Story | Jul 28, 2014 | 12:18 PM
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Our favorite ways to experience new area restaurants [Pictures]
If you've been away from Baltimore this summer, or just hanging out by the pool, you've missed a lot of dining news. Starting in May and running through early September there have been some pretty stellar openings. We've found a lot to love about these places, but we've homed in on the one thing we love most about each of them.
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An amazing all-star team -- Bookmakers Cocktail Club( Lloyd Fox / Baltimore Sun photo / September 12, 2014 )
Mix together Ryan Perlberg (right), a restaurateur with a green thumb for growing winning concepts (Stuggy's, Rye); Chris Amendola (pictured at left), a chef who has trained in some of the East Coast's most celebrated kitchens (McCrady's, Blue Hill at Stone Barns), and Ryan Sparks (center), one of Baltimore's most in-demand mixologists (Jack's Bistro, Of Love & Regret), and you get Bookmakers, a sparkling new Federal Hill joint that takes its food, cocktails and style seriously. Bookmakers is Perlberg's follow-up to Rye, his Fells Point cocktail lounge, but a bigger kitchen in Federal Hill means bigger food -- like pan-roasted strip steak, roasted pork leg and fried chicken, served with greens, biscuits and homemade jam.
Bookmakers Cocktail Club (31 E. Cross St., Federal Hill, 443-438-4039, bookmakersbaltimore.com)