Any restaurant opening is a big deal: a hopeful, creative and occasionally chaotic attempt to invent a place that nourishes the community. But the stakes feel higher for the team behind the Light House Bistro, the newest arrival to Annapolis’ downtown dining scene. The launch of the 50-seat eatery at …Read More »
Wheel Deal With improved infrastructure, an increase in protected bike lanes and the proliferation of groups like Bike Maryland and Bikemore, Baltimore is becoming a safer and more inviting city for cyclists. That’s good news for all of us, of course—but especially for Marla Streb, a world-champion mountain biker and …Read More »
As a single 20-something, Steve Roop worked with investor partners to open his dream bar in Canton. Portside Tavern, which opened in 2002 is, according to Roop, the neighborhood’s version of Cheers. “I’d be shocked if I didn’t know everyone in here,” he says. Now 41, with a kid at …Read More »
Booze Crews When it comes to creative marketing, these area alcohol entrepreneurs know how to party with a purpose.
Boordy Vineyards reposes on a pastoral corner of northeast Baltimore County—barely 15 minutes beyond the Beltway but a world away in terms of bucolic charm. Rows of vines arc gracefully over the undulating lands, sweeping down to a series of trim green-and-white outbuildings clustered around a 19th-century stone barn. Visit …Read More »
Single Malt Duo Highlandtown’s Old Line Spirits is the newest jewel in Maryland’s craft-distilling crown.
Quick, what do the Scottish Highlands and Highlandtown have in common? No, an artisanal haggis eatery hasn’t opened on East Pratt. But a single malt distillery has: Old Line Spirits, the latest addition to the state’s bourgeoning craft-distilling scene. It was launched in February within a 25,000-square-foot industrial building at …Read More »
Butchers Hill Society was named to underscore owner Malcolm Mitchell’s hope that it becomes a go-to for the neighborhood, a kind of secret society supper club. A tiny commissary in the basement level opens at 7 a.m. and sells breakfast items, grab-and-go sandwiches and charcuterie as well as wine, craft …Read More »
BUCK-A-SHUCKS PLUS Patience paid off for Hampden’s oyster lovers when Dylan Salmon finally opened in December. After inaugurating his friend Phil Han’s pop-up in Mt. Vernon (in the space that is now Sugarvale) back in 2014 to accolades, Salmon set about to find a permanent home and soon scored a …Read More »
Nestled on the edge of Hobbit’s Glen Golf Course in Columbia in the shiny new clubhouse that most recently housed the Coho Grill, The Turn House is more than a resting place between holes. Chef Thomas Zippelli, who trained at Michelin 3-star restaurants on both coasts, has created a crave-worthy …Read More »
Clever Rabbit After honing his culinary chops at Cinghiale and Pazo, Chef Julian Marucci looks to put his personal stamp on two new restaurants.
Julian Marucci, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, worked at the Foreman Wolf restaurant group’s Charleston and then was tapped as sous chef when FW opened Cinghiale. Within a month, Marucci took over as Cinghiale’s chef, later assuming the same role at FW’s Pazo. Recently, Marucci and David Goodman, who …Read More »
I remember my mother, an avid subscriber to Woman’s Day, planning our family’s meals each week. The magazine’s suggestions for entrees and sides—spaghetti with green salad, baked chicken with potatoes and peas, beef goulash and broccoli—were accompanied by detailed shopping lists. I am a poor planner when it comes to …Read More »