Category Archives: Baltimore Food

Sammy’s Enoteca brings solid Italian fare to Fells Point

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Change is afoot in Fells Point. Old bars are closing, new places are opening, and Harbor East and Canton seem to be extending their shiny tentacles into the historic neighborhood.

There’s a lot of energy, especially in anticipation of Kevin Plank’s forthcoming Sagamore Pendry Baltimore hotel, scheduled…

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Blaze Pizza makes its mark on Baltimore’s growing fast-casual pizza scene

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

The fast-casual concept is all the rage in the restaurant world. Now, Blaze Pizza is fueling the fire with its custom-made pizzas cooked in 180 seconds in an open-flame oven.

The franchise, which started in California in 2012, opened an Inner Harbor storefront in April, just off Market Place. Other…

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This ad agency is opening a public coffee shop in its new Key Highway office

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

As the Baltimore ad agency Planit settles into its new office, the firm is adding something more to South Baltimore than creative marketing ideas. It’s bringing the juice that fuels that creativity: coffee.

Order & Chaos Coffee will soon open at 1414 Key Highway, the space where Planit recently…

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Cheap Eats: Mick O’Shea’s

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

328 N. Charles St., (410) 539-7504, mickosheas.com

Last year, City Paper heard through the grapevine that a few people over at Irish pub Mick O’Shea’s were miffed because we awarded them a “Best Chicken Tenders” award last year. Of all the delicious, artful versions of bar food Mick O’Shea’s makes—including…

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Mt. Vernon’s Marie Louise Bistro crafts a delicate steak tartare

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Eats & Drinks

When I was a teenager growing up in Brussels, I had a routine on my way to a Wednesday, after school ballet class. For about 80 francs ($2), I’d order a massive sandwich from a bistro with a take-out window near Rue de Boucher, prop myself on some nearby steps, wolf down the food while people-watching,…

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Ostrowski’s sausage shop on Washington Street is for sale again

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Less than three years after the landmark Polish sausage shop was sold away from its founding family for the first time in a century, Ostrowski’s is on the market again. 

The Polish sausage shop at 524 S. Washington St. is for sale, owner John Reusing confirmed. Reusing, who also owns Bad Decisions…

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Fells Point cocktail bar Rye reopening in Leadbetter’s space

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

After closing earlier this spring, the Fells Point cocktail bar Rye will reopen later this summer in a storied space just around the corner from its Broadway digs.

Rye owner Ryan Perlberg bought the building that houses Leadbetter’s, a longtime dive bar known for its live music, at 1639 Thames…

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6 course French Asian pop up dinner by Chef Cyrus Keefer

Source: Dining Dish

Baltimore’s highly acclaimed Chef Cyrus Keefer is back, cooking up his unique French Asian fusion cuisine under the name of Défie Moi, his former late night dining hot spot in 13.5% Wine Bar & Food basement.  Chef Keefer’s first pop up dinner on Wednesday June 15th will be six courses and adult libations in the Private Kitchen at the Food Market. Keefer has cooked three times at the James Beard House in New York and recognized for his culinary creativity at www.StarChefs.com
There are only 12 seats and at last conversation 8 tickets were already sold, so you are still ...

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Baby’s on Fire, cafe and record shop, opens this week in Mount Vernon

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Mount Vernon will soon have a new hangout for music lovers and coffee aficionados alike. 

David and Shirlé Koslowski are opening Baby’s on Fire, a cafe and record store at 1010 Morton St. The shop is slated to open its doors June 10, with a grand opening planned for June 18.

Baby’s on Fire, which…

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Surprisingly good – Nando’s PERi-PERi

Source: Dining Dish


My perception of the restaurant chain Nando’s PERi-PERi  restaurants was thinking it was another fast casual chicken restaurant, corporate designed, lacking personality and flavorful food for my curious palate. A visit to one of numerous 31 locations in the United States proved my perception, incorrect both in the matter of taste and eye appeal –— it was a terrific find and looking forward to going back. 

This South African-Portuguese restaurant that originated in Johannesburg is known for its spicy flame-grilled chicken. Nando’s chicken is marinated for 24 hours and then flamed grilled with your choice of full flavored and spicy ...

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Pappas Restaurant coming to MGM National Harbor

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Pappas, the Baltimore-area seafood restaurant, will open a location at MGM National Harbor when the Prince George’s County resort and casino opens later this year. 

Best known for its crab cakes, of which Oprah Winfrey is a fan, the restaurant founded by Mark Pappas in 1972 joins Shake Shack as…

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Pappas Restaurant coming to MGM National Harbor

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Pappas, the Baltimore-area seafood restaurant, will open a location at MGM National Harbor when the Prince George’s County resort and casino opens later this year. 

Best known for its crab cakes, of which Oprah Winfrey is a fan, the restaurant founded by Mark Pappas in 1972 joins Shake Shack as…

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Mr. Boh campaigns to bring back Natty Boh at Camden Yards in Sun ad

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

With an image of Mr. Boh presumably sliding into base, baseball cap flying off behind him, the full-page ad reads loud and clear in capital letters and Orioles-style cursive: “Boh thrown out at home.” 

The “Boh-pen letter to Baltimore baseball fans,” a plea to bring back National Bohemian to Camden…

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Natty Boh takes out craven full-page ad to get back in Oriole Park

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

The makers of National Bohemian beer took out a full-page ad, written in the voice of its one-eyed mascot, Mr. Boh, in this morning’s Sun asking beer drinkers, Orioles fans, and beer-drinking Orioles fans to protest Boh’s absence at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

It is bullshit.

First, the ad is…

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Natty Boh takes out craven full-page ad to get back in Oriole Park

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

The makers of National Bohemian beer took out a full-page ad, written in the voice of its one-eyed mascot, Mr. Boh, in this morning’s Sun asking beer drinkers, Orioles fans, and beer-drinking Orioles fans to protest Boh’s absence at Oriole Park at Camden Yards.

It is bullshit.

First, the ad is…

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Chef Cyrus Keefer brings back Asian-French pop-up dinners, starting at the Food Market

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Chef Cyrus Keefer, who recently started his own catering and consulting business, is reviving a pop-up concept he launched last year.

The Asian-French fusion dinner series, dubbed Defie Moi (French for “dare me”), will reemerge June 15 with an event at the Food Market in Hampden.

Tickets ($100…

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Chef Cyrus Keefer brings back Asian-French pop-up dinners, starting at the Food Market

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Chef Cyrus Keefer, who recently started his own catering and consulting business, is reviving a pop-up concept he launched last year.

The Asian-French fusion dinner series, dubbed Defie Moi (French for “dare me”), will reemerge June 15 with an event at the Food Market in Hampden.

Tickets ($100…

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Loch Bar in Harbor East boasts posh digs and pricey seafood

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

If you want to dress to impress, this is the place to do it. It’s swank, posh — and expensive.

But it’s also fun and beautiful. Loch Bar is the newest jewel of the Atlas Restaurant Group, which operates the glitzy Ouzo Bay in Harbor East and Boca Raton, Fla., and Azumi in Harbor East.

It’s connected…

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Reversing previous decision, liquor board renews license for The Drinkery

Source: Baltimore City Paper - Feedbag

Reversing its earlier decision, the Baltimore liquor board voted to renew the license of The Drinkery, a corner gay bar in Mount Vernon. The vote was 2-1, with Chairman Albert J. Matricciani Jr. dissenting.

Becky Witt, an attorney with the Community Law Center who writes about board meetings on…

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Cafe Mezcla’s Ellicott City location does a bustling brunch

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

A good waffle is hard to find. A good crepe is even harder. Café Mezcla has found the recipe for both.

The small eatery specializing in these breakfast items opened its first Howard County location in 2014 in Columbia. In January, it expanded to the U.S. 40 corridor in Ellicott City.

Both cafes…

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Bahama Breeze Towson location closes

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Towson’s Carribbean-themed restaurant, Bahama Breeze, is taking a permanent vacation. Located in Towson Circle, the restaurant unexpectedly closed today leaving many regular customers to mourn the loss on Twitter.

In an email, communications manager Hunter Robinson described the closing as a difficult…

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Bonchon’s Korean fried chicken coming to Canton

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Korean fried chicken is coming to Canton. 

Bonchon Chicken, the New York City-based franchise known for its South Korean-style fried chicken, will soon open in an end unit of Canton’s Broom Factory building on Boston Street, franchisee Gregory Trepetin said Wednesday. From 2012 to 2015, the space…

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Former liquor board commissioner sues state, city officials over new appointment process

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

A former Baltimore liquor board commissioner who was not confirmed by the state Senate during this year’s legislative session is suing Gov. Larry Hogan and other state and city officials over a new law that shifted the power of Baltimore liquor board appointments from the governor to the city.

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At West Madison Craft Beer & Wine Bar, focus shifts to bar

Source: Baltimore Sun -- Baltimore Diner Blog

Let’s begin with an obvious truth: Longevity is hard to come by in the bar business. For every rock-solid establishment with decades under its belt, there are many more nascent concepts hoping to execute a vision with staying power.

When that doesn’t happen, for whichever of the many reasons these…

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