If you love a soft pillowy bao bun or delicious BBQ, the newly opened Wild Tiger BBQ pop-up inside Bun’d Up in Pentagon Row needs to go on your list of spots to try near The Maxwell. It’s just a 10 minute drive away, so you can place your order online and pick it up for takeout. The menu lineup features favorites from both American and Asian BBQ traditions. Choose from appetizers, mix and match bao buns, tangy baowiches, sweets, and traditional BBQ favorites like chicken wings, a brisket platter, and sticky ribs. You’ll find delicious sweet soy or spicy Korean BBQ flavors paired with refreshing sauces and slaws throughout their menu. How about the smokey chicken wings, burnt ends, or Korean fried chicken?
If you haven’t tried bao buns, don’t miss your chance to sample these small sandwiches that melt in your mouth. Try a bao bun loaded with fried shrimp with sweet chili and crunchy shallots. Or a one with braised beef and cucumber kimchi. Prefer something sweeter? Try a bao with pork belly and pineapple slaw topped with cilantro lime. Better yet, try any 3 for $13.
Need to feed more than one person? Try their create-your-own dinner platters for 2-3 people from Friday to Sunday after 4 p.m. and enjoy the flavors!
If holiday stress has taken the simple joy out of the season for you, the Holiday Candlelight Tour is a great way to recapture some of winter’s unmistakable magic. Visit the heart of downtown Annapolis for a leisurely walk through the beautifully decorated city streets, and enjoy a mini history lesson of the town and holidays past.
Evening walks depart from Market House Park each Friday and Saturday in December, and are led by a charming tour guide dressed in traditional colonial attire. Guided by the light of glowing lanterns, you’ll see Maryland’s historic State Capital, colonial mansions, Victorian homes, and the shops of Annapolis all decked out in their seasonal decor. It’s a lovely way to slow down, and recapture a bit of the mood-boosting spirit of the season.
The Holiday Candlelight Stroll is $23 for adults, and $13 for children. Tours depart at 7 p.m. Make a full night of it with dinner at one of the many restaurants Annapolis has to offer.
Ah, the humble sandwich. It’s an American staple, and when done well, a thing of real beauty. Superette is a new casual eatery that celebrates the art of the sandwich, and it features some truly incredible flavors layered between two slices of bread. Choose from classics like the Reuben, Cubano, or Superette burger, along with more inventive pairings like braised short ribs with gruyere, brined turkey with avocado, or pork shoulder and bacon. The menu is short and sweet – only a handful of sandwiches and two options for your side – along with artisanal sodas. But the limited offering allows Superette to pour a lot of time and attention into getting each ingredient just right for a premium end product. Plus the portions are impressive, especially considering that most of the sammies are under $10. And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, Superette serves cocktails as well!
Get ready to experience your new favorite place in Ballston. Dine in service is available, and takeout is easy to preorder with a few quick clicks from the Yelp page.
If you’ve been to any of the existing Taco Bamba locations, you know how lucky we are that one opened just around the corner in Ballston! This local taco chain serves up not only authentic tacos and Mexican fare but also Peruvian and Cuban cuisine in a fast-casual setting. The Chef and Owner, Victor Albisu, is an award-winning chef in the D.C. area who knows how to work with incredible ingredients that pack some amazing flavors – which makes sense because he went to school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris.
If you want to try their namesake, the taco Bamba is a meat lover’s dream, filled with steak, chorizo, guac, cotija, and pickled onions and peppers – it is incredible. Any of the tacos are a good option though. They have a few super unique fusion taco options like the El Rico Pollo which serves up Peruvian-style flavors in a chicken taco. The menu beyond tacos is also extensive, making it hard to decide. Many love the choriqueso sandwich and the loaded french fry options. They also make a mean margarita, so make sure to add one to your order – any flavor is delicious!
Pie is the most delicious, versatile, and downright patriotic food in the entire USA! And the best place to get it in Virginia (and maybe the world) is Livin the Pie Life on North Glebe Road. This fine establishment celebrates pie in all of its glorious forms, from the savory to the sweet. Get a quiche Lorraine, chicken pot pie, or curried beef pocket pies to eat by day, and the Southern pumpkin praline, brown butter coconut chess, and raspberry almond crumb pie for dessert. You could live off of the pies alone at Livin the Pie Life and never get tired of the options.
The website is your up-to-date menu of daily options, including additional treats like cinnamon rolls, cookies, and more. You’ll also learn which pies are pre-frozen to stock your freezer and which sweets are made with local fruit. When you visit the website, be sure to take note of the parking situation. There are plenty of places to stop, as long as you don’t choose the wrong one.