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."
Though called the American Bistro, this restaurant takes every effort to evoke a rustic meal on the Mediterranean. Sun-washed frescoes of the Italian countryside cover the dining-room walls and plates of hearty Italian pastas and entrees fill the linen-covered tables. Seafood entrees incorporate a mélange of fresh catches, such as clams and lobster tail, and pastas come coated in a rainbow of sauces ranging from zesty marinara to verdant pesto to cream vodka. At the enclosed bar, wine glasses glitter before filling with red and white varietals and clinking to toast a recent escape from a haunted mansion.
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.
The allure of Bill Bateman's Bistro increases exponentially with a glance at the wide-ranging menu. Locally lauded for its superlative wings, Bill Bateman's Bistro's offers glazed poultry in a variety of sizes and sauces. Combine cuisines with 10 ($8.49) of the Sweet Thai Chili Wings, or firmly uphold winged tradition with 30 original buffalo wings ($22.99). Fifty Wings from Hell ($36.99) will sate the fire-deprived tongues of fearless wing devourers and can be ordered via a Ouija board that until recently was just a game. The shrimp-melt wrap ($10.99), jalapeñoed Heat Wave Burger ($8.99), and grilled-chicken-topped California Salad ($10.99) are but a few of the numerous bites capable of complementing the various cold draft beers. For the full rundown of possible palate pleasers, see the complete menu for each participating location: Parkville, Severna Park, Glen Burnie, and Reisterstown.