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  • Baby's on Fire, a combo record store-cafe, offers harmonious experience

    Baby's on Fire, a combo record store-cafe, offers harmonious experience

    With the renewed popularity of vinyl records, David Koslowski had a plan. Instead of the standard bookstore/cafe, he would combine his coffee shop with a record store. His wife, Shirlé Hale-Koslowski, was a willing partner. She has run a personal-chef business, Four Corners Cuisine, for 15 years....

  • Dylan's Oyster Cellar shows passion for seafood

    Dylan's Oyster Cellar shows passion for seafood

    After success serving oysters in a temporary space in Mount Vernon, Dylan Salmon began looking for a permanent location. He found just the spot for Dylan's Oyster Cellar in Hampden. "I walked in and fell in love with it," said Salmon of the property that formerly housed a florist. After renovations,...

  • Chick P City a pleasing Middle Eastern carryout in Mount Vernon

    Chick P City a pleasing Middle Eastern carryout in Mount Vernon

    Baltimore has expanded its culinary boundaries in recent years, as a hodgepodge of global offerings has brought more diverse menus to the city and surrounding counties. Chick P City, which opened in early December in Mount Vernon, is the latest entry. The place looks like a typical carryout shop,...

  • Parker's taps into nostalgia with familiar American fare

    Parker's taps into nostalgia with familiar American fare

    The adage "everything old is new again" applies at Parker's in White Marsh. After 60 years as the Williamsburg Inn, the restaurant has evolved under a new owner and a new vision. I remember going there in its earlier days with grandparents. The staid, Colonial-style building served familiar American...

  • Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz a sunny addition to Harford County dining scene

    Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz a sunny addition to Harford County dining scene

    Don't let the name fool you — Uncle's Hawaiian Grindz in Fallston is not a coffee shop. Some people think "grindz" refers to ground coffee beans, said Kosmas "Tommie" Koukoulis. But the casual spot in the Fallston Village Center, which Koukoulis owns with Hawaiian-born executive chef Kaimana Chee,...

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  • Unpacking the chicken box: The story behind Baltimore's carryout staple

    Unpacking the chicken box: The story behind Baltimore's carryout staple

    On a recent afternoon at Sunny's Subs, Dion and Alfred Allen dug fingers-first into Styrofoam clamshells filled with Western fries and chicken wings covered in ketchup. The brothers and Morgan State University students come to the carryout, just a short walk from campus, as often as they can, and...

  • Annapolis-based Vida Taco Bar coming to Harbor Point

    Annapolis-based Vida Taco Bar coming to Harbor Point

    An Annapolis-based taco bar is making its Baltimore debut later this year. Vida Taco Bar is set to open in 1405 Point, an apartment tower under construction at Harbor Point, according to a news release from Beatty Development Group. The restaurant serves a mix of traditional and novel tacos, with...

  • Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop to offer 61-cent cannolis for 61st anniversary

    Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop to offer 61-cent cannolis for 61st anniversary

    Vaccaro's Italian Pastry Shop will serve 61-cent cannolis on Thursday to celebrate its 61st anniversary. The Little Italy shop at 222 Albemarle St. will offer its regular large cannoli for 61 cents, with a limit of two per customer. Regular cannolis are usually $4.95 a piece. The deal is being...

  • Snow day specials at Baltimore restaurants and bars

    Snow day specials at Baltimore restaurants and bars

    For some in Baltimore, a substantial amount of snow — and a subsequent day off from work — means one thing: Head to the bar. Local bars and restaurants know their audience, which means earlier operating hours and discounts on drinks and food. Here's a running list of establishments opening their...

  • Bel-Loc Diner to close March 26 after 53 years

    Bel-Loc Diner to close March 26 after 53 years

    After 53 years, the Bel-Loc Diner in Towson is closing. The diner announced that its last day will be Sunday, March 26, in a March 11 message to patrons on its Facebook page. "We wouldn't have done it without you. We hope that you can join us for a meal or two prior to closing," the post reads....

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  • Butchers Hill Society brings diners in on a neighborhood secret

    Butchers Hill Society brings diners in on a neighborhood secret

    In case you haven't noticed, chef Malcolm Mitchell is making his mark on Baltimore's food scene. He opened Ryder's, a gastropub in Upper Fells Point, last summer; The Kitchen Market, a specialty food shop, in the fall; and most recently, Butchers Hill Society, a wine bar in the neighborhood that...

  • At Nacho Mama's in Towson, atmosphere and drinks are the draw

    At Nacho Mama's in Towson, atmosphere and drinks are the draw

    The spirit of Patrick "Scunny" McCusker, who founded Nacho Mama's in Canton in 1994, lives on. A second Nacho Mama's opened in Towson in mid-November, continuing McCusker's love affair with Natty Boh, Baltimore sports and Elvis Presley. "It's our love of Baltimore that made us want to spread from...

  • Milton Inn still wows in 70th year

    Milton Inn still wows in 70th year

    The Milton Inn enters the new year with a couple of milestone anniversaries to celebrate: The Sparks restaurant is celebrating its 70th year, and chef-owner Brian Boston is marking 20 years in the kitchen. We're glad we rediscovered this historic Baltimore County gem, which went through a major...

  • Royal Taj's excellent fare shines in a beautiful space

    Royal Taj's excellent fare shines in a beautiful space

    From the outside, Royal Taj looks like another nondescript suburban restaurant in Columbia. But when you step in the door, it’s hard not to gawk. The place is gorgeous. And when you find out the space used to be an Applebee’s, you shake your head in wonder. “We designed it ourselves,” said owner...

  • Mount Everest Restaurant is quality option for Indian cuisine in Hampden

    Mount Everest Restaurant is quality option for Indian cuisine in Hampden

    The butter-soft ivory banquettes are gone. So are the chairs padded with flashy leopard seat covers. And the food, of course, is different. But Mount Everest Restaurant in Hampden is making its imprint on the space formerly occupied by Alchemy, whose owners now operate Alchemy Elements in Bel Air....

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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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