Liam Hickey is not only the new chef at An Poitin Stil, he’s the new personality behind the bustling Irish restaurant/bar in Timonium. Hailing from from Edenderry County Offaly, a small town 40 miles outside of Dublin, he’s likely to greet you when you come in. “I like the front of the house as much as the back of the house,” he says. Trained in Dublin, he moved to Naples, Fla. where he met Dorsey Baldwin, one of the owners of the Stil. “Dorsey invited me up,” he says. “So I came and sat in the parlor room of the restaurant, and it felt just like my grandmother’s house.” (In fact, all the furniture in the restaurant was shipped from County Wicklow, 20 minutes from where his grandmother lived.) Shepherds Pie, Irish Stew, a lot of meat and potato dishes are the normal Irish fare, but Hickey adds some newer European dishes to the menu. “My favorite is a stuffed pork chop with fennel, apricot and cranberries, topped with mustard brandy sauce.” He recommends pairing it with a Lindemans Bin 50 Shiraz. A thousand welcomes, Chef Hickey. 2323 York Road, Timonium, 410-560-7900 —S.G.F.