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  • Honeygrow a fresh addition to Baltimore fast-casual dining scene

    Honeygrow a fresh addition to Baltimore fast-casual dining scene

    Fast-casual is a big buzzword in the restaurant scene these days. Everywhere you turn, eateries that prepare high-quality cuisine without full service seem to be popping up. Honeygrow is such a concept, specializing in salads, stir-fries and fruit bowls made with fresh, local ingredients. The Philadelphia-based...

  • Unexpected excellence at Cask & Grain in Canton

    Unexpected excellence at Cask & Grain in Canton

    When the building next door to Canton's Portside Tavern became available, owner Steve Roop seized the opportunity. But instead of expanding his business of 13 years into the O'Donnell Street space, he decided to open a separate venue called Cask & Grain Kitchen. "Canton needs more restaurants and...

  • Penny Black harkens back to old Fells Point favorite

    Penny Black harkens back to old Fells Point favorite

    While the 18th-century brick homes and Belgian-block streets capture Fells Point's earlier days, it's rare to find a restaurant there that looks like it's been plucked from Colonial times — except for Penny Black. The bar-restaurant at the corner of Thames and Ann streets has a Williamsburg, Va.-style...

  • Artful dishes and calming ambiance at Rachel New American Cuisine in Riverside

    Artful dishes and calming ambiance at Rachel New American Cuisine in Riverside

    Barry Fleischmann is in his element at Rachel New American Cuisine in Riverside. The longtime chef-caterer now has the brick-and-mortar restaurant he always wanted. Fleischmann said he couldn't resist the opportunity to take over the 1875 corner building that formerly housed restaurants like Breadbangers...

  • Cafe Spice serves Indian cuisine with attention to detail

    Cafe Spice serves Indian cuisine with attention to detail

    On a recent weekday evening, Cafe Spice Indian Cuisine in Cockeysville was packed with customers. The servers sprang into action each time a new diner was seated, serving the free cracker-like papadum and seamlessly taking orders. The aromas in the room were tantalizing, as hot plates were delivered...

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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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