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  • Mount Airy’s Bolder restaurant is worth the drive

    Mount Airy’s Bolder restaurant is worth the drive

    If you’re in search of a good meal, it’s worth a drive to Howard County’s western border. Bolder, a new restaurant in Mount Airy, is a pleasant surprise. The restaurant’s modest exterior along rural Frederick Road (Route 144) doesn’t do justice to the stylish decor and delicious and seasonal New...

  • 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...

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  • 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,...

  • 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...

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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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