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Collection: Baltimore Sun restaurant reviews

  • Corfu, a cool Ionian breeze by Cross Street Market

    Corfu, a cool Ionian breeze by Cross Street Market

    Corfu, a Mediterranean cafe specializing in Greek small plates, opened in early June on Cross Street in Federal Hill. The owner is Steve Armenis, a native of Athens, who formerly owned Zeus Cafe in Fells Point. Armenis named his new restaurant after a Greek island in the Ionian sea, and with walls...

  • Surprising food makes Park Bench Pub a hit in Riverside

    Surprising food makes Park Bench Pub a hit in Riverside

    In most restaurants, the space offers clues about what happens in the kitchen. Pictures of Italy on the walls, signs for Mexican beer, or crisp white linens on the table all tell stories that diners understand. There are no such visual clues at Park Bench Pub in Riverside. So when the kitchen of...

  • Homespun is sophisticated at Preserve in Annapolis

    Homespun is sophisticated at Preserve in Annapolis

    Preserve, a smart, mostly winning and extremely loud American restaurant, opened in mid-April in the space on Main Street in Annapolis that was formerly home to Aqua Terra. The restaurant's name refers, in part, to the restaurant's pickling and preserve program. And running through the menu, like...

  • Clavel in Remington is a joyful taqueria

    Clavel in Remington is a joyful taqueria

    On the menu at Clavel, a new Mexican-inspired establishment in Remington, there are seven kinds of tacos, a quesadilla, a couple of ceviche preparations, a torta and a few dips like guacamole and frijoles puercos, a puree of beans with chorizo and pickled jalapeno. There is also a Mexican hot cheese-and-bean...

  • Beans & Grapes is a great local spot in Upper Fells

    Beans & Grapes is a great local spot in Upper Fells

    City living has a lot to recommend it, not the least of which is the appeal of a welcoming neighborhood bar that serves good food. Beans & Grapes, which opened in Upper Fells Point in 2014, isn't the fanciest or most avant-garde place in Baltimore — not by a long shot. But the food is likable,...

  • Birroteca is a treat for Bel Air

    Birroteca is a treat for Bel Air

    The second location does everything the first one does, and a little more quietly

  • Great chicken, friendly service at Lima's in Catonsville

    Great chicken, friendly service at Lima's in Catonsville

    Sometime over the past few years, Peruvian chicken captured the hearts and stomachs of Marylanders. This is no surprise. Peru's approach to chicken preparation is undeniably tasty, with herb-heavy marinades and a roasting process that results in tender, juicy chicken. Plus, that chicken can be...

  • Bistro Rx settles in with risk-taking chef

    Bistro Rx settles in with risk-taking chef

    The city is full of fine little neighborhood bistros, cafes and taverns like Bistro Rx. These are places that don't get much attention or win prizes but instead go quietly about the business of being a restaurant, a place where people come for good food and company and a place to unwind. Bistro...

  • Silk Road in Pikesville showcases Uzbekistan's cuisine

    Silk Road in Pikesville showcases Uzbekistan's cuisine

    In conversations about the world's great food countries, Uzbekistan doesn't come up a lot. But maybe it should. That's the conclusion we drew from a recent visit to Silk Road Bistro, a Pikesville restaurant dedicated to the cuisine of the former Soviet republic. The food and staff at Silk Road...

  • Centre Park Grill in Columbia serves up good, traditional fare

    Centre Park Grill in Columbia serves up good, traditional fare

    Over the past few years, as the Baltimore region's restaurant scene has grown, it's also gotten more specialized. When a new place opens, it often has a hook — a focus on noodles or comfort food or some other aspect of a particular cuisine. Centre Park Grill, which opened in April on the first...

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