| Nov 7, 2011
| 7:28 AM
For lovers of Asian flavors, organic and local food and, of course, noodles, the new Republic Noodle in Federal Hill hits a sweet spot.
Owners David Lynch and Christopher Boylan — who live nearby — opened the Asian restaurant in September,...
| Mar 15, 2012
Every neighborhood in Baltimore seems to have at least one reliable spot for good Chinese food.
But with its central location at Charles and 25th streets, and its hard-to-miss yellow-and-red signs, Yum's Asian Bistro feels like it belongs to the city...
| Aug 21, 2010
Maybe because it's not on Little Italy's main street, La Tavola always tends to get overlooked. It shouldn't be, though, and I know people who swear by it. It is an easy restaurant to get to know, with a straightforward menu and a notably accommodating...
| Jul 24, 2010
The large upstairs dining room at the Point in Fells doesn't get many takers on a weeknight. It's a fine, handsome, timber-ceilinged room, and if you can find a prettier water view on the East Coast than the one from these windows, please tell me.
| Oct 10, 2010
| 1:47 PM
Ban Thai, at 340 N. Charles St., is a Baltimore stalwart. I've never left the restaurant dissatisfied with anything, and always felt as if I've had a treat that's taken me out of my rut, which is ironic because I've been in a Ban Thai rut for years. In at...
| Nov 12, 2010
| 11:49 AM
This newly opened Phoenix restaurant is a double comeback. First, it's the return of a landmark dining destination. It's also the return of a chef.
For decades, Peerce's Plantation was a landmark, family-owned Baltimore County dining destination before...
| Oct 16, 2010
The Pazza Luna logo features the Italian version of the Harlequin character — the arlecchino. That is apt, because this is one tricky little trattoria. Pazza Luna has been known to change identity or disappear entirely. You must never think you've...
| Feb 13, 2011
| 11:21 AM
Caesar's Den feels like the old Little Italy. The owners live upstairs, just as at other restaurants. The main dining room is cozy and comfortable, tables are set with white cloths and the serving staff is dressed in semiformal attire: white shirts and...
| Feb 6, 2011
If you sat down to a bowl of pasta named after a 19th-century post-Impressionist, would you expect a work of art?
The Artful Gourmet Bistro in Owings Mills has the look and feel of a polite, mid-scale suburban chain with a taste that leans more on market...
| Jan 29, 2011
This parkside restaurant location, now the home of Bistro Rx, seems so perfect. Originally developed in 2006 by a community development corporation as an amenity for the surrounding neighborhoods, it looks like a place where a restaurant would do great...
| Jan 6, 2011
| 12:19 PM
The folks at XS have been stirring. The multistory cafe, sushi bar and lounge has very recently revealed a freshened-up menu, along with a few weekly specials and a handsome new marketing package.
That's good to see; I like to see a restaurant trying. XS...
| Apr 1, 2011
| 12:53 PM
Matsuri opened in 1996. I place this in the second wave of Baltimore's sushi experience, when Japanese restaurants began to look as much like the pub next door as the tatami and shoji-screen stage sets of the first wave. Some old-school rituals are in...