Dead-On Revival When it comes to hotel restaurants, Baltimore has a tendency to defy expectations in spectacular fashion. Case in point: Magdalena, considered by many to be the city’s best restaurant … and nestled in the Ivy Hotel. Other stars include Sagamore Pendry’s sophisticated Rec Pier Chop House, the elegant …Read More »
“There are very few things you can’t do at home,” muses Chef Ashish Alfred, owner of Fells Point’s new Duck Duck Goose, and that includes making his signature côte de boeuf. The chef has had a love affair with meat since age 5, when his father “accidentally burned the house …Read More »
The highlight of summer is often a week or two at the beach letting Atlantic waves lull us into a lazy state of seaside bliss. But when the big vacation is over and work’s doldrums again consume our days, where can we escape the routine and rekindle our joy for …Read More »
These are exciting times in the Baltimore restaurant world with new spots opening left and right. But just as quickly as new places open, other restaurants close — even places with many dedicated fans. Ask any restaurateur and they’ll give it to you straight: The restaurant business is tough. …Read More »
For the brothers Leonardi, food is family. Larry and Brian grew up around the restaurants of Baltimore’s Little Italy, the inspiration for the place they have created in Reisterstown. Family. The Leonardi brothers opened Ristorante Firenze in 2015 with Larry’s son, Zach, as executive chef. At 24, he’s a young …Read More »
Cheering for Bravo “A ship begins with its name.” That old Russian proverb was on Alla Sandler’s mind when she named Bravo, the restaurant she opened in Pikesville earlier this year. Sandler chose the name with hopes that the restaurant’s menu, featuring traditional dishes from former Soviet Republics, would give …Read More »
From Passion, Plenty The latest restaurant from the owners of Victoria Gastro Pub draws its menu from the delicious simplicity of farm life.
Chad Wells, corporate chef for Victoria Restaurant Group, talks about his career and the long-awaited Food Plenty in Clarksville, the third and largest restaurant the group has opened. Food Plenty serves seasonally influenced comfort food, like beef carpaccio with Appalachian cheese or a shrimp and grits with smoked turkey collard …Read More »
Round Here Despite the current boom in healthy eating, one thing remains on the menu: gorgeous, guilty pleasure, artisanal doughnuts. Check out three of Charm City’s new or recently expanded purveyors of sugary perfection. Two shops are nestled within blocks of each other in Federal Hill. The first is Sundays, …Read More »
Return to the Classics Bel Air’s One Eleven Main boasts a menu that avoids trends and a gumbo that draws fans.
Executive Chef Bryan Boessel walked into Bel Air’s One Eleven Main just four months after it opened in 2014, hoping for a job closer to his home. He’s since become a fixture there, using his classical background and local food connections to create a menu that’s both timely and timeless, …Read More »
Ask one of the confectioners in Baltimore’s expanding candy-scape to name his or her top holiday for sales, and you’ll get as many different answers as there are fillings in a box of chocolates. Christmas is a big candy-giving holiday, and so is Valentine’s Day, of course. But this is …Read More »