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Collection: Baltimore Sun restaurant reviews

  • Flavor comes first at Maggie's Farm

    Flavor comes first at Maggie's Farm

    Maggie's Farm has had a tumultuous few years. Fortunately, it's emerged as lovable as ever. The restaurant is on Harford Road in the former home of Chameleon Cafe, an early pioneer in Baltimore's farm-to-table restaurant scene. In 2012, Chameleon was reborn as Maggie's Farm, still a farm-driven...

  • Woodfire Kitchen brings farm-fresh flavor to Parkton

    Woodfire Kitchen brings farm-fresh flavor to Parkton

    Northern Maryland is home to some of the state's most impressive farmland — so it makes sense that Woodfire Kitchen, which opened in June in Parkton, has a menu driven by locally sourced ingredients. Woodfire's owners, Joyce and David Cardwell Sr. and Craig Nachodsky, live in the Hereford Zone...

  • With new chef, Fork & Wrench keeps its focus, creativity

    With new chef, Fork & Wrench keeps its focus, creativity

    Fork & Wrench opened 31/2 years ago and quickly became one of the city's hottest reservations. Diners could not get enough of the Canton restaurant's creative American food or its cool space, outfitted with a wild collection of retro objects. A few years — and a few chefs — later, some of the buzz...

  • Play Cafe caters to kids in Hampden

    Play Cafe caters to kids in Hampden

    Parents know that going out to eat with young kids can be a trying experience. In fact, anyone who has ever sat near fussy kids can attest to this. Toddlers don't want to sit and they have a tendency to be loud at exactly the wrong time. Most reasonable people agree that it's not smart or fair...

  • Bella Vista is a good addition to the Quarry Lake area

    Bella Vista is a good addition to the Quarry Lake area

    Bella Vista Italian Restaurant is right at home in The Shops at Quarry Lake. Though the restaurant, which opened in early July, lacks the Old World charm of a spot in Little Italy, it has the sort of broad likability that bodes well for its success. The kitchen turns out mostly well-executed, approachable...

  • At 5485 in Columbia, good food and inconsistent service

    At 5485 in Columbia, good food and inconsistent service

    Restaurants located in major hotel chains have a specific challenge. Their offerings need to be broad enough to appeal to travelers, and ideally, they'll also be good enough to attract locals. 5485 Restaurant & Bar, which opened in June in the newly remodeled space in Columbia's DoubleTree Hotel,...

  • Cava Mezze adds to the small-plate scene

    Cava Mezze adds to the small-plate scene

    Mezze isn't a new concept in the Baltimore dining scene. We've got plenty of Mediterranean spots, from casual to high end, and more than a few restaurants that focus on small plates. But as a restaurant concept, it's not overplayed, either. So Cava Mezze, which opened in late June in Harbor East,...

  • Breadbangers in Riverside is tasty and fun

    Breadbangers in Riverside is tasty and fun

    Breadbangers, a new restaurant in Riverside, is the collaboration we never knew we needed: sandwiches and rock music. The restaurant opened in June in a corner spot that has, over the past few years, been home to a variety of short-lived restaurant experiments, including Sly Fox, Soigne and, most...

  • Magdalena at the Ivy: refined and gorgeous

    Magdalena at the Ivy: refined and gorgeous

    Dinner at Magdalena, the restaurant in the newly opened Ivy Hotel, is gorgeous. The space, the drinks and the food come together to create one of the loveliest dining experiences Baltimore has to offer. Magdalena's team uses the phrase "upscale casual" to describe the restaurant, which opened in...

  • Sophisticated Mexican fare at El Bufalo in Canton

    Sophisticated Mexican fare at El Bufalo in Canton

    For more than two decades, Canton Square has been home to some of the city's most famous Mexican food. Nacho Mama's, which opened in early 1994, has earned a longstanding reputation as a fun spot for hubcaps full of margaritas and likable, if not perfectly authentic, Mexican fare. In 2012, Nacho...

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