Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Rocket to Venus Named Best New Eatery

IN THE NEWS: City Paper's Best of Baltimore 2007 critics and readers pick Rocket to Venus as Best New Restaurant and Charleston as Best Fancy Restaurant, with the critics going with Eastern House as Best Cheap Restaurant and Chameleon Cafe as Best Underappreciated Restaurant and readers selecting PaperMoon Diner as Best Cheap Restaurant. citypaper.com ... The Baltimore Sun's Karen Nitkin gives three stars to Il Scalino (313 S. High St., Little Italy, 410-547-7900), while Elizabeth Large reviews SoBo Café in South Baltimore. ... Kate Shatzkin reports that much-anticipated Italian spot Cinghiale ((pronounced ching-GYAH-lay, which means "wild boar" in Italian), the fourth restaurant from culinary power couple Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf, is to begin serving lunch the week of Sept. 24, with dinner to follow soon. (822 Lancaster St. in Harbor East, 410-547-8282). ... The paper notes that ribs joint Corner Stable in a Cockeysville hopes to reopen as early as Sept. 26 after recovering from a recent electrical fire. baltimoresun.com ... The Baltimore Snacker notes the closing of well-received Mexican spot El Salto, and visits Sam's Bagels (728 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 410-719-6668), SugarBakers Cakes (752 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD 410-788-9478), Taneytown Deli (10 Mellor Ave, Catonsville, MD 410-747-2673), Thai Heaven (6413 Frederick Road, Catonsville, MD, 410-455-9239), and Sea Hut Inn (729 Frederick Rd, Catonsville, MD, 410-788-0388). baltimoresnacker.blogspot.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Pikesville Staple Backfin Restaurant Closes

IN THE NEWS: WJZ.com's Ron Matz reports the Sept. 12 closing of Pikesville's historic Backfin Restaurant. Owners Sharon and Tony Thomas are retiring. ... An Inner Harbor hotel owner has sued seafood restaurant McCormick & Schmick's, alleging the eatery's owners violated terms of its lease agreement by opening M&S Grill restaurant one mile away, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. MJ Harbor Hotel LLC, the corporate parent of Pier 5 hotel where McCormick is located, filed a lawsuit July 31 in Baltimore City Circuit Court against the restaurant's parent company, McCormick and Schmick Restaurant Corp. The suit claims by debuting M&S Grill in 2003, McCormick & Schmick opened a restaurant that takes business away from the Pier 5 establishment. baltimore.bizjournals.com ... The Baltimore Sun's Karen Nitkin gives three stars to Alabama BBQ Company (4311 Harford Road, Lauraville, Md., 410-254-1440). ... Elizabeth Large reviews Three ..., Patterson Park’s newest bistro (2901 E. Baltimore St., 410-327-3333), and notes Peruvian restaurant El Rinconcito (at 1801 E. Lombard St.) and Indian eatery Indigma (802 N. Charles St.) baltimoresun.com ... Pigtown Pigout goes to Donna's Cafe and Coffeehouse in Cross Keys. pigtown-pigout.blogspot.com ... Marginal Foodie also reviews Three ..., as well as Thai Landing (1207 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon, 410-727-1234, www.thailanding.us). marginalfoodie.blogspot.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Monday, September 10, 2007

Admiral Fell Inn's True Restaurant Closes

IN THE NEWS: The Baltimore Sun's Elizabeth Large gives two stars in reviewing upscale bar Kolpers in Hampden (1520 Clipper Road. 410-683-0604) and notes the closing of True Restaurant at the Admiral Fell Inn and the opening of Aloha Tokyo (formerly the French Quarter at 1120 E. Fort Ave. in Locust Point), while Karen Nitkin gives three stars in reviewing Beef Shakes (13022 Old Hanover Road, Reisterstown, 410-833-6650). baltimoresun.com ... City Paper's Cheap Eats reviews My Thai (800 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon, Baltimore, 410-528-8737). citypaper.com ... Baltimore magazine's September 2007 issue reviews Lebanese Taverna and notes Penn Street Tavern (213 Penn Street, 410-752-5858), Rumor Mill (8069 Tiber Alley, Ellicott City, 410-461-0041) and Cafe Spice (321 York Road, Towson, 410-583-7770). baltimoremagazine.net ... Marginal Foodie visits Iggie's Pizza (818 N. Calvert, Mount Vernon, Baltimore, www.iggiespizza.com, 410-528-0818), Nam Kang (2126 Maryland Ave., Charles North, Baltimore, 410-685-6237), and Rub BBQ (1843 Light St., Federal Hill, Baltimore, 410-244-5667, www.rubbbq.com)

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Airport Lands Greene Turtle, Rams Head

IN THE NEWS: Ocean City-based The Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille has opened its first-ever airport location at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport's Concourse D, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. Another local bar chain, Rams Head Tavern, is expected to open an airport location this fall. baltimore.bizjournals.com ... The Baltimore Sun's Karen Nitkin gives three and a half stars to the Thai restaurant Little Spice (1350 Dorsey Road, Hanover, 410-859-0100), while Elizabeth Large reviews the new Watertable (Renaissance Harborplace Hotel, 202 E. Pratt St., Baltimore, 410-685-8439) and notes: the new Tabrizi's (500 Harberview Drive in the Harborview development off Key Highway, 410-727-3663, tabrizis.com), the opening of the new Westin Annapolis Hotel's Azure dining room, (100 Westgate Circle, 410-972-4300), and the closing of the Sun, Moon & Stars Cafe (400 Red Brook Blvd., Owings Mills). baltimoresun.com ... City Paper's Richard Gorelick reviews Three... (2901 E. Baltimore St., Highlandtown, Baltimore) in the former Parkside space. citypaper.com ... Busy new blogger Marginal Foodie reviews Kawasaki (907 S. Ann St., Fell's Point, Baltimore), Asahi (629 S. Broadway, Fell's Point, Baltimore, 410-534-4255), Bertha's (734 S. Broadway, Fell's Point, Baltimore, 410-327-5795), Little Havana (1325 Key Highway, Federal Hill, Baltimore, 410-477-1975, www.littlehavanas.com), Costa's Inn (4100 Northpoint Blvd., Dundalk, Baltimore, 410-477-1975, www.costasinn.com), Kali's Court (1606 Thames St., Fell's Point, Baltimore, 410-276-4700, www.kaliscourt.net), La Tavola (248 Albemarle St., Little Italy, Baltimore, 410-685-1859, www.la-tavola.com), and Cafe Hon (1002 W. 36th St., Hampden, Baltimore, 410-243-1230, www.cafehon.com). marginalfoodie.blogspot.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com