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.
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.
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.
Wings To Go's cooks paint with a palette of 20 house sauces, imbuing fresh chicken morsels with spicy, tangy, and sweet flavors. Sauces ranging in intensity from mild all the way to homicide coat menu stars boneless buffalo wings ($7.79 for 10; $14.99 for 20), which can also arrive drenched in a blend of garlic and fresh-grated parmesan or soaked in a Chesapeake Bay flavoring that salutes the tastes of Maryland's seaside. House dipping sauce complements a plate of buffalo shrimp ($7.99 for five; $9.99 for 10), while the Southern-style chicken sandwich ($5.99), like a bachelor who's run out of body wash, bathes in barbecue sauce. The lengthy list of sides includes straight cut and syrup-less waffle fries ($2.99–$4.99), cooling coleslaw ($2.75–$5.75), and fried pickles ($4.99).