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  • Kabobi is a charming, more casual spinoff of Afghan gem The Helmand

    Kabobi is a charming, more casual spinoff of Afghan gem The Helmand

    Going to The Helmand in Mount Vernon is a dining rite of passage for many Baltimoreans. We're proud of this Afghan gem that has been in our midst since 1989. Now, there's a spinoff — Kabobi from The Helmand — near Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Middle East neighborhood. The two Helmand restaurants,...

  • At the Black Olive, ordinary dishes become outstanding

    At the Black Olive, ordinary dishes become outstanding

    I'm as guilty as anyone: I gravitate to the shiny new restaurant of the month. But I was reminded recently of a gastronomic treasure in our midst after a visit to The Black Olive in Fells Point. The upscale fish tavern, operated by the Spiliadis family, has been serving diners since 1997. (I once...

  • Bird in Hand cafe another hit for Spike Gjerde

    Bird in Hand cafe another hit for Spike Gjerde

    James Beard Award-winning chef Spike Gjerde has another winner on his hands with Bird in Hand. Opened in November, the Charles Village cafe is similar to Gjerde's Artifact Coffee in Hampden, which he described as a "little, locally sourced powerhouse." "Bird in Hand is a smaller-scale Artifact,"...

  • Growing pains mar potential of The Outpost American Tavern

    Growing pains mar potential of The Outpost American Tavern

    I am a great fan of chef Jesse Sandlin. I've been eating her terrific food for almost 10 years at various restaurants. She is now cooking contemporary American dishes at The Outpost American Tavern in Federal Hill, which opened in early March, replacing Porter's Pub. The restaurant, which went...

  • R. House taste test: Our favorite dishes at each stall of the Remington food hall

    R. House taste test: Our favorite dishes at each stall of the Remington food hall

    A visit to R. House is a feast for the senses. Or maybe it's just a delicious feast. With nine food stalls, a bar and a pop-up restaurant, the lively Remington food hall offers plenty of options to satisfy your palate in the former auto garage. We spent several days wandering around the 50,000-square-foot...

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  • The stories behind Thrasher’s fries and other iconic beach foods

    The stories behind Thrasher’s fries and other iconic beach foods

    Ask any Rehoboth regular or OC devotee: Where and what they eat is a key part of what makes a beach trip memorable. While discovering new restaurants is an exciting part of some vacations, for many families, the most important beach eats are ones that are enjoyed year after year. "We like comfort...

  • Traveler's guide to breweries, distilleries at the beach

    Traveler's guide to breweries, distilleries at the beach

    These days, many of us want to know the stories behind the goods we buy, whether it’s food, clothing or, yes, even alcohol. A visit to a beach town can now include a tour of a distillery or brewery, where you not only get to learn how the products are made, but you can taste them, too. These recommendations...

  • Mad River Bar & Grill to close, rebrand in Federal Hill

    Mad River Bar & Grill to close, rebrand in Federal Hill

    Mad River Bar & Grill, a popular nightlife spot in Federal Hill, will close for renovations and a rebranding after Saturday night, said operating partner David Yike. He declined to name or describe the new concept, but said the new restaurant and bar should be open within three months. “The goal...

  • Union Craft Brewing plans ambitious expansion with brewery, retail complex

    Union Craft Brewing plans ambitious expansion with brewery, retail complex

    Hampden’s Union Craft Brewing plans to expand into a larger facility that will anchor a new 10 ½-acre manufacturing and retail complex in nearby Medfield called Union Collective. In addition to a brewery and taproom that’s more than three times larger than Union Craft’s current facility, Union...

  • Food and art collide in restaurant-galleries

    Food and art collide in restaurant-galleries

    Ron Larrimore knows his ink drawings of skulls might not appeal to everyone, but he’s found more buyers than he expected during the month his work has been on display at Snake Hill. Larrimore is the latest artist showcased at the Highlandtown sausage restaurant, one of a number of Baltimore-area...

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  • Standout Chinese, dim sum at Ellicott City's Asian Court

    Standout Chinese, dim sum at Ellicott City's Asian Court

    When I first visited Asian Court in 2012, the restaurant occupied an unassuming spot in an Ellicott City shopping center on busy U.S. 40. But I was so engrossed with the excellent Chinese food that I didn't pay much attention to the bare-bones dining room. Then, last summer, the owners — Kay Chen...

  • Slainte's Irish cuisine is worth your attention year-round

    Slainte's Irish cuisine is worth your attention year-round

    Everyone is Irish on St. Patrick's Day. But Slainte Irish Pub and Restaurant in Fells Point celebrates the culture's gastronomy on a daily basis. Dishes like corned beef and cabbage and shepherd's pie are staples on the menu, as are beverages such as Guinness, Harp Lager and Irish coffee. There...

  • At Black Forest Taphouse, homage to Josef's with stark changes

    At Black Forest Taphouse, homage to Josef's with stark changes

    Black Forest Taphouse looks nothing like the former Josef's Country Inn in Fallston, a fine-dining establishment that had white tablecloths and fussy decor. The new place has a stark, almost soulless design with bare tables, dark wood and plain walls. Its saving grace is the mostly good food and...

  • 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...

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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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