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Daytime Decadence High tea

Tea at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court hotel is just what you want it to be. The colonial-inspired Explorers Lounge, with its faux animal prints and Persian carpets, upholstered chairs and posh service, is just the right setting—especially if you are seated with views of the Inner Harbor. Tea arrives …

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Late-Night Bite Dare me

Cyrus Keefer’s new after-hours spot is a bustling and bright extension of his downstairs kitchen at 13.5 Wine Bar in Hampden. A smattering of tables, chairs and barstools in a tiny raw space in full view of the stainless kitchen—chefs busily plating and shouting orders, burners with pots of simmering …

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Bottoms Up Rye Not?

When Baltimore native Allen Katz announced his Mister Katz Rock & Rye, I was beside myself with anticipation. My gosh, does it deliver! This low-octane spirit has all of the character of a young rye whiskey enhanced with candy sugar, cinnamon, sour cherry and a touch of citrus. Shake off …

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Nightcap, Anyone?

In the case of Louie’s Bookstore Café, there is life after death. Taking a cue from the beloved bookseller that once stood within its walls, Ware House 518 has rolled out a new bar concept that pays tribute to the rich history of its Mount Vernon location. “There aren’t many …

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Bagby in a Bag

The new Bagby Pizza, which opened in Pikesville in late summer, is not the homey brick BYO that launched in 2009 in Harbor East. This Bagby—with the subtitle ”The Way You Want It”—may have the flat-crust pies we know and love, but the environment is sparkling and efficient, with workers …

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A Toast to Everyman

Alcohol is a supporting player in J.B. Priestley’s drawing-room thriller, “An Inspector Calls,” which opened in September at Everyman Theatre. But spirits were front and center at the first Taste of Everyman, a new audience-building initiative that premiered the same month. The upper middle-class Edwardians in the play “drink a …

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Suburban Spice

The Cinnamon Tree at the Hunt Valley Inn defied expecta-tions. The high ceiling reminis-cent of a pitched barn roof, the soft seating in warm shades of brown and gray (nearly every butt gets a banquette) and the views of the courtyard—where the eponymous tree sculpture has been relocated—on one side. …

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Smokin’ Hot

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que got its start when owner John Stage and a couple of biker buds started cooking sauce-slathered meat in a 55-gallon drum at motorcycle events. Stage says he was soon called out on his ignorance. “This guy says, ‘Barbecue is about long periods of time, slow smoking, you gotta …

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