I’ve never been a pizza fan. Even as a kid at birthday parties, I was the odd one out, eating a hotdog while the other kids chowed down on a big slice of plain or pepperoni. This past weekend, though, my family and I stopped on the way home from a trip to D.C. to the one place where I don’t mind taking a big bite of pizza: the Stained Glass Pub.
My parents grew up in the Wheaton area, so whenever we’re nearby, they are constantly pointing out landmarks; places they went to with friends, where they went to school, and where their favorite restaurants were. A lot has changed in the area over the years, but the Stained Glass Pub is one place that has stayed the same, and that my parents can count on for a darn good piece of pizza.
The pub is a small restaurant, but has a lot to offer. Its infamous stained glass windows bring truth to its name. Half of the restaurant is a bar for the adults to have a good time; the other half is family style and can accommodate big groups. It’s located conveniently on Layhill road, making it walkable from the Glenmont Metro Station.
Although it may not look like anything fancy from the outside, there’s a reason the Pub has been around for so long: its amazing food. The Pub offers everything from fish, to pasta, their signature pizzas, and more. As my dad says, “there’s something about the way that the cheese and sauce combine; there’s no pizza like pub pizza.”
What I like most about the pub is that it lets my generation step back into time a little bit. Older generations often make comments about how the county has changed over the years, and how some places are completely unrecognizable. I like going to the Stained Glass Pub knowing that it was good enough to stand the test of time; people liked what the pub had to offer then, and they still like it now.
If you are ever in the Wheaton/Silver Spring area, stop in for a few slices. Get more information at www.stainedglasspub.net.
With summer time approaching, there’s one thing that’s high-up on every Marylander’s list: crabs, crabs, and more crabs, covered in Old Bay.
While my family usually likes to go down by the bay and buy them, there’s one place around home that always has the best crabs, good music, and fun times, and that’s Lu and Joes.
Perched right on the side of Rt. 27 between Damascus and Mount Airy, Lu and Joe’s is the perfect place to stop for a quick dinner with the family, or, if you are of age, grab a few beers and hang out in the bar.
It’s not the biggest restaurant, which I find makes time at Lu and Joe’s all the more fun. If you’re local, you will almost always see someone you know. If you are just stopping by on your way home, you will meet the friendly people that spend their time there.
If you go on the weekends, plan to watch others sing their hearts out doing karaoke, and maybe even sing a song yourself. Not interested in the bar scene? Lu and Joe’s bar is separate from their seated restaurant area, so you can grab a table and skip bar.
If you’re bringing your kids, have no fear. Lu and Joe’s has a menu chockfull of everything from fries and a burger, to Lo Mein and General Tso’s Chicken, to my favorite, all-you-can-eat crabs.
The friendly service at Lu and Joe’s combined with the small-restaurant feel always reminds me of a place you’d see in a movie. Regulars are always there, having fun with their friends and playing Keno in the bar, cheering for their friends as they walk in the door.
Whenever a new group of people come in to experience Lu and Joe’s for the first time, you never see them leave without a smile on their face. Lu and Joe’s is the perfect place to have a delicious dinner, or to let loose after a long week.
To get directions or see their delicious menu, check out their website at www.luandjoes.com.
With the warmer weather finally approaching, I’ve been finding it hard to concentrate on anything besides summer time. On a college-student budget, though, there are some limitations to what summer entails. As I began making summer plans, I thought of a place I went to a lot as a kid: Cascade Lake.
Every summer as kids, my parents would round us up and take us to Cascade Lake, where we could swim for hours and never get bored. We’d watch the “big kids” jump off of the high platforms, or fly down the impressive waterslides.
At the end of each trip to Cascade Lake, it felt like we had been on a mini-vacation. It made for a nice change of scenery; the thickly wooded hills, trails, and lake provide views and activities that are not always available around the Frederick area. Located in Carroll County, it’s an easy trip for a full day of summer fun.
If you want to be outside and enjoy nature, but don’t feel like going to a noisy beach, you can hop on one of the nearby trails. Want to be on the water, but don’t want to get wet? Rent a paddleboat. For an all-day affair, you can bring a packed lunch and have a picnic by the water.
The one thing I always loved about the lake was that there was something for everyone; mom could lay out and enjoy the sun, dad could jump off the platforms, and we could enjoy the great outdoors safely.
Kids 8 and up who want to swim past the shallow end must take a swim test to ensure their safety, and parents can breathe easy knowing that multiple lifeguards are on duty at all times.
Another great thing about the lake is its prices. The family-friendly rates at Cascade Lake allow for a trip that was easy on the wallets without sacrificing the fun.
For rates and more information, check out www.cascadelake.com.