Food Features

  • Ate Dat: Abdu Ali muses on food as self care

    Ate Dat: Abdu Ali muses on food as self care

    Musician Abdu Ali didn't come to this interview to play. On his phone, he's made a list of eateries he loves and wants to shout out. He pulls it up at the start of our meeting at Dukem Ethiopian Restaurant in Mount Vernon because he didn't want to forget anything. "I'm a food thot," he tells me....

  • Dog Eat Dog: Two food spots for dog lovers

    Dog Eat Dog: Two food spots for dog lovers

    In honor of this year's Pets Issue, we wanted to highlight a few of Baltimore's dog-themed and dog-friendly eating spots. Bone appetit! (Sorry) Kooper's Chowhound Burger Wagon, (410) 563-5423, brgrwagon.com Thursday is Koopers Day at City Paper, The Sun, the Transit Administration, and elsewhere...

  • Butchers Hill Society offers good food, but isn't quite up to par

    Butchers Hill Society offers good food, but isn't quite up to par

    "Are you from the neighborhood?" asked the woman, gray-haired, fuschia-sweatered, from the table behind us. She had already been greeted by other diners passing through the narrow room while she finished her meal, and now, preparing to leave, she was warm while making our acquaintance. When we...

  • Eat 2017

    Eat 2017

    Baltimore is a special kind of food town, with favorites and staples that go beyond our steamed crabs and unwavering loyalty to Old Bay seasoning on anything and everything. You can also get a chicken box smothered in salt and pepper and ketchup, a meaty sandwich piled too high with pit beef, endless...

  • The Elephant brings the Brass Elephant into now

    The Elephant brings the Brass Elephant into now

    There’s nothing “on trend” about The Elephant. There aren’t any made-to-look-old Edison bulbs (well, I did spy one in an old chandelier, but I’m pretty sure it’s original), repurposed barn wood, or dolled-up plates of Korean-fried chicken. But what they do have—despite prices that give some sticker...

  • DJ Trillnatured talks DJing, Indian food, the Crown, and more

    DJ Trillnatured talks DJing, Indian food, the Crown, and more

    City Paper is starting something new for our Eats & Drinks section: conversations with Baltimoreans where—via the places they eat, drink, and hang out—they show us what this city means to them. The interview below, with DJ Jessica Hyman, is the second in this occasional series. One important thing...

  • Top Ten New Restaurants of 2016

    Top Ten New Restaurants of 2016

    1. Gunther & Co. (3650 Toone St., [443] 869-6874, eatatgunther.com) When I walked through the doors of Gunther & Co., the first large-scale restaurant that has opened in Canton in a while, I was taken aback with how owners Nancy Hart and Jerry Trice (who’s also the chef) reimagined the former Gunther...

  • Top Ten Baltimore Dishes of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore Dishes of 2016

    1. Fettuccini with lemon and pistachios at Hersh’s (1843 Light St., [443] 438-4948, hershs.com) There are many factors that may be keeping you from discovering Hersh’s pasta section. Maybe it’s the fact that the comfortable neighborhood joint is hidden away on the southside, requiring a drive past...

  • Top Ten Baltimore-Area Drinks and Brews of 2016

    Top Ten Baltimore-Area Drinks and Brews of 2016

    1. Chardonnay Barrel Belgian style ale by Evolution Craft Brewing Company (201 E. Vine St., Salisbury, [443] 260-2337, evolutioncraftbrewing.com) If you’re not turning your drive to the beach into a brewery crawl (with a DD, of course) you’re missing out. Eastern Shore Brewing in St. Michaels,...

  • Why Roy Rogers needs to bring its 'holy trio' to Baltimore

    Why Roy Rogers needs to bring its 'holy trio' to Baltimore

    Greetings, Fast Foodie readers. Welcome back after a bit of a long (and unintentional) hiatus. In the time since my last column, KFC brought back its Nashville Hot Chicken, Taco Bell gave away Doritos Locos Tacos because Francisco Lindor stole a base in the World Series, president-elect Donald...

  • Wet City offers unique brew selection

    Wet City offers unique brew selection

    I'm not really a beer drinker, says one of my dining companions. Let me see if I can change your mind, replies Dion, our charming server at Wet City (223 W. Chase St, [443] 873-6699, wetcitybrewing.com). Which he did, after quizzing my friend briefly on what flavors she found appealing (she affirmed...

  • Unpacking the Peppadew: What's real, what's fake and does it matter?

    Unpacking the Peppadew: What's real, what's fake and does it matter?

    We cracked the Peppadew code. Come at us, coppers. Back in March we went on a quest to discover what makes the Peppadew tick, where it comes from, why it's patented, and how we could bootleg them ("Thugs," Armed Guards and the Black Market for Delicious Patented Pickled Peppers). We had to do it...

  • Dovecote Café looks to create strong local bonds

    Dovecote Café looks to create strong local bonds

    Bright, sunny, and inviting, Dovecote Café (2501 Madison Ave., [443] 961-8677, dovecotecafe.com), located in Reservoir Hill, might not look revolutionary, but it is. Since Aisha Pew, Aisha's mother Gilda Pew, and Aisha's partner Cole opened Dovecote a little over a year ago, the eatery has served...

  • Daniela Pasta and Pastries moves into a bigger space, still delivers

    Daniela Pasta and Pastries moves into a bigger space, still delivers

    In 2011, Sardinian-born Daniela Useli opened a small storefront carryout on 36th Street in Hampden. Soon, the neighborhood was swooning over her baked goods like sfogliatelle, the flaky pastries sometimes known as "lobster tails," and cream-filled bomboloni doughnuts. Patrons folded themselves...

  • A taste of Zion Church's Sour Beef dinner

    A taste of Zion Church's Sour Beef dinner

    For a host of reasons both politico-historical and culinary, German food has been so assimilated into this country that no one in Baltimore would go to German restaurants if they were still around, which is why almost none of them are. That's meant hard times for some of us; in my family, Thanksgiving...

  • The High Life: On CBD

    The High Life: On CBD

    The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is severely fucked up and not in a good way, like stoned, but like someone you see that is about to tip over but miraculously remains standing at an impossible angle. The problem is, people suffer while these fuckers nod. First, they get too many applicants,...

  • A vegetarian's take on the Broadway Diner

    A vegetarian's take on the Broadway Diner

    I'm a regular at Broadway Diner (6501 Eastern Ave., [410] 631-5666, broadwaydiner1.com), the silver, shimmering restaurant at the corner of Eastern Avenue and Kane Street. It's a large, classic American diner with all the traditional food and a variety of options. This is a place made up of the...

  • In defense of the Lima-A-Rita and in praise of Lil' Kim

    In defense of the Lima-A-Rita and in praise of Lil' Kim

    For those who haven't had the pleasure, a Lime-A-Rita is a mix of Bud Light beer and, according to the Anheuser-Busch brewing company, "exciting margarita flavors." They come in tall, white cans and are decorated with an illustration of a cold, refreshing margarita. In addition to the more traditional...

  • Tradition is key at Michael's on Eastern Avenue

    Tradition is key at Michael's on Eastern Avenue

    Michael's Steak & Lobster House (6209 Eastern Ave., [410] 633-6485, michaelscrabcakes.com) is the sort of place where everyone carries on some kind of tradition. Doug Heisey Sr. sits at the bar peeling steamed shrimp, flanked by his two sons, Doug Jr. and Rick. They're both tearing into the filet...

  • Hampden's Paulie Gee's eases into business

    Hampden's Paulie Gee's eases into business

    Oh, Paulie Gee's (3535 Chestnut Ave., pauliegee.com/hampden), what took you so long? For months—nay, years—Hampden has been waiting for your wood-burning ovens, your Cinderella-like makeover of the Hampden Republican Club, and yes, your pizza. We wondered, Would you ever be ready for hungry guests?...

  • Gorging on comfort food at Breaking Bread

    Gorging on comfort food at Breaking Bread

    Returning from three days of camping at Fields Fest, I needed some serious hangover food. Not for a booze-induced hangover per se (though that was certainly part of it), but more like the in-need-of-relief-from-living-off-Cheez-Its-and-dried-salami-and-getting-four-hours-of-sleep-a-night kind of...

  • Gunther & Co.'s seasonal menu goes beyond local offerings

    Gunther & Co.'s seasonal menu goes beyond local offerings

    Judging by Gunther & Co.'s (3650 Toone St., [443] 869-6874, eatgunther.com) Instagram account, there are three things people already love about the three-month-old Brewer's Hill restaurant: cleverly named cocktails (a Meet the Beet-alls or a Rye'n Gosling, anyone?), oysters all ways, and the 16-foot...

  • Niwana offers Korean and Japanese fare in a cozy, familial atmosphere

    Niwana offers Korean and Japanese fare in a cozy, familial atmosphere

    One doesn't usually think of a Korean-Japanese restaurant as a local diner, but Niwana (3 E. 33rd St., [410] 366-4115, niwanarestaurant.com) fits that role for many that live or work in Charles Village. On a Wednesday evening, the restaurant is full of locals—some that appear to be on a dinner...

  • Man and a Grill: Duane 'Shorty' Davis combines BBQ and activism

    Man and a Grill: Duane 'Shorty' Davis combines BBQ and activism

    Shorty Davis has his hands in everything. When Duane "Shorty" Davis isn't marching, demonstrating, training others on the ins and outs of organizing, working with the homeless, mocking and sometimes interrupting media outlets not up to his standards, or creating funny protest art in the form of...

  • Fast Foodie: Burger King's Mac N' Cheetos are a letdown

    Fast Foodie: Burger King's Mac N' Cheetos are a letdown

    Burger King's unveiling of Mac N' Cheetos was a siren song to fast foodies everywhere. Here was one of the most promising junk food hybrids since the advent of the Doritos Locos Taco at Taco Bell: Cheetos filled with macaroni and cheese. What times we are living in (on a related note: Taco Bell...

  • Making hand-cranked ice cream—and passing the torch

    Making hand-cranked ice cream—and passing the torch

    I was digging around in my dump of a basement the other day and caught a glimpse of aqua-blue fiberglass. It was the hand-cranking ice cream maker that my mom had recently handed over to me—a sort of changing of the guard from when she was mistress of our family's summer vacation and its ice cream...

  • Roland Park's Namaste will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike

    Roland Park's Namaste will please vegetarians and meat-eaters alike

    "Namaste." The yoga-associated greeting (translated approximately as "the spirit in me salutes the spirit in you") seems an appropriate name for North Baltimore's newest Indian restaurant. From the staff's warm greetings as you enter to their sincere thank-you's as you leave later with a satisfied...

  • Cheap Eats: Mick O'Shea's

    Cheap Eats: Mick O'Shea's

    328 N. Charles St., (410) 539-7504, mickosheas.com Last year, City Paper heard through the grapevine that a few people over at Irish pub Mick O'Shea's were miffed because we awarded them a "Best Chicken Tenders" award last year. Of all the delicious, artful versions of bar food Mick O'Shea's makes—including...

  • Mt. Vernon's Marie Louise Bistro crafts a delicate steak tartare

    Mt. Vernon's Marie Louise Bistro crafts a delicate steak tartare

    When I was a teenager growing up in Brussels, I had a routine on my way to a Wednesday, after school ballet class. For about 80 francs ($2), I'd order a massive sandwich from a bistro with a take-out window near Rue de Boucher, prop myself on some nearby steps, wolf down the food while people-watching,...

  • The High Life: Pot for Pain

    The High Life: Pot for Pain

    With a little help from weed, Baltimore Raven Eugene Monroe is tearing through NFL hypocrisies. Last month, the Ravens' offensive tackle kicked off a campaign opposing NFL drug testing for pot, demanding the league consider using cannabinoids to treat chronic pain, and donated $80,000 to the University...

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