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Collection: Baltimore Sun restaurant reviews

  • Snake Hill in Highlandtown is a meat lovers' paradise

    Snake Hill in Highlandtown is a meat lovers' paradise

    They had us at "artisan sausage grill." Never mind the dozens of beers, clever cocktails, happy hour lunch and fun atmosphere that includes a bar top made up of 17,000 Scrabble tiles and an old-fashioned fortune teller machine. We didn't even care that we had to bus our own tables. That's right....

  • Dinner with Firenze family tastes like home

    Dinner with Firenze family tastes like home

    With ties to the now-closed Velleggia's in Baltimore, Larry and Brian Leonardi know a thing or two about Italian restaurants. In their youth, the brothers worked at their uncle's downtown restaurant as busboys, servers and cooks. They pursued other careers before heading north this year to open...

  • Bottega remains on top of its game

    Bottega remains on top of its game

    Bottega's plotline has more twists and turns than a soap opera. The tiny Italian trattoria in Station North closed in early June, with owner Adrien Aeschliman promising to reopen in a bigger space in Hampden. Months ticked by with no new restaurant. Loyal diners feared it was the end of the charming...

  • Tortilleria Sinaloa's second location maintains its authenticity

    Tortilleria Sinaloa's second location maintains its authenticity

    When I first saw a sign on the Central Avenue building announcing that Tortilleria Sinaloa would be opening there, I did a double take. How exciting, I thought. But then I wondered if the tiny Eastern Avenue tacqueria would be able to make the transition. The offspring is introducing its fresh-made-daily...

  • Waterfront Kitchen's new chef brings food to life

    Waterfront Kitchen's new chef brings food to life

    Waterfront Kitchen seems to change chefs as frequently as the items on its New American seasonal menu. Chris Amendola, formerly of Bookmaker's Cocktail Club and Fleet Street Kitchen, is now taking his turn at the Fells Point restaurant, which can rightfully claim one of the best harbor views in...

  • Mi and Yu Noodle Bar keeps it simple

    Mi and Yu Noodle Bar keeps it simple

    This isn't a traditional American noodle house, where the menu tries to cover as many Asian specialties as possible. Chef Edward Kim had a different vision when he opened Mi and Yu Noodle Bar in Federal Hill in September. "I wanted a casual, make-your-own noodles place," he said. "I wanted it to...

  • Ciao Bella restaurant offers lovely, familiar welcome in Little Italy

    Ciao Bella restaurant offers lovely, familiar welcome in Little Italy

    Editor's note: This week we introduce Suzanne Loudermilk as The Sun's dining critic. Suzanne has established a deep well of knowledge covering Baltimore and reviewing restaurants. Her criticism will make up a core component of The Sun's food and drinks coverage, alongside news and features from...

  • Pane e Vino in Little Italy boasts new menu, old world charm

    Pane e Vino in Little Italy boasts new menu, old world charm

    The narrow streets and twinkling lights of Little Italy have been a part of the city's cultural fabric for decades. Both tourists and locals love it for the charm that comes, in no small part, from restaurants that have earned generations of fans. But change occurs, and when it does, it can improve...

  • CuVino offers traditional Italian, but what's the rush?

    CuVino offers traditional Italian, but what's the rush?

    Italian food brings people together. It can be vegetarian-friendly but also appease meat-lovers. Some dishes are comforting and stick to the ribs; others are light and healthy. It's beloved by all ages — toddlers like it just as much as grandmothers. Its popularity is vast — this year, the National...

  • Twist offers surprising sophistication in Fells Point

    Twist offers surprising sophistication in Fells Point

    Sometimes restaurant visits come with a moral. Our recent trip to Twist in Fells Point certainly did -- it offered a good reminder to never judge a book by its cover. Or, in this case, not to judge a restaurant by its website. Twist's site is a well-organized, welcoming, bright piece of technology,...

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