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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Popcorn Chicken and Bubble Tea? Yes, Please!

Beef Noodle Soup

It was a late night and I had to be the caretaker of the household. Mrs. Nom Nom was sick from whatever was going around this past month. Little Nom was low on their milk and lunch supplies, so after work I went grocery shopping. It was late by the time I got out and wondered what to pick up for dinner. That’s where this place saved the day. With their incredibly quick service and simple menu, we ate well that night. I am excited that we finally have a Jumbo Jumbo Cafe in Howard County.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Importing Tex-Mex from Texas

Ernesto's in Enchanted Forest

It’s not everyday that Howard County is the second choice for a restaurant that hit success somewhere else in the country. But this restaurant is just that. Ernesto’s mexican restaurant came from Texas when the owner’s nephew moved to the area. And with that move came this great Tex-Mex establishment.

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A Burger of Perfection

One Great Burger

Hailing from New York and started just as a hot dog cart, this chain has exploded in the past couple of years. Shake Shack came to Howard County as their 3rd installment in Maryland. They are located in the Columbia Mall across from the movie theatre.

Monday, September 9, 2019

A Restaurant That Bleeds Maryland Blood

Maryland Decor Everywhere

We are Maryland fans, both the wife and I were born here, we went to school here, and now we’re raising a family here. My wallet hopes that Little Nom goes to an in-state school. The decor of this next place is just like us: live, breathe and die, Maryland. I’m talking about The Beef Brothers Deli in Ellicott City.

Friday, September 6, 2019

My Favorite Drink Place in Howard County

Bubble Tea

Some may say it’s still trending, some say we’re at the peak, others say it’s over. Nevertheless, bubble tea is still going strong on Korean Way. You either hate it or you love it. I love it. We’ve had a an explosion of choices pop up on but my favorite is Tea Top.

Monday, September 2, 2019

The Perfect Lunch Food... Banh Mi

Bahn Mi Traditional Sandwich

Clarksville Commons is growing their army of businesses. Strolling into the food hall, I had to circle around twice because I didn’t see it at first. But tucked into the corner, next to the water dispenser is Anh-Mazing Banh Mi, a shop that serves Vietnamese sandwiches.

Front view (left side is Anh-Mazing Banh Mi)

What is Banh Mi? It’s a sub with pickled veggies and a meat (typically ham or pork). The traditional sandwich also includes pate. In Vietnam, it is more of a breakfast food but over here it is the perfect lunch.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Gas Explosion Leaves Many Businesses Closed

Main side of explosion

On Sunday there was a gas explosion that happened on Stanford Blvd. No reported injuries but there were many businesses that were affected. Restaurants that are included:

As of now, many restaurants are unsure when they will be able to reopen. Thoughts and prayers go out to the livelihoods of the employees who are out of work because of these closures.

Opposite side of explosion (closer to restaurants)

UPDATE (09/07/19): Pho La Cay reporting reopening Nov 6, 2019 (via yelp).

UPDATE 2 (11/07/19): Seems like it’ll still be awhile. Not much change has happened on the property.

Update 3 (12/12/19): Pho La Cay reporting reopening Jan 13, 2020 (via yelp).

Monday, August 26, 2019

Cilantro's Neighborhood Cantina Serving Fresh Latin Food in Western Howard County

Trio of Al Pastor Tacos

Just a month old, this latin restaurant is serving up a fair amount of latin/mexican fare. In a very quiet town, western Howard County gets another food option in the name of Cilantro’s Neighborhood Cantina. The restaurant is located on the side of a building that is shared with a number of offices and shops (it is on the left side when viewing the building from the road). Still awaiting a proper sign, you will have to trust that the unmarked door leads into the restaurant. UPDATE: A beautiful sign is now up.

Friday, August 23, 2019

Menya Hosaki Ramen (Pop-Up)

From deli to ramen

We pulled into the parking lot of a dull brown office building. Company logos like Dell, Parsons, and obligatory letters followed by “-tech” surround us. The parking lot is empty except for a small group of cars just outside a door with a green awning labelled Junction Deli. You would never guess that right here is where you can get a great bowl of ramen.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

It Begins

Hello, thanks so much for checking out this blog. Our family has grown up in Howard County for decades. We love it here and love to share what there is to offer. I’m hoping that this blog helps to bring awareness of the many great food options.

First off, I am not an expert on anything. I am just an average joe that likes anything that tastes nom nom =) You will find me just as easily eating a filet-o-fish as… well, let’s just say I really like my fast food. But as I’m finding new places and foods to try, I want to share that with you because what’s life if not sharing it with someone.

Secondly, this is not a review site. What I mean by that is that my goal is to provide information, announcements, impressions, and rumors of restaurants but I am not here to criticize or complain about a certain experience. There are plenty of sites that you can go to if you would like to hear about that. So I ask that if you are commenting, please stay positive and if you don’t have anything good to say, take it somewhere else.

Lastly, I would like to mention and give a big kudos to the HowChow blog. I hope that this blog is somewhat of a continuation of what the HowChow blog has done for the area.

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