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You won’t want to go through this looking glass

Jan Miles was bred to captain Maryland’s ­historic clipper ship

We have food pantries all over the state. Why not furniture pantries?

Three years in, I’m planning ahead for optimal success

See them again this year on the Osprey Cam

Smokey Joe’s is a casual place where you can afford to have a good time three meals a day. Come early for hearty breakfasts and join the fishermen. Come later for great barbecue, chicken and fall-off-the-bone ribs. Most dinners come with two homestyle sides, comfort foods like mashed potatoes with gravy, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes, seasoned fries or potato salad.  Kids get special attention at Smokey Joe’s. Every Tuesday is Family Fun Night from 5 to 7pm, when all...
Rustico brings the robust flavors, fresh ingredients and warm, inviting atmosphere of southern Italy to picturesque Love Point in Stevensville, on the Eastern Shore. In the rustic setting of a revitalized historic landmark, partner and executive chef Gino Romano oversees the duplication of the tastes of Naples, his hometown in such dishes as Risotto Mediterraneano. Continuing the Italian tradition, Rustico is also a wine bar, where you can get to know Italian varietals. On Mondays and Wednesday...
Before local became the hallmark of 21st century quality, 10-year-old Brick House was there. In fact, Brick House never lost sight of the values — of people, land and community. “I like to make the food. I thrive on the pressure and the pleasure of timing and presenting every order,” says Brick House owner, chef and manager Pete Litchfield. “After the dinner push, around the bar, in the middle of the neighborhood and the great people of South County, that’s were I...
On the South River just off the Riva Bridge, Mike’s has been a Chesapeake tradition for 56 years. This is a hometown crab house, and there really is a Mike — Mike Piera — whose four sons continue the family business in their father’s original spirit. “We make sure our customers are happy, give them quality food and try to bring in new generations,” says son Arthur. Crab Dip with Spinach & Artichokes 2 lbs. lump crabmeat 3 lbs. cream cheese, softened 1/2...
Main Street Catering & Brasserie really is a family affair. There’s Lee (that’s me). I’m the mom. Many around the area knew my grandfather, Dr. George M. Darrow (aka Papa Darrow), who owned the Pick-Your-Own strawberry farm in Glenn Dale. He used to say with such glee, I can’t believe I get paid to raise strawberries and daylilies. I love it. I understand what he meant because I love what I do at Main Street. The family includes my wonderful husband, Dennis, who...
Snug Harbor Inn is a living tradition in Shady Side, a southern Anne Arundel County community so full of change that history is treasured mostly in memory. “It’s been here 40-some odd years, as long as we can track,” says partner Brad Holt. The Holt family — Brad, wife Mary Jane and sister Jenny — have owned Snug Harbor since 2001. The nice comfortable atmosphere is why Holt’s family bought Snug Harbor. Brad, whose background is construction, says he always...
Mamma Lucia has been serving a taste of Italy to Calvert County since 1997. At both the original Dunkirk location and the newer Prince Frederick location, comfortable dining rooms with oversized booths encourage you to settle in for a leisurely meal. Owners Sal and Maria Lubrano want you to feel like extended family. They greet you and feed you generous portions of fresh pasta, pizza, veal, seafood and chicken from recipes inspired by southern Italian and Neapolitan traditions. Mamma Lucia...
In 2011, Rod ’n’ Reel Restaurant celebrates its 65th year. For all its changes it hasn’t changed so much. You’ll have the same far horizon your grandparents did with nothing between you and the Eastern Shore but water, sky and boats.  The Donovan family hasn’t changed grandfather Wesley Stinett’s philosophy, either, making Rod ’n’ Reel a place where you feel like you’re on vacation.  Food comes first in a Dining Guide.  Food...
Trish Weaver, previously with Mom’s in the Kitchen, in 2009 found a new opportunity in Calvert County, offering fresh local menu items in a cozy, European-style cafe in the center of Prince Frederick. Emphasizing quality, creativity and value, the menus reflect the best in fresh food in Southern Maryland. From the Cream of Crab soup to the Jumbo Burger, everything is sourced as locally as possible. The café is open for breakfast and lunch daily, with a fabulous Sunday brunch menu. Dream...
We are a smaller restaurant (capacity about 50 people), specializing in high-quality bar food. Our recipes consist of all fresh and mostly house-made ingredients. We pride ourselves on supporting local farmers, both on land and on the water. It’s always our first choice to purchase our produce, seafood and meats from local distributors. Even the bison meat for our bison burger is farm-raised in Baltimore. Head chef Steve Bridges likes to call our food Upscale Pub Grub and is continually...