Captain Tony Vicari hauled his first catch out of the Chesapeake Bay at the age of 13 with his father. The two still work together capturing crabs. They personally catch each one served at Waterman's Pride Seafood, where the cooks steam the creatures to order on the same day they were nabbed from the sea. In addition to serving buckets of crabs and crab legs, the marine eatery serves platters of flounder fillets, housemade jumbo lump crab cakes, and stuffed or butterfly shrimp. A raw bar features mussels, oysters, and clams to accommodate their fear of fire.
It takes moxie to name your eatery after the world's tallest mountain. But the culinary team at Mount Everest Restaurant earns the appellation by whipping up a mammoth menu of classic and lesser-known Indian dishes. Cooks cover all the staples—from lamb rogan josh to chicken skewers cooked in tandoor ovens. Housemade cheeses simmer in curries or creamy mountain sauce, made according to a secret recipe passed down through generations of Himalayan yetis.
Beyond Indian entrees, the menu includes low-fat Nepali options such as cauliflower sautéed in Nepalese spices and garnished with cilantro. Libations from a fully stocked bar complement each aromatic dish, served under sparkling chandeliers and amid paintings of the famous summit.
Visit Cafe Euro and you might spot Dana Buric, brewing specialty coffee drinks and boxing European pastries alongside her son Dani and daughter Ira. They slice up fresh meats and vegetables for paninis and shower hearty pastas in savory dressing. Committed to recreating the relaxed atmosphere of a traditional European coffeehouse, they encourage guests to linger on the plush chairs of their sunlit cafe while enjoying complimentary Wi-Fi.
Charcoal Grill’s titular grill crisps the outside edge of beef slowly in order for flavors to soak into the meat. At its peak crispness, certified Angus beef moves from grill to mouth in thin slices held between kaiser rolls or rye bread. Charcoal Grill's other meaty options include slow-cooked pulled chicken, barbecued pork, and chicken wings that come in 13 flavors. Wings fill orders big and small, from individual portions to batches of up to 200, sating even the hungriest of competitive-eater houseguests.
Marianella and her brother Marco assert on their site that they “were raised practically in their mother’s Latin American restaurants.” With such a familiarity with the restaurant industry, the siblings opened their own eatery in 2001, dedicating the menu to the cuisines of Chiapas and Puebla, Mexico and incorporating occasional Peruvian recipes. The hearty and affordable selection of beef-filled burritos, sizzling chicken fajitas, and ceviche earned the restaurant a space on CBS Baltimore’s 2011 list of the Best Mexican Food in Baltimore. Yellow walls, brightly colored tablecloths, and framed pictures of the Mexican desert help create a rustic cantina ambience. Local bands meet at the restaurant every weekend to entertain diners with acoustic performances and lectures on basic typewriter maintenance.