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  • 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...

  • Cafe Fili's Mediterranean food in Mount Vernon deserves your attention

    Cafe Fili's Mediterranean food in Mount Vernon deserves your attention

    Ziad Maalouf has been a longtime restaurateur in Washington. But after observing Baltimore’s growing culinary scene, he decided to get in on the action here. The result, Cafe Fili, opened in Mount Vernon in July. “I love the vibe in Baltimore,” said Maalouf, who has owned Cafe Ole in D.C. for 20...

  • 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...

  • At Chutney Indian Restaurant, staff goes out of its way to make diners feel welcome

    At Chutney Indian Restaurant, staff goes out of its way to make diners feel welcome

    I don’t think I’ve ever been to a restaurant that was this polite — from the warm greeting we received upon arrival to the caring service we got throughout the evening. We felt like cherished friends, even though we’d never been to Chutney Indian Restaurant in Columbia. The niceties didn’t stop...

  • 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...

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  • RavenBeer relocates to DuClaw Brewing's facility in Rosedale

    RavenBeer relocates to DuClaw Brewing's facility in Rosedale

    RavenBeer, a veteran craft-beer company based in Baltimore, is in the process of relocating its operations, including production, to DuClaw Brewing Co. facility in Rosedale, the two companies said on Friday. Previously producing out of the Peabody Heights Brewery in Abell, RavenBeer — the makers...

  • Guinness, Heavy Seas collaborate on two beers

    Guinness, Heavy Seas collaborate on two beers

    Guinness, the Irish beermaker in the midst of building a new brewery in Relay, will release its first collaboration with a Maryland brewery Friday. They worked with nearby Heavy Seas Beer in Halethorpe to create two new beers: Guinness’ The Longest Way Round and Heavy Seas’ The Shortest Way Home....

  • Bar review: Minnow stands out in South Baltimore with whimsical cocktails, technique

    Bar review: Minnow stands out in South Baltimore with whimsical cocktails, technique

    The woman at the bar asked if she could take my picture. The reason wasn’t actually me, but my drink: Love Potion No. 8, a new cocktail on the fall menu at Minnow, the chic-yet-casual, seafood-focused restaurant and bar in South Baltimore. Placed on the bar top, the pale yellow drink dramatically...

  • Annapolis' Dry 85 and Red Red Wine Bar to soon open in Ocean City

    Annapolis' Dry 85 and Red Red Wine Bar to soon open in Ocean City

    Dry 85 and Red Red Wine Bar, two Annapolis restaurants, will soon open second locations in Ocean City. Known for its bourbon selection, the former opens Friday, while the latter — a wine bar that serves pizzas — opens Dec. 1, said owner Brian Bolter. Both located at 12 48th St., the concepts are...

  • Harford County's best restaurants of 2017

    Harford County's best restaurants of 2017

    “What’s for dinner?” It’s a question that strikes fear into the hearts of parents and spouses everywhere. When there’s nothing in the fridge and you’ve tried everything on the takeout menu, it’s time to find a new place to eat. Fortunately, Harford County residents have dozens of recommendations...

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  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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....

  • Woodberry Kitchen wows with new energy

    Woodberry Kitchen wows with new energy

    I hadn’t planned it this way, but I recently found myself perched in the exact same spot at Woodberry Kitchen where I sat when it opened 10 years ago. And just like that day, ensconced in the upper balcony, I had a fantastic meal. In 2007, chef-owner Spike Gjerde was just beginning his mission...

Maryland Crabs

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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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