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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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Home Turf

Ali Sadeghi opened Grille 620, a casual/fine dining hybrid in Turf Valley, two years ago this October. A restaurant career veteran, Sadeghi has owned the River Hill Sports Grille in Clarksville for six years. He knows/loves fresh fish, steak, chops—and believes, “We missed those in the county.” Looking for a …

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You Flay Me

Shake Shack docked at the Inner Harbor; Smashburger fired up in Fells Point and now, the new Towson Square development lands Bobby Flay. The celebrity chef, whose career began in 1991 with New York’s Mesa Grill and contin-ued with Food TV celebritydom, is now known for his chain of burger …

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Chef Talk with Jerry Pellegrino

Jerry Pellegrino opened Corks in Federal Hill in 1997, an early entry in Baltimore’s ascendant dining scene. He went on to head Waterfront Kitchen in partnership with Living Classrooms, using the fine dining restaurant to train students for careers in food service. Pellegrino, who is a co-host of WYPR’s “Radio …

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Want Fries?

When Elizabeth and Kevin Irish traveled to Kevin’s home country of Ireland, they’d nosh on “taco fries.” The dish was simply chips slathered with seasoned ground beef—the perfect alcohol-absorbent snack before stumbling home after a night out. When they returned to the States, they couldn’t shake the memory of those …

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Grown-Up Grazing

When Phil Han opened Dooby’s in 2013, he had grand plans for the adjoining 4 W. Madison Street. The small, garden-level room would be an incubator for entrepreneurs—craftspeople, clothing designers, bakers, restaurateurs—appropriately called the Hatch. His friend and fellow Gilman alum Dylan Salmon launched the concept with his eponymous Oyster …

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Southern Charm

“Top Chef” alumna Jessie Sandlin says her new Canton restaurant, Jokers ‘n Thieves, “fits [her] dream pretty well.” The Low Country-influenced menu, bourbon-and-beer focused bar and casual décor (barn board walls, bare light bulbs, 10 flat-screen TVs), seem a logical step from Sandlin’s more recent venture, Oliver Speck’s barbecue in …

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Poetic License

Poets Modern Cocktails & Eats, which opened in June at the new Hotel Indigo, the 162-room (and 23-suite) beauty in Mt. Vernon, gets an “A” for effort. The bright room, with its mod art, charcoal upholstered banquettes and wingback chairs, is a lovely place to meet a friend or have …

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Cups Coffeehouse

James Stewart is showing off his shoes, a pair of Reebok sneakers almost as new as the ink needled into his biceps. On his right arm is the number 9, and on the left the number 7, stitched together to signify the year the 17-year-old Digital Harbor High School student …

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