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Restaurant critic Richard Gorelick reviews Baltimore restaurants and writes about Maryland eats, drinks and cooking



Published: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:40:49 GMT

Last Build Date: Fri, 15 Apr 2016 10:40:49 GMT

Copyright: ©2016 Baltimore Sun
 



Points South Latin Kitchen feels like a fit in Fells Point

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 12:56:00 GMT

For several years, this space on Thames Street in Fells Point has been trying to find its culinary niche.

At first, Meli — named for the Greek word for honey — took over with Mediterranean-influenced food in 2007. The wrought-iron railing designed in a honeycomb pattern still remains in the dining...




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Lively Indian food in a Zen setting at Roland Park's Namaste

Thu, 07 Apr 2016 12:43:00 GMT

When I told the teen in my house I was going to Namaste for dinner, he wanted to know if I was going to practice yoga there, too.

Not quite. But the Zen vibe at this new Indian restaurant in Roland Park certainly reminds me of the traditional greeting of respect at the end of a class of sun salutations.

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HomeSlyce brings pizza and Mediterranean fare to Columbia

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 23:34:00 GMT

Americans have been putting their own spin on pizza for decades. The latest iteration at HomeSlyce Pizza Bar borrows from the Middle East and has journeyed to Howard County after getting established in Baltimore.

Haluk Kantar, the owner of the Turkish restaurant Cazbar in Mount Vernon, had a vision...




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A German beer hall for all at Das Bier Haus in Federal Hill

Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:35:00 GMT

Owners Scott Bauer and Nate McKinney have tapped into a tiny slice of Germany's famous beer halls at Das Bier Haus in Federal Hill.

Mugs of beer, hearty fare and communal tables have been drawing diners to the convivial corner space since it opened Jan. 7.

Bauer got the idea for the restaurant...




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Colette charms with French-inspired fare in Station North

Thu, 31 Mar 2016 13:12:00 GMT

Colette sashayed onto the Baltimore dining scene in February, flouncing her charms in much the same way that sister restaurant Bottega did when it opened in 2013. The bistros, which are blocks from each other in Station North, share a quaint charm with intriguing menus that immediately attracted...




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A tasty trip through Asia at Red Goji in Pikesville

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 18:36:00 GMT

Don't dismiss Red Goji because it is in a strip shopping center. The restaurant hits the mark with its well-prepared dishes and attention to using fresh ingredients.

Owner John Luen, who grew up in Hong Kong, has staffed his kitchen with longtime chefs from his native land and Japan, he said. Their...




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Habaneros Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria shows potential in Westminster

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 21:40:00 GMT

Habaneros Mexican Kitchen & Tequileria, tucked into a nondescript shopping center in Westminster, is a feast for the eyes once you've stepped inside. Red, yellow and lime green hues adorn the walls and tables. Festive Latin music gets your toes tapping.

It's an earnest place, where the staff makes...




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At Pie 360 in Canton, pizza gets personal

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 17:58:00 GMT

Pie 360 delivers the goods -- a custom pizza made in front of your eyes that's ready in minutes.

The folks who gave us the artisan pizza restaurant Coal Fire are capitalizing on the fast-casual concept with their fledgling offshoot in Canton.

There's more to come, said Erik Thorsvik, the chief...




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With Cosima, the owners of Donna's have another hit on their hands

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 13:20:00 GMT

Like the chefs Mario, Giada and Duff, Baltimoreans know Donna, as in Crivello, by her first name. She first shook up our taste buds in the early 1990s with roasted vegetables, tapenade and other Mediterranean dishes at her restaurant, Donna's Coffee Bar, in Mount Vernon.

Several Donna's restaurants...




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Abbey Burger Bistro seamlessly fits in Fells Point

Wed, 16 Mar 2016 19:25:00 GMT

As its name indicates, burgers are the star at Abbey Burger Bistro. You can create your own or choose one of the restaurant's house specialties, from a chili beef burger to a lamb burger with feta cheese. There are vegetarian options, too.

Owners Russ and Marigot Miller opened their first Abbey...




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Fleet Street Kitchen's latest chef impresses with careful, confident menu

Thu, 10 Mar 2016 22:23:00 GMT

In a dizzying shuffle of staff, Fleet Street Kitchen is on its fourth chef since opening in 2012. But the latest recruit, Michael Correll, on board for more than a year, seems to have found a niche at the Harbor East restaurant.

The Maryland native, who worked at the much-lauded Lacroix Restaurant...




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Satisfying soul at Taste This in Charles Village

Wed, 09 Mar 2016 19:25:00 GMT

Chefs Craig Curbean and Dante Davis are on a culinary mission -- to open as many Taste This restaurants as they can in Baltimore.

"We always flirted with the idea that if we found a place we would get a restaurant," Curbean said. "It took a while."

The fledgling restaurateurs, who became friends...




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At Peter's Inn, food evolves but some things never change

Thu, 03 Mar 2016 14:22:00 GMT

For 20 years, Baltimoreans have entertained a love affair with Peter’s Inn, the cozy rowhouse with the bright red door that still doesn’t take reservations. The affection is fitting, given the fact that the restaurant is fueled on romance, not just heat from the kitchen.

Owners Bud and Karin Tiffany...




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Lip-smackingly good barbecue at Smoke in Cockeysville

Wed, 02 Mar 2016 19:52:00 GMT

From seemingly out of nowhere, newcomer Josh White set up his smokers, special sauces and dry rubs at Smoke in Cockeysville, soon wowing the barbecue crowd and other diners who appreciate good, home-style cooking.

But the storefront restaurant, which opened in October in the Cranbrook Shopping...




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Flair for pub fare outshines flaws at Brew House No. 16

Fri, 26 Feb 2016 03:42:00 GMT

Ian Hummel is just as passionate about his restaurant's historic building as he is about its beer. The brewmaster and co-owner of Brew House No. 16 in Mount Vernon wanted to save the old fire station while creating something new.

"It keeps the firehouse alive," he said of preserving this piece...




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Up the road for south of border at Plaza Mexico in Fallston

Wed, 24 Feb 2016 19:24:00 GMT

When friends who lived in Costa Rica told us how impressed they were with the food at Plaza Mexico in Fallston, we knew we had to try it. They raved about the fajitas, the margaritas and fun atmosphere.

They were right.

The family-owned restaurant opened three years ago in the former Fallston Diner....




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B Bistro remains cozy, reliably creative

Thu, 18 Feb 2016 22:28:00 GMT

B Bistro has been a beacon in Bolton Hill since 2003 with its clever twists on American food. In the past three years, the restaurant has been through several chef changes. We thought it was time to stop by and see what B’s newest chef, William Weaver, is creating in the kitchen.

He recently jumped...




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Marvelous Mediterranean on the go at Samos Greek Island Grill

Wed, 17 Feb 2016 19:32:00 GMT

You can't beat the charm and old-world ambience at Samos in Greektown, which opened in 1977 when Baltimore Mayor William Donald Schaefer was shaping the city. Then and now, diners have never minded waiting in line at the cash-only restaurant, knowing a bounty of traditional Greek dishes will leave...




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Towson's Melting Pot engenders fun, fondness for fondue

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 14:46:00 GMT

Prepare to overeat. There’s no way around it at The Melting Pot, especially if you order the four-course “experience,” which you should.

From the cheese fondue to the chocolate hot pot, you’ll be busy dipping, cooking and swirling for hours.

It’s a lot of fun. It’s interactive. And, again, there’s...




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Pigtown's Breaking Bread doesn't just wing it

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 17:24:00 GMT

You could say Kimberly Ellis' dream to own a restaurant took flight over her sticky wings. She and her husband, Edward, started selling their popular sweet and spicy drumettes at farmers' markets and providing them at catering jobs.

Kimberly Ellis eventually left her position as a community manager...




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