Pit beef for everyone: Chaps to franchise

Chaps, the Pulaski Highway purveyor of pit beef (and tons more) will be franchising, according to owner Bob Creager. Creager said he has signed an agreement with Mickleton, NJ-based MBB Management to take Chaps beyond the Beltway.

A former steelworker, Creager opened the original Chaps in the parking lot of an adult nightclub in 1987. The original stand has been expanded multiple times, and Chaps...

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Hangover Helper: Family Meal offers its usual, plus sophisticated takes on brunch staples

When we recently popped in to Bryan Voltaggio's Family Meal for a Sunday afternoon brunch, we were happily surprised to find it not teeming with tourists, but pleasantly busy with what appeared to be a mix of locals and visitors—with enough seats still open for us to choose from.

We opted for seats at the bar—the centerpiece of the restaurant. We were initially tempted by the Dark and Stormy boozy...

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Sci-fi and comic-themed BAMF Cafe to open in old Canteen space

The space that formerly housed Canteen in Station North will soon have a new resident, BAMF Cafe. Rather than it being a profane compliment—badass motherfucker—a closer look at the front window reveals the acronym's meaning in smaller print below: Books, Action Figures, Movies, Friends. The current window display lives up to that acronym, with Freddie and Jason battling it out under an Imperial Walker...

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National Homebrewer's Conference to descend on Baltimore in 2016

Baltimore residents might notice a few more beer enthusiasts (or snobs, depending on how you look at it) roaming around town next summer. From June 9-11 in 2016, the American Homebrew Association's yearly National Homebrewers Conference will take place in the downtown area, though exact locations have not been announced yet.

The conference centers around three days of informational speakers and seminars,...

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Hangover Helper: Long waits, enormous cinnamon rolls, and massive mains at Blue Moon Cafe

There is perhaps no breakfast spot more notorious for its weekend waits than Fells Point's Blue Moon Cafe. At any given time, its less than a dozen tables (and four bar seats) are filled with couples, families, and groups scarfing down what the cafe has rightfully branded "bad ass breakfast." Feeling less than bad ass ourselves after a night of beer sampling at a newly opened local tasting room, we...

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Restaurant critic Richard Gorelick leaving The Sun

After nearly five years on the job, restaurant critic Richard Gorelick is leaving his post at The Sun. He announced the decision last night in a post on his personal Facebook page.

Previously writing reviews for City Paper and The Sun's Live section, Gorelick took over critic duties in September 2010, following Elizabeth Large's retirement after 37 years on the job.

In a statement provided to City...

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