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  • Fratelli's serves an abundance of Italian fare in Hampstead

    Fratelli's serves an abundance of Italian fare in Hampstead

    There are good reasons why crowds flock to Fratelli’s, the restaurant serving down-home Italian (or Italian-American) fare in a Hampstead shopping center. I’m not sure if I’d wait long in line for the experience — reservations are limited to groups of six or more, so peak evening times may require...

  • A breadth of flavors at Nori in the heart of Hampden

    A breadth of flavors at Nori in the heart of Hampden

    Hampden’s dining scene seems to have been a little more of a revolving door lately, with various places coming and going. So it’s nice to see that Nori, which just replaced the recently departed Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar, appears to have the right stuff for longevity. This casual Korean...

  • Charleston still living up to its stellar reputation

    Charleston still living up to its stellar reputation

    In an age when just about everything and everybody gets hyped to dizzying degrees, it’s nice to know that there’s nothing exaggerated about the paeans heaped for two decades upon Charleston, the flagship of area restaurants launched by Cindy Wolf and Tony Foreman. As a first-time Charleston customer...

  • Elkridge Furnace Inn offers terrific ambience, uneven food

    Elkridge Furnace Inn offers terrific ambience, uneven food

    There’s a fabulous culinary destination waiting to emerge at the charming and richly historic Elkridge Furnace Inn. The ingredients are on hand, but, judging by our visit, a little more consistency and finessing is needed to fulfill the abundant potential. This 13-acre property on the banks of...

  • Seductive waterfront view, enjoyable food and drink at Button in Canton

    Seductive waterfront view, enjoyable food and drink at Button in Canton

    On a summer evening at Button, the new restaurant and bar at Canton’s Lighthouse Point, you can imagine yourself in some tropical, carefree resort town as pricey boats, docked mere feet away, bob seductively in the water. You can easily keep that illusion going while sipping cocktails a-tingle...

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  • C&R Pub, formerly of Federal Hill, 'bringing gator to downtown Towson'

    C&R Pub, formerly of Federal Hill, 'bringing gator to downtown Towson'

    Diners in downtown Towson have watched their options grow in recent years, from Mexican nachos to Vietnamese toast to Chinese lo mein. This week, country music bar C&R Pub will add one more option: alligator meat. “They’re bringing gator to downtown Towson,” said Fronda Cohen, a Baltimore County...

  • Everything you need to host a proper Friendsgiving

    Everything you need to host a proper Friendsgiving

    I remember hosting my first Friendsgiving quite well. The year was 2010, and I was living in a tiny “three bedroom” apartment (one of the rooms was a glorified closet) in Bucktown. The building was old, with walls so thin turning on the single living room heater was an exercise in futility, as...

  • The best coffee shop in every state

    The best coffee shop in every state

    If you’re looking to make a caffeine-fueled cross-country road trip, map it out so that you can make stops at the best coffee shop in every state. (This story originally appeared on The Daily Meal.)

  • Be the brewer for a day at Chesepiooc in Crofton

    Be the brewer for a day at Chesepiooc in Crofton

    Ever wanted to brew your own beer, but not sure you knew where to start? For $250, Crofton’s Chesepiooc Real Ale Brewery — which owner/brewer Jon Esposito opened in February — will put you through a one-day crash course. The result is a new beer in the flavors and style of your choosing, Esposito...

  • 5 Annapolis restaurants for vegetarians, gluten-free diners and other special diets

    5 Annapolis restaurants for vegetarians, gluten-free diners and other special diets

    As more health-conscious diners adopt special diets, local restaurants are shaping their menus around options for vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free eaters. Fortunately for diet-restricted diners, the Annapolis area has plenty of compliant and delicious options. Here are five of them: Soul 509 S....

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  • Duck Duck Goose a restaurant worth flocking to in Fells Point

    Duck Duck Goose a restaurant worth flocking to in Fells Point

    Fells Point may well be overrun by migrating flocks of foodies, eager to savor Duck Duck Goose. This newcomer is the brainchild of chef Ashish Alfred, who opened a French brasserie of the same name a couple years ago in Bethesda. He grew up in that area before heading to New York for training at...

  • A Timonium mainstay for 34 years, Michael's Cafe could use food upgrade

    A Timonium mainstay for 34 years, Michael's Cafe could use food upgrade

    A restaurant that can survive more than three decades is bound to be doing something right. That doesn’t necessarily mean with the food. On a recent weekday evening, Michael’s Cafe, a mainstay in Timonium since 1984, was packed to the brim. Seeing that boisterous crowd made me think a memorable...

  • Ludlow Market makes a splash in Locust Point

    Ludlow Market makes a splash in Locust Point

    The re-do trend in the restaurant world keeps on spinning. Among the most recent local examples is the impressive Ludlow Market, previously the Wine Market Bistro, tucked inside the historic Foundry building in Locust Point. Owner Chris Spann closed that bistro last spring after a nearly 14-year...

  • Glyndon Grill a casual spot with classy food, drink

    Glyndon Grill a casual spot with classy food, drink

    A couple of years ago, when my better half and I started thinking seriously about relocating from Baltimore City to the bucolic countryside of Worthington Valley in Baltimore County, we decided to check out Glyndon Grill. We were curious to see what sort of vibe we’d get in a place that could turn...

  • Acappella Italian Restaurant in Fallston serves up tasty comfort food

    Acappella Italian Restaurant in Fallston serves up tasty comfort food

    Amid the gently rolling countryside near the western edge of Harford County, a cream-colored, reasonably Tuscan-evoking building makes an unexpected appearance, located across the street from a much more ordinary-looking drugstore. It’s home to Acappella Italian Restaurant, an unassuming, come-as-you-are...

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  • Harvest improves, but guilt-free crab still elusive

    Harvest improves, but guilt-free crab still elusive

    Nobody asked me — because I'm still abstaining from eating crabs — but … Apparently, the 2015 harvest has picked up. "Considerably," said Robert T. Brown, Sr., president of the Maryland Watermen's Association. "I'm not going to be able to put a percentage on it yet, but it's up quite a bit, especially...

  • With Md. crabs scarcer than usual, prices from other sources rise

    With Md. crabs scarcer than usual, prices from other sources rise

    With Father's Day looming, consumers' appetite for steamed crabs is growing. But restaurants are paying $50 to $60 more per bushel for crabs than they did at this time last year — and consumers are paying $2 to $15 more per dozen, according to local restaurateurs. Though locally caught crabs are...

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    Maryland crabs

  • Bay's crabs rebounding, survey finds

    Bay's crabs rebounding, survey finds

    The Chesapeake Bay's crab population has rebounded from last year's perilously low level, state officials reported Monday, meaning there could be more of the iconic crustaceans to feast on this summer — though at what price is anyone's guess. Despite a frigid winter that killed nearly one in five...

  • Commercial horseshoe crab fishery in Del. to close July 9

    Commercial horseshoe crab fishery in Del. to close July 9

    DOVER, Del. — Fish and wildlife officials say Delaware's commercial horseshoe crab fishery is set to close as its quota nears. The commercial fishery will close at 12:01 a.m. Thursday. After that, officials say, it will be unlawful to harvest horseshoe crabs this year. Under the management plan...

  • Oprah gets Pappas crab cakes delivered; says you can, too

    Oprah gets Pappas crab cakes delivered; says you can, too

    Oprah Winfrey put her love for Pappas crab cakes on the photo-sharing site Instagram on Tuesday. "Had my favorite Baltimore's Best crab cake delivered. You can too. Worth it!" the famous former Baltimore resident said in her Instagram post. The original Pappas restaurant opened on Taylor Avenue...

  • Not all Maryland crab cakes as local as advertised

    Not all Maryland crab cakes as local as advertised

    Here’s a thought for Maryland seafood lovers to sink their teeth into: A survey has found that more than a third of the crab cakes tested at Maryland and Washington, D.C., restaurants were not local blue crab as advertised, but imported crab. Crab cakes at Baltimore and Annapolis restaurants had...

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