The Lost City Diner in Station North has finally revealed itself after being unwrapped from the brown paper that clad the building for, oh, so many years.
And whether you are in the mood for a juicy cheeseburger with fries slathered in gravy, a roasted pepper stuffed with quinoa and walnuts, or an authentic egg cream, you’re in for a treat.
Larry’s 1332 reflects its owner’s vision
Before the massive sandwiches arrive, but after the Maryland crab soup with knuckle-sized crab lumps is devoured, Larry Schwartz emerges from the kitchen at Larry’s 1332 (1332 Sulphur Spring Rd., Arbutus, 443-304-2841), the cafe he opened last summer. He’s dressed charmingly casual in a worn black sweatshirt as he stops at each table, not seeking praise but instead asking what he can do better. Sorry, Larry, but we wouldn’t change a thing.
The Verandah lands in Hampden
Radhika Sule, owner of The Verandah (842 W. 36th St., 410-889-0999) in Hampden, says “good timing” allowed her to open her cheerful Indian restaurant last August. When Soup’s On closed its doors on The Avenue, Sule was immediately ready to take over the space and offer home-style Indian fare. “I had been at farmers’ markets for years,” she says.
Historic mansion shop is steeped in tradition
Maybe Julia Faye Briggs should have read tea leaves to reveal her future. She would have found out that she was going to have a second career after she retired as an IT specialist for the government. Serendipity led Briggs to an empty space in The Stone Mansion (4901 Springarden Dr., 410-367-8253), an 1863 rambling home in the city’s modern-day Coldspring Newtown neighborhood near Sinai Hospital. “I wasn’t looking to open a business,” she says. “It was looking for me.” She opened Tea by Julia Faye Tea Room & Tea Store in 2010.
<p>Cooking in a renovated ’50s space gives Donna Hamilton purpose.</p>
With its wicker baskets, comfy couches, and piles of pine cones, Donna Hamilton’s Dickeysville home is warm, homey, and casual—a real reflection of the WBAL-TV anchor herself. “I can’t afford ostentatious,” she says with a laugh.
A new shop specializes in all kinds.
There was a need for cheese, explains Sharon Johnson of Federal Hill who recently opened Cheese Galore & More, a new stall at Cross Street Market (1065 S. Charles St., 410-244-5515). Johnson had been in sales and food management for 20 years before becoming the victim of company reorganizations and the economy. "Food is in my blood," she says. "I decided to try this." The shop's case is filled with delectable goat cheeses, Bries, Taleggio, and Stiltons. (The mango-ginger has been a sellout.) Even stinky Limburger is popular, Johnson says.
Sophia's Place has Polish favorites from the oven.
For a quarter century, people pining for a taste of Poland headed to Sophia's Place in Fells Point's Broadway Market. In September, the deli packed up its meats, cheeses, sausages, and jars of sauerkraut and mustard, and relocated from the market's north building to the newly refurbished south one (1641 Aliceanna St., 410-342-6105).
Drink and be merry with a holiday splurge.
Once in a while, it's nice to go a little overboard on spending, especially during the holiday season. We hunted down a trio of luxurious wines that will make a special gift for the wine lover in your life—or for you.
It's in a sprawling mall in the 'burbs. And it looks homogenized. But locally owned Barrett's Grill, surrounded by chain restaurants you'd recognize anywhere, has managed to carve out its own identity, offering a reasonably priced American menu that will appeal to the nearby movie crowd or visitors to the complex grandly called Hunt Valley Towne Centre.
The restaurant, in the space previously occupied by Greystone Grill, won't dazzle diners with fussy fare. This is food that Grandma would recognize: cheeseburgers, crab cakes, ribs, and meatloaf. What's not to like?
Atwater’s elevates the bread from punch line to palate pleaser.
Fruitcakes take a lot of abuse. They’re the butt of jokes and maligned as doorstops or boat anchors. Ned Atwater—owner of several local shops making and selling fresh foods and baked goods, including Atwater’s in Belvedere Square—set out nine years ago to bring a little respect to the seasonal dessert. “People were skeptical,” he admits.
An inside look at the region’s top 25 watering holes
You could say that Baltimore is a city of regulars. People who are from here tend to stay here. Consequently, our local watering holes are full of lifers, Baltimoreans born and bred, and when they find a place they like, they stick with it. So, we wanted to do as the regulars do, and give you a stool's-eye-view of the best after-hours haunts. And while we're extolling the city's treasures, we also give you a rundown of hyper-local cocktails, made with regional ingredients and Charm City firmly in mind. Plus, we give you insider tips on the best places for late-night eats.
A Federal Hill cafe offers sweet treats and coffee
A chic Federal Hill cafe is drawing early birds and late-night customers alike with its trendy frozen yogurt, pastries, and espresso. Afters Café (1001 S. Charles St., 410-244-0909) is airy and bright, even on a rainy day, with tiled tabletops and a cozy seating area with comfy couches. Self-serve frozen-yogurt dispensers line the wall beside the cash register and a toppings bar is available with items like fresh fruit and candy—at 45 cents an ounce for everything, you can have as much or as little as you'd like.
Savor our American holiday meal with reds, whites, and a bubbly
Thanksgiving—America's most anticipated food and wine holiday—is nearly upon us. And now is the time to stock the wine rack with goodies that will pull together all the disparate flavors of our time-honored holiday traditions: turkey, cranberries, sweet potatoes, green veggies, and so on. Sure, you can celebrate with a bottle from a wine country beyond our shores, but you will probably want to honor our local bounty with something made in the U.S.A. Here's an all-American lineup for your meal.
Suburban House claims to have the world's largest matzo balls. When asked if there is any empirical evidence to support this claim, however, our waitress just shrugged. Soon she returned, balancing a shallow soup plate with what looked like a softball resting in its center, surrounded by bright-yellow chicken broth and wide slithery noodles. This dense dumpling is not just big; it's seriously good.
Sabatino's draws after-hours diners
If your late-night hunger pains pine for civilized dining, complete with silverware, cloth napkins, and top-rate Italian cooking, head to Sabatino's (901 Fawn St., 410-727-9414). The vaunted Little Italy restaurant stays open until 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays (12 a.m. other nights), serving its entire, extensive menu. There's something beautiful about digging into a plate of frutti di mare, a medley of seafood served in homemade marinara sauce over spaghetti in the wee hours. The Famous Bookmaker Salad is also a great way to start—or end—a meal.