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  • Snake Hill in Highlandtown is a meat lovers' paradise

    Snake Hill in Highlandtown is a meat lovers' paradise

    They had us at "artisan sausage grill." Never mind the dozens of beers, clever cocktails, happy hour lunch and fun atmosphere that includes a bar top made up of 17,000 Scrabble tiles and an old-fashioned fortune teller machine. We didn't even care that we had to bus our own tables. That's right....

  • Dinner with Firenze family tastes like home

    Dinner with Firenze family tastes like home

    With ties to the now-closed Velleggia's in Baltimore, Larry and Brian Leonardi know a thing or two about Italian restaurants. In their youth, the brothers worked at their uncle's downtown restaurant as busboys, servers and cooks. They pursued other careers before heading north this year to open...

  • Eating with the enemy at Primanti Bros. in Hagerstown

    Eating with the enemy at Primanti Bros. in Hagerstown

    Baltimore's notorious rivalry with Pittsburgh doesn't end on the football field. Now, the cities are also being pitted against each other in the restaurant arena. Zagat recently rated Steel City as this year's No. 1 top food city in the country. Charm City came in second place, rubbing salt into...

  • Bottega remains on top of its game

    Bottega remains on top of its game

    Bottega's plotline has more twists and turns than a soap opera. The tiny Italian trattoria in Station North closed in early June, with owner Adrien Aeschliman promising to reopen in a bigger space in Hampden. Months ticked by with no new restaurant. Loyal diners feared it was the end of the charming...

  • Tortilleria Sinaloa's second location maintains its authenticity

    Tortilleria Sinaloa's second location maintains its authenticity

    When I first saw a sign on the Central Avenue building announcing that Tortilleria Sinaloa would be opening there, I did a double take. How exciting, I thought. But then I wondered if the tiny Eastern Avenue tacqueria would be able to make the transition. The offspring is introducing its fresh-made-daily...

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  • The meaning of Ikea's restaurant and meatball makeover

    The meaning of Ikea's restaurant and meatball makeover

    When Ikea executives ponder changes to the restaurants within their sprawling furniture stores, they think about an imaginary customer they've dubbed Sarah. Sarah is the average Ikea diner: She's in her 30s, gets a moderate amount of exercise, eats three meals and two snacks a day. And when legions...

  • Smashburger debuts in Ellicott City

    Smashburger debuts in Ellicott City

    Spatulas have long been pressing hamburgers on a grill, but Smashburgers are different, says Christine Ferris, public relations and marketing manager of the eponymous burger venue opened on Route 40 in Ellicott City in November. “Smashing is definitely not a gimmick,” she maintains; it’s a process...

  • Black Flag Brewing Co. coming to Columbia

    Black Flag Brewing Co. coming to Columbia

    Brian Gaylor was a long way from home when he decided to open a local brewery. Snowed in on a 2010 business trip, Gaylor spent the afternoon with colleagues and new friends sipping local craft brews at a pub in Minneapolis. When the subject of dream jobs came up, Gaylor said he’d open a brewery....

  • Make bowls of Super Bowl snacks

    The biggest religious holidays in America, it has often been noted, are Christmas, Easter and the Super Bowl. Nothing brings us together like Super Bowl Sunday. It is a day when we all unite in peace and harmony to enjoy a single event together. Republicans sit down with Democrats, dog lovers with...

  • Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry's now has nondairy ice cream

    Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry's now has nondairy ice cream

    Raise your spoons: Ben & Jerry's now has nondairy ice cream. The Vermont ice cream maker has created four flavors using a certified vegan almond milk base. Available are the classic Chunky Monkey and Chocolate Fudge Brownie flavors, plus a couple of new ones: Coffee Caramel Fudge and P.B. and Cookies....

  • Recipe Finder: Cafeteria-style peanut butter cookies are pleasantly old school

    Recipe Finder: Cafeteria-style peanut butter cookies are pleasantly old school

    Jessica Wright of Ellicott City was in search of the recipe for a peanut butter cookie like the one she remembers from her school days in Harford County's public schools. She said that when she was a student there in the late 1970s and early '80s, the cafeteria served the best peanut butter cookies....

  • In Towson, two Italian women indulge their culinary passion

    In Towson, two Italian women indulge their culinary passion

    Italians Giulia Sereni and Sara Burro are kindred spirits, especially when it comes to cooking. Sereni, 29, came to Baltimore from Milan in 2013 for her husband Andrea Banzatti's job as an astronomy researcher for the Space Telescope Science Institute on the Homewood campus of Johns Hopkins University....

  • Three Nacho Recipes For Gametime Or Anytime

    Three Nacho Recipes For Gametime Or Anytime

    Nachos are a most perfect food: The crispy chips, the melted cheese and the endless possibilities for toppings make this snack a goldmine of textures and flavors, for gametime or anytime. For the big game, go beyond serving your guests simple chips and cheese with these mind-blowing (and surprisingly...

  • 9 wines for the big game

    Aren't you glad you're not going to the Super Bowl? Paying an average of more than $5,000 a seat? And another $80 for a parking space at Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. where they still won't let you celebrate the patriotic American tradition of tailgating? Oh, you can bring your own food...

  • To support craft beer industry, Gov. Hogan renames month 'FeBREWary'

    To support craft beer industry, Gov. Hogan renames month 'FeBREWary'

    In an effort to promote Maryland's craft beer industry, which has more than 50 breweries operating and more to come, Gov. Larry Hogan has proclaimed this month "FeBREWary." Events featuring beers from state breweries are scheduled to take place all month long. While the relatively mild weather...

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  • Waterfront Kitchen's new chef brings food to life

    Waterfront Kitchen's new chef brings food to life

    Waterfront Kitchen seems to change chefs as frequently as the items on its New American seasonal menu. Chris Amendola, formerly of Bookmaker's Cocktail Club and Fleet Street Kitchen, is now taking his turn at the Fells Point restaurant, which can rightfully claim one of the best harbor views in...

  • Mi and Yu Noodle Bar keeps it simple

    Mi and Yu Noodle Bar keeps it simple

    This isn't a traditional American noodle house, where the menu tries to cover as many Asian specialties as possible. Chef Edward Kim had a different vision when he opened Mi and Yu Noodle Bar in Federal Hill in September. "I wanted a casual, make-your-own noodles place," he said. "I wanted it to...

  • Ciao Bella restaurant offers lovely, familiar welcome in Little Italy

    Ciao Bella restaurant offers lovely, familiar welcome in Little Italy

    Editor's note: This week we introduce Suzanne Loudermilk as The Sun's dining critic. Suzanne has established a deep well of knowledge covering Baltimore and reviewing restaurants. Her criticism will make up a core component of The Sun's food and drinks coverage, alongside news and features from...

  • Pane e Vino in Little Italy boasts new menu, old world charm

    Pane e Vino in Little Italy boasts new menu, old world charm

    The narrow streets and twinkling lights of Little Italy have been a part of the city's cultural fabric for decades. Both tourists and locals love it for the charm that comes, in no small part, from restaurants that have earned generations of fans. But change occurs, and when it does, it can improve...

  • CuVino offers traditional Italian, but what's the rush?

    CuVino offers traditional Italian, but what's the rush?

    Italian food brings people together. It can be vegetarian-friendly but also appease meat-lovers. Some dishes are comforting and stick to the ribs; others are light and healthy. It's beloved by all ages — toddlers like it just as much as grandmothers. Its popularity is vast — this year, the National...

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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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    Maryland crabs

  • 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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