In Good Taste

Six Ravens-Themed Eats and Drinks to Get You Ready for Gameday

From baked goods to barbecue sauce, local food purveyors trot out tons of purple products.

Purple Macarons at Petit Louis Bistro
Executive pastry chef Michael Brown has been hard at work, churning out these flaky macarons in preparation for football season at Petit Louis. Each one is hand-filled with a special purple cream, and features a hand-sketched Ravens logo on top. Pick up a dozen at the restaurant, or call ahead to order a custom purple macaron tower to throw a new dessert into the mix at your next viewing party or tailgate. Multiple locations including 4800 Roland Ave., 410-366-9393

Stalking Horse’s Purple Slushies
While navigating your way around the seas of purple jerseys in Federal Hill on a gameday, head to this Cross Street watering hole to sip one of its signature boozy slushies. “The Raven,” the bar’s frosty, grape vodka-flavored concoction, is a staple at Stalking Horse during football season. Trust us—the brain freeze is worth it. 26 E. Cross St., 410-244-6722

“Quarterback Crunch” Cupcake at IcedGems Baking
This beloved sweet shop habitually fills its display cases with purple velvet cupcakes and Ravens-themed sugar cookies once preseason hits. But one of its hottest purple-inspired treats is pastry chef Christine Richardson’s “quarterback crunch” cupcake—chocolate cake topped with a swirl of vanilla buttercream, lavender sprinkles, and a mini Nestle’s Crunch bar. Visit the bakery in Reisterstown or catch IcedGems’s cupcake truck on the road to snag one this season. 213 Main Street, Reisterstown, 443-690-7056

Purple bagels at THB Bagels & Deli
Though those mind-altering rainbow bagels have been taking over Instagram lately, we prefer ours in a simple shade of purple. At Towson Hot Bagels, the return of the Ravens means starting your Purple Friday with one of these beauties—whether topped with bacon and eggs or classic cream cheese. Multiple locations including 16 Alleghany Ave., Towson, 410-337-0006

The Raven Roll at Ruby 8 Noodle Bar
As an ode to the city, this sushi spot inside Horseshoe Casino—which recently debuted a second location at McHenry Row in Locust Point—features a “Raven Roll” on its menu. Though there’s nothing purple about it, the specialty roll is filled with lobster and avocado, and topped with hefty mounds of spicy lump crab meat. Multiple locations including 1525 Russell St., 443-931-4580

Baltimore BBQ’s Black Raven Sauce
Baltimore BBQ Company co-founders Adam Rosenblatt and Don Fisher teamed up with local roaster Baltimore Coffee and Tea Company to create their all-natural Black Raven barbecue sauce—a dark mixture fusing brown sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, and ancho chili powder with Baltimore Coffee and Tea’s signature Black Raven coffee blend. Grab a bottle at the Towson Farmers’ Market, or from more than 200 local grocery stores including Eddie’s, Graul’s, and Whole Foods Market.