Taste The World Without Leaving Severna Park


Locals in the greater Severna Park area are fortunate to have scores of great dining options in their own backyard. From burgers to breakfast favorites to barbecue, the area just about has it all. But beyond standard American fare, Severna Park also affords residents the opportunity to sample some of the world’s most popular ethnic cuisines without leaving their own zip code. Diners eager to expand their palate can taste different regions of the world at these local eateries.


Take your taste buds on a trip to the southern region of North America at Severna Park’s many Mexican restaurants. Though most of them serve many traditional Mexican dishes including tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more, they each have their own unique flair. The robust menu at Señor Chile is inspired by Mexican street food, and features authentic street tacos, quesadillas, gorditas, mulitas, tortas, churros and birria several ways. The innovative offerings at Vida Taco show a respect for the traditions of Mexican cuisine with a fresh take: some of the tacos feature Korean pork belly, Thai basil shrimp and buffalo cauliflower.

At the heart of Pitaya’s identity is the exotic namesake dragon fruit, which makes an appearance in Pitaya’s chopped salad. The restaurant offers an array of Mexican favorites such as enchiladas and fajitas, as well as a variety of vegetarian options and more traditional fare such as empanadas and tamales. At Mi Pueblo, patrons will discover copious seafood offerings; standard favorites including nachos, quesadillas and fajitas; and traditional Mexican dishes such as flautas, taquitos and chimichangas.


One of the U.S.’ nearest neighbors across the pond is Ireland, and its traditional fare is on the menu at Brian Boru Irish Restaurant and Pub. Locals don’t have to wait for St. Patrick’s Day to sample corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie, or a variety of Irish soups; these and many other offerings are available year-round right in the heart of Severna Park.


Travelers touring Europe might take a short flight from Ireland to nearby Germany, but Severna Park area residents need only drive about five minutes south of Brian Boru to arrive at Garten, a newer-to-the-area concept featuring French and German flavors. French-origin cheeses such as Boursin and brie dot the creative menu, which offers modern interpretations of old-world cuisines such as Garten’s schnitzel sandwich or bratwurst burger.


No culinary survey of Europe would be complete without a visit to Italy, and Severna Park locals have numerous opportunities to sample the country’s popular cuisine right at home. Whether for a family celebration or simply a nice meal out, Cafe Mezzanotte offers an elevated Italian menu featuring fresh, local ingredients. Charred octopus, venison carpaccio, enticing entrees from land and sea, and a variety of pastas and risottos headline their selections.

La Posta, a woodfire pizzeria and kitchen, also offers an array of authentic Italian cuisine spanning gnocchi to calamari, as well as pizzas featuring unique ingredients such as imported Scamone Italian ham, grilled Italian eggplant, mild Roma sausage and more.

The Severna Park area is also home to a variety of casual, budget-friendly pizzerias dishing up pies, pastas, subs, salads and more. Indulge in an Italian feast right at home with takeout from Little Carmine’s, Carini’s, Ledo Pizza, Bella Italia, Spizzico and others.


Moving on to the vast continent of Asia, flavors of the world’s second-most populous country are plentiful in the Severna Park area. With dine-in and carryout options, Chinese food can be enjoyed in several local restaurants or from the comfort of one’s sofa. Szechuan Inn offers both Chinese and Japanese favorites including sushi, beef and broccoli, General Tso’s chicken and more. Bei Jing Chinese Restaurant serves up a comprehensive selection of chow mein, chop suey, lo mein, egg foo young, moo shu dishes and many others. At Ming’s Cafe, diners can choose from plentiful lunch and dinner combinations and classic Chinese dishes such as orange chicken and sweet and sour pork. In Arnold, China Garden also offers an extensive menu of traditional fare and sushi.


Patrons of Kyoto Japanese Steakhouse in Severna Park will enjoy not only a meal but also a memorable experience as they watch their food be prepared before them in the interactive Japanese tradition of hibachi. Kyoto also offers a wide range of fresh sushi. Flavors of Japan are also on the menu at Ginza Japanese Steak and Sushi Bar and Oishi Japanese Cuisine.


Rounding out Severna Park’s repertoire of Asian flavors are two establishments dishing up Thai food. Offering carryout only, Thai Paradise serves pad Thai, drunken noodles, a variety of curries and fried rice dishes, and more. The menu is similar at Lemongrass in Arnold, which is one of its four nearby locations serving modern Thai cuisine.


If your taste buds want to continue their culinary travels, you can sample classic Greek dishes including gyros, moussaka, spanakopita, souvlaki, dolmades and more at Paul’s Homewood Café or Kerastini Greek Kitchen in Annapolis. Or, try the flavors of north India in a variety of land and seafood offerings, vegan and vegetarian options and more accented by curry and spices at Annapolis’ Basmati Indian Restaurant.

All menus are subject to change and availability. Plan a dining experience at one of the above restaurants by visiting their websites to view hours, locations and more.


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