| Mar 30, 2008
Since the Helmand, Baltimore's favorite Afghan restaurant, opened at the end of the '80s, it's been the go-to special occasion restaurant for the budget-conscious. Of course, it's also been the go-to restaurant for folks in the neighborhood who want a...
| Apr 19, 2009
Can a restaurant be a neighborhood place and also a fine-dining establishment? La Famiglia, the restaurant that replaced Brasserie Tatin, is trying to be both, as many upscale eating places in this economy are. For the most part, it succeeds.
| May 21, 2009
Federal Hill's Pub Dog, formerly known as the Thirsty Dog, does a few things reasonably well, and that's been its formula for success since 2001 in a very crowded neighborhood marketplace - successful enough to add a second location two years ago in...
| Nov 23, 2008
Stop by the new Mari Luna Latin Grille in Pikesville around dinner time and you'll find yourself asking, "What recession?"
I suppose you could argue that the people who used to be eating at the fine-dining Ruth's Chris Steak House a bit north on...
| Nov 27, 2008
With a name that conjures up white tablecloths, lobster tanks and snooty waiters, Sapore di Mare sounds a lot fancier than it is. It's not fancy at all, and that is its greatest strength. Sapore di Mare is the kind of place you'd come to when nobody feels...
| Dec 11, 2008
This is the second coming of Teavolve, Sunni Gilliam and Del Powell's soothing alternative to the neighborhood caffeine house.
The original edition was a snazzy-looking but cozy teahouse on Eastern Avenue, just east of Broadway in Fells Point. The new...
| Dec 18, 2008
If you know Canton at all, the Hudson Street Stackhouse is easy to find. It's across the street from the Safeway, in the shadow of a tall industrial structure that looks like a shot tower. The Hudson Street Cafe used to be here; Dominic DeSantis...
| Jan 11, 2009
I last ate at Peter's Inn in 1993. It was still calling itself a biker's bar, although maybe with a wink, and I described the food as "home-cooked with a little pizazz."
A couple of years later, Bud Tiffany and his wife, Karin, who was working in the...
| Jan 22, 2009
The brain works slowly in winter. There are dozens of beautiful art-glass pieces displayed behind the bar at the Glass Grill east of Highlandtown. There are two dazzling, enormous Dale Chihuly-inspired glass sculptures hanging from the Glass Grill's...
| Feb 8, 2009
Cafe Troia has always been something of an anomaly in Towson, a white-tablecloth restaurant that has managed to survive, even flourish, for 23 years.
These are scary times to deviate from the "if it ain't broke" dictum, but when their landlord decided to...
| Aug 24, 2008
Sometimes when restaurants close for an extended period of time, they never quite recover when they reopen. This is not the case with Shin Chon. Since it reopened after major renovations, it's on its way to becoming the Korean equivalent of the Cheesecake...
| Oct 2, 2008
Fins on the Square takes over the old Rick's Cafe Americain space on Canton Square from Granite Bar and Grille, which tried to make it with a (tired) industrial theme, a concept that lasted less than two years. Fins, under the same ownership, is going...