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Ain’t She Sweet Sweetgreen lands in Baltimore at Harbor East.

GUILTLESS GOODIES     If you’re not a health food fanatic, salads can sound boring. But what about a salad of butternut squash, apples, blue cheese, raisins and walnuts? Easy to come by at Sweetgreen. You’ve probably heard of the popular D.C.-based chain that sources all of its food locally and regionally …

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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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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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Bottoms Up Garden party

My favorite part of spring is the contrasts: the brisk mornings softened with sunny afternoons, the grays of winter fading into the warm colors of fresh gardens. This cocktail is a lovely, light divergence from the heavier cocktails of winter now past. The brightness of the deep-red, semi-sweet strawberries, complemented …

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Now Serving: Hot Tomales

John Sen bought Tortilleria Sinaloa, the diminutive Eastern Avenue taco shop (that has garnered plenty of “best of” accolades) in 2011 because he figured Mexican food was the next big thing. “People were trending more toward Chipotle and Qdoba than Subway,” reasoned the Subway franchisee, who had recently sold his …

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