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  • Sammy's Enoteca brings solid Italian fare to Fells Point

    Sammy's Enoteca brings solid Italian fare to Fells Point

    Change is afoot in Fells Point. Old bars are closing, new places are opening, and Harbor East and Canton seem to be extending their shiny tentacles into the historic neighborhood. There's a lot of energy, especially in anticipation of Kevin Plank's forthcoming Sagamore Pendry Baltimore hotel, scheduled...

  • Blaze Pizza makes its mark on Baltimore's growing fast-casual pizza scene

    Blaze Pizza makes its mark on Baltimore's growing fast-casual pizza scene

    The fast-casual concept is all the rage in the restaurant world. Now, Blaze Pizza is fueling the fire with its custom-made pizzas cooked in 180 seconds in an open-flame oven. The franchise, which started in California in 2012, opened an Inner Harbor storefront in April, just off Market Place. Other...

  • Loch Bar in Harbor East boasts posh digs and pricey seafood

    Loch Bar in Harbor East boasts posh digs and pricey seafood

    If you want to dress to impress, this is the place to do it. It's swank, posh — and expensive. But it's also fun and beautiful. Loch Bar is the newest jewel of the Atlas Restaurant Group, which operates the glitzy Ouzo Bay in Harbor East and Boca Raton, Fla., and Azumi in Harbor East. It's connected...

  • Dovecote a charming cafe in Reservoir Hill

    Dovecote a charming cafe in Reservoir Hill

    As I approached the entrance to Dovecote Cafe in Reservoir Hill, I noticed the name of a previous occupant etched in tile on the walkway — Parkview Pharmacy. A sense of history washed over me. The space had probably been a hub for neighbors looking for cures before a period of decline in the area....

  • Cafe Mezcla's Ellicott City location does a bustling brunch

    Cafe Mezcla's Ellicott City location does a bustling brunch

    A good waffle is hard to find. A good crepe is even harder. Café Mezcla has found the recipe for both. The small eatery specializing in these breakfast items opened its first Howard County location in 2014 in Columbia. In January, it expanded to the U.S. 40 corridor in Ellicott City. Both cafes...

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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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