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Butcher shop at Gjerdes' Parts and Labor open; cafe to open next week

Butcher shop at Gjerdes' Parts and Labor open; cafe to open next week

There are two parts to Parts & Labor, Amy and Spike Gjerde's new Remington project - a retail butcher shop and a restaurant. The butcher shop opened today, and the restaurant is...

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Easter brunch at Baltimore restaurants [Pictures]

Easter brunch at Baltimore restaurants [Pictures]

Easter's on its way. If you haven't booked a reservation yet, you should hop to it.

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The Baltimore Sun's 50 best restaurants

The Baltimore Sun's 50 best restaurants

This Sunday's Sun Magazine is devoted to dining, and the magazine's centerpiece is our list of Baltimore's 50 Best Restaurants.

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Chef changes at the Lord Baltimore Hotel

Chef changes at the Lord Baltimore Hotel

Michael Carstens is the new executive chef for the Lord Baltimore Hotel.

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Tooloulou headed from Lauraville to Belvedere Square

Tooloulou headed from Lauraville to Belvedere Square

Tooloulou is moving from Lauraville to Belvedere Square.

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Our favorite Baltimore outdoor dining spaces [Pictures]

Our favorite Baltimore outdoor dining spaces [Pictures]

Let's get outside and enjoy some fresh air. These are our favorite outdoor eating spots in Baltimore. Call ahead to make sure they're open.

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Angelo's pizza closes in Hampden

Angelo's pizza closes in Hampden

Angelo's pizza shop has closed in Hampden.

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Harris Teeter opening Tuesday in Canton [Pictures]

Harris Teeter opening Tuesday in Canton [Pictures]

The North Carolina-based Harris Teeter grocery chain is opening its newest Baltimore store on April 8 at the Shops at Canton Crossing.

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The Dogwood's Galen Sampson is back, getting Farmstead Grill ready at Canton Crossing

The Dogwood's Galen Sampson is back, getting Farmstead Grill ready at Canton Crossing

When Farmstead Grill opens at the Shops at Canton Crossing, the new restaurant will have a familiar chef at its helm — Galen Sampson.

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Doughnut Derby with Adam Jones [Video]

Doughnut Derby with Adam Jones [Video]

Adam Jones competes in a doughnut-eating contest as part of MLB's Fan Cave.

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In Little Italy, Joe Benny's Focacceria opens in former Max's Empanadas space

In Little Italy, Joe Benny's Focacceria opens in former Max's Empanadas space

A new restaurant, Joe Benny's Focacceria, opened last week in the Little Italy storefront that was formerly home to Max’s Empanadas.

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Boathouse Canton set for mid-April opening in former Bay Cafe location

Boathouse Canton set for mid-April opening in former Bay Cafe location

Boathouse Canton is set to open next week in the Tindeco Wharf space that was the longtime home to Bay Cafe.

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Ethel's Creole Kitchen opening Tuesday in Mount Washington

Ethel's Creole Kitchen opening Tuesday in Mount Washington

The Mount Washington restaurant formerly known as Ethel & Ramone's will reopen Tuesday as Ethel's Creole Kitchen, according to Edward M. Bloom, the restaurant's executive chef and co-owner.

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Flying Dog announces Dead Rise Summer Ale - brewed with Old Bay

Flying Dog announces Dead Rise Summer Ale - brewed with Old Bay

Dead Rise Summer Ale, a new beer from Frederick-based Flying Dog, is named after wooden-hulled fishing boats that were built to navigate Chesapeake waterways.

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Baltimore Farmers' Market opens Sunday

Baltimore Farmers' Market opens Sunday

The 37th annual Baltimore Farmers' Market & Bazaar opens on Sunday. All of your favorites vendors are back.

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In Annapolis, Preserve to open in former Aqua Terra space

In Annapolis, Preserve to open in former Aqua Terra space

A new restaurant named Preserve will open later this spring on Main Street in Annapolis. The location is the old Aqua Terra space, which closed in April 2012.

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Rocco's property will not return as a restaurant, new owner says

Rocco's property will not return as a restaurant, new owner says

Rocco's Capriccio will not be reopened as a restaurant, according to the new owner of the Fawn Street property that housed the restaurant.

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New food items at Oriole Park, and some returning favorites [Pictures]

New food items at Oriole Park, and some returning favorites [Pictures]

Headed to Oriole Park at Camden Yards? Look for these exclusive food finds, everything from bacon-on-a-stick to double-decker burgers to Korean tacos.

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Blue Moon Cafe adding Federal Hill location

Blue Moon Cafe adding Federal Hill location

Blue Moon Cafe, the Fells Point cafe known for its hearty brunches and long, long waits for a table on weekends, is adding a location in Federal Hill.

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Cunningham's Cafe and Bakery now open in Towson

Cunningham's Cafe and Bakery now open in Towson

Cunningham's Cafe & Bakery opened today in the Towson City Center.

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Maryland Bacon Festival coming to Rash Field

Maryland Bacon Festival coming to Rash Field

The Maryland Bacon Festival, a first-time event, is coming to Baltimore's Inner Harbor. It will be held on Rash Field from noon to 10 p.m. on April 26.

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Cafe Poupon now open on Charles Street

Cafe Poupon now open on Charles Street

Cafe Poupon (225 N. Charles St. 443-573-4620, patisseriepoupon.net), a cafe version of Joseph Poupon's Baltimore Street patisserie, opened March 18 in the  storefront space adjoining the Grand Historic Venue.

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10 days of dining in Baltimore [Pictures]

10 days of dining in Baltimore [Pictures]

Take a look at the openings, special events and promotions on Baltimore's dining calendar over the next 10 days.

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Dining updates from Maryland Live Casino and One-Eyed Mike's

Dining updates from Maryland Live Casino and One-Eyed Mike's

Maryland Live Casino will be adding an Asian-themed restaurant to a lineup of restaurants that now includes Bobby's Burger Palace, the Cheesecake Factory and the Prime Rib.

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Top Baltimore Farmers' Market eats [Pictures]

Top Baltimore Farmers' Market eats [Pictures]

Headed to the Baltimore Farmers' Market and Bazaar? The market opens for the season on April 6 at 7 a.m. Bring along a shopping tote and an appetite. Even when the full bounty of Maryland's harvest hasn't arrived, you can indulge yourself in great ready-to-eat treats. Here are our favorites, proceeding clockwise around the big oval, which, incidentally, is the correct way.

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Cindy Wolf and Spike Gjerde named James Beard finalists

Cindy Wolf and Spike Gjerde named James Beard finalists

The James Beard Foundation announced the list of restaurant and chef finalists today for the 2014 James Beard Foundation Awards, and Cindy Wolf of Charleston and Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen are among the five finalists for "Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic," one of 10 regional categories.

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Venti Tre Modern Italian now open in Canton

Venti Tre Modern Italian now open in Canton

Venti Tre (3731 Boston St., 410-563-0302, venti-tre.com), opening March 18 at The Shops at Canton Crossing, is a new fast-casual concept from Fazoli's, the nation's largest chain of quick-service Italian restaurants.

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Philadelphia food trucks added to Baltimore's annual food-truck competition

Philadelphia food trucks added to Baltimore's annual food-truck competition

The producers of The Taste of Two Cities, Baltimore’s annual food-truck festival and competition, have announced a date and site for the third go-around. And this year, for the first time, food trucks from Philadelphia will join those from Baltimore and Washington.

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Dylan's Oyster Cellar opens in Mount Vernon's Park Plaza building

Dylan's Oyster Cellar opens in Mount Vernon's Park Plaza building

Serving raw oysters on the half shell, classic cocktails and beer and wine, Dylan's Oyster Cellar has taken up a six-month residency in The Hatch, the incubator space in Mount Vernon's Park Plaza Building operated by Phil Han, the owner of Dooby's. The pop-up oyster bar is from Dylan Salmon, formerly of Woodberry Kitchen, who plans to operate at The Hatch for six months while he scouts out a permanent location.  

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Sweetlife Festival's food to include Spike Gjerde, Shake Shack

Sweetlife Festival's food to include Spike Gjerde, Shake Shack

Food has always played a significant role in the Sweetlife Music + Food Festival, but this year's lineup of chefs, food trucks and more could arguably rival the music talent.

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See who's coming to The Emporiyum [Pictures]

See who's coming to The Emporiyum [Pictures]

The Emporiyum, which is scheduled for April 26 and 27, is inspired by the popularity of New York-based events like Smorgasburg, a weekly market held in Brooklyn, and Paper magazine's annual Super(Duper)Market. See who's coming to this first-time event. The Emporiyum is 11 a.m.-6 p.m. April 26-27 at the Thames Street Wharf building, 1300 Thames St. General admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the event. For information go to theemporiyum.com. -Richard Gorelick

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Kooper's to open third restaurant in Jacksonville

Kooper's to open third restaurant in Jacksonville

The owners of Kooper's Tavern will open a third restaurant this spring in Jacksonville, in Baltimore County. 

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The Gjerdes' Parts and Labor set for staggered opening

The Gjerdes' Parts and Labor set for staggered opening

Amy and Spike Gjerde have announced a staggered spring opening for Parts & Labor, the full-service retail butcher shop and restaurant coming to Remington.

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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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