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Collection: Baltimore Sun restaurant reviews

  • Local Fry in Federal Hill takes wings and fries up a notch

    Local Fry in Federal Hill takes wings and fries up a notch

    Over the past several years, Baltimore's bar food has steadily improved, with sophisticated flavors and techniques along with a farm-to-table ethos. But what about post-bar food? When the evening's winding down and you realize you're ravenous, the culinary choices are often just not that great....

  • Aromes in Hampden has petit menu

    Aromes in Hampden has petit menu

    Aromes, a beguiling new 28-seat French restaurant in Hampden, is unique in Baltimore. Each night at Aromes, chef and owner Steve Monnier prepares six dishes, including dessert. And that's it. Only a few restaurants in Baltimore offer such a small menu, but their diners get to choose from among...

  • Carlo's Italian Bistro in Cockeysville is familiar, appealing

    Carlo's Italian Bistro in Cockeysville is familiar, appealing

    In Cockeysville, good Italian food is often found in the most unlikely places. Tucked into nondescript shopping centers here and there, locally owned Italian restaurants offer some of the best meals in the zip code. Carlo's Italian Bistro is one of those spots. Located in a building just in front...

  • Dalesio's takes a middle approach in Little Italy

    Dalesio's takes a middle approach in Little Italy

    The more I thought about Dalesio's, the more I liked it. There is something sweetly appealing about the restaurant's modest approach to dining. Dalesio's is one of the quieter restaurants in Little Italy. The restaurant's Eastern Avenue location, on the border between Little Italy and Harbor East...

  • 1157 in Locust Point is a great local spot

    1157 in Locust Point is a great local spot

    Any time a celebrated chef opens a new restaurant, even a tiny one, it's a good idea to pay attention. 1157 Bar + Kitchen, the new Locust Point outpost from Jason Ambrose, proves why. Over the past nine years, Ambrose has developed a solid fan base as the owner and former chef of Salt in Upper...

  • Springs Landing Fine Country Pub pairs five-star food with small-town friendliness

    Springs Landing Fine Country Pub pairs five-star food with small-town friendliness

    History is full of romantic stories starring lone travelers, weary and cold, coming upon quaint country pubs and finding shelter and fellowship for a night. Modern life, with our zippy cars, GPS apps and chain restaurant-filled strip malls, makes these stories feel faraway and foreign. But at Springs...

  • New name for Vito, but the quality endures

    New name for Vito, but the quality endures

    There have been a couple of changes lately at the old Vito's Cafe, a sterling Italian restaurant in a shopping center on York Road in Cockeysville. Last summer, the family-owned establishment, which had been a BYOB, got a license to serve wine, beer and liquor. And more recently, the restaurant,...

  • Burgers and poutine at Clark Burger next to Senator

    Burgers and poutine at Clark Burger next to Senator

    The Inner Harbor's just-opened Shake Shack outpost is garnering big headlines but it's not the only new burger joint in town. On the northern edge of the city, the talk is all about the independently owned restaurant Clark Burger. Clark Burger, which opened in January in the boxy space next to...

  • The name is Latin, the food is Turkish and wonderful

    The name is Latin, the food is Turkish and wonderful

    The new Fells Point restaurant Mare Nostrum is one of the nicest surprises in years. Arriving without publicity, the restaurant serves simple and wonderfully delicious food in a serene and comfortable setting. The pleasures of a meal at Mare Nostrum are direct and uncomplicated. The only tricky...

  • Grille Twelve24 has tasty Peruvian food

    Grille Twelve24 has tasty Peruvian food

    In recent years, Peruvian restaurants have popped up throughout the city and suburbs — think Pisco in Elkridge and the much-loved Puerto 511 near the downtown library. Grille Twelve24, which opened in Mid-Town Belvedere last fall, is one of the area's newer Peruvian spots. With a menu that also...

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