Perry's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge, open since 1971, attracts patrons with live music acts, refreshing drinks, and hearty American, Greek, and breakfast dishes. Guests can pop into the cocktail lounge for a signature drink, or head to the dining area for steaks, burgers, and traditional Greek dishes, such as gyros. They can also order their favorite breakfast entrees, such as crab omelets, any time of the day.
After fueling up, patrons take to the dance floor to boogie to live music or play pool and darts downstairs in Odie's Pub. Eighteen flatscreens line the space here, so visitors don't have to worry about missing the game or not being able to watch their wedding video on their anniversary.
With halal meats and fresh vegetables, the chefs at Royal Kabab craft more than 60 dishes of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi origin. Their predominantly traditional items include mango lassi, tandoori chicken, lamb vindaloo, and vegetable biryani. They also whip up less familiar entrees, including five vegetarian curries and Gobi Manchurian, whose fried cauliflower famously portrayed Frank Sinatra's role in the all-food remake of The Manchurian Candidate. Visitors can take their feasts to go or eat in Royal Kabab's cozy dining room equipped with complementary WiFi.
Even though Portuguese explorers couldn't pronounce the Swahili name for the African bird's eye chili—pili-pili—the sailors fully embraced its flavor shortly after landing in the region known today as Mozambique. Intrigued by the small, fiery pepper, they combined it with aromatic doses of herbs, garlic, and lemon to create the first peri-peri sauce. That sauce eventually became a wildly popular marinade for poultry, and the tasty concoction made its way to South Africa over the next several centuries. There, in 1987, two friends decided to honor this culinary legacy by founding the first Nando's Peri-Peri restaurant. The eatery continued to remain true to its South African roots, even while expanding to encompass locations in 24 countries across four continents.
Beginning with fresh chickens that never see the inside of a kitchen freezer, the chefs furtively marinate the birds in a secret peri-peri sauce for 24 hours before grilling them over an open flame. Diners dictate the heat level of their order, requesting that the grilled chicken arrive relatively mild or that wings be slathered with even more incendiary spices. The succulent chicken can be plated with hearty side dishes—such as Portuguese-style rice with herbs and peppers or peas with mint—or served in the form of a sandwich, wrap, or pita. To complement the menus' African flavors, Nando's worldwide locations collectively feature more than 4,000 pieces of African artwork.
Since its first event in 2008, the Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival has steadily added to its multisensory feast of libations, food, and live sounds. Originally conceived to highlight Maryland's wines, beers, and local delicacies, the festival now brings wines from around the world to its bayside location. White tents shield tasters from rain, sunburn, and any curious fish who might try to leap into their goblets. Each year, the festival benefits an array of community- and family-focused organizations.
Adam Greenberg refers to himself as “the world's pickiest eater,” which may explain Bagels 'n Grinds’ distinctive take on the celebrated baked good. Greenberg’s self-professed culinary perfectionism led him to create a secret 10-step bagel recipe that involves a colossal water-purification system, visible to patrons through a glass wall. With scientific precision and occasional mad-scientist cackles, the newly opened shop's staffers create 16 types of bagels that manage the tricky balance of crisp surfaces and soft insides.
Patrons can smear their bagels with low-fat, housemade cream cheeses infused with ingredients such as strawberries or lox, or opt for one of the café’s other creations, such as Bagnini sandwiches topped with piles of meat or marinated portobello mushrooms. Water from the café's purification system also goes into free-trade organic coffees and three different iced-coffee brews. Custom salads incorporate gourmet ingredients such as hormone-free chicken, candied walnuts, or toasted-parmesan crisps, while six distinctive soups are served in cups or bagel bowls. Non-edible amenities inside the new shop include free Internet access, a semi-private conference area, an 18-foot coffee bar, outdoor patio, and flat-screen TVs.
With 30-years of restaurant experience, Sam Louie, Mai Dragon's owner, describes his restaurant's menu of Chinese dishes as big, "almost like a book." There's truly no shortage of options when it comes to popular favorites, from sweet and sour pork and kung pao chicken to shrimp fried rice and beef lo mein. Vegetarian options also abound and include spicy ma-po tofu and crispy, deep-fried eggplant.
The other main attraction is the expansive sushi bar, where three expert chefs, including a 12-year veteran from Domo, slice and dice fresh fish into immaculate specialty rolls made with tamaki rice and sashimi. The fiery, tuna temptation roll incorporates pepper tuna and spicy tuna with avocado and hot sauce, while the Maryland maki focuses on fresh crab meat, avocado, scallop, and fish egg. It's almost a shame to dig into a helping of seared salmon, since its delicate presentation looks like a modern work of art or an ancient sculpture if the Greeks had been more into raw fish.