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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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Home Cooking Southern Accent

When Craig Curbean and Dante Davis took on their first catering gig, they served pulled pork and pit beef, ham, salads, homemade bread, an array of desserts and alcohol. The tough experience—they were faced with non-functioning stoves—prompted the duo to find their own kitchen, and they opened the carryout-only Taste …

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Eggs Anytime Breakfast barn

After a car drove headlights-first into Farmstead Grill last year, the property owners needed to, well, rebrand the space. And the cocksure Iron Rooster was more than ready to move in, opening its second location in less than a year. The breakfast-all-day concept is a good fit for the barn-like …

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Foodie Truckstop Meals on wheels

Damian Bohager organizes special food truck events—one known as The Gathering—plus regular parties of trucks and eaters; his Taste of Three Cities features vendors from New York, Philadelphia and Baltimore. These events attract thousands of hungry patrons who pay admission to wander among the rigs, purchasing paper cones of fries …

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(Local) Food Court

Baltimore’s hip new food emporium (a micro version of Union Market in D.C. or a more urban Belvedere Square) opened in October beneath the apartments at 520 Park—steps from the Maryland Historical Society and the Walters, a welcome addition to the rapidly evolving neighborhood. Mt. Vernon Marketplace is meant to …

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