| Aug 1, 2010
| 12:54 PM
12:05 p.m. We arrive at Liberatore's in Timonium and, as I suspected, I feel underdressed. We're met by men in black bowties. I'd feel better if I were wearing a tie or at least a jacket.
White linen, short-stemmed water glasses, and a few tables of...
| Jul 31, 2010
You might find yourself sitting in your comfortable booth in the Stanford Grill's big, wide-open dining room saying things like, "You know what, these are really amazing ribs," or, "Actually, this steak is fantastic." All along, the food the Stanford...
| Aug 5, 2010
| 9:52 AM
Since it opened in a great Towson location in November 2009, the 7 West Bistro Grille has become a popular lunch destination for lawyers and other professionals working within walking distance. As it happens, Towson doesn't have many places for a sit-down...
| 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...
| Aug 6, 2010
| 3:09 PM
The type size on City Cafe's menu is too small. Well, that's about it, folks. Everything else this magically restored Mount Vernon institution is doing is whip-smart and spot-on.
Let's be honest: The City Cafe, in the years leading up to its 2009...
| Apr 14, 2011
| 11:34 AM
I know that not so long ago some folks were up in arms over Cafe Hon owner Denise Whiting's efforts to trademark the "h" word." Yet there was no malice in my heart when I went there recently for supper. I just wanted a good meal, and I got one.
| Apr 8, 2011
| 1:18 PM
Welcome to improv dining.
Chef Mac's and All that Blues, the new home for Maclonza Lee's Louisiana cuisine, is part restaurant and part supper club. The kitchen serves from an a la carte menu on Tuesday through Thursday nights, but on Friday and Saturday...
| Apr 15, 2011
| 2:06 PM
The Luna family has built a deep reservoir of good will with their two Pikesville-area restaurants. Mari Luna Mexican Grill, which opened to great acclaim in fall 2004, has remained a steadily performing purveyor of quality Mexican food. Its more...
| Apr 21, 2011
| 11:25 AM
The words "beer food" bring to mind items like pretzels, peanuts and pizza. But at Red Brick Station in White Marsh the term means mussels steamed in ale, fish dipped in a beery batter and meat marinated in stout. Here, the beer is often in the food....
| Oct 27, 2010
| 7:46 PM
Meeting and eating a new food can be exciting. The other night at El Hidalgo, a Tex-Mex restaurant in an Elkridge shopping center, I was introduced to tlacoyos.
They were Mexican corn cakes ($7) shaped like torpedoes, stuffed with chicken and topped with...
| Jan 8, 2011
The Kohilas family has been operating Ikaros at the same Greektown address since 1969. That's a very long run for any restaurant, especially a family-owned and -operated establishment. Ikaros is truly beloved by its patrons, who loudly sing the praises of...
| Jan 12, 2011
| 7:50 AM
Despite its name, there is nothing dire about the Dead End Saloon in Fells Point. In fact, it is quite a lively spot, even on a weeknight.
The establishment's name stems not from its atmosphere, nor its clientele, but from its location. It sits on a...