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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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Fine-dining Japanese restaurant to replace Pabu at Four Seasons

Fine-dining Japanese restaurant to replace Pabu at Four Seasons

Pabu is shutting down this weekend, but a new Japanese restaurant will be taking its place, according to operators. The small-plate format will be gone, replaced by a more traditional fine-dining concept.

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15 great places to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup [Pictures]

15 great places to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup [Pictures]

We've rounded up the 15 best places to watch the 2014 FIFA World Cup in and around Baltimore, because soccer is just more fun when you're watching it with other futbol fans.

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Pabu closing at Four Seasons, will re-open under new management with new concept

Pabu closing at Four Seasons, will re-open under new management with new concept

The Four Seasons Hotel Baltimore will overhaul two of its restaurants this summer.

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For National Doughnut Day; free doughnuts at Dunkin' Donuts

For National Doughnut Day; free doughnuts at Dunkin' Donuts

National Doughnut Day, celebrated on the first Friday of June, was established in 1938 by the Chicago Salvation Army to honor women who served doughnuts to soldiers during World War I.

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Farmstead Grill to open in Canton on June 16

Farmstead Grill to open in Canton on June 16

Farmstead Grill, which will seek to make farm-to-table dining "everyday affordable," will open on June 16 in Canton. The restaurant's executive is Galen Sampson, formerly of The Dogwood.

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Jesse Wong's Kitchen closes in Hunt Valley

Jesse Wong's Kitchen closes in Hunt Valley

Jesse Wong's Kitchen has closed at Hunt Valley Town Centre.

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Red Parrot Asian Bistro will open at The Chesapeake

Red Parrot Asian Bistro will open at The Chesapeake

Changes continue at The Chesapeake, the gateway property at the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets in the Station North Arts District.

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Chef changes in Harbor East restaurants

Chef changes in Harbor East restaurants

 

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After nine years, Pazo changes from Spanish to Italian cuisine

After nine years, Pazo changes from Spanish to Italian cuisine

The Foreman Wolf restaurant group has made changes, big and small, to all of its restaurants. Formats have been massaged, tweaked and occasionally overhauled at Charleston, Cinghiale and Petit Louis Bistro.

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Maryland Live Casino's new Asian restaurant to open June 10

Maryland Live Casino's new Asian restaurant to open June 10

Luk Fu, Maryland Live's new Asian-themed restaurant, is set to open on June 10, a casino spokeswoman said. 

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Boutique hotel The Ivy to have modern American restaurant

Boutique hotel The Ivy to have modern American restaurant

The Ivy Hotel, the “boutique urban resort” under development in Mid-Town Belvedere, will have a modern American restaurant named Magdalena.

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Iced Gems food truck takes top title at Taste of Three Cities event

Iced Gems food truck takes top title at Taste of Three Cities event

Food trucks from Baltimore, Washington and Philadelphia selling everything from crab cakes and cheese curds to cupcakes and cookies were the featured attraction at Baltimore's third-annual food truck festival, held on Saturday at M&T Bank Stadium.

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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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