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Lifestyle Retro Baltimore

Re-creating classic Baltimore recipes

Bygone Baltimore restaurants hold a special place in diners’ hearts, as do many of the foods that they once served. But it’s safe to say some of those dishes may not play quite as well to modern audiences as they did in their prime.

The Baltimore Sun enlisted help from a handful of local chefs to re-create favorite menu items from beloved Baltimore establishments. This time, they added their own twists — substituting vinaigrette for mayonnaise, sous-viding rather than braising and adding garnishes for an extra pop.

Here you’ll find the original recipes for cherished menu items like Haussner’s strawberry pie, Marconi’s chopped salad and the Chesapeake Restaurant’s crab imperial, alongside their modern counterparts. We invite you to try them both.