Friday, October 9, 2009

Howard Magazine Best of Dining 2009, Part 2

The Howard Magazine Best of Dining reader's poll results have 43 categories. I listed what I considered the top 11 in yesterday's post. Here is a set focused on some of the more "everyday" food categories.

Best Bar Food: Victoria Gastro Pub
Honorable Mentions: The Green Turtle, Clyde's of Columbia, Bare Bones, Looney's Pub South, Rams Head Tavern, Shannon's

Best Value: Double-T Diner
Honorable Mentions: Maiwand Kabob, Shannon's, Mimi's Cafe

Best Breakfast: Eggspectation
Honorable Mentions: Mimi's Cafe, Double-T Diner, Bob Evans

Best Brunch: Clyde's of Columbia
Honorable Mentions: Eggspectation, Victoria Gastro Pub, Waterside

Best Burger: Red Robin
Honorable Mention: Cheeburger Cheeburger, Victoria Gastro Pub, Fuddruckers

Best Crab Cake: Clyde's of Columbia
Honorable Mentions: Crab Shanty, LeeLynn's, Coho Grill, Shannon's

Best Deli: Charter Deli
Honorable Mentions: Columbia's Best Deli, Nora's Cafe, Bagel Bin, Panera

Best Dessert: The Cheesecake Factory
Honorable Mentions: La Madeleine, Bonaparte Breads, Iron Bridge Wine, Touche Touchet

Best Lunch Menu: Shannon's
Honorable Mentions (3-way tie): Cheesecake Factory, Nordstrom's Cafe, Panera

Best Pizza: Ledo
Honorable Mentions: Trattoria E Pizzaria Da Enrico, Bertucci's, PastaBlitz

Best Ribs: Bare Bones
Honorable Mentions: Famous Dave's, Kloby's, The Rumor Mill, T-Bonz

Best Sports Bar: Champps
Honorable Mentions: The Green Turtle, Looney's Pub South, River Hill Sports Grill

Best Takeout: Maiwand Kabob
Honorable Mentions: Akbar, Panera, Pei Wei

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Howard Magazine Best of Dining 2009

Howard Magazine has published the results of its 2009 readers' poll of dining in the county. It's still very hard to find this information anywhere online, so I'll share some of the winners. With 43 different categories it seems like there's room for everyone to win something. But there are some categories that seem to be more significant than others. Herewith, some of the key category winners and honorable mentions.

Best Restaurant (Overall): Clyde's of Columbia
Honorable Mentions: The Kings Contrivance, Victoria Gastro Pub, Aida Bistro

Best Fine Dining: The Kings Contrivance
Honorable Mentions: Tersiguel's, Elkridge Furnace Inn, Jordan's Steakhouse

Best New Restaurant: Bistro Blanc
Honorable Mention: Looney's Pub South

Best Chinese: Hunan Manor
Honorable Mentions: P.F. Chang's, China Chefs, Asean Bistro, Hunan Legend

Best Sushi: Sushi Sono
Honorable Mentions: Sushi King, Sakura, Fuji

Best Asian (other than Chinese): Asean Bistro
Honorable Mentions: Noodles Corner, Nichi Bei Kai, Pei Wei

Best Indian: House of India
Honorable Mentions: Akbar, Bombay Peacock Grill, The Mango Grove

Best Italian: Aida Bistro
Honorable Mentions: Carrabba's, Strapazza, Olive Garden

Best Mexican: El Azteca
Honorable Mentions: Zapata's, La Palapa, Don Pablo's, MiCasa

Best Steak: Jordan's Steakhouse
Honorable Mentions: Outback Steakhouse, Longhorn Steaks, Greystone Grill

Best Wine List: Iron Bridge Wine Co.
Honorable Mentions: Victoria Gastro Pub, The Wine Bin, Aida Bistro, Bistro Blanc

To see how the 2009 list changed from last year, see our summary of the 2008 Howard Magazine list.