Richard Gorelick

Writer

Richard Gorelick has been the Baltimore Sun’s restaurant critic since 2010. Before joining the paper staff full time, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. He is a native of Lochearn in Baltimore County.

Recent Articles

  • For Annapolis, a big and brassy new spot on West Street

    For Annapolis, a big and brassy new spot on West Street

    Suddenly, mussels and frites are everywhere. Belgian-themed restaurants, fry shops and bars have been cropping up in Baltimore lately. And now, Annapolitans have a new Belgian-inspired hangout. The featured menu items at Baroak Cookhouse & Taproom, the big and brassy new restaurant inside the Loews...

  • Shoo-Fly to close in Belvedere Square

    Shoo-Fly to close in Belvedere Square

    Shoo-Fly is closing in Belvedere Square. An exact closing date is uncertain, according to the restaurant's co-owner, Spike Gjerde. He said he is in conversations with Belvedere Square management about keeping the restaurant open through the summer, although in a revised format. "It needs to find...

  • Dine Out Baltimore aims to help restaurants hurt by curfew

    Dine Out Baltimore aims to help restaurants hurt by curfew

    If a Restaurant Association of Maryland campaign to help Baltimore's restaurant industry goes well, tables across town will be filled on May 12 with diners from Chestertown, Chevy Chase, Church Hill and Chesapeake Beach. On May 6,  announced Wednesday that it is asking food-service employees from...

  • Great Baltimore cocktails: The Pimlico Playboy at the Food Market

    Great Baltimore cocktails: The Pimlico Playboy at the Food Market

    This weekend, and pretty much this weekend only, the bar staff at the Food Market will be offering the Black-eyed Susan, the official drink of the Preakness. "We make a traditional version, because that's what people want," said Vincent Mancini, the director of operations at the Hampden restaurant....

  • The Preakness and other forgotten cocktails

    The Preakness and other forgotten cocktails

    The black-eyed Susan has reigned as the official cocktail of the Preakness for more than 40 years. But there was once another official cocktail of the Preakness, although as far as anyone knows, it was never served at the Preakness itself. It was called The Preakness, and it made its debut at the...

  • The Hippo, longtime anchor of Baltimore's gay community, to close this fall

    The Hippo, longtime anchor of Baltimore's gay community, to close this fall

    After more than four decades as an anchor in Baltimore's gay community and the Mount Vernon business district, The Hippo will close this fall and the site will be converted into a CVS Pharmacy. The nightclub first opened as a gay establishment at the corner of North Charles and Eager streets in...

  • Hampden's Alchemy opening restaurant in Bel Air

    Hampden's Alchemy opening restaurant in Bel Air

    The owners of Alchemy in Hampden will open a second restaurant, Alchemy Elements, at the Bel Air Town Center on Baltimore Pike. For Debi-Bell Matassa and Michael Matassa, the couple behind Alchemy, the new restaurant will be a return to Harford County. The couple's first restaurant, Fusion Grill,...

  • Spike Gjerde wins Baltimore's first James Beard Award

    Spike Gjerde wins Baltimore's first James Beard Award

    Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen has won the James Beard award for "Best Chef: Mid Atlantic," one of 10 regional chef categories in the prestigious culinary awards competition. On Tuesday, Gjerde enjoyed a day in Chicago with his family, including a visit to Millennium Park, before heading back...

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