Food & Drink in Parole

Café Cuisine at 49 West (50% Off). Three Options Available.

49 West Coffeehouse, Winebar & Gallery

Annapolis

Hearty breakfast dishes, healthy sandwiches, and seafood entrees served in a café with local artwork and live music

$30 $15

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Tacos, Burritos, and Margaritas at Mexican Café (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Mexican Café

Annapolis

Tacos filled with chicken, steak, pork, or tilapia complement house specialties such as tamale dinners and more than a dozen margaritas

$20 $10

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$15 for Three $10 Vouchers for Mediterranean Cuisine at Mezeh Mediterranean Grill ($30 Value)

Mezeh Mediterranean Grill

Annapolis

Begin with choice of freshly baked pita, plate, or salad, then add proteins, Mediterranean dips, and toppings

$10 $5

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$25 for $40 Worth of Seafood and Steaks During Dinner at Carrol's Creek Cafe

Carrols Creek Restaurant

Annapolis

Upscale restaurant on the Annapolis waterfront serving steaks and fresh seafood such as Maryland crab cakes and herb-encrusted rockfish

$40 $25

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$13 for $25 Worth of Japanese Food and Drinks at Katana Sushi Annapolis

Katana Sushi Annapolis

Parole

More than 40 sushi rolls packed with shrimp tempura, spicy tuna, and sweet potato; entrees include teriyaki salmon and basil chicken

$25 $13

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French Cuisine for Dinner at Café Normandie Restaurant (Up to 54% Off)

Cafe Normandie

Annapolis

Locally sourced produce flavors French dishes such as beef bourguignon, and local seafood inspires dishes such as trout almondine

$65 $30

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Sushi and Japanese Cuisine for Dine-In or Takeout from Yomato Sushi (Up to 48% Off)

Yomato Sushi

Arnold

Menu includes 20 specialty sushi rolls, including the Sweet Heart and Tiger Eye, and several varieties of lemongrass soup and curry

$25 $13

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$11 for $20 Worth of Beer, Wine, and Mixed Drinks at The Firehouse Pub

The Firehouse Pub

Riviera Beach

Mixed drinks, shots, wine, and domestic and imported beer at pub with billiards table, frequent live music, and biweekly karaoke

$20 $11

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Casual Seafood at Fifer's Seafood (Up to 45% Off). Two Options Available.

Fifer's Seafood

Green Haven

Chefs prepare New England favorites, such as freshly shucked little-neck clams, fried oysters with cocktail sauce, and jumbo crab cakes

$40 $22

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Greek Meal for Two or Four or $17 for $30 Worth of Takeout at Perry's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge

Perry's Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge

Odenton

Greek meals commence with saganaki or grape leaves, followed by braised lamb, gyros, or moussaka; carry out Greek or American dishes

$30 $17

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Contemporary Cuisine and Drinks for Dinner at Nage (50% Value). Two Options Available.

Nage

Nage Restaurant

Chefs use locally sourced, organic ingredients to create shared plates of truffle macaroni and cheese, burgers, and mussels

$40 $20

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Mediterranean Cuisine at Espuma (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Espuma

Rehoboth Beach

Artfully plated meals inspired by Italian, French, and Spanish cuisines on a menu that shifts with the seasons

$80 $44

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Mexican Food for Two or Four at Sabor Restaurant (47% Off)

Sabor Restaurant

Bethany Beach

Classic Mexican dishes with tortillas and salsas made fresh in-house, plus six flavors of margarita and other Latin cocktails

$30 $16

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American Cuisine at Shorebreak Lodge (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Shorebreak Lodge

Rehoboth Beach

Ever-changing menu can include items such as mussels in a chorizo tomato broth, fried oyster po’boy, Thai chili wings, and roasted brie

$60 $32

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Mexican Food for Two or Four at Mariachi Restaurant (Up to 43% Off)

Mariachi Restaurant

Mariachi Restaurant

Authentic Spanish, Mexican, and Latin American cuisine, including ceviche and carne asada in restaurant overlooking beach and boardwalk

$30 $17

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$19 for Two Dozen Oysters and Two Craft Beers at Catcher's Restaurant ($38 Value)

Catcher's Restaurant

Rehoboth Beach

Fresh oysters paired with cool craft beers that can be enjoyed inside a cozy dining room or at outdoor patio tables

$38 $17

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$11 for $20 Worth of Pan-Asian Cuisine at East Moon Asian Bistro

East Moon Asian Bistro

Glen Burnie

Huge variety of pan-Asian dishes such as Thai-style panang curry, sweet and sour chicken, and wonton soup

$20 $11

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Burgers, Fries, and Shakes for Two or Four at Mikie's (Up to 48% Off)

Mikie's

Glen Burnie

Grill pros serve up burgers topped with optional cheese and bacon, paired with fries and a thick shake

$19.05 $10

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$12 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Pasta, Subs, and Burgers at Hilltop Carryout

Hilltop Carryout

Glen Burnie

Carryout favorites such as meat-lovers’ pizza, meatball subs, buffalo wings, poutine, and gyros

$20 $12

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$15 for Two Groupons, Each Good for One Dozen Bagels at Bagels 'n Grinds ($25.98 Value)

Bagels 'n Grinds

Severn

Proprietary 10-step recipe yields made-from-scratch-daily New York–style bagels with crisp surfaces and soft, chewy interiors

$12.99 $7.50

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$11 for Four Groupons, Each Good for $5 Worth of Frozen Yogurt at Yogurt in Love ($20 Value)

Yogurt In Love

Fort Meade

Rotating selection of 14 frozen yogurt flavors capped with a choice of toppings such as sprinkles, fresh fruit, or candy

$5 $2.75

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Chinese Cuisine and Sushi at Mai Dragon (Up to 46% Off). Three Options Available.

Mai Dragon

Fort Meade

Eatery serves Chinese food such as pork fried rice, beef lo mein, and sweet and sour chicken, and creates maki rolls, sashimi, and nigiri

$25 $14

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Italian and Sicilian Dinner for Dine-In or Carryout at Carmelo's Italian Restaurant (Up to 50% Off)

Carmelo's Italian Restaurant

Pumphrey

Local organic ingredients and imports from Sicily combine into penne capricciosa, gourmet pizzas, and other authentic dishes

$30 $15

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$18 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $15 Worth of Peruvian Dinner at Pollo Cabana ($30 Total Value)

Pollo Cabana

Greenbelt

Peruvian-style chicken cooked over a charcoal rotisserie served whole or in burritos, quesadillas, and salads

$15 $9

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French Cuisine at The Elkridge Furnace Inn (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

The Elkridge Furnace Inn

Elkridge

Shrimp wrapped in prosciutto, stuffed summer squash, and quiche du jour served at an inn that dates back to 1744

$50 $25

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$15 for $30 Worth of Barbecue at RG's BBQ Cafe

RG's BBQ Cafe

North Laurel

Southern barbecue such as pit turkey, pulled pork, and baby back and spare ribs; homemade sides include corn bread and mac ‘n’ cheese

$30 $15

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Teppanyaki Dinner and Sushi at Ginza Of Tokyo (Up to 37% Off)

Ginza Of Tokyo

North Laurel

Hibachi chefs prepare savory dishes with sea foods, meats, and veggies; sushi chefs create artful maki rolls and sashimi

$45 $29

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Up to 40% Off Sandwiches — Shane's Rib Shack - Laurel; Valid Tuesday - Friday 1 PM - 7 PM

Shane's Rib Shack - Laurel

Multiple Locations

Local businesses like this one promote thriving, distinctive communities by offering a rich array of goods and services to locals like you

$10 $6

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Mexican Dinner Cuisinefor Two, Four, or Carry-Out at Sierras Grill & Taqueria (Up to 50% Off)

Sierra's Grill & Taqueria

Calverton

Chicken barbacoa, enchiladas in ranchera sauce, fish tacos, and other Mexican dishes

$30 $15

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Seafood Dinner for Two or More or Four or More at Olde Towne Inn (Up to 43% Off)

Olde Towne Inn

Upper Marlboro

Sophisticated American fare; crab stuffed salmon, blackened mahi mahi, and seafood fettuccine with fresh scallops, shrimp, and crab

$30 $17

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$15 for $30 Worth of Greek Food at Ikaros Restaurant

Ikaros Restaurant

Greektown

Classic Greek dishes such as braised lamb, surf and turf, stuffed grape leaves, moussaka, and housemade baklava

$30 $15

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Hookah Package for Two or Four with Mediterranean Sampler Platter and Tea at Zeeba Lounge (Up to 51% Off)

Zeeba Lounge

Federal Hill - Montgomery

Fragrant hookah tobaccos infused with watermelon, apple, or mint; opulent lounge with plush sofas

$37 $19

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Catering for a Party Serving 6–10 or 15–25 People from Quite A Treat Catering (Up to 62% Off)

Quite A Treat Catering

Ednor Gardens - Lakeside

Expert caterers whip up enough warm spinach dip, finger sandwiches, lasagna, or fried chicken for up to 25 guests

$175 $68

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One Dozen Cupcakes, One Dozen Cake Pops, or a Half Dozen of Each at KoDee Cakes (Up to 50% Off)

KoDee Cakes

Kodee Cakes

Bakers whip up cupcakes such as pecan pie, Boston Cream, or snickerdoodle and delicious cake pops

$36 $18

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$20 for $40 Worth of Inventive American Cuisine at Blue Hill Tavern

Blue Hill Tavern

Canton

Classic dishes such as crab cakes with inventive spin and seasonal ingredients

$40 $20

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Dinner Show for One or Two from The Murder Mystery Company (52% Off)

The Murder Mystery Company

Multiple Locations

Professional improv actors invite diners to participate in an interactive whodunit as they enjoy a three-course meal

$60 $29

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$40 for a $50 Gift Card at Tin Roof

Tin Roof

Baltimore

Listen to live music and munch on quesadillas and make-your-own nachos at a Music Row favorite

$50 $40

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Seafood and American Cuisine at Captain James Landing (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Captain James Landing

Baltimore

Chefs specialize in fresh seafood, such as crab-cake sliders and lobster steamed to order, inside a maritime-themed eatery by the water

$30 $15

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Southern Cuisine for Brunch or Take-Out at Phaze 10 (Up to 43% Off)

Phaze 10

Mount Vernon

Feast on Eastern Shore gumbo, shrimp and grits, chicken and biscuits, or barbecue bourbon salmon

$30 $17

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$16 for $30 Worth of Turkish Cuisine at Cazbar

Cazbar

Downtown

Traditional Turkish dishes ranging from sausage-stuffed pides and flavorful spreads to doner kebabs and beef dumplings

$30 $16

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Beer Flight for Two or Four, or $11 for $20 Worth of Drinks at Elliott's Pour House

Elliotts Pour House

Hudson - Highlandtown

Twenty craft beers from Longtrail, Star Hill, Great Divide, and other local brewers on draft

$20 $11

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Small Plates and Wine for Two or Four at Silo.5% Wine Bar

Silo.5% Wine Bar

Locust Point

Bottles of house wine pair with an eclectic selection of shared plates such as crab-stuffed shiitake mushrooms or brie-and-cheddar mac

$55 $35

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Casual American Food for Two or Four at Fat Larry’s Cheesesteak & Hoagies (Up to 50% Off)

Fat Larry's Cheesesteak & Hoagies

Sharp Leadenhall

South Philly–style sandwiches include cheesesteaks made with rib-eye steak, traditional hoagies, and hot sandwiches

$20 $11

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$12 for Two Vouchers, Each Valid for $10 Worth of Cafe Cuisine at Sydney's Cafe ($20 Value)

Sydney's Cafe

Baltimore

Breakfasts of classic eggs and bacon platters served before lunches of shrimp po’boys, roast beef paninis, and a variety of salads

$10 $6

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Casual American Cuisine at Flight American Fusion (Up to 55% Off). Three Options Available.

Flight American Fusion

Baltimore

Casual American full-service eatery offers several housemade dishes, including burgers, jerk chicken, jumbo crab cakes, and full vegan menu

$30 $14

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$21 for $40 Worth of Italian Dinner Cuisine and Drinks at La Tavola Ristorante Italiano

La Tavola Ristorante Italiano

Little Italy

Chef Carlo draws upon his Venetian heritage as he conjures up made-from-scratch pastas as well as seafood and veal dishes

$40 $21

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American Breakfast Fare and Drinks at Fresh Farms Cafe (50% Off). Two Options Available.

Fresh Farms Cafe

Baltimore

Cooks make a lineup of artisan breakfast dishes, sandwiches, and wraps using fresh local ingredients from eco-conscious suppliers

$10 $5

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Pub Food at Poncabird Pub (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Poncabird Pub

Southeastern Baltimore

Signature 10 oz. burgers sport toppings of blue cheese or crab dip at a sports pub known for local seafood and a party-ready patio

$20 $11

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Thai Dinner for Two or Four at Stang of Siam (Up to 46% Off)

Stang of Siam

Mid-Town Belvedere

Acclaimed chef behind Dupont Circle’s The Regent fills the upscale menu with Thai classics and impeccably presented house specialties

$71.90 $39

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$14 for $30 Worth of Indian and Nepalese Dinner Cuisine for Two at Lumbini Restaurant

Lumbini Restaurant

Downtown

Charcoal-roasted chicken, tandoor-barbecued lamb, and baked eggplant simmer in sauces and Himalayan spices

$30 $14

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One or Two Dozen Specialty Cupcakes at MTD Bakery (Up to 55% Off)

MTD Bakery

Baltimore

This bakery at Hollins Market whips up cupcakes made fresh each morning from scratch in a variety of creative flavors

$30 $16

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Ice Cream or Ice-Cream Cake at Cold Stone Creamery (Up to 37% Off). Three Options Available.

Cold Stone Creamery

Baltimore

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

$12.78 $8

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$15 for $30 Worth of Sushi and Asian Fusion for Dinner at Shiso Tavern 

Shiso Tavern

Canton

Sushi rolls filled with shrimp tempura and soft-shell crab complement Asian dishes of tuna tataki, barbecue short ribs, and ramen soup

$30 $15

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Greek Food and Drinks for Two or Four at Acropolis Restaurant (Up to 50% Off).

Acropolis Restaurant

Fifteenth Street

Lamb shish kebabs, moussaka, shrimp saganaki, and other Greek entrees for two or four people

$20 $11

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American and Tex-Mex Food and Drink for Two or Four at Alonso's & Loco Hombre (Up to 50% Off)

Alonso's & Loco Hombre

Keswick

Burgers come stuffed with jalapeno poppers and bowls of spicy steak chili heat up the night for any diner

$30 $15

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Mediterranean Food for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Desert Cafe (Up to 40% Off). Three Options Available.

The Desert Cafe

Mt. Washington

BYOB cafe serves up Mediterranean dishes that include gyros, mango curry chicken salad, and kebabs

$20 $12

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$39 for Brunch for Two Including Mimosas, Entrees, and Dessert at Ware House 518 (Up to $70 Value)

Ware House 518

Baltimore

Contemporary brunch dishes filled with Maryland staples served in historic estate

$70 $39

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One Dozen or Two Dozen Cake Pops at Enchanted Cakes and Treats (Up to 58% Off)

Enchanted Cakes and Treats

Baltimore

Chocolate, red-velvet, yellow, strawberry, and lemon cake pops infused with buttercream and dipped in white or milk chocolate

$18 $7.50

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$21 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $14 Worth of Café Food at Shapiro's Cafe ($42 Total Value)

Shapiro's Cafe

Mid-Town Belvedere

Café with salads, breakfast and deli sandwiches, and Mediterranean fare, including falafel, named the city’s best by Baltimore City Paper

$14 $7

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Hookah for Two or Four with Drinks at Midnight Kings Hookah Lounge (57% Off)

Midnight Kings Hookah Lounge

Downtown

Hookah sessions include charcoals, specialty flavors, and non-alcoholic drinks

$36 $16

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Pizza for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Roberto's Pizzeria Italiana (Up to 40% Off)

Roberto's Pizzeria Italiana

Mt. Washington

Pizza of the day rotates frequently, moving from classic cheese to more elaborate pies such as pesto or margherita

$10 $6

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberries or Cupcakes at Corazon Cakery LLC. (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Corazon Cakery LLC.

Greenmount West

Baker creates artisanal desserts from scratch using premium ingredients in flavors such as earl-grey tea, avocado, and lemon curd

$30 $15

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One Dozen Cupcakes or 43% Worth of Comfort Food at Just Good Food, LLC (Up to 43% Off)

Just Good Food, LLC

Frankford

Cupcakes in more than 30 flavors including red velvet and pistachio or hearty homemade comfort foods like pulled pork and mac & cheese

$26.50 $19

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Mediterranean Cuisine at Bosphorus Mediterranean Bistro (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Bosphorus Mediterrenean Bistro

Rosebank

Mediterranean cuisine includes beef shish kebab, tzatziki, and a Bosphorus burger with beef, kasar cheese, tomato, and onion

$20 $11

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$15 for $30 Worth of Beers and Mixed Drinks at Ottobar

Ottobar

Charles Village

Bars on both floors of an award-winning venue serve domestic and imported bottled beers and mixed drinks

$30 $13

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Catering or Dine-In Sandwiches, Breakfast, and Fried Chicken at Lenny's Deli Harborplace (25% Off)

Lennys Deli Harborplace

Baltimore

Catered smoked-salmon party platters and 5-foot cold-cut subs; dine-in corned-beef reubens and baked half chickens

$100 $75

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Ice Cream and Shakes or Cakes and Cupcakes at Cold Stone Creamery (50% Off)

Cold Stone Creamery- College Park

College Park

Mix-ins blend with fresh-churned ice cream to create unique flavor combinations

$10 $5

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Sandwiches and Salads at New York Deli (50% Off). Two Options Available.

New York Deli

North College Park

New York–style sandwiches, housemade chicken salads, falafel, and wraps made with local pita bread

$10 $5

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Party Cover and Jamaican Buffet for Two or Four at College Park Reggae Fridays (Up to 63% Off)

College Park Reggae Fridays

College Park

Guests dance to reggae and R&B music from live DJs while dining on Caribbean fare from a Jamaican buffet

$60 $24

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Brunch Buffet for Two with Bloody Mary, Mimosa, Coffee, or Tea at Azteca Restaurant and Cantina (Up to 47% Off)

Azteca Restaurant and Cantina

North College Park

Brunch dish buffet, such as huevos rancheros, chicken soup, sweet plantains, paella, talapia in a cancun sauce, and an omelette station

$50.90 $28

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$16 for $30 Worth of Fresh Food at River Watch Restaurant & Marina

River Watch Restaurant & Marina

Essex

Munch on shrimp, clams casino, steak, chicken, salads, and crab dip while drinking in views of the water

$30 $16

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Cake Balls, Alcohol-Infused Cupcakes, or Fondant-Cake at Poor Little Rich Girl Cupcakes & Cake (Up to 39% Off)

Poor Little Rich Girl Cupcakes & Cake

Essex

"Texas-sized" cupcakes in flavors like strawberry shortcake or with alcohol-infused filling; single-tiered cakes are covered in fondant

$25 $16

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Fresh Baked Goods at The Breadery (40% Off). Two Options Available.

The Breadery

Catonsville

Artisan loaves baked from milled Montana wheat and grains, jalapeno cornbread, challah, cinnamon swirl, ciabatta, parmesan, and 5-seed

$20 $12

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Dine-In, Takeout or Delivery at Carini's Pizza, Subs & Pasta (Up to 50% Off). Two Options Available.

Carini's Pizza, Subs & Pasta

Stevensville

Specialty pizzas with housemade crust and sauce; hot and cold subs including cheesesteaks; pasta dishes

$20 $10

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$39 for a Champagne Brunch Buffet for Two at Historic Kent Manor Inn ($56 Value)

Historic Kent Manor Inn

Stevensville

Free glass of champagne or mimosa pairs with entrees such as cheese blintz as well as carved meats, omelets, and waffles

$56 $39

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$12 for $20 Worth of Italian and Greek Food at Bellagio Pizzeria (Up to 53% Off)

Bellagio Pizzeria

Rossville

Eclectic spread includes specialty pizzas topped with feta and gyro meat, 8-inch subs, and crab cake served with fries

$20 $12

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$15 for $30 Worth of Mexican Dinner Cuisine at Azul 17

Azul 17

Columbia Market Place

Cooks prepare dishes such as chicken in mole sauce, while bartenders forge beverages using more than 100 blue-agave tequilas

$30 $15

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$89 Four Do it Yourself Meals for Up to Six and a $30 Gift Card from Let's Dish! ($144 Value)

Let's Dish

Multiple Locations

Customized do it yourself freezer-ready meals offer delicious and easy options, such as sticky orange chicken; each meal serves six people

$144 $89

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$89 for Four Do it Yourself Meals for Up to Six and a $30 Gift Card from Let's Dish! ($144 Value)

Let's Dish!

Multiple Locations

Customized do it yourself freezer-ready meals offer delicious and easy options, such as sticky orange chicken; each meal serves six people

$144 $89

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To get a sense of The Greene Turtle's commitment to the neighborhood, one need only sit at the bar and look up. Dozens of mugs hang above the counter, emblazoned with the pub's logo and a unique number—each one belongs to a recurring patron. The Mug Club awards its members with draft-beer discounts and other specials, but more importantly, it allows loyal patrons to feel as though they own small slices of the venue without tattooing their names on the bartender's arm. This sense of shared familiarity is what fuels the entire franchise, which refrains from calling its locations "restaurants" in favor of friendlier terms: gathering places, communities, havens.

Many of the locations contribute more than mugs to their districts. Staff members who participate in the annual Tips for Tots program donate the entirety of one day's tips to a nearby Toys for Tots initiative, and Tuesday Funds for Friends events benefit local organizations. These efforts have been chronicled by press sources such as Food and Drink magazine, with features that liken The Greene Turtles' philanthropic generosity to the generous portions of comfort food that leave the kitchens.

From cheeseburger sliders and flatbread pizzas to handmade lump-crab cakes, the offerings on the menu embrace barroom traditions along with ingenuity. The steak and chicken entrees arrive with classic sides of green beans and yukon gold mashed potatoes, whereas the eastern shore mac ‘n’ cheese updates a comfort staple with chopped bacon, lump crab, scallions, and Old Bay seasoning. Diners can enjoy their meals by the glow of private flat-screen TVs—there's one in every booth—or beneath one of many larger televisions broadcasting sports games throughout the venue.

3213 Solomons Island Rd
Edgewater,
MD
US

The seasoned chefs at Waterman's Tavern outsmart hunger and thirst with an upscale pub menu showcasing more than 90 brews. Sweep meaty cravings under your lip curtains with the half-pound bison burger smothered in American cheese ($10.95) or try the tavern meat loaf, a medley of beef, veal, and pork glazed with a sauce as sweet and smoky as a candyland forest fire ($12.95). Hoppy delights, such as Sam Smith's Organic and Stella Artois ($2.25–$6), cleanse palates, and french baguettes and tortilla chips escort Waterman's crab dip with cheddar cheese ($12.95) into vacated belly hovels. Seal the meal with homemade bread pudding inundated with irish cream and vanilla, tossed with chocolate chips and crowned with whipped, spiked, and iced creams ($5.95).

145 Mayo Road
Edgewater,
MD
US

Jake's overloads fresh rolls with juicy meats to create a delectable menu of belly-stuffing subs and steak bombs. The cheesesteak main attraction, Jake's Combo ($6.99), hogs the spotlight with a captivating mélange of cheddar, fried onions, mushrooms, sweet peppers, and sauce, all supporting a powerhouse performance by 100% rib-eye steak. Jake's steer-searers cut and season the meat on-site, age it for two days for flavor, and then cook it right along with its toppings rather than adding them afterward. Freshly sliced Idaho potato fries ($2.39 for a medium), which can also be served with cheese, chili cheese, or gravy, complete the feast with more finesse than a Norman Rockwell mom serving up a freshly baked American flag. The theory that hunger is purely psychological can also be disproven with wraps, salads, and subs such as the italian meatball ($5.99), which plasters protein orbs with provolone and a variety of seasonings.

3275 Solomons Island Rd
Edgewater,
MD
US

While the assembly line may serve the car business well, the Kabob House staff prefers a less industrial approach to serving its customers. The restaurant makes a surfeit of healthy Mediterranean food to order, including meaty kabob skewers, creamy hummus drizzled with olive oil, and fluffy pita loaves loaded with gyro, chicken, and falafel. Like Plato's extensive writings on college football, the cuisine is a blend of Mediterranean and American traditions, with spiced beef kofte, tabouli, and fava bean salads served alongside cheesesteaks, burgers, and baskets of fries. If stuffed grape leaves and babaganosh isn’t enough, the kitchen also makes flaky baklava pastries and slices of cheesecake as rich as the person who invented oxygen.

3139 Solomons Island Rd
Edgewater,
MD
US

To say Capital Teas? founders, Manelle and Peter Martino, know tea might be a bit of an understatement. Fifth-generation tea merchant Manelle?s great-great-grandfather, Francis Van Reyk, was a Dutch tea planter who immigrated in the 1870s to present-day Sri Lanka, where he planted and managed the Diyagama Tea Estate, from which the Martinos now source their Great Grandfather?s tea. Manelle?s family has been in the tea trade ever since, a tradition she has carried to her own specialty tea business, which has boutique locations throughout the Washington D.C., Northern Virginia and Maryland area. Additionally, Peter has become a popular speaker at World Tea Expos, where he frequently educates and inspires the tea world.

In addition to tea from Sri Lanka, Capital Teas carries more than 200 loose teas and herbal infusions from 18 countries including India, China, Japan, Malawi, and Kenya. A sniffing wall dispenses wafts of black, oolong, and green teas, and knowledgeable employees drift around the store?s tasting stations to explain each flavor?s nuances.

Capital Teas also pairs customers with accompaniments such as teapots, infusers, treats, and artisanal honey. In-store patrons may sample free tea samples?which are brewed fresh daily?while online purchasers receive a free sample with every order.

6 Cornhill St
Annapolis,
MD
US

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.

2002 Annapolis Mall
Annapolis,
MD
US