?Though?its namesake is a couple hundred miles east, The Baltimore House looks and feels like a Charm City eatery thanks to a menu that prominently features crustaceans. Beyond the ever-popular crab cakes, you'll find entrees of blackened swordfish, seared sea scallops, and twin lobster tails baked in butter. There's even seafood on the wood-fired pizzas; one specialty pie teams shrimp and crab with mushrooms, garlic, and three types of cheese. Keeping with the theme are oversized, shareable drinks known as "fishbowl cocktails," each decorated with fresh fruit and spiked with colorful liqueur or aquarium rocks.
The McGinnis Sisters specialty stores are run by the coincidentally named McGinnis sisters. This is a truly familial enterprise, founded by their mother and father in 1946. The daughters expanded the store's selection and gravitational pull throughout the years while still retaining the literal mom 'n' pop attention to detail and quality. Fresh and local products dominate the shelves in each of the cozy markets. Chicken and pork fill meat cases, while recently reeled catches grace the icy displays at the seafood counter. You'll find quality deli meats and even freshly prepared lunch sandwiches ($4.99–$5.99) at the in-house delicatessen. Follow your whiskers to sniff out locally acquired cheese or daily-made bakery sensations.
Pluma features flavors from across the globe, with Asian fusion, traditional American, hints of Tex-Mex, invasions of Grecian flavor, and Mediterranean traditionals. Crash-land your appetite on the restaurant’s runway-sized menu and scour the pages to settle on an appetizer such as fried provolone (breaded and fried provolone cheese with house-made marinara, $8.95). Then, split a 16-inch meat lover’s pizza with a carnivorous amore (house-made sauce, sausage, pepperoni, ham, bacon, and Italian cheeses, $9.95).
Just because an invitation asks you to bring a "covered dish" to an event, that doesn't mean you can't get a little help with the cooking. In fact, the menu for the catering company Deli-Icious has a special section just for hot covered dishes, such as roast-beef asparagus rolls with horseradish cream cheese or shrimp and pasta primavera. Of course, the company can also provide full catering for events. For instance, a buffet package might include meat and cheese trays, vegetable platters, and your choice of hot dishes.