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Small Bites: B&O American Brasserie celebrates fifth anniversary with throwback menu

Small Bites: B&O American Brasserie celebrates fifth anniversary with throwback menu

 

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Birroteca will add a second location in Bel Air

Birroteca will add a second location in Bel Air 

Birroteca has stayed a steady hit since its October 2012 opening, so it's not surprising that its proprietor, Robbin Haas, is opening a second edition of the Italian restaurant.  

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Small Bites: Ambassador Dining Room owners open Maple Lawn restaurant

Small Bites: Ambassador Dining Room owners open Maple Lawn restaurant 

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Governor hosts Buy Local Cookout tonight

Governor hosts Buy Local Cookout tonight

There'll be some good eating in Annapolis tonight. Gov. Martin O'Malley is hosting the 7th annual Buy Local Cookout at Government House.

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Small Bites: Lebanese Taverna celebrates 35th birthday with 1979 prices

Small Bites: Lebanese Taverna celebrates 35th birthday with 1979 prices

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Nelson Carey, Grand Cru owner, dies

Nelson Carey, Grand Cru owner, dies 

Nelson Carey, the popular owner of the Grand Cru wine bar at Belvedere Square, has died.

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Small Bites: The Old Bay beer from Flying Dog gets its own party

Small Bites: The Old Bay beer from Flying Dog gets its own party

Small Bites is a round-up of news and tidbits from Baltimore's dining scene

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Small Bites: Farmstead Shack opens, Mekong Delta closes temporarily and more

Small Bites: Farmstead Shack opens, Mekong Delta closes temporarily and more

The popular Vietnamese restaurant Mekong Delta is closed until Sept. 3. A sign posted to the restaurant's front door on Saratoga Street says that the closing is "due to unexpected events in our family."

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Woody Harrelson to host a dinner in Baltimore

Woody Harrelson to host a dinner in Baltimore 

Charity event benefits Great Kids farm

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Nando's Peri-Peri opens in Towson

Nando's Peri-Peri opens in Towson

Nando's Peri-Peri, the South African-Portugese restaurant chain, had its Towson grand opening today. Located next the the new Cinemark theater, it's the first restaurant to open in the new Towson Square development.

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Dinner Lab, a subscription pop-up dining series, coming to Baltimore

Dinner Lab, a subscription pop-up dining series, coming to Baltimore

The phenomenon known as the pop-up dinner, in which nontraditional spaces are converted into short-term dining venues, has been around for a few years. But a quickly expanding company named Dinner Lab is bringing what originally was a haphazard practice to a professional scale. And Baltimore is among the newest markets for the New Orleans-based company.

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Rodney Henry is taking 'pie style' to Austin

Rodney Henry is taking 'pie style' to Austin

Rodney Henry is picking up and moving to Texas.

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B&O's Brendan Dorr to be showcased at the Smithsonian

B&O's Brendan Dorr to be showcased at the Smithsonian

As the head bartender and mixologist at B&O American Brasserie, Brendan Dorr, 34, has concocted drinks for every type of occasion for his restaurant's guests.

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Midyear restaurant report: Will 2014 be the year of the sequel?

Midyear restaurant report: Will 2014 be the year of the sequel?

It's not just the movie business that's stuck in sequel mode. The restaurant scene in Baltimore, for the first half of 2014, has been a continuous story of returns, reboots and reimaginings.

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Rodney Henry headlines pie party at Creative Alliance

Rodney Henry headlines pie party at Creative Alliance

Well I reckon if you're going to throw a big pie-themed party in Baltimore, it makes good sense to have Rodney "The Pie Man" Henry on board. 

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Star-Spangled crab feast coming to Fort McHenry

Star-Spangled crab feast coming to Fort McHenry

This September marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore and the successful defense of Fort McHenry events that inspired Francis Scott Key to write "The Star-Spangled Banner."

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Karzai restaurant at The Chesapeake has a name and executive chef

Karzai restaurant at The Chesapeake has a name and executive chef

The Karzai family has a name for the restaurant they're developing at The Chesapeake, the gateway property at 1700 North Charles Street.

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National Aquarium expanding sustainable-seafood efforts

National Aquarium expanding sustainable-seafood efforts

The National Aquarium will expand its sustainable seafood efforts with a new endowed program, it announced on Monday.

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Phillips is celebrating 100 years in the seafood business

Phillips is celebrating 100 years in the seafood business

In honor of starting its business one century ago, Phillips Seafood has announced the launch of a 100 Days of Summer promotion.

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New Berger cookie label, but same old cookie

New Berger cookie label, but same old cookie

There's nothing different about your Berger cookie. It's just the nutritional label that's changed.

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Insomnia Cookies coming to Charles Village

Insomnia Cookies coming to Charles Village

A late-night cookie store will open in Charles Village in late July. The store will be open every day until 3 a.m.

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Dates announced for Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week

Dates announced for Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week

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Ryleigh's Oyster headed for restaurant space near Meyerhoff

Ryleigh's Oyster headed for restaurant space near Meyerhoff

Coming this fall, Meyerhoff patrons will be able to slurp some oysters before their Offenbach and Orff.

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Look inside Aggio, Bryan Voltaggio's new Baltimore restaurant [Pictures]

Look inside Aggio, Bryan Voltaggio's new Baltimore restaurant [Pictures]

Bryan Voltaggio, the Frederick-based chef behind Volt and Family Meal, is about to make his Baltimore debut. The "Top Chef" alumnus will open an Italian restaurant named Aggio on June 28 at Power Plant Live. In addition to his Frederick restaurants, Voltaggio is the owner and executive chef of two establishments in Washington: the meat-focused restaurant Range and the contemporary Italian restaurant Aggio, which share a space in the Chevy Chase Pavilion but have separate menus. The Baltimore edition of Aggio will have the same format as its Washington counterpart, with a few additions and twists. The Baltimore Sun got a peek inside the new restaurant and some exclusive details, too. VIDEO: Go inside Aggio, Bryan Voltaggio's new Baltimore restaurant

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Nalley Fresh to open in Timonium and Canton

Nalley Fresh to open in Timonium and Canton

Nalley Fresh will open locations this summer in Timonium and Canton.

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Bryan Voltaggio's Baltimore restaurant to open June 28

Bryan Voltaggio's Baltimore restaurant to open June 28

We have an opening date for Aggio, Bryan Voltaggio's first Baltimore restaurant.

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Woman's Industrial Kitchen has closed

Woman's Industrial Kitchen has closed

The Woman's Industrial Kitchen, the most recent incarnation of the beloved restaurant on North Charles Street, has closed its doors.

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Baltimore restaurants that closed in 2014 [Pictures]

Baltimore restaurants that closed in 2014 [Pictures]

See which Baltimore area restaurants closed in 2014.

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Hersh's, Dooby's team up for a Korean-Jewish dinner

Hersh's, Dooby's team up for a Korean-Jewish dinner

 Have you ever wondered what Korean barbecue would taste like on Jewish-style potato latkes?

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A change of plans for Lamill space at Four Seasons Hotel

A change of plans for Lamill space at Four Seasons Hotel

Lamill, the coffee shop at the Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore, which was to close on Saturday and reopen on Monday with a new name, will instead stay closed for months.

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Blob's Park owner to take over Gunning's space in Hanover

Blob's Park owner to take over Gunning's space in Hanover

The owner of Blob's Park, the storied 81-year-old Jessup beer garden that played its last polka in March, will take over the Hanover restaurant space that was Gunning's Seafood Restaurant.

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Near Camp David, Thurmont's 85-year-old Cozy Restaurant calls it a day

Near Camp David, Thurmont's 85-year-old Cozy Restaurant calls it a day

Cozy Restaurant, an 85-year-old Thurmont eatery that claimed to be the oldest restaurant in Maryland still operated by its founding family, has closed.

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By Degrees Cafe has a pretty sweet World Cup-watching offer

By Degrees Cafe has a pretty sweet World Cup-watching deal

By Degrees Cafe in Harbor East has a unique offer for World Cup enthusiasts

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ABOUT THE BLOGGER


Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research — never the subject, always the control. He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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