Fresh made-from-scratch ingredients collide in Mia Carolina's culinary carburettor, decorating plates and dazzling diners with a tasty fusion of New World and Old World Italian cuisine. Complement nibbles of its crisp bread with a faithful reading of its lunch or dinner menus, which yield appetite- and mind-stoking antipasti such as the cozze marinara's touching seafood anthology ($9 lunch, $10–$12 dinner) and the involtino di prosciutto di Parma's hearty paean to herbed goat cheese, grilled asparagus, and Italy's twinkling ham rivulets ($10). Pie jockeys can saddle up to the flavorful pizza margherita ($9 lunch, $10 dinner) or the veggie-infused capricciosa ($10 lunch, $12 dinner), and pasta promoters can treat their belly to the fettucine alfredo ($9 lunch, $12 dinner). Each tender cut of the veal marsala comes with fortifications of mushrooms, pearl onions, and roasted-garlic mashed potatoes ($23 dinner).
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.
Within a refurbished 1791 log cabin filled with china, candles flicker as plates arrive at tables piled with classic American cuisine. Menus at The Grill at Harryman House are presented as old-fashioned newspapers. The Daily Edition lunch entrees include scallop-and-lobster risotto in vanilla-saffron sauce personally stirred by Walter Winchell. The Evening Edition dinner menu brings together pumpkin ravioli and cedar-plank-roasted trout with charred-tomato vinaigrette and sautéed brussel sprouts. Wines are served by the bottle or glass, and martinis and draft beers can compliment any entree.
Glyndon Grill does all the dishes you might expect from a typical American restaurant: benedicts for brunch, burgers for lunch, and plates of hearty comfort food for dinner. They just do all of these dishes with more creativity—more panache—than all the others. For examples, look no further than the lobster and shrimp roll with herb-infused mayonnaise or Mary Ellen's Pot Pie, lovingly made with redskin potatoes and a from-scratch crust. But few dishes have proved more enduringly popular than the meatloaf stack, a blend of ground beef, spicy pork, cheese, chipotle peppers, and a vegetable for good measure.