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Restaurant Deconstructed Oh Donna

Donna Crivello—yes, that Donna—has historically created restaurants where she herself wants to eat. Serene specialty coffee shops in the days when Starbuck was still just the mate in “Moby-Dick,” casual eateries with neighborhood appeal. Now she’s cooked up the restaurant of her dreams. Inspired by Crivello’s Italian heritage—and many trips …

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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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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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