Category Archives: Baltimore Sun

At Cypriana, good vibes with uneven food and service

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Restaurateurs Maria Kaimakis and Vassos Yiannouris have to be some of the nicest people in town. As you watch them in action, they exude joy and energy.

In February, the married couple opened Cypriana in Tuscany-Canterbury, where you can find them welcoming new diners and warmly greeting faithful…

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Fast-casual Urban Bar-B-Que should satisfy your barbecue cravings

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

If you’re in a hurry to grab some ribs and pulled pork in Upper Fells Point, Urban Bar-B-Que Co. has you covered.

The fast-casual chain opened its first Baltimore store in late April.

The menu focuses on a variety of barbecue styles, served as craft plates where you choose your meat and side dishes,…

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Fast-casual Urban Bar-B-Que should satisfy your smoked meat cravings

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

If you’re in a hurry to grab some ribs and pulled pork in Upper Fells Point, Urban Bar-B-Que Co. has you covered.

The fast-casual chain opened its first Baltimore store in late April.

The menu focuses on a variety of barbecue styles, served as craft plates where you choose your meat and side dishes,…

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At Port Public House in Locust Point, good will and good food

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

This unassuming corner building in Locust Point has been a neighborhood tavern for as long as anyone can remember, even if its name has changed. Its legacy continues with its recent rechristening as the Port Public House, formerly known as JR’s Bar & Grill.

Its new moniker reflects a connection…

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On higher ground, Snyder’s Willow Grove still offers dependable dining

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

There’s nary a willow tree in sight, much less a grove. But Snyder’s Willow Grove Restaurant has settled comfortably into an Anne Arundel County shopping center on higher ground.

After its eighth flood, the 80-year-old family-owned restaurant moved to Glen Burnie in 2014, about a mile and a half…

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On higher ground, Snyder’s Willow Grove still offers dependable dining

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

There’s nary a willow tree in sight, much less a grove. But Snyder’s Willow Grove Restaurant has settled comfortably into an Anne Arundel County shopping center on higher ground.

After its eighth flood, the 80-year-old family-owned restaurant moved to Glen Burnie in 2014, about a mile and a half…

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Holy Crepe Cafe in Canton is a great option for lunch, dinner or late-night bar-hopping crowd

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Matt Berry always wanted to have his own business, so when the owners of Holy Crepe Cafe in Canton decided to sell, he jumped at the chance. He took over the creperie and coffee shop in January.

Berry, 28, who lives in Canton, says his psychology degree from University of Maryland, Baltimore County…

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In the old Obrycki’s space, Angie’s Seafood offers a more polished take on coastal cuisine

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

People still walk into the old Obrycki’s spot on Pratt Street in Upper Fells Point looking for steamed crabs. Until last fall, they were out of luck.

Now diners will find Angie’s Seafood, which opened in September, offering hard shells and numerous seafood dishes.

“We get at least one or two people…

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Pekopeko Ramen adds flavor to Baltimore’s ramen scene while forgoing cash, tips

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

One of Baltimore’s newest fast-casual restaurants has a twist, and it’s not the noodles it serves.

PekoPeko Ramen opened in February in Charles Village as a cashless venue, meaning diners order and pay for their meals with credit or debit cards before they are even seated. The unusual part is that…

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PekoPeko Ramen adds flavor to Baltimore’s ramen scene while forgoing cash, tips

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

One of Baltimore’s newest fast-casual restaurants has a twist, and it’s not the noodles it serves.

PekoPeko Ramen opened in February in Charles Village as a cashless venue, meaning diners order and pay for their meals with credit or debit cards before they are even seated. The unusual part is that…

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Nostalgia reigns at old-fashioned Schultz’s Crab House in Essex

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Schultz’s Crab House in Essex already has a lot going for it: great seafood, terrific servers and an old-time vibe. This year, the family-owned restaurant added another accolade — winner of a James Beard America’s Classics Award.

The prestigious nod recognizes locally owned places that have been…

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Tiny space, bold flavors at Otto Turkish Cuisine in Federal Hill

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

The modest space doesn’t do justice to the terrific food being prepared in the kitchen at Otto Turkish Cuisine in Federal Hill.

Orkun Ayrac and his cousin, Emrah Gulum, are sharing their treasured family recipes in a small dining room that was formerly occupied by the short-lived Grano Pasta Bar.

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At Rec Pier Chop House, elevated dining with a minor flaw

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

If the last time you saw the inside of the Recreation Pier in Fells Point was on the TV show “Homicide: Life on the Street,” you’re in for a big surprise. The place is a lot swankier than its former set days as a police station.

The spruced-up 1914 Beaux Arts building — a restoration project backed…

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Tucked within Little Italy, an Indian cuisine oasis

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Restaurateur Chander Shekhar became a fan of Little Italy during a visit to Baltimore and soon knew where he wanted his next restaurant to be.

“I saw so many people, customers going to restaurants,” he said. “I thought that this is a good place for me.”

In early fall, Shekhar, who operated the…

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At Mustang Alley’s, not your average bowling alley food

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Bowling alleys are not usually the place to go for chef-prepared meals. But that changed in Baltimore with the opening of Mustang Alley’s in 2007.

As it approaches its 10th anniversary in August, the bowling-bistro venue in Little Italy is still going strong. You can eat while you’re bowling at…

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Refined ambience, solid Chinese fare at Joey Chiu’s Greenspring Inn

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Joey Chiu’s Greenspring Inn in Lutherville-Timonium has made it past the quarter-century mark and is still going strong. The menu offers familiar Chinese dishes that are fresh and flavorful, and the setting is better than ever after a recent renovation.

I forgot what a peaceful oasis the restaurant…

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Whether you’re buying a bike or munching on pizza, Handlebar Cafe is sure to please

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

There’s a party going on at Handlebar Cafe in Fells Point, and you don’t need a bicycle to join in the fun.

At the combo restaurant-bicycle shop, you can buy a bike, get one repaired or simply nosh on chef Chris Marquis’ excellent pizzas and other fare.

On a recent late afternoon, the store’s roll-up…

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Fallston Barrel House could have the magic touch for a cursed corner

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

With the opening of Fallston Barrel House, a cursed corner may have finally found an occupant that will break the jinx.

Over the years, the building at the intersection of U.S. 1 and Route 152 has been the site of Mickey’s Bar and Grill, Mallet Restaurant and Crabhouse, Tully’s and Pecora’s, among…

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Sam’s Canterbury Cafe employs adults on the autism spectrum — and serves good food, too

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

When Michael and Jennifer Myers decided to open a restaurant, they had in mind serving the staff as much as the customers.

The couple were determined to find a workplace for their 24-year-old son, Sam, who is on the autism spectrum. With the help of the nonprofit group Itineris, they soon realized…

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Consistency works for Towson’s Orchard Market and Cafe

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

The menu at the Orchard Market & Cafe in Towson hasn’t changed much since 1997, and I don’t want it to.

That’s the year that Nahid Vaezpour and her daughter and son-in-law, Sharareh and Jason Bulkeley, took over the restaurant.

“We keep whatever people have requested from the menu,” said Sharareh…

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Annabel Lee Tavern is one of Baltimore’s best hidden gems

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

When people ask me where to take out-of-towners to eat, several great places, from crab houses to waterfront restaurants, come to mind. But there’s one more hidden gem I always include on the list: Annabel Lee Tavern.

This Canton find, owned by Kurt Bragunier since 2007, pays tribute to the last…

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Splendid seafood at Sailor Oyster Bar in Annapolis

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Sailor Oyster Bar in Annapolis proudly advertises that it needs only a toaster and a blowtorch to make its food. In fact, there’s no kitchen at this terrific tavern that is packing in patrons.

Owner Scott Herbst, who is also involved in the popular Tsunami restaurant in the state capital, had been…

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Hudson Coastal brings flavorful seafood to Fulton

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

Brad and Tricia Hudson were frustrated by the lack of a good seafood restaurant in Howard County. So they took matters into their own hands and opened their fish house, Hudson Coastal Raw Bar & Grille, in Maple Lawn in November.

“It was kind of a no-brainer,” Tricia Hudson said. “We wanted to build…

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At the Black Olive, ordinary dishes become outstanding

Source: Baltimore Sun - Food & Dining

I’m as guilty as anyone: I gravitate to the shiny new restaurant of the month. But I was reminded recently of a gastronomic treasure in our midst after a visit to The Black Olive in Fells Point.

The upscale fish tavern, operated by the Spiliadis family, has been serving diners since 1997. (I once…

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