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Collection: Baltimore Sun restaurant reviews

  • At 13.5% Wine Bar, the spotlight shifts to the food

    At 13.5% Wine Bar, the spotlight shifts to the food

    Since 2009, 13.5% Wine Bar has announced its presence on the Avenue in Hampden with larger-than-life orange letters spelling out its name. You can't miss it. But these days, there's reason to look closer. This year, the establishment made a subtle but telling change to its facade, when it added...

  • Umami in Catonsville lives up to its flavorful name

    Umami in Catonsville lives up to its flavorful name

    The first thing to know about Umami Global Bistro is that it is not, as we originally imagined, a sushi restaurant. The word "umami," defined as the savory fifth taste, is borrowed from the Japanese, and in the U.S. it's still frequently associated with Japanese cuisine. At Umami, which opened...

  • Fine French fare with an international spin at Le Garage

    Fine French fare with an international spin at Le Garage

    The restaurant industry is a land of constant upheaval, with frequent openings, closings, trends and personnel changes. Restaurant owners need to balance public expectations with the creative proclivities of chefs, evolving when it's appropriate but holding firm when it's not. Le Garage Beer Bar...

  • Comfort food, friendly service at StoneBridge Grille in Parkton

    Comfort food, friendly service at StoneBridge Grille in Parkton

    Though it opened in March, StoneBridge Grille feels like the kind of place that's been around for years -- and that will continue to be around forever. The Parkton restaurant, located in a building it shares with Maryland Line Wine & Spirits on the site of the original Maryland Line Inn, serves...

  • Classic cuisine rules the Prime Rib

    Classic cuisine rules the Prime Rib

    When the Prime Rib opened in Baltimore in 1965, it was already "old school," borrowing its look and atmosphere from the supper clubs of the 1930s and '40s. In the half-century since it opened on the first floor of the Horizon House apartment building in Midtown-Belvedere, not too much has changed...

  • Grace Garden in Odenton is still the best Chinese around

    Grace Garden in Odenton is still the best Chinese around

    Years ago, we started hearing whispers about Grace Garden. It was said the restaurant was turning out some of the region's best, most authentic Chinese food, all from a small space in a run-down strip mall across from Fort Meade. This year, Grace Garden celebrates its 10th anniversary. The restaurant...

  • Food and personalities shine at Henninger's Tavern

    Food and personalities shine at Henninger's Tavern

    For over 26 years, Henninger's Tavern has been tucked in a corner in Upper Fells Point, quietly and successfully turning out meals that manage to be both familiar and interesting. Dinner there is a reminder that dishes don't need to be wildly experimental to be exciting. For this, we have Jayne...

  • Good pizza and spectacular views at Angelo's Pie in the Sky

    Good pizza and spectacular views at Angelo's Pie in the Sky

    Angelo's Pie in the Sky is not your average Baltimore pizza joint. The menu, with its pizzas and subs, might look familiar, and the friendly, low-key staff has a lot in common with waiters and waitresses at other casual Italian spots in the area. But as its name suggests, Angelo's has something...

  • Italian food that's lush, timeless at Liberatore's

    Italian food that's lush, timeless at Liberatore's

    We live in an exciting time for restaurant connoisseurs, with experimental concepts and new ideas popping up every day. These places are often wonderful, but sometimes they prove to be little more than flashes in the pan. In the midst of such trendiness, it's reassuring to know that some "old faithful"...

  • Korean-inspired menu takes Dooby's a step up from the average cafe

    Korean-inspired menu takes Dooby's a step up from the average cafe

    When Phil Han opened Dooby's in 2013, he hoped the Mount Vernon cafe would become a hub for the community, a place where people could stop by for any meal, all day long. The restaurant, which borrows its name from Han's childhood nickname — not, as he jokes, because it is a marijuana dispensary...

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