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Collection: Baltimore Sun restaurant reviews

  • Delights by Mina lives up to its name

    Delights by Mina lives up to its name

    Burkina Faso is not on most Baltimoreans' culinary radar. But thanks to Ramatou "Mina" Fofana and her Delights by Mina, which opened in downtown Baltimore in August, that's changing. Burkina Faso is a landlocked West African country bordered by Mali and Niger to the north and the Ivory Coast, Togo,...

  • Lip-smacking barbecue, Dinosaur-style at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

    Lip-smacking barbecue, Dinosaur-style at Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

    Baltimore is a barbecue town these days. We've got the saucy kind, the dry-rub kind, the patriotic kind, the former Baltimore Colt kind, the food truck kind and the hometown spin kind you find in a strip club parking lot. But when it comes to smoky meats, there's always room for more. Dinosaur...

  • Good pizza, concept intact at Bagby Pizza's second location in Pikesville

    Good pizza, concept intact at Bagby Pizza's second location in Pikesville

    Baltimore has, over the past five years, become a solid pizza town, with offerings to please both traditionalists and wild experimenters. Bagby Pizza has been an important part of that revolution. After establishing itself as a Harbor East favorite, Bagby Pizza Co., part of the Bagby Restaurant...

  • Gourmet bar food is still winning fans at Columbia's Victoria Gastro Pub

    Gourmet bar food is still winning fans at Columbia's Victoria Gastro Pub

    In 2008, when the Marriner family opened Victoria Gastro Pub, the "gastro pub" was a relatively new concept in the United States. While the idea isn't so new anymore, the Columbia restaurant's approach still feels relevant. Gastro pubs — casual places that focus on high-quality, bar-friendly fare...

  • Ten Ten evolves yet remains quietly satisfying

    Ten Ten evolves yet remains quietly satisfying

    "When did Brussels sprouts become such a guilty pleasure?" a friend asks as we compulsively dip into a giant bowl of said sprouts at Ten Ten, the Bagby Restaurant Group's American-style bistro in Harbor East. Certainly long enough ago that their luster must be fading, we agree as we eat some more....

  • Poets Modern Cocktails & Eats does justice to hotel dining

    Poets Modern Cocktails & Eats does justice to hotel dining

    The concept of hotel dining in Baltimore has been gaining traction over the past few years, from the 2011 opening of Wit & Wisdom in the Four Seasons in Harbor East to July's debut of Magdalena in Mid-Town Belvedere's ritzy Ivy Hotel. Poets Modern Cocktails & Eats, in the Hotel Indigo in Mount...

  • At Grano Emporio, satisfying old-school Italian fare

    At Grano Emporio, satisfying old-school Italian fare

    On a single block in Hampden, the adventurous diner can find a duck-sausage sandwich, foamy French prix-fixe and something called a vegan power raw ball. Those seeking simpler pleasures need only cross Chestnut Avenue, where Grano Emporio serves old-school Italian fare in old-fashioned comfort....

  • Argosy Cafe a creative dinner option downtown

    Argosy Cafe a creative dinner option downtown

    Downtown Baltimore -- the centrally located neighborhood stretching between Lexington Market and the Jones Falls Expressway -- is known for a lot of things. But a vibrant dinner scene isn't one of them. Argosy Cafe has the potential to change that. The restaurant, in the Munsey building on North...

  • Mayuree Thai Tavern in Canton plays it safe

    Mayuree Thai Tavern in Canton plays it safe

    The May opening of Mayuree Thai Tavern, in the Canton spot that formerly housed Geckos, came as welcome news. In many American cities, you can't walk three blocks without running smack into a Thai restaurant. That's not the case in Baltimore. Thai food is woefully underrepresented in our local...

  • Slow pace but spot-on Chesapeake fare at Gertrude's

    Slow pace but spot-on Chesapeake fare at Gertrude's

    There was a wild and crazy party going on at Gertrude's the other night. But it wasn't at our table or any of the other pristine, cloth-covered tables in the refined dining room attached to the Baltimore Museum of Art. The din was coming from the restaurant's terrace, where a battalion of shrieking...

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