Tastee Diner in Laurel: As American as the Fourth of July

LAUREL — The small Tastee Diner chain, opened in 1935, is a venerable staple in the historic districts of Laurel, Bethesda and Silver Spring. Anticipating Independence Day, I took a trip to a couple of these restaurants in the chain to experience a bit of Americana as American as the Fourth of July – or as apple pie, keeping with the diner theme.


Local restaurant offers unique blend of red-velvet waffles and chicken, among other cuisine

BELTSVILLE—An award-winning urban café here offers a cozy ambiance to visitors interested in trying out a unique blend of waffles and chicken, among other cuisine. Café Rue, located on Route 1/Baltimore Avenue is owned by Cole D. Whaley, an entrepreneur, who says food with “robust flavors” inspires him.


Pretty Girl Cupcakery: A Connoisseur's Delight

One-on-One with LaKisa Taylor, owner of Pretty Girl Cupcakery

Pretty Girl Cupcakery is the place on Baltimore Avenue for where owner LaKisa Taylor says customers can buy, “the best cupcakes in the Washington, D.C./Prince George’s area.” The cupcakery is located in the art district of Hyattsville where the D.C. line and popular restaurant Busboys and Poets are less than one minute away. Taylor wears many hats as the owner of Pretty Girl Cupcakery despite having four to five retail associates—she serves as operations, marketing, delivery driver, decorator, wedding and party planner. Despite her busy schedule, the gracious and multi-talented Taylor made room for an interview with Alexis A. Goring, lifestyle reporter for The Sentinel.