Mac + Cheese = Baltimore Love

As the day comes to an end, I think it is never too late to say happy National Mac n Cheese Day to all my cheese loving friends! I have always been enamored with this cheesy dish. Growing up, my father’s baked Mac n Cheese was always my favorite meal… actually it still is. My coworkers and I were discussing this delicious holiday at work and started listing all of the great places to get the tasty dish around town. I thought it would be best to share some of the best places to grab Mac n Cheese around Baltimore:

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Photo taken by @brian_weiner on Instagram

Alexander’s Tavern in Fells Point has two amazing Mac n Cheese dishes. If you are there for brunch, try out the Breakfast Mac n Cheese with scrambled eggs, bacon, and sausage.

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Or you could order the Mac n Cheese pizza, complete with bacon and jalapeños. This was the very first meal I ate in Baltimore after signing my first Baltimore City lease 8 years ago. This picture is literally from that day (for real, check out the Mr’s sliding phone in the background). Still a favorite dish of mine to date!

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Photo taken by @linggdongg on Instagram

You could also head across the street to Stuggy’s for a Crab Mac dog topped with Old Bay. It’s like America’s favorite past time had a baby with the state of Maryland and topped it with Mac n Cheese. Not nearly the best way to describe it, so let the photo do the talking.

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Photo taken by @cardinaltav on Instagram

Over in Canton, many of my neighbors’ favorite corner bar boasts a very creamy Mac n Cheese. Don’t miss out on the rest of the true southern food at Cardinal Tavern.

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Photo taken by @roliepolieolgie on Instagram

Head up to Highlandtown to taste Snake Hill‘s flavorful Mac n Cheese. Best when paired with one of their sausages.

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Across the harbor, you can carry on to Wayward Southern Bar & Grill for their Brisket Mac n Cheese. Hello 14 hour brisket, smoked gouda, and I don’t care if mason jars are over used because that is simply adorable. I just want to eat it right up…oh wait, yeah, that is the point.

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Photo taken by @fbjackson on Instagram

While I have never had it myself, this photo of the Mac n Cheese at Brewer’s Art is making my mouth water. Must. Go. ASAP.

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Photo taken by George T. on Yelp

I am not going to lie, while looking for photos of the Mac + Cheese + Chocolate from Jack’s Bistro, it was hard to find one that looked appetizing. Most photos do not do it justice and it is a must try. That is coming from a girl who severely dislikes mixing her sweets and savories.

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Photo on TheFoodNetwork.com

Something would be amiss if I did not include the Gypsy Queen’s Mac n Cheese Cone with Bacon Bling. Yes, you heard me, Mac n Cheese in a CONE with BACON. It was even featured on Food Network with a recipe, but I would recommend going right to the source.

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Photo taken by @dmcgphotography, posted on @thefoodmarket Instagram

Last, but you know the saying, not least, head on up to Hampden to sample The Food Market‘s Lobster Mac n Cheese.

Now I am off to have noodly dreams with all of my favorite cheeses. Goodnight, Bmore!

With Love & Cheese,

BS

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Sushi Preview Heaven at the Stanford Grill

Hey sushi lovers! I’ve just tasted some of the best sushi I’ve ever had. Where/what/how, you ask? A few weeks ago, the BlueRidge Restaurant Group reached out to me about their new Stanford Grill location that is opening in a few months at the Tower Oaks in Rockville, which will feature a full sushi bar. Before the grand opening, they have been hosting events to promote the new sushi bar that will be offered at the new location. They offered me a complimentary dinner and I was not one to say no to that!

When we first arrived at the Stanford Grill in Columbia, I was a bit hesitant because it was a chain restaurant hidden deep in the burbs. Despite that, they turned me right around. As we walked in, we were greeted with live music to our left and a packed house to the right (on a Monday, mind you). The place is quite classy, complete with hot towels for your hands. I won’t lie, my friend and I were a little confused as to what to do with the towels, but being the quick whippersnappers we are, we indulged our hands with these and didn’t look back. Until now, after some quick research, the hot towel can also be described as an o-shibori, which is commonly offered to customers in restaurants in China and Japan. It all makes sense now. We were preparing for our sushi. Keeping it real, Stanford Grill.

Stanford Grill Canyon Grill Sushi Menu

We picked 3 of the sushi rolls off the preview menu. We were a little scared that it wouldn’t be enough to fill us, so we opted to order an appetizer of the Mac n Cheese with Bacon. This seemed like a natural complement to our sushi, am I right?

Stanford Grill Canyon Grill Sushi Menu

For our first sushi bite, we partook in the Coconut Shrimp Roll, complete with masago mayo, cucumber, avocado and pea sprouts. Our only complaint was that the sushi roll was so large, but is that really that bad of a thing?

Stanford Grill Canyon Grill Sushi Menu

We then tasted the Yellowtail Jalapeno Roll, which had a healthy portion of cilantro. If you aren’t a cilantro lover, I would recommend steering clear, but I absolutely loved it for the flavor and the extra crunch.

Stanford Grill Canyon Grill Sushi Menu

To top it off, we rounded out our meal with the Spicy Tuna Roll, Battera Style. We had to ask what Battera style was and went into it a little blindly. Basically it is sushi lasagna, which may not seem like the most appropriate way to describe it, but it was damn good. Perfect for those who like it saucy and just a bit spicy, as it was made with sriracha mago, unagi sauce and wasabi.

Stanford Grill Canyon Grill Sushi Menu

Remember that time I said we were a little scared this wouldn’t fill us up? I immediately take that back. Each was a healthy serving and we were sad we couldn’t eat it all. Maybe we shouldn’t have ordered that the Mac n Cheese with Bacon… wait, what? Who am I kidding? That is crazy talk.

Stanford Grill Canyon Grill Sushi Menu

All in all, it was a great evening at the Stanford Grill. For those looking to taste some of Chef Sean Kinoshita’s unique creations, there are 2 more preview events before the big debut. If you can’t make it to one of those, keep and eye and an ear out for the new @StanfordGrill location coming to Rockville in a few months.

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