At Wild Duck Cafe, good-timers trundle up to the dockside tiki bar to cheer a juggernautical parade of Baltimore specialties and near-daily entertainment. The menu boasts exotic starters such as the crab pretzel, a soft dough knot lurking beneath a canopy of crab dip and shredded cheddar, or the alligator bites, designed to bestow Captain Hook with the chipotle-ranch flavor of vengeance. Tuck into a main course of dish-dominating jumbo crab cake or elegantly sautéed beef tips in white-wine-garlic sauce. This riverside restaurant allows outdoorsy diners an alternative to terrestrial transport, with a 300-foot dock accessible by sailboat or pet beluga.
Wife-and-husband team Theresa and Deward Ray whip up fresh, inventive handheld daily cakes from scratch, and authentic, made-to-order savory crêpes. Cross cultural borders with the Caprese crêpe, or practice conversational French with the chicken cordon bleu, a broad plateau of chicken, ham, and swiss cheese topped with a mornay sauce and wrapped in a crêpe as tight as the bond between a rubber band and its ball. Sink sweet teeth into classic cupcake flavors like red velvet, salted caramel, vanilla, or chocolate, or test out daily rotating cupcake flavors such as white-chocolate almond cupcakes on Thursdays, Kahlua and crème cupcakes on Tuesdays, and maple bacon on Saturdays.
Home to a vast lineup of dairy-based frozen treats, Bruster's makes its ice creams, yogurts, and waffle cones fresh every day in-store. The menu boasts everything from a turtle sundae ($4.50) to a regular cone ($2.80+) or homemade waffle cone ($3.90) filled with one of the multitudinous ice-cream flavors, such as Monkey Madness––with banana ice cream, buckeyes, and marshmallows––or Chocolate Lover's Trash––chocolate ice cream filled with chocolate chunks, chocolate-covered peanuts, chocolate butter toffee, chocolate krispies, and receipts from visits to the biannual cocoa consortium. Bruster's also offers no-sugar-added options and fat-free ice creams, as well as low-fat yogurts.
Catherine's Flowers & Gifts has been enlivening events and illuminating living rooms with fresh floral arrangements for more than 60 years. The professional on-staff designers excel at creating both traditional and contemporary styles. Colorful storefront window displays dazzle passersby with vibrant arrangements, such as the Make A Wish, a multichromatic mélange of yellow daisy spray chrysanthemums, purple matsumoto asters, and and hot pink miniature carnations ($35). Yellow roses, red miniature gerberas, and purple statice in the Garden Parade arrangement say "I love you" or "I'm a big fan of pollination" ($50). Though not included with this deal, Catherine's makes direct deliveries to more than 80 zip codes in the area.
Visit Cafe Euro and you might spot Dana Buric, brewing specialty coffee drinks and boxing European pastries alongside her son Dani and daughter Ira. They slice up fresh meats and vegetables for paninis and shower hearty pastas in savory dressing. Committed to recreating the relaxed atmosphere of a traditional European coffeehouse, they encourage guests to linger on the plush chairs of their sunlit cafe while enjoying complimentary Wi-Fi.
The confectioners at MB Sweets and Treats spruce up parties, weddings, or everyday meals with homemade truffles, cookies, tiered cakes, and cupcakes. Dozens of flavors of cupcakes treat tongues to delicacies such as Madagascar-bourbon-vanilla cake and strawberry-jelly-filled cupcakes with peanut-butter frosting. The bakers can customize larger cakes with personal greetings for birthdays or productivity spreadsheets for annual performance reviews.