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Collection: Baltimore Sun restaurant reviews

  • Chicken Rico expands to Inner Harbor

    Chicken Rico expands to Inner Harbor

    In 1995, when the Giordano and Sanchez family opened their first Peruvian chicken restaurant in the United States — Super Chicken in suburban Virginia — most Americans knew little about Peruvian food. Even just a few years ago, long after the family had branched out to Baltimore, opening Chicken...

  • Towson's Cafe Troia gently adjusts its format

    Towson's Cafe Troia gently adjusts its format

    The original Cafe Troia opened officially as a full cafe in 1992 but had operated for several years before that as an Italian grocery with a few tables. Cafe Troia was something new for Towson, a quiet, relaxing and sophisticated space for enjoying well-prepared Northern Italian cuisine that had...

  • Brown Rice near Charles Village does Korean fast casual right

    Brown Rice near Charles Village does Korean fast casual right

    Over the past few years, Korean food and "fast casual" dining have been trends on the rise, both in Baltimore and around the country. It was only a matter of time before a fast-casual Korean restaurant popped up in the city. Brown Rice is that spot. Opened earlier this year in a convenient location...

  • Mussel Bar & Grille makes a delicious, noisy entrance in Harbor East

    Mussel Bar & Grille makes a delicious, noisy entrance in Harbor East

    I've heard this from a few friends about the new Harbor East restaurant called Mussel Bar & Grille: "Well, I hope the mussels are good. That's the name of the place." I have good news for them. The mussels, which arrive at the table gleaming and smiling in the cast-iron pots they're steamed in,...

  • The Hideaway in Odenton is smokin'

    The Hideaway in Odenton is smokin'

    Bob Krohn is excited about his barbecue. He should be. Krohn is the man behind the smoker at The Hideaway, the out-of-the-way Odenton restaurant he co-owns with Danny and Diane Reugg. The restaurant is in the space that formerly housed Jim's Hideaway, a crab house that was an Odenton fixture for...

  • Of Love & Regret: corner tavern, gypsy soul

    Of Love & Regret: corner tavern, gypsy soul

    There have been a few changes at Of Love & Regret. When it opened in the spring of 2012, the Conkling Street tavern was only using its first floor, a cheerful and cozy space that feels both sophisticated and neighborly, the traditional Baltimore corner bar re-imagined with handsome reclaimed materials...

  • Yama Sushi is a visual treat that also tastes great

    Yama Sushi is a visual treat that also tastes great

    The main requirement for a good sushi experience is fresh, high-quality fish that is beautifully prepared. But to advance a level — to jump from good to great — the meal also has to deliver a little visual drama. At Yama Sushi Bar in Hoes Heights near Hampden, that excitement comes with almost...

  • Ramen is trendy, but hopefully Ejji Ramen is here to stay

    Ramen is trendy, but hopefully Ejji Ramen is here to stay

    A few years ago, the food world was all abuzz about the Vietnamese noodle soup pho. These days, the noodle soup-obsessed have shifted their allegiance to Japanese-style ramen. Once associated with dorm rooms and starving artists, ramen has come into its own in America, inspiring food trucks, pop-ups...

  • Food and guitar at Jokers 'n Thieves, new on O'Donnell Square

    Food and guitar at Jokers 'n Thieves, new on O'Donnell Square

    The new Canton joint Jokers 'n Thieves — its name comes from a Bob Dylan song — is the kind of place where people come for some live music, a few stiff bourbon cocktails, and then discover, almost inadvertently, that their cool new hangout also serves fantastic food. This is the O'Donnell Square...

  • Ware House 518 is on track to be terrific

    Ware House 518 is on track to be terrific

    Ware House 518 could be Baltimore's next great date spot. The Mount Vernon restaurant has much of what it takes to put it on the date-night map: mostly well-executed food, great drinks and a show-stopping space. The service is personable, if a bit slow. Now all it needs is more of those people...

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