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Dining reviews from Capital Gazette's Entertainment guide.

  • Dining out: Excellent Parisian fare at Grapes well worth the wait

    Dining out: Excellent Parisian fare at Grapes well worth the wait

    Not much shocks me anymore, but I have to say that finding a table at Grapes Wine Bar on a Friday night (they don't take reservations) was a jaw-dropper. Of course, it was the only empty table in the place. But not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, we opted to look at the wine list instead....

  • Dining out: Sooner the better for changes underway at Hemingway's

    Dining out: Sooner the better for changes underway at Hemingway's

    Ouch. Have you ever headed for a restaurant wanting to love the place even though you've heard wildly mixed opinions from your friends and your past meals there have been, well, up and down? That was my mindset on a recent winter night on the way to Hemingway's in Stevensville. Few restaurants...

  • Dining out: Otani's passion to please pays off for diners

    Dining out: Otani's passion to please pays off for diners

    Bittersweet, this latest visit to Otani, for we were remembering our dear friend Mal Harding who had enjoyed so many dinners there. Mal, affectionately known as Mal the Mountain Man, was a rugged Oregonian and world-class orienteer. Mal loved good food and good wine, so of course he liked this...

  • Dining out: Fabulous French fare? Fly over to Cafe Bretton

    Dining out: Fabulous French fare? Fly over to Cafe Bretton

    Have you ever noticed how the same plot lines keep turning up on TV? One recurring theme involves a main character who can't afford to take a vacation, but holes up at home (with blinds drawn, sunlamp, etc.) and pretends to take one. If the idea of pretending to have taken a French vacation appeals...

  • Dining out: Former Treaty faithfuls should give it another try

    Dining out: Former Treaty faithfuls should give it another try

    "I'll take Classic Annapolis Restaurants for $100, Alex." "A lovely and historic space that has seen its ups and downs." And the answer, of course, (in the form of a question): "What is Treaty of Paris?" What is Treaty of Paris these days? It was virtually empty on a recent Friday night we were...

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