I just posted a response to someone regarding Ledo's Pizza, in which I said, "in the Howard County, Maryland (where it is all but impossible to find anything independently owned), Ledo's is the best game in town."
Then I paused (while, I posted first, then paused) and thought, "golly gee, I haven't lived in Howard County in a long time, I wonder if that is actually true."
I know there's some local chains, like Clydes and maybe Jesse Wong's (yum) would count there. And I can think of Great Sage in Clarksville, there's Riverside and Bun Penny (though the last time I had a pastry at Riverside, I was appaled)... and I guess you could count the cafe at David's Natural Market in Columbia... and there's a bunch in Historic Elliott City... maybe I'm already proving myself wrong.
Anyway, I happen to be going home to the HC to pay a visit to the 'rentals this weekend, and I wondered if anyone had anything else to offer in the way of really good independent and still there restaurants and cafes.