The Cheesecake Factory is a chain of restaurants (although there are not too many in the Baltimore area) that have the most wonderful cheesecakes that you can get either served in the restaurant or as a take-away. Trust me, after eating at the restaurant, you do not have room for the dessert -- so, do what I do, start with dessert :-)
I must admit, I am a cheesecake fanatic and one of the things I miss most about living in Europe is not having access to this restaurant. (Although when I head to the States to visit my grandson, my "payment" for babysitting in in Cheesecake Factory currency!).
There is a Cheesecake Factory at the Columbia Mall – next to the movie theatre (see a movie…have a piece of cheesecake!). It is often crowded (the food is great) so when we have visitors, we often will get a take-away treat to eat when we get home (they even give you forks and napkins in case you can't make it that long).
Lots of varieties to choose from - the classic plain cheesecake to the turtle pecan caramel fudge to the chocolate chip cookie dough. These cheesecakes are rich and filling - you really can't eat a slice in one sitting - better to savor it bite by bite throughout the day.
This is definitely a sweet happy ending to your day in Columbia!
I grew up with the original Ledo Restaurant right down the street (back when pizza wasn’t a regular meal like nowadays). Their motto “we don’t cut corners” refers to their square pizza with a unique flaky crust. It is still my favorite pizza anywhere because it is so different (although I had something similar in Rome). I raised my kids on Ledo pizza and, even with all the choices today, they still prefer Ledo’s when in Maryland.
At some point, Ledo’s began franchising so I can now enjoy my favorite pizza in a number of towns in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. No matter which one I go to, the taste is the same delicious pizza I remember as a young girl.
My favorite pizza toppings are sausage and pepperoni. If I want to splurge, we’ll get extra cheese as well! A large pizza is enough for a family. While Ledo’s has other items on their menu (Italian dishes, salads, etc.), I can’t comment on them because I go for the pizza.
If you are in the metropolitan Washington, DC, area, you need to try Ledo’s Pizza for a unique taste! Check their website for locations.
I had lunch at the Victoria Gastro Pub sitting on the outdoor patio on a beautiful summer day. It was my first time dining at this restaurant and I was with someone that loves the place. So my expectations were high. And this brew pub did not disappoint me!
To begin with, they have an extensive beer and wine listing, making it difficult to choose which drink to have. I selected a white wine and my companion had a local beer. Next to select was our lunch, which was a difficult choice. In the end I had the Mushroom and Swiss Snake River Farms Wagyu Burger with Gruyere cheese with a side of the pub’s famous duck fat fries. This was a meal that I should’ve stopped eating half-way through due to the quantity, but I kept eating anyways due to the quality! Everything was delicious!
The pub is easy to find in Columbia near Rt. 100, making it a breeze to get to from just about anywhere. There was plenty of parking and, at lunch time, it was easy to get a table (we also came early). As with most restaurants in Columbia, for dinner you need to arrive early or expect to wait.
Well worth a visit for a really good meal!
I am a serious connoisseur of "road food", and I have experienced the good, the bad, and everything in between. I first experienced Bob Evans while living in South Bend, Indiana -- and I originally thought it was only a Midwestern chain. I was thrilled when I discovered the large, clean Bob Evans that is located conveniently off Interstate 95 in Columbia, Maryland.
Bob's is worth a visit at anytime during the day. My favorite, though, is either lunch or dinner. The entrees are basic meals -- order whatever you prefer. The key is your choice of side dishes. In my opinion, Bob makes the best green beans with ham on earth. They are so good that I've contemplated ordering just green beans and ham as my appetizer, entree, and dessert. The other specialty is the warm buttermilk biscuits. Mmmm, mmmmm, good.
What kind of food does Bob Evans serve? I would describe it as basic, down-home American. In my opinion, the best chain restaurant on the open road.
Favorite Dish: Try the green beans with ham as a side dish -- in my opinion, the best in the world. Also, the warm buttermilk biscuits and coffee are as good as you will find anywhere at a road restaurant.
Every one that has ever been to Cheesecake knows that the food is pretty good. That is why the lines are always soo long no matter where you find one. No they do not take phone reservations. You can call to see how long the average wait for a table is so you wont be surprised when you get there. If you have the time try it out....and if you only like there dessert then there are plenty of places to eat first near, then you can have the wait in the long lines to burn off dinner and you wont be starving to death waiting on food.
Favorite Dish: BB@ Shrimp, Crab Ragoon, Strawberry Shortcake (on a Biscuit)
II or my wife have probably tried 90% of the menu. Everything is excellent. Nice atmosphere, considering its in a strip mall. Go on Sunay - they have mariachis who play well and harmonize great.
Favorite Dish: I like the sobreso (pork burrito), my wife loves the trout. Sangria is wonderful.
There are three of these restaurants locally - one in Baltimore, one in Glen Burnie and one in Columbia. I've been to the one in Glen Burnie. There is also one in Rexdale ON.
This time we went to the one in Columbia for lunch with my daughter, SIL and grandson.
They have a lot of microbrews and my SIL had a lemon wheat beer which came with a souvenier glass. The tables are covered with kraft paper and they provide mugs of crayons for doodling. We sat in a booth decorated with photos of Elvis. There was a bunch of TVs in the middle of the room, and one of them had a trivia game on it, but I couldn't see it very well. The other had a sports show.
The waiter was very quick and attentive and the children's menu was quite extensive and was not limited to chicken nuggets and burgers.
Favorite Dish: I had lemonade ($1.99), Half and Half - cup of soup (in my case I added $1.20 for cream of crab instead of the soup of the day), and half a pita sandwich of roast beef ($7.55) and a carmel apple bake for dessert ($3.88).
Bob had iced tea ($1.69) and Pork Bessie BBQ ($7.88).
My daughter had Shickshinny chicken ($7.88), peanut butter crunch pie ($3.96) and a diet coke ($1.69).
My son-in-law had two lemon wheat beers (first one with the glass was $5.97 and refill was $2.99) and a double decker reuben ($7.91).
My grandson had a child's rib end (his mom got dibs on his applesauce, but he ate the three ribs and the french fries) for $3.99, a coke and an Edy's kid sundae ($1.56).
The total bill for lunch for 5 of us including tip was $72.83.