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Collection: Baltimore Sun restaurant reviews

  • Diners get culinary cruise at Mari Luna in Pikesville

    Diners get culinary cruise at Mari Luna in Pikesville

    Looking over the menu at Mari Luna Latin Grille is like browsing through a stack of travel brochures. There is churrasco from Portugal, paella from Spain, ropa vieja from Cuba and chamorro de cordero — a lamb shank preparation popular in Mexico. Other offerings, like ceviche and empanadas, are...

  • Korean flavors, techniques sparkle at Be-One Korean BBQ in Station North

    Korean flavors, techniques sparkle at Be-One Korean BBQ in Station North

    During the summer of 2012, Andrew Zimmern of the Travel Channel's "Bizarre Foods" shows descended on the Baltimore region to explore the food scene — including an illuminating visit to several Korean restaurants in Baltimore and in Howard County. Though the show raised the national profile of Baltimore's...

  • At Red Parrot Asian Bistro, too much of a so-so thing

    At Red Parrot Asian Bistro, too much of a so-so thing

    I have to admit I love the idea of putting an affordable and accessible Asian bistro in Station North, just a few doors down from the Charles Theatre. Apparently, so do a lot of other people. On our first visit, early on a Saturday night, moviegoers were streaming steadily into Red Parrot, which...

  • Creators of Iggies bring expertise to Towson with Local Pie

    Creators of Iggies bring expertise to Towson with Local Pie

    Longtime fans of Iggies experienced a bit of panic last summer upon learning that the popular Mount Vernon pizza spot had been sold. Though Iggies loyalists were pleased that the restaurant wouldn't close, they were sorry to say goodbye to owners Lisa Heckman and Peter Wood. Fortunately, Heckman...

  • Family Meal rings the bell for great food in the Inner Harbor

    Family Meal rings the bell for great food in the Inner Harbor

    Family Meal, a modern diner concept from the Frederick-based chef Bryan Voltaggio and his business partner, Hilda Staples, opened just after the new year at the Inner Harbor. This is the second restaurant Voltaggio and Staples have opened in Baltimore in the past seven months; Aggio, a contemporary...

  • Ryleigh's Oyster in Mount Vernon revives a cultural corridor corner

    Ryleigh's Oyster in Mount Vernon revives a cultural corridor corner

    "This is the old Spike & Charlie's, right?" That's the No. 1 question I've been getting about Ryleigh's Oyster Mount Vernon, a new restaurant from Brian McComas, who owns and operates the original Ryleigh's in Federal Hill and a second, Ryleigh's Hunt Valley, on Padonia Road. Yes, this is where...

  • Viet Pearl in Ellicott City has great food, odd decor

    Viet Pearl in Ellicott City has great food, odd decor

    In Howard County, excellent ethnic restaurants pop up in so many unlikely spots that finding a good meal in a nondescript strip mall is no longer surprising. But that doesn't take away from the appreciation of the good food we enjoyed after dinner at Viet Pearl, which opened in Ellicott City in...

  • Full-bodied swank but anemic food at Sip Wine & Dine

    Full-bodied swank but anemic food at Sip Wine & Dine

    I mentioned to an acquaintance that I was reviewing Sip Wine & Dine, the new restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton Residences, a luxury condominium complex on Key Highway. He hadn't been, but his parents, who live at the Ritz-Carlton, had. He told me his folks were pretty happy with Sip Wine & Dine. They...

  • Cilantro in Owings Mills is super casual, super tasty

    Cilantro in Owings Mills is super casual, super tasty

    The best thing about Baltimore's recent explosion as a great food city is not the increase of excellent high-end restaurants. We love the fancy places, but to our minds, the biggest benefit is in the way the city's casual spots have upped their game. Take Cilantro, a Middle Eastern eatery that...

  • The 'Bob Dylan of Katmandu' welcomes diners to Nepal House in Mount Vernon

    The 'Bob Dylan of Katmandu' welcomes diners to Nepal House in Mount Vernon

    Prem Raja Mahat, the owner of the new Nepal House restaurant in Mount Vernon, is a well-known folk singer in his native Nepal. Just how highly regarded is Mahat? A National Public Radio profile in 2003 told listeners, "In America, Prem Raja Mahat manages an Indian restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland....

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