Baltimore's long and at times fraught efforts to bring gambling to the city finally succeed with the Horseshoe Casino opening on Tuesday. Observers will watch how it does in an increasingly saturated casino marketplace.
Hamilton Tavern, on the corner of Harford Road and Wisteria Avenue, is a rare thing ¿ a true neighborhood tavern with citywide appeal. The official city-designated neighborhood for this address is Glenham-Belhar, but as Tom Creegan, the Brewer's Art partner who runs Hamilton Tavern, noted, everybody up there calls this neighborhood just plain Hamilton.
Franco's Italian Bistro and Wine Bar, a partnership between two Arbutus restaurant owners and a Catonsville financial advisor, is expected to be open in time for the Catonsville Arts and Crafts Festival Sept. 7
The consultants hired to study Columbia's economy have developed a series of site-specific recommendations that proposes a slew of retail options, including coffee shops, apparel boutiques, office space, specialty stores, a live performance venue and a variety of restaurants, for eight of the community's nine village shopping centers.
Whether it's a glass of wine at Galloping Goose Vineyards, a three course dinner at Brick Ridge Restaurant or the County Cork Wine Pub featuring produce from local farms or lunch at J Cafe in Westminster, Carroll County Restaurant Week offers something for everyone and their budget.
Tony Conrad started out working in an office on weekdays and crabbing on the weekend to make extra money. Now, he operates four outlets for crabs, including Conrad's seafood market on Joppa Road in Parkville and the new restaurant Conrad's in Perry Hall.
Everyone has a remedy to beat the summer heat, from a trip to the pool to a snowball from a shack. At Midnight Sun, we prefer the tried, true and futile practice of complaining about unrelenting humidity over cold drinks at a comfortable bar. It accomplishes little besides a buzz, and that's just fine.
Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week continues through Sunday. But just as they do every year, some restaurants will be extending their special $20 and $30 prix-fixe menus beyond the official end date of the 10-day promotion.
A decision last week by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, upholding federal regulations requiring that meat labels state where the animal was born, raised and slaughtered, is a win for consumers, public health and American meat producers.
Beginning Friday, the question of where to eat gets a little more interesting. Local restaurants, half of them in the Towson area, are participating in Baltimore County Restaurant Week. For 17 days and nights, special menus highlight diners' favorites or give chefs a little space for experimentation — all at a bargain price designed to draw new customers into the dining rooms of 61 participating restaurants.
A burger restaurant will open this fall at the Senator Theatre. The full-service eatery, Clark Burger, will be operated by James Clark, a bartender and manager at Little Havana, a popular waterside restaurant and bar on Key Highway.
Aggio, the serenely pretty new restaurant at Power Plant Live, invites you to take a pleasure cruise through contemporary Italian cuisine. Your captain is Bryan Voltaggio, the genial chef who first gained national exposure as a contestant on "Top Chef."
The best pizza-makers in Baltimore and beyond know how to create charred and chewy crusts in super-hot ovens, which are fueled by wood, coal or gas. They use fresh, flavorful and inventive toppings, often skipping the traditional red sauce or mozzarella. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free pizzas are also in demand, with some Baltimore pizza-makers gamely taking up the challenge while others refuse to dabble in soy cheeses or gluten-free crusts.
Ever eat or drink something that literally makes you say, "Whoa!" out loud? It happened with the Cranberry Ginger Crush at the Boathouse in Canton. It's a serendipitous little gem that shouldn't fly under the radar.
Blake Wollman created The Wild Pea, a Randallstown-based hummus maker, to answer the question why not make a hummus flavored like a Bloody Mary or with chocolate or blueberries. Now his hummus is sold in 60 stores in four states and the District of Columbia.
One of the Blackwall Hitch proprietors, James King, was a minority owner of The Rockfish, but King and his new partners have made a clean break with the old restaurant. They shut down operations for nine months, stripped the property down to its walls and started from scratch.
Serious dessert aficionados know that around here, some of the most beautiful and best-tasting desserts come from a Baltimore Street shop called Patisserie Poupon. For almost three decades, the bakery has pleased the city's most discriminating sweets-lovers with its cakes and tarts. In March, the bakery expanded with the opening of Cafe Poupon, a cafe and bakery on Charles Street. The new spot has plenty of seating and a menu that works for quick lunches and leisurely coffee-and-pastry interludes.
By By Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun