Thursday, October 25, 2012

Food Experiences: Best of Howard County 2012

Challah from Bon Fresco and Great Harvest
HowChow is more about food than restaurants, so it always feels more natural to recommend a list of cool experiences where you can work food into a day.

On this list, I have tried to replace half the items between each list for 2009, 2010, and 2011.  But some stuff just must be repeated -- like Larriland's pick-your-own.  
The Breadery's croissant
What would you add?

This week, I'm posting a series of "best of" posts starting with best restaurants and best food experiences.  Then some posts about finds at stores.  You can click for all the "best of posts" going back.

If you're looking for more, there are several long series.  First, check out the two weeks of 2012 posts with recommendations for people new to Howard County.  Then, look at two prior series of posts -- a "tour of Howard County" describing restaurants and markets in specific areas or my 2009 guide to what I've learned about Howard County from "best Chinese" and "best takeout" to "best BBQ" and "best burgers."


Zevonista said...

From your previous post, it sounds like you should cross Red Pearl off your list. Shame, their dim sum was quite good...

kevlar51 said...

Came here to echo Zevonista's comment on Red Pearl.

My weekend breakfasts have gotten to be quite packed--Saturdays specifically. T&J Waffle Truck is amazing. And to me, R&R Taqueria's best offering is its breakfast--specifically the chilaquiles con huevos. I'm usually happier getting my tacos from the trucks--but none of them have breakfast.

In Severn (not HoCo, I know), Carlson's Donuts is a favorite spot for something delicious, quick and inexpensive. Next door to Carlson's is a new establishment, New Orleans Kitchen & French Market. They just started serving Saturday southern breakfast. I tried the chicken and waffles, which weren't bad, but I didn't feel were worth the price tag. New Orleans Kitchen has really good po boys, but can be a bit pricey.

bmorecupcake said...

Sadly, croissants are a distant memory at The Breadery. They pretty much stopped making croissants soon after HowChow reported on croissants a few months ago. I really hope some of you got in on them because they were a true rarity: a completely handmade croissant. Not just hand shaped, but even the rolling was done completely by hand. That's unheard of these days, and probably also why they had to discontinue making the croissants. I loved the variation (charm) inherent in a completely handmade product, but it seemed like the labor involved wasn't enough to offset cost and the inconsistency bothered them.

Scones have been back for a while now, though. They introduced brioche loaves and brioche pastries last week, but call before you go because brioche seems like a once-a-week item.

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