With five sizes of burger, 28 free toppings, and up to 378,000 possible flavor combinations for shakes and malts, Cheeburger Cheeburger is a perfect stop for picky eaters and brilliant statisticians alike. This national 50s-style burger joint is notable for its sweeping menu of sandwiches, platters, and shakes, as well as its commitment to quality ingredients, such as Naturewell natural Angus beef. Everything is cooked to order, including the fresh-cut fries ($2.29–$4.29) and battered onion rings ($2.99–$4.99). Burgers range from the Classic ($5.29), weighing in at 5.5 ounces before cooking, to the signature Famous Pounder, a 20-ounce slab of bovine ecstasy ($10.99). Champion beefeaters can earn their photograph on the "Wall of Fame" for slaying this burger behemoth. Herbivores can opt for the grilled portobello-mushroom melt with sautéed onions and swiss cheese on rye ($7.49), or the veggie burger ($6.99), whereas lovers of air-meat can indulge in the My Bleu Chicken ($7.49), a grilled chicken breast smothered in swiss and blue cheese. Carbophobes can avoid filling up on bread with bun-free CheePlatters, sandwich fillings served with choice of cheese, toppings, side, dipping sauce, side salad or coleslaw, and sautéed onions ($9.99), or meal-sized, custom salads (starting at $6.99).
Tucked in a quiet corner of the Holiday Inn, Bistro 46 serves upscale steak-house and seafood dishes in a sleek, elegant environment. At the central bar, lattice-backed chairs surround a marble countertop under several HDTVs glowing in a recess in the ceiling. Polished wood floors and silver-rimmed wall sconces fill out the dining room, and in the kitchen, Chef Ernie Herzog whips up bistro specialties such as Maryland jumbo crab cakes that once graced that state's official flag before Governor Spiro Agnew ate them all.
Framed in arched woodwork, scenic murals of the Italian countryside line one wall of La Piazzetta Cafe and mirrors stand guard over teal banquettes on the other. Small bouquets of vibrant-hued flowers are eternally in bloom at the center of each table, weighed down with plated Italian favorites. Shrimp, veal, chicken, meatballs, and eggplant all receive the parmigiana treatment, and pasta dishes offer more than 20 varieties, including rigatoni montonara and dried macaroni for making crafts at the table. Guests can share a specialty pie such as the buffalo-chicken pizza, or horde their own 12-inch personal pizza. Diners can feast inside where a television entertains kids, relax at a bistro table outdoors, or order catered fare for their next Golden Girls viewing party.
Founded in 1954 by James McLamore and David Edgerton, Burger King rapidly expanded from humble beginnings as a lone burger joint to more than 12,400 locations across 79 countries today, making it the second-largest fast-food-hamburger chain in the world. Its signature burger—the Whopper sandwich—consists of one to three flame-broiled, quarter-pound beef patties crowned with a miniature fedora and a fully customizable array of toppings such as tomatoes, onions, and dill pickles. Focused on continual improvement, the chain recently reinvented the fries that accompany each value meal, outfitting the spud slices with a thicker cut of potato for a fluffier texture on the inside and crispier golden-brown exterior. A spread of decadent desserts including dutch apple pie and an Oreo sundae keeps sweet teeth from elongating into fangs, and made-to-order breakfast sandwiches clasp eggs, american cheese, and bacon, sausage, or ham between two halves of a flaky croissant to round out the speedy menu.
The foodsmiths at Ayhan’s Shish Kebab Mediterranean Restaurants expertly craft authentic dishes to pair with wines from Turkey, Greece, and beyond. Dinner-menu nibblings commence with an appetizer such as falafel balls, a collection of seasoned chickpea spheres ($7.95), or their creamified cousin hummus ($7.25), great for spreading on pita bread or the cracks of crumbling stone structures. Kebabs ($17.95–$24.95) come skewered with a plentitude of protein including cutlets of mignon, lamb, shrimp, or chicken, while the moussaka, an old-world classic, showcases strata of eggplant, potatoes, lamb, beef, and tomatoes ($17.50). Two glasses of house wine ($7.50 / glass), encompass the flavors California, Italy, and grapes who never lost the ambition to become California raisins.
Save for the sunlight streaming in through the windows, Blue Fish Restaurant and Lounge immerses patrons in a sleek, dimly lit lounge as they wash down the Japanese cuisine with swigs of hot sake. Behind the bar bathed in dim blue light, chefs carefully prepare bites of fresh sashimi and specialty sushi rolls such as the Coco Loco—spicy tuna topped with coconut shrimp and avocado in a piña colada sauce.
The chefs at Four Food Studio and Cocktail Salon craft a new seasonal menu every 13 weeks that highlights fresh, local ingredients transformed into imaginative Asian-American fusion fare. Like misguided Battleship game pieces, fangs sink into the Four Style peking duck, half a roasted duck served extra crispy with cucumber, cilantro, and hoisin ($32). Cravings for carnivorous fixes and nostalgia meet their match with the Kobe meatloaf slathered in gravy and accessorized with peas and baby carrots ($21). The winter-squash ravioli brims with toasted pumpkin seeds and crispy bacon chips in a balsamic reduction ($24), and the 48-hour braised short ribs ($35) outshine their daylight-savings-time brethren, which only take 47 hours to prepare.