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Eating Out

Here are stories about local chefs, restaurants and other cuisine trends that will have you eating well.

Steam Punks Ekiben sets up shop.

BOX LUNCH   The trio behind Asian-cuisine-influenced Ekiben—Nikhil Yesupriya, Steve Chu and Ephrem Abebe—all UMBC graduates, ran a food cart ahead of their bricks-and mortar restaurant. Just weeks ago, Ekiben (named for the bento-box fare traditionally available on trains in Japan and Taiwan) began serving its steamed sandwich buns and rice bowls in a 10-seat storefront—plus a few standing tables—in Fells Point. …

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Restaurant Deconstructed A Novel Experience

Adrien Aeschliman, who spent much of his childhood in Europe, had his first restaurant job at the age of 12 in Lausanne, Switzerland. His tiny Bottega, opened on Maryland Avenue in 2014, has been wildly popular, and he planned to expand it to a new Hampden location last summer. Soon …

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Restaurant Deconstructed Midnight Mangia

The team behind Fork & Wrench, Andy Gruver and Jason Sanchez, have finally opened their latest project, Modern Cook Shop, and the place could very well become—for lower Fells Point—what Dean and Deluca is for Soho, and then some. It’s a vast food emporium, where upscale neighbors can find everything …

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Snake Charmers

Tucked behind the hulking remains of Hausner’s, Snake Hill is everything that the Baltimore icon was not. It’s small, informal and basically has just one thing on the menu: sausage. “We saw the concept in places across the country,” says owner Rich Pugh, the onetime skateboarder who owns Johnny Rad’s …

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Address book Moving day

Lovely Grano is branching from Hampden to Federal Hill (1043 S. Charles St.), while Abbey Burger Bistro, still a fave in Federal Hill, is expanding to Fells Point (811 S. Broadway). The Bun Shop, that quirky mix of eclectic décor and focused cuisine (just about everything on the menu is …

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Roll ‘n’ brew Brothers in beer

If you think about it, craft brewing may be today’s equivalent of 1980s and ‘90s garage bands: a ragtag crew getting together to make something they love. John Marsh and his pals—Roy Fisher, Jr., Bill Stevenson and others—have been messing with music and art for years. Turning a home brewing …

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Meat Cute Powerball

In even meatier news, 8Ball Meatball, a restaurant wholly devoted to—can you guess?—recently opened its doors in Fells Point. Paul Weitz, whose family owns a handful of franchises, including BGR and Nature’s Kitchen at BWI, was inspired by New York’s Meatball Shop, which opened its first of five locations in …

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