats—including charbroiled steak and braised pork—that also lay the foundation for burritos, quesadillas, or sopes. Tortas, the other half of the eatery’s name, are Mexican-style sandwiches that layer meat, beans, and avocado between two slices of fluffy bread.
Antonio's menu is stocked full of moderately priced eats, including multiple savory vegan options. Their jerk chicken is so well loved it is available in nearly every form—on a sandwich with lettuce and special sauce ($5); atop a salad ($6.95); as a straight-up entree with rice, peas, and salad ($8.95); or mini-sized as a sandwich for kids, Polly Pockets, and other mini-eaters ($3.50). Other main plates include stewed oxtail ($10.75), vegan shrimp with coconut-mango salsa ($13.95), and curried shrimp roti with potatoes ($12.50). Add a side of fried sweet plantains ($2.75), among other sides, or a sip-tastic imported or domestic beer.
History is built into The Flaming Pit Restaurant & Piano Lounge building—literally. The historic building was constructed back in the 19th century before it transitioned into a tavern in the 1940s and an Italian restaurant in the late 1970s. Now, the landmark eatery—nestled on the "The Great Road," which travels from the tobacco port of Georgetown through Montgomery county—plays host to lively piano-bar acts every night of the week (7:30 p.m.–11 p.m.) as diners sing along while enjoying upscale homestyle cuisine. Savory meats, such as roasted prime rib and filet mignon, and seafood platters, such as Alaskan king-crab legs and Australian lobster are accompanied by housemade bread and a tossed salad while desserts are baked fresh in the restaurant's onsite bakery instead of over a backyard tire fire.
Even though The Flaming Pit building has a colorful past, it doesn’t show its age because most of the building is new. Still, diners can easily be taken back to the building’s past by gazing at the stone fireplaces, barroom arches, and second-story windows, which double as time-machine portals.
It's hard to miss Junior's Chicken—not only does its cheerful neon sign catch the eyes, but the aroma of sizzling chicken that wafts out through its front door entices the appetite. Chefs scurry about the intimate eatery, roasting the plump Peruvian-style chicken, and showcasing culinary expertise when crafting other traditional Peruvian specialties such as citrusy seafood ceviche and tender lomo saltado beef. They pair dishes with crispy fried plantains, soft yucca fries, and juicy corn. Diners await their meals in the casual seating area, sipping on Peruvian drinks such as chicha morada and Inka Kola soda. Customers can also opt for delivery services to enjoy authentic Peruvian cuisine at home in the company of their family, friends, or collection of garden gnomes that are almost as good as friends.
The philosophy at Growlers Brew Pub is an open-minded one. That means their house brews can take nearly any forms. The usual menu includes more traditional concoctions such as the Broken Shovel Stout, a midnight-colored beer made with roasted chocolate and black malts; the Kingpin Kölsch, a Cologne-native with a subtle fruit aroma; and the Alleyway Amber, brewed in the traditional French biere de garde style. And then there's the more daring seasonal menu, where beers might be infused with Sriracha or Old Bay seasoning. And rounding out the menu is gourmet bar-fare, such as a fiery chorizo burger, a smoky grilled cheese with pulled pork, and grilled salmon with roasted garlic sauce.