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  • At Lib's Grill in Maple Lawn, stellar food and service in an unlikely setting

    At Lib's Grill in Maple Lawn, stellar food and service in an unlikely setting

    There’s something extra energizing about encountering stellar food and service in an unlikely place. Nothing about Maple Lawn, the rather faceless development in Fulton where Lib’s Grill opened in December, suggests that fine dining could beckon there. An initial look inside the restaurant doesn’t...

  • Baldwin's Station remains an appealing destination in Sykesville

    Baldwin's Station remains an appealing destination in Sykesville

    Helping to put the picturesque in Sykesville is the former B&O Railroad depot, designed in vibrant Queen Anne style by E. Francis Baldwin. Opened in 1884, it fell into disrepair after the suspension of rail passenger service in the 1950s. But, rechristened Baldwin’s Station and substantially renovated,...

  • Get It Inn provides spicy addition to Locust Point

    Get It Inn provides spicy addition to Locust Point

    If you remember the old Monty Python skit about the restaurant that featured spam in every dish, even lobster thermidor, you’ll remember when Baltimore’s eating dens seemed to structure menus almost entirely around crab. Then came the culinary enlightenment that gave us a greatly expanded scene...

  • Emma's Tea Spot brings a bit of British charm to Hamilton

    Emma's Tea Spot brings a bit of British charm to Hamilton

    Nothing gets an Anglophile’s heart a-racing like the arrival of an authentic British tea shop in the Baltimore area. If, like me, you’re addicted to the venerable British soap opera “EastEnders” — Hey, WETA-UK: Couldn’t you air the show more than twice a week? We’re 11 years behind the series in...

  • Interesting menu, enjoyable view at Ampersea

    Interesting menu, enjoyable view at Ampersea

    Given its prime location along the Inner Harbor’s edge in Fells Point, Ampersea has a lot going for it even before getting to the thoughtful food. Formerly the Waterfront Kitchen, the space underwent a makeover early this year resulting in a crisply contemporary dining room. Nautical-evocative...

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  • Travel host Samantha Brown pays a visit to Baltimore, Nancy by SNAC

    Travel host Samantha Brown pays a visit to Baltimore, Nancy by SNAC

    Samantha Brown, host of “Samantha Brown’s Places to Love,” spent the past few days filming in the Baltimore area, according to a show representative. Brown stopped by Nancy by SNAC, the art cafe located in Station North, which closed for the morning to accommodate the filming, according to a post...

  • Tuscan restaurant Palio opens in Owings Mills this week

    Tuscan restaurant Palio opens in Owings Mills this week

    The popular Wegman’s shopping center has a new addition: Palio at Foundry Row will host a grand opening Tuesday and open to the public the next day. The Tuscan-style restaurant at 10090 Reisterstown Road prides itself on Italian classics like pasta and pizza fired in the brick oven serving as the...

  • Top Baltimore-area spots to enjoy a drink outdoors

    Top Baltimore-area spots to enjoy a drink outdoors

    After a winter that seemed to overextend its welcome and then weekends filled with rain, many around Baltimore would enjoy nothing more than taking in a hot day with a drink in hand. Rahul Raghavan, a former Canton resident now living in Oregon, was back in town on a recent weekday, taking in the...

  • Smoking Swine, other Baltimore food trucks to open brick-and-mortar site with live music

    Smoking Swine, other Baltimore food trucks to open brick-and-mortar site with live music

    Lovers of The Smoking Swine’s barbecue might be able to stop chasing the truck as early as late this year. Drew Pumphrey, who owns the Baltimore-based catering company, said he has partnered with several other local food trucks to open a brick-and-mortar location in Baltimore’s Brooklyn neighborhood....

  • Now serving burgers, IHOP is IHOb — for now

    Now serving burgers, IHOP is IHOb — for now

    It became a point of national interest when IHOP announced it was changing its name to IHOb last week, and now the brand is finally revealing what the "b" stands for. Although many guessed it stood for a breakfast food like biscuits, bacon, butter, or even more plausibly, breakfast, IHOP has revealed...

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  • Harvest improves, but guilt-free crab still elusive

    Harvest improves, but guilt-free crab still elusive

    Nobody asked me — because I'm still abstaining from eating crabs — but … Apparently, the 2015 harvest has picked up. "Considerably," said Robert T. Brown, Sr., president of the Maryland Watermen's Association. "I'm not going to be able to put a percentage on it yet, but it's up quite a bit, especially...

  • With Md. crabs scarcer than usual, prices from other sources rise

    With Md. crabs scarcer than usual, prices from other sources rise

    With Father's Day looming, consumers' appetite for steamed crabs is growing. But restaurants are paying $50 to $60 more per bushel for crabs than they did at this time last year — and consumers are paying $2 to $15 more per dozen, according to local restaurateurs. Though locally caught crabs are...

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  • Bay's crabs rebounding, survey finds

    Bay's crabs rebounding, survey finds

    The Chesapeake Bay's crab population has rebounded from last year's perilously low level, state officials reported Monday, meaning there could be more of the iconic crustaceans to feast on this summer — though at what price is anyone's guess. Despite a frigid winter that killed nearly one in five...

  • Commercial horseshoe crab fishery in Del. to close July 9

    Commercial horseshoe crab fishery in Del. to close July 9

    DOVER, Del. — Fish and wildlife officials say Delaware's commercial horseshoe crab fishery is set to close as its quota nears. The commercial fishery will close at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. After that, officials say, it will be unlawful to harvest horseshoe crabs this year. Under the management plan...

  • Oprah gets Pappas crab cakes delivered; says you can, too

    Oprah gets Pappas crab cakes delivered; says you can, too

    Oprah Winfrey put her love for Pappas crab cakes on the photo-sharing site Instagram on Tuesday. "Had my favorite Baltimore's Best crab cake delivered. You can too. Worth it!" the famous former Baltimore resident said in her Instagram post. The original Pappas restaurant opened on Taylor Avenue...

  • Not all Maryland crab cakes as local as advertised

    Not all Maryland crab cakes as local as advertised

    Here’s a thought for Maryland seafood lovers to sink their teeth into: A survey has found that more than a third of the crab cakes tested at Maryland and Washington, D.C., restaurants were not local blue crab as advertised, but imported crab. Crab cakes at Baltimore and Annapolis restaurants had...

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