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The 100-year-wait for melt-in-your mouth corned beef

Until about 11:30 a.m., the deli line at Attman's makes sense.

No one takes a number, and no one tells you where to stand. But for decades, customers have formed a line flush against the deli counter from the front of the store to the back, past the cases with smoked fish, past the shelves of pickled tomatoes.

Then at some point, the line gets a little meshugeneh. It doubles back on itself and then takes a jog into the dining area, called the Kibitz Room.

"I get plenty of people in here who are used to the line and actually almost look forward to it because it's an entertaining part of the atmosphere," said David Bush, who has worked at Attman's for 38 years. Bush said customers can be disappointed, or at least confused, when they come in and there isn't a line.

"Sometimes people will walk in and say, 'I'm in the wrong place.' " Bush said. "I'll say, 'What do you mean?' And they'll say, 'There's no line. I can't be the first person to get waited on.'"

The line is as much an attraction...

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Victoria Gastro Pub owners plan a second Howard County restaurant

The Marriner family opened their popular Columbia destination Victoria Gastro Pub in the late fall of 2007.

Now, more than seven years later, things are getting busier. Their Ellicott City farm brewery, Manor Hill Brewing, has just started turning out its first beers, and the family recently said that it will open a second restaurant on the former Gateway School site in Clarksville.

The restaurant, Food Plenty, will occupy part of a building to be constructed on the site, which is near routes 32 and 108.

"The brewery is this year, the restaurant is next year," said Tori Marriner, who operates Victoria Gastro Pub with her parents, Mary and Randy Marriner. The groundbreaking for the project is months away, she said. And planning is in the very early stages for Food Plenty, which she said will have "more of a farm-fresh, comfort-food feel" than Victoria Gastro Pub. 

Marriner said the family's focus is now their new brewery. The first of the Manor Hill's beers -- the Manor Hill IPA and the...

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Serial and Johns Chop-kins at Guy Fieri's BBQ spot

OK, they're not really on the menu. But someone, who didn't want to be named, has put together a brilliant version of what he imagines would/could/should be on the menu at Guy Fieri's new "Guy’s Bar-B-Que Joint" at the Baltimore Marketplace in Horseshoe Casino.

Johns Chop-kins features "huge, bone-in uppercut pork chops, smoked with a Goodyear Performance Drag Radial tire for twelve hours, fratted with copious amounts of bath salts and puncturing a sweet potato pie. $22."

Serial is "twelve tiny bowls of serial brought to you over the course of twelve weeks. No milk. $6."

Other Baltimore landmarks and notables are also featured, including the SRBLT, Ham-Den and the Omar Comin'.

We love this parody but feel compelled to note that The Sun actually gave Fieri's Baltimore Kitchen + Bar a pretty good review.

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Wolf and Gjerde are James Beard finalists, again

Baltimore chefs have been nominated frequently for the James Beard award, but none has taken home one of the coveted culinary awards, which the New York City-based James Beard Foundation has been giving out since 1991.

Today the foundation announced the list of restaurant and chef finalists for its 2015 awards, and Cindy Wolf of Charleston and Spike Gjerde of Woodberry Kitchen were among the five finalists for "Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic," one of 10 regional categories.

Both Gjerde and Wolf have made it to the finalist round before: Wolf in 2006, 2008 and 2014, and Gjerde in 2013 and 2014. The James Beard winners will be announced on May 4 at Lyric Opera of Chicago, the first time the restaurant awards have been presented outside of New York City.

This year, Gjerde and Wolf will be competing for the award against three Philadelphia-based chefs -- Joe Cicala of Le Virtu, Rich Landau of Vedge and Greg Vernick of Vernick Food

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Camden Yards expanding vegan options

Buy me some gluten-free falafel and coconuts ...

Oriole Park at Camden Yards is stepping up its vegan options for the 2015 season.

The operators of Plantbar in the Belvedere Square Market will be at Oriole Park this year selling cold-pressed juices and their gluten-free, vegan and sugar-free line of prepared foods and desserts.

In addition to its own products, the kiosk will vend vegan "hot dogs" and "hamburgers" from the Seattle-based Field Roast Meat Co., according to Celeste Corsaro, who is partners in Plantbar with Cafe Zia owner Danielle Troia.

The main meal option at Plantbar will be a bento box with Plantbar's spiral zucchini "noodle" salad and vegan falafel balls made with walnuts and Moroccan spices. The primary dessert offering will be vegan, gluten-free strawberry and chocolate mousse.

Corsaro said that in addition to the pre-packed cold-pressed juices, Plantbar at Camden Yards will be serving one special fresh-pressed beverage, a blend of orange and apple juices.

"It's a...

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La Famiglia to close at the Broadview apartments

La Famiglia, an Italian restaurant in the Broadview apartment building, will close in two weeks. The news of the closing was posted late last week on the restaurant’s Facebook page, and regular customers were informed in an email from the restaurant’s owner Dino Zeytinoglu.

"It is with regret that I must tell you that La Famiglia will be closing on April 6, 2015,” Zeytinoglu wrote.

"For the past six years the restaurant has been a source of great pride and joy for me, our friends, and our staff. La Famiglia allowed many of us, who had worked together in Little Italy, to find a new home together. Thank you for allowing us to be part of your life during our time here."

Zeytinoglu was a veteran of Boccaccio in Little Italy when he came to the Broadview in the fall of 2008. For a short time he worked as the general manager at Brasserie Tatin, the French restaurant that Gerard Billebault ran in the restaurant space in the Broadview, a 1951 apartment building on 39th Street near University...

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