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Suzanne Loudermilk

Writer

Suzanne Loudermilk is The Sun’s restaurant critic. She also writes food features for Baltimore Sun Media Group. Loudermilk started her journalism career at The Sun, working in various positions, including copy editor, assistant features editor and metro reporter. She left the paper in 2001 to become a food editor at The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio. She is a former food and travel editor at Baltimore magazine and restaurant critic at Delaware Today magazine.

Recent Articles

  • Ida B's Table suits its modern take on soul food

    Ida B's Table suits its modern take on soul food

    I was a great fan of Herb & Soul restaurant in Parkville before it closed two years ago, where chef David Thomas was serving creative Southern soul food sourced from local farms. Now he’s doing the same thing at Ida B’s Table, his newest endeavor, which opened in late August. He is partnering with...

  • We're not giving up on Fork & Wrench

    We're not giving up on Fork & Wrench

    Fork & Wrench in Canton calls itself a “boutique dive bar” on its website. But that description doesn’t really fit. It’s much more of a restaurant after five years in operation. Even Andy Gruver, one of the owners with Jason Sanchez, agrees. “When it first opened, the idea was that there weren’t...

  • Ellicott City's Hot Pot Hero introduces diners to a Chinese tradition

    Ellicott City's Hot Pot Hero introduces diners to a Chinese tradition

    Wenqi Chen wanted to introduce local diners to authentic Chinese hot pots, simmering soups diners cook at their tables with ingredients like meat, seafood and vegetables. The process can be intimidating to first-timers. It was for us when we visited Hot Pot Hero, the Ellicott City restaurant Chen...

  • At Chuck's Trading Post, a general store that takes dining to the next level

    At Chuck's Trading Post, a general store that takes dining to the next level

    You’re forgiven if you were confused by Chuck’s Trading Post’s opening, closing and re-opening earlier this year. I was, too. Here’s the story. The Hampden eatery is the brainchild of Bernard Dehaene, the chef-owner of the neighborhood’s Corner Charcuterie Bar. “I wanted to build it into a little...

  • Tagliata lives up to the hype

    Tagliata lives up to the hype

    I wasn’t prepared to be swept off my feet by Tagliata in Harbor East. It came with so much hype before it opened in early August that I wasn’t sure it would live up to expectations. The new restaurant is run by the Atlas Restaurant Group, which has been successful with nearby properties like Ouzo...

  • At Giovanni's, hearty Italian fare and an old-fashioned feel

    At Giovanni's, hearty Italian fare and an old-fashioned feel

    After more than 35 years, John Martino Jr. and his brother, Frank, are still cooking at Giovanni’s Restaurant in Edgewood. The dining room has the white-cloth look of an earlier era when floors were carpeted, the wait staff wore ties and votive candles flickered romantically. The old-fashioned...

  • Eating at Flamant feels like an intimate party

    Eating at Flamant feels like an intimate party

    I felt as if I was going to an intimate party in the cozy cottage that houses Flamant in West Annapolis. A pleasant woman greeted us at the door as we approached and chatted with us during the evening like a gracious hostess. We didn’t meet the restaurant’s creative chef-owner, Frederik De Pue,...

  • One-Eyed Mike's is known for its Grand Marnier Club, but food deserves attention too

    One-Eyed Mike's is known for its Grand Marnier Club, but food deserves attention too

    When we entered One-Eyed Mike’s in Fells Point on a recent Friday, we faced a raucous crowd of drinkers and a wall of Grand Marnier bottles in the narrow bar area. The restaurant claims to host the first and largest club dedicated to the French, orange-flavored cognac. But we weren’t there to drink....

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