Lickadee Splits ignites appetites through a menu of quick bites and specialty sundaes. At the restaurant’s outdoor counter, patrons sink teeth into savory hot or cold sandwiches that include options such as pastrami, corned beef, and turkey. Side orders of fries and drinks complete the edible trifecta, adding a salty and sweet accent that is vastly superior to the alternative: ocean-water popsicles. Nineteen sundaes such as the marshmallow-topped Lavender Lady shamelessly flirt with sweet teeth, and the chocolate and vanilla Twist & Shout liberates wisdom teeth through in-mouth dance-offs. Each treat is painstakingly assembled within Lickadee Splits's offbeat premises, which is lavished with old-timey signs and an outdoor-seating section replete with rainbow umbrellas to deflect the freshwater trout that commonly fall from the sky.
Beneath sunny yellow walls and colorful hanging lights, the griddles at Sofi's Crepes sizzle with sweet and savory creations. Owner Ann Costlow opened the crêperie, named for her beloved and spirited puppy, after cultivating a passion for the culinary arts through work as a galley chef and extensive French travel. Breakfast crêpes shroud maple syrup, blueberries, and bacon in an edible blanket, and spatulas flip up an extensive menu of specialties that can be enjoyed throughout the day and used to lure out the singing phantom that lives in every house’s attic. Savory avocado, gruyère cheese, and mushrooms compose a hearty crêpe, and sweet Nutella and homemade butterscotch toppings allow customers to design delights that pair well with coffee, cocoa, and cider.
At Fresh Bakery, it's hip to be square: the trendsetting confectionists eschew antiquated circles for quadrilateral cakes and cupcakes abounding in all-natural ingredients. Nine types of large cakes, including amaretto raspberry and coconut variations, preside over their pintsized brethren, who, beneath carefully arranged decorations, bear creative flavors such as bubblegum and chocolate mocha.:m]]
Polished chrome, checkered floors, and red, vinyl booths decorate New Towne Diner. The eatery recalls classic diners of the 1950s so well that acute ears can hear the ghosts of poodle-skirted gals and slicked-back greasers sock-hopping across the floor and extolling the wonders of this new NASA thing. Reubens, cheeseburgers, and stacks of pancakes peacefully coexist on their comprehensive menu, packed with classic diner fare from breakfast to dessert. Lox-and-onion omelets are morning highlights, and later-in-the-day staples include teriyaki chicken or beef marinated in housemade sauce. Its dessert case, populated with fresh-baked pies and cakes, was the focus of their listing with the Baltimore Sun, which claimed it "always provides reason enough to stop in."
At the dawn of civilization, humankind first became enamored with the technological triumph of the day—pockets—installing them in everything: trousers, giraffes, and most successfully, bread. With today's Groupon, $5 gets you $10 worth of Mediterranean eats at Tahina's, a pita sandwich shop in Owings Mills with endless stuffing opportunities. The cheerful staff, fresh-prepped spreads, and healthful ingredients make this modest Mediterranean eatery more than just your average falafel flophouse.
At Ginza Japanese Restaurant, fine dining is as much about the presentation as the taste. Hibachi chefs take to the dining room to cook up flavorful meals of filet mignon, teriyaki chicken, and fresh seafood right before diners' eyes, and then amp up the wow factor by constructing fiery volcanoes out of onion rings and making normally land-bound shrimp fly. The restaurant's sushi chefs are equally fastidious about presentation. Their selection of rainbow-hued makis include the fantastic roll, which features spicy tuna, salmon, and yellowtail, along with marble seaweed and tempura flakes.