Snake Hill Sausage Grill & Tavern

Snake Hill Sausage Grill & Tavern 418 S. Clinton Street, Baltimore 410-469-9003   Have you ever wanted to eat that cute little bunny? Gorge on a gator? Slobber on snake? Well great news! We finally have an establishment in Baltimore where the zoo becomes the buffet. Snake Hill Sausage Grill & Tavern is where the sausage party begins. With well over a dozen homemade options to choose from on any given day, there is something for everyone in this neat little corner bar with a kick-ass booze selection. The sausages range from the usual brats and Italian-style sausages to […]

Zeke’s Coffee

Zeke’s Coffee 4719 Harford Road, Baltimore 443-992-4388   If you have ever visited a farmer’s market in Baltimore, you have probably seen and hopefully enjoyed a cup of Zeke’s coffee. Nothing says “good morning” like the rich, smooth, fair trade ebony gold poured into each cup. But there are more edible treasures to enjoy beyond what you find at one of the stands. Almost a decade ago, Tom Rhodes opened Zeke’s first coffee house. Since then, he has garnered an extensive fan base, relocated to a much larger area, and added an eclectic menu of food options. Here, you […]

Bistrot du Coin

Bistrot du Coin 1738 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 202-234-6969 French cuisine deserves its own place on the food pyramid. Ranging from healthy to dangerously hearty, the often-savory flavors satisfy the soul in ways hard to find elsewhere. Some French chefs prefer to rely on very little seasonings, sometimes resulting in a bland experience. I prefer my comfort food to have a bolder presence. After hearing endearing murmuring from DC locals, I was eager to try Bistrot du Coin in the heart of Dupont Circle. Walking into this classically quirky restaurant, I was immediately greeted with a swath of […]

Ciao Bella

Ciao Bella 236 South High Street, Baltimore 410-685-7733 Baltimore’s Little Italy has seen dramatic changes since the 80s. The area once flourished with Italian restaurants block after block. You could easily find dishes from the old country that are not always the easiest to produce at home. Over the years, too many of these great places from the Rat Pack era have closed. Several of the survivors still churn out the basics, but not with the same flare and flavor I grew up with. Fortunately, there are still a few that carry on the tradition of the old ways. […]

Hamilton Tavern

Hamilton Tavern 5517 Harford Road, Baltimore 410-426-1930 Long known for the perfect burger, Hamilton Tavern continues to produce original flavors you didn’t know you crave. For years, this gem is the place that the locals frequent to get a fresh Roseda Farm Burger on brioche with thick-cut bacon and the usual fixin’s. While others throughout Baltimore have caught on to what a burger should be, owner Joel Ramos and chef Jeremy Price push the envelope. The menu offers year-round staples for those who want to stick to the tried and true, as well as rotating options that change with […]


Porta 911 Kingsley Street Asbury Park, New Jersey 732-776-7661 Pizza has three prime ingredients: dough, sauce, and cheese. Something so simple that still manages to constantly evolve in countless ways. If there was ever a food that represented America in all of its diversity, pizza is it. Porta, a New Jersey establishment, offers a menu that embodies this type of variety in a fun atmosphere that inspires good memories. If you’re thinking about a Garden State weekend getaway, Asbury Park is a great place to check out. In its recent renaissance, this small town on the Jersey Shore won’t […]

Prost German Restaurant

Prost German Restaurant 1195 Jacob Tome Memorial Highway Port Deposit, Maryland 443-731-1889 As the cooler weather ushers in a change of colors on the trees, the sadness of summer’s end is tempered with savory flavors and cold Octoberfest brew. The German scene may have gone kaput in Baltimore, but Prost German Restaurant satisfies the experience no matter what time of year. Start with a sample of apps such as the Fliegende Schweinchen (huge, tender pork wings), Frittierter Camembert with Lingonberry Sauce (a classier and slightly tangy fried mozzarella) and Brezen Baum (pretzel tree). Wash all of it down with […]

Jake’s Old Baltimore Style Seafood

Jake’s Old Baltimore Style Seafood 19178 Coastal Highway Rehoboth Beach, Delaware 302-644-7711 There’s something about being at the beach that makes me crave seafood. Oysters, crabs, rockfish, oh my! While tanning myself on the beach, a simple search of area restaurants led to a new discovery. Half of the seafood restaurants in Rehoboth are owned by one of a couple parent companies, all having menus that are too similar to each other. All I wanted was rockfish stuffed with crab imperial. If you grew up along the Chesapeake, you would understand how simple this craving was. Instead, search after […]

Annabel Lee Tavern

Annabel Lee Tavern 601 South Clinton Street, Baltimore 410-522-2929 Tucked in the edge of Highlandtown is a quaint little tavern that pays homage to Edgar Allen Poe and his final poem, “Annabel Lee.” Walking in felt like entering a scene from a period movie. The elegantly macabre atmosphere was filled with sounds of fiddlers fiddling tunes to which Poe himself might drunkenly have stumbled. The bartender was quick to introduce us to a variety of the latest offerings on the brew market. After a long day, I quickly became distracted by the drinks and live music. To compliment the […]

The Manor Tavern

The Manor Tavern 15819 Old York Road Monkton, Maryland 410-771-8155 Spring is here for seven hours. You want to be outside enjoying nature. Take the leash off of your gimp, harness up your pooch, and head to the trails along 83. No matter which trail head you choose, you are a quick and scenic drive from the Manor Tavern. Nestled in the hills of Monkton is a true culinary gem where old favorites and new twists emerge on a menu that is almost as pornographic as the food itself. The first experience was so good, we ventured back a […]