Jobi’s Pizza's staff of dough whisperers shapes a hearty menu of pizza, pasta, and classic Italian cuisine. Tuck the tablecloth into your shirt before digging into a specialty pizza ($12.95/12") such as the works pie, a belly-stuffing behemoth piled with eight toppings including bacon, green pepper, and a 5-ton sprig of parsley. Classic Italian entrees such as fettuccine alfredo ($9.95) let diners play with forks and knives, and sandwiches such as the sirloin-stuffed philly cheese steak ($5.45/6") give grabby hands a chance to shine. Because today's Groupon is for dine-in only, patrons have a welcome excuse to linger among the padded booths, red-checked tablecloths, and carved-garlic statues of Christopher Columbus that bedeck Jobi's interior.
Jump to: That's the Spirit! Captain Bonnie Barnacles: In an era when most women were relegated to sitting at home by the fire knitting children to help with chores, Bonnie Barnacles dreamt of more. Stowing away on the S.S. Anti-Authority in 1778, she quickly organized a mutiny, dazzling her crusty shipmates with her cutlass juggling and partial memorization of the alphabet. Today, she and her forsaken crew still haunt the harbor, turning a pretty pence with their home jewelry-making workshops and inspirational cassettes.
Michael Gomori has always been led by passion. As a young man and recent college graduate, he sidestepped a potential career in biology, a subject for which he'd lost his spark, and joined the Navy. He was eager to see the world, so he spent 27 years seeing, learning, and climbing the ranks.
When Michael reentered civilian life, he was determined to discover his next true passion—as it turned out, his passion was tucked under the crisp linens of fine dining. Joined by his wife, Diane, Michael developed a restaurant to embody his way of life, and the pair fittingly named it Passion the Restaurant.
Inside the romantic restaurant with white linens and crimson accents, couples and friends converse over new york strip steaks, Virginia crab cakes, and deboned chicken cooked under brick. Tapas dishes, such as duck sliders, spring rolls, and a cheese platter, play into the intimate environment under twinkling chandelier light.
Local artists’ works dapple the walls and are for sale, with a portion of proceeds donated to Our House Families, an organization that helps support families in need. Twice a month on the patio, patrons can partake in a cigar social, puffing away and reminiscing about the old days of candy cigarettes.
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.
The husband-and-wife chefs at Jean Jacques Bakery and Cafe have kneaded and frosted French- and European-style breads and pastries for more than three decades. Jozef and Emmanuelle Bindas oversee the ovens as they roll out steaming, flaky baked goods such as brioches, almond croissants, and the assorted pastries that fill the bakery’s glass display case and infuse the air with a buttery scent laced with cinnamon. French batards and baguettes join fluffy bread baked into novelty shapes, such as crabs and the human genome, and holiday treats ring in the season with stollen and bûche de Noël. Cakes in flavors such as chocolate truffle and cassis mousse help celebrate the occasions in between, from anniversaries to birthdays. Jean Jacques Bakery and Cafe also serves lunches of soups, salads, and sandwiches, and Emmanuelle helms the shop’s wedding-cake designs.
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Thaijindesu chaperones diners on a journey through Thailand and Japan by assembling a massive menu filled with authentic, hand-rolled sushi, as well as traditional curries, noodles, and grilled fare. Discover spherical harmony in the golden dumpling, a steamed pork and shrimp dumpling accompanied by crispy garlic shavings and a light sauce ($6), or judge the battle between sweet and savory raging within Thai pineapple duck ($17). Ancient mariners and spiteful albatrosses select fresh fare, such as a spicy crunchy rainbow roll layered with delicate slices of tuna, flounder, salmon, and white tuna ($8.25), from the sushi a la carte menu. An extensive array of martinis, wines, and sake encourage diners to break bread, inhibitions, and promises to recite the alphabet backwards. Thaijindesu also features lighter fare, including soups and salads, on their well-stocked lunch menus.