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Oyster Bay Grille closes in Towson

Oyster Bay Grille closes in Towson

Oyster Bay Grille has closed. Sunday was the last night of operation for the restaurant, according to Christopher Vocci, the restaurant's chef, who confirmed the closing in an emailed message but offered no further details. The restaurant&...

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Johnny Sanchez at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore [Pictures]

Johnny Sanchez at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore [Pictures] 

Described as a "spirited taqueria," Johnny Sanchez is one of three premium dining venues at Horseshoe Casino Baltimore, the $442 million entertainment facility opening Aug. 26 on Russell Street. The 222-seat restaurant is a first-time collaboration...

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Top 10 things to eat at the Maryland State Fair [Pictures]

Top 10 things to eat at the Maryland State Fair [Pictures] 

The Maryland State Fair runs Aug. 22 through Sept. 1. That's 11 days of agricultural exhibitions, competitions, livestock shows and attractions. Of...

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Pisco, a new Peruvian restaurant in Elkridge [Pictures]

Pisco, a new Peruvian restaurant in Elkridge [Pictures]

The operators of Facci, a casual Italian restaurant with locations in Laurel and Ellicott City, have opened a third restaurant in Howard County. Gino Palma is the chef behind Facci. He is Italian, but his wife, Pilar, is Peruvian (as are their business partners at Pisco, Carmen and Francisco Acevedo). "We've been married for 14 years, and we've been together for 18 years. We have always wanted to do this," Palma said. "I've learned more and more about Peruvian cuisine. The good thing about Peruvian food is that it's similar to something that American people will eat every day." Pisco, open daily for lunch and dinner, is at 6630 Marie Curie Drive in Elkridge. For information call 410-312-4888 or go to piscorestaurante.com.

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Chicken Rico adding downtown location

Chicken Rico adding downtown location

The operators of Chicken Rico in Highlandtown are opening a second Baltimore location at 55 Market Place.

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Breathe Bookstore and Cafe closing in Hampden

Breathe Bookstore and Cafe closing in Hampden

The cafe and bookstore will remain open only until late September or early October.

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Now Serving: Our first look at Pen & Quill

Now Serving: Our first look at Pen & Quill

The original Chesapeake Restaurant was a Baltimore dining institution for more than 50 years until it closed in the late 1980s.

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Timothy Dyson is leaving Bluegrass, headed for Dooby's

Timothy Dyson is leaving Bluegrass, headed for Dooby's

Timothy Dyson is leaving Bluegrass in South Baltimore, where he's been the executive chef for just about two years, to join the team at Dooby's in Mount Vernon. Charles Street restaurants will throw down barbecue on Saturday

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See who's extending their Baltimore Restaurant Week specials [Pictures]

See who's extending their Baltimore Restaurant Week specials [Pictures]

Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week 2014 ended officially on Aug. 10. But just as they do every year, some restaurants are extending their special $20 and $30 prix-fixe dinner menus and $15 lunch menus. The extenders are noted on baltimorerestaurantweek.com. Most of these restaurants will be offering their special fixed-price menus for one week, but some will run them even longer. You'll have to do some calling around to make sure.

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Dooby's hosts Otakon after-parties on Friday and Saturday

Dooby's hosts Otakon after-parties on Friday and Saturday

 

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Rye owner set to open Bookmakers Cocktail Club in Federal Hill

Rye owner set to open Bookmakers Cocktail Club in Federal Hill

 

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Pen and Quill to open Monday at The Chesapeake

Pen and Quill to open Monday at The Chesapeake

Pen & Quill, the new restaurant from the Karzai family (The Helmand, Tapas Teatro and B, a Bolton Hill Bistro) will open Monday.  

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Cafe de Paris closing in Columbia

Cafe de Paris closing in Columbia

The Columbia restaurant Cafe de Paris will close after Sunday night's dinner service. 

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We have the first group of Summer Restaurant Week extenders

We have the first group of Summer Restaurant Week extenders 

 

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Wednesday is National Root Beer Float Day

Wednesday is National Root Beer Float Day

The root beer float is celebrated every Aug. 6 with its own special food holiday - National Root Beer Float Day.

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Coming this fall to the Senator, burgers and poutine

Coming this fall to the Senator, burgers and poutine 

A burger restaurant will open this fall at the Senator Theatre.

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Inaugural Baltimore Seafood Festival coming to Canton

Inaugural Baltimore Seafood Festival coming to Canton

The Baltimore Seafood Festival, scheduled for Sept. 20 at Canton Waterfront Park, will feature food created by Baltimore restaurants.

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Lunch deals for Baltimore Restaurant Week [Pictures]

Lunch deals for Baltimore Restaurant Week [Pictures] 

Can't wait for dinner? Almost 50 restaurants are offering special two-course lunch menus during Baltimore Restaurant week. Most of the special menus are $15 and most are available during weekends, but there are a few exceptions. Enjoy! Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week 2014 runs through Aug. 10.

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Charm City Cakes added to Horseshoe Casino lineup

Charm City Cakes added to Horseshoe Casino lineup

Horseshoe Casino Baltimore has added Charm City Cakes to its dining lineup. 

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John Steven Ltd closed in Fells Point; its future uncertain

John Steven Ltd closed in Fells Point; its future uncertain

John Steven Ltd. has been closed since early this week, but its owner said he hopes to have the Fells Point tavern reopened soon.

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Cindy Wolf makes lunch at the White House

Cindy Wolf makes lunch at the White House

Now here's a Tweet you don't see every day. This one was posted at 6:17 p.m. yesterday:

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On Friday, a tribute to Nelson Carey at Belvedere Square

On Friday, a tribute to Nelson Carey at Belvedere Square

On Friday, Belvedere Square will help pay tribute to the late Nelson Carey, the owner of Grand Cru, a European-style wine bar that has been one of the longtime anchors of the North Baltimore marketplace.

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Vivo Italian Kitchen starts an Italiian movie series

Vivo Italian Kitchen starts an Italiian movie series

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Iggies, the Mount Vernon pizza cafe, has been sold

Iggies, the Mount Vernon pizza cafe, has been sold

The Mount Vernon BYOB pizza cafe Iggies has been sold. 

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BarLiquorice, from Helen's Garden owners, opens in Riverside

BarLiquorice, from Helen's Garden owners, opens in Riverside

Tom Looney and Ed Scherer, who owned Helen's Garden in Canton for 15 years, have opened a cocktail bar on Fort Avenue named BarLiquorice. Their partner in the project is Jeff Cahill.

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Langermann's on Light closes in South Baltimore

Langermann's on Light closes in South Baltimore

Langermann's on Light, the South Baltimore spin-off of the original Langermann's in Canton, closed on Sunday after a little less than three years of operation.

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Top 10 Restaurant Week menus [Pictures]

Top 10 Restaurant Week menus [Pictures] 

Baltimore Restaurant Week runs Aug. 1-10. Here are 10 Restaurant Week menus you should jump all over. Some of them are plain great deals, others are too delicious to pass up. Whether you use Restaurant Week to seek out the best possible values, or just to immerse yourself in the current culinary scene, we've got some great choices for you. --Richard Gorelick

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Small Bites: Milton Inn offers lobster, champagne and chocolate prix-fixe

Small Bites: Milton Inn offers lobster, champagne and chocolate prix-fixe

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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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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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