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  • Cardinal Tavern raises bar on pub food with Southern-inspired menu

    Cardinal Tavern raises bar on pub food with Southern-inspired menu

    The owner of Cardinal Tavern in Canton fell in love with Baltimore when he was a kid visiting from Elizabethtown, Pa. Now 38, Justin Hostetter, who lives in York, Pa., returned to the city when looking for a new business venture. "I was drawn to this area," said Hostetter, who purchased Cardinal...

  • Grotto Pizza brings a slice of beach dining to Columbia

    Grotto Pizza brings a slice of beach dining to Columbia

    Grotto Pizza has come a long way since its beach beginnings in 1960. Over the years, the former takeout stand in Rehoboth Beach, Del., has expanded into a full-service restaurant with almost two dozen locations throughout Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The recently opened Grotto Pizza in...

  • Stone's Cove KitBar adds excitement to Harford's evolving food scene

    Stone's Cove KitBar adds excitement to Harford's evolving food scene

    For many years, Harford County was an unexciting place to dine out. You could find the usual assortment of national chains and fast-food franchises, but other options were limited. In the past couple of years, though, more adventurous concepts have opened, like Alchemy Elements, Birroteca and One...

  • Kippo Ramen's simple authenticity shines in Fells Point

    Kippo Ramen's simple authenticity shines in Fells Point

    Kippo Ramen in Fells Point is joining the ranks of other noodle shops that have popped up around the area. But the eatery has more than its signature food rooted in the culture of Japan. Its owner, Shigehiko "Jacky" Okiebisu, grew up there. After watching a documentary about achieving the American...

  • Modern Cook Shop combines market and restaurant with ease

    Modern Cook Shop combines market and restaurant with ease

    A smaller version of the famed Eataly has come to Fells Point in the form of Modern Cook Shop. And I like it a lot. Andy Gruver, who owns the new market-and-restaurant combo with business partner Jason Sanchez, said he was inspired by celebrity chef Mario Batali's Italian food halls in New York...

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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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