Originally founded in Southern India, Hot Breads - Bakery and Indian Cafe began establishing locations internationally, and now boasts more than 80 cafes worldwide. The stores' menus combine Indian cuisine with traditional bistro and bakery fare, all made from scratch onsite. The staff rises early to bake fresh batches of breads and pastries, as well as a more savory lunch menu. Additionally, cooks can accommodate gluten-free diets at lunchtime with their lentil-laden rice crepes and vegetable soups. Bakers can also custom-design cakes for weddings, birthdays, graduations, and stooge-grade food fights, artistically frosting mango- and chocolate truffle–flavored cakes. They can tailor desserts to accommodate dietary restrictions with egg-free and nut-free recipes.
Located in a restored 250-year-old farmhouse, The Talking Tea Cup is a full-service tearoom offering freshly prepared sweet and savory treats, as well as a selection of more than 100 teas. Visitors can settle in next to the home's original fireplace and attempt to recollect where they’ve buried their stash of Spider Man comics during a one-hour four-course meal. Freshly made cranberry, orange-maple, and pecan scones are paired with cinnamon-and-orange-spice tea to get stomach-juices flowing, and are followed by a cup of the day's soup and sweet-cranberry tea. Assorted finger sandwiches are topped with chicken salad, apple butter and cheese, cucumber, and more, and are served on perfectly precious plates. Meals end on a sweet note of ginger-snap tea and straight-from-the-oven's-mouth sugar cookies.
Simply Good Café's culinary technicians fix up traditional European fare for morning and midday diners with breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch. During breakfast, a variety of homemade quiches silence stomachs before they peer-pressure mouths into shouting out their owners' credit card numbers, with robust flavors including salmon and tomato, roasted vegetable, and chicken ($6/slice). Spicy mustard adds zing to lettuce and tomato blanketed by roast beef and cheese inside a cozy sandwich ($6.50), and all handheld eats can be paired with a soup or side-salad buddy ($9.50) for plated activities including lettuce crocheting. Weekend brunchers dive into pillows of oatmeal pancakes, made with oats, whole wheat, yogurt and honey, or the strata dish, featuring baked bread, bacon, cheese, and egg. Inside Simply Good Café, yellow walls host black and white accents, and coffee pictures hang to entice java connoisseurs to lick the interior and figure out its flavor profile.
With wholesome, home-spun dishes prepared daily, Tabora Farm and Orchard cultivates a back-to-basics feel that extends beyond its 19th-century barn confines. Start the day with a sweet, delicate pastry, such as a pinwheel or a turnover ($1.29 each), still less indulgent than being spoon-fed oatmeal by a corgi butler. Pies come in 13 flavors, enveloping raspberries, blackberries, cherries, and strawberries inside doughy first-class packages ($11.99 each). Remind spoons to be patient when stocking freezers with homemade ice cream in classic and palate-bending palate flavors such as lavender, chocolate maple bacon, and rosemary lemon thyme ($2.99 for a scoop, $4.99 for a pint). Commune with your food source via an extensive schedule of U-pick options, including green beans, blueberries, cucumbers, apples, and more. Lunchtime browsers can avail themselves of farm-fresh meat roasted on-site and crowned with fresh bread, lettuce, and tomatoes in sandwich form ($6.50+), and Fresh-made mac 'n' cheese, pickles, and salads can round out or give self-improvement tips to any meal.
Blue Bell Inn teems with American history. The building began serving food and drinks to visitors in 1743, and 34 years later it became a frequent resting spot for George Washington, who needed to recharge after the Battle of Germantown while dreaming about the invention of ray guns.
Careful restorations through the years have helped Blue Bell maintain its historic character. Today, though its exterior is still that of an imposing, 18th-century structure, the restaurant spreads contemporary style through several distinct spaces complemented by an upscale menu of surf 'n' turf. In the fine-dining area, patrons cut into center-cut filet mignon and North Atlantic lobsters; in the bar area, they sip on specialty wines and martinis. Those rooms join an outdoor café, a bistro, and multiple banquet rooms, and every night, the building pulses with the sounds of live music.
The Potomac Bead Company nurtures gemstone devotees in an environment geared toward creative inspiration. Trained instructors offer a schedule of classes with options appropriate for neophytes as well as more advanced artists. Basic Beading 101 offers an entry into the world of necklace-and-bead stringing, and the Intro to Wire Working class imbues the brain's creative centers with skills in link, coil, and clasp making. Intermediate metal manipulators can combine wire and beads to improve hand-eye coordination with a wire ring. Make utilitarian wristwatches jealous with a glittering diagonal stitch Swarovski bracelet. Other options include seed beading, wire weaving, and hemp-jewelry seminars. Children's beading classes for ages 7–13 offer a sense of creative accomplishment to youngsters who can't yet craft life-size sculptures of muscular Greek children.