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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...

  • Baby's On Fire serves up more than lunch

    Baby's On Fire serves up more than lunch

    There's no shortage of places in Mount Vernon to get a good cup of coffee and a sandwich. So what makes Baby's On Fire (1010 Morton St., [443] 885-9892, babysonfire.com) such a welcome and necessary addition to the neighborhood is the second part of its business model: It's also a record store....

  • The Best Way to Blow Your Jury Duty Dough: Give Pho Viet your 15 bucks

    The Best Way to Blow Your Jury Duty Dough: Give Pho Viet your 15 bucks

    Three brand new crisp five dollar bills. Or maybe they're ironed. But it is hard to imagine any bills returning from the streets of Baltimore to that virginal state of weird papyric rectitude they have when the clerk hands them over each morning to prospective jurors. It is as if the money is supposed...

  • Station North's French-inspired Colette offers seasonal delicacies

    Station North's French-inspired Colette offers seasonal delicacies

    When you're lining up fans of the local-seasonal trend in restaurants, I'm among those jostling to be up front. I count time by when strawberries of late spring give way to the peas of early summer to the tomatoes of July, and to me, the experience of a seasonal menu holds a real sense of anticipation...

  • Flavor offers upscale food, drinks, and safe space for the LGBTQ community

    Flavor offers upscale food, drinks, and safe space for the LGBTQ community

    Walking through the clean, streamlined interior of Flavor (15 E. Centre St., [443] 563-2279, flavorbaltimore.com), it's hard to believe the historic building was home to the dive-y Midtown BBQ & Brew a year ago. Executive Chef Julia Belton and her wife and co-owner, Vanna Belton, got the keys to...

  • The Venice Tavern is a bulwark against the brave new world

    The Venice Tavern is a bulwark against the brave new world

    There is a plague upon the city, creeping up from the South and the overpriced theme park that the nation's capital is fast becoming. No, it isn't the clueless Washington Post writer who makes a semi-annual migration in order to marvel at how strange it is that this provincial backwater can exist...

  • In its 10th year, Salt Tavern still offers exquisite food and welcome surprises

    In its 10th year, Salt Tavern still offers exquisite food and welcome surprises

    When Salt Tavern (2127 E. Pratt St., [410] 276-5480, salttavern.com) opened its doors in 2006, favorable reviews soon followed. Salt was awarded best new restaurant kudos that year by both the editorial staff and the readers of this paper, and since then has appeared on best restaurant lists compiled...

  • 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...

  • Huck's American Craft has multi-regional focus

    Huck's American Craft has multi-regional focus

    So you're not going to be able to take that road trip you've been planning for this summer—the one where you eat your way across the country, sampling cheese curds in Wisconsin, fried ravioli in St. Louis, Frito pie in Texas (granted that would be a lot of driving). No matter. It's possible to...

  • Brewers Hill gets a new restaurant in the old Gunther Brewing Company building

    Brewers Hill gets a new restaurant in the old Gunther Brewing Company building

    The first thing you notice when you walk into Gunther & Co.—the 7,600 square foot Brewers Hill restaurant that opened last Friday—is how massive the undertaking must have been for owners Nancy Mola and Jerry Trice to whip the place into shape. It's huge. Located in the old boiler rooms of the original...

  • The Cult of Silver Queen: Contemplating corn and the summer meal

    The Cult of Silver Queen: Contemplating corn and the summer meal

    I am a little embarrassed to say I come from a thieving family–corn thieving to be precise. While visiting us in central Virginia, my grandma Helen got wind of a cornfield on the other side of a patch of woods at the end of our street. I had come across it while out roaming on my Miss America bicycle,...

  • Straddling the Barbecue Divide

    Straddling the Barbecue Divide

    I.The Urban Grill Barbecuing in Baltimore is a communal affair, like much of city living when the weather gets warm and people spill out onto their stoops or porches, setting up lawn chairs on the sidewalks, perching on car hoods to monitor kids who wobble up and down the sidewalk on bikes, barricading...

  • Fast Foodie: A review of the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken sandwich at Wendy's

    Fast Foodie: A review of the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken sandwich at Wendy's

    My only encounter with a ghost pepper came when a friend tried to trick me into eating one. When I resisted, he took a bite to give me the ol' "See, it's not so bad," and then started coughing profusely. Snot, eventually followed by blood, came out of his nose. And this guy loves spicy things! ...

  • The Silver Queen of Harford Road

    The Silver Queen of Harford Road

    If you weren't looking for the Silver Queen Café (5429 Harford Road, [443] 345-2020, silverqueencafe.com), you'd easily miss it. Located on a block of Harford Road most recognizable for being home to the CVS and Hamilton Vacuum and Janitorial Supply, the nondescript storefront (formerly Herb &...

  • Chicken Talk: Station North and the ever-elusive chicken box

    Chicken Talk: Station North and the ever-elusive chicken box

    Last week, Station North Arts and Entertainment District commemorated the demolition of 1 W. North Ave.—formerly known as The Station North Chicken Box, an arts venue, and before that, New York Fried Chicken. The Chicken Box is being knocked down to make way for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation...

  • Cosima opens in Hampden's Mill #1

    Cosima opens in Hampden's Mill #1

    Before my recent dinner at Cosima (3000 Falls Road, Mill No. 1, [443] 708-7352, cosimamill1.com), I had never met Donna Crivello, the restaurant's proprietor. But I was familiar with the work of her hands—both through the various incarnations of her signature eponymous restaurants (now winnowed...

  • Staff Picks for cannabis-induced cravings

    Staff Picks for cannabis-induced cravings

    Goodfella City Limits Sports Bar If you’re ever driving around stoned and suddenly end up in a place where beautiful, identical people race by in Day-Glo ‘active wear,’ you might be lost in Temple of the Cult of Under Armour, Locust Point. And now you’re hungry. You can settle for the amazing but...

  • Bottega surprises diners with humble knock-out dishes

    Bottega surprises diners with humble knock-out dishes

    For weeks, I'd been keeping an eye on Bottega's (1729 Maryland Ave., [443] 708-5709, bottega1729.com) Facebook page, watching as the photos of the restaurant's daily chalkboard menu listed the day's specials. My heart fluttered at the thought of a bitter puntarella salad with anchovy and capers...

  • Date with IKEA: Swedish cuisine in White Marsh

    Date with IKEA: Swedish cuisine in White Marsh

    Believe nothing less: the restaurant at IKEA—the merciful asylum of that Swedish embassy along Honeygo Boulevard in White Marsh—is simply one of the most pleasant, affordable, and accommodating places to eat in Baltimore County. I, for one, am not an IKEA fetishist—you'll find me at the soft opening...

  • Hangover Helper: Spoons Cafe

    Hangover Helper: Spoons Cafe

    24 E. Cross St., (410) 539-8395, spoonsbaltimore.com Adorned with aesthetically questionable paintings, a wooden carousel horse, and a forlorn giant spoon seated in a chair by the front window, Spoons Cafe (which CP accidentally left out of our Eat issue; our apologies) feels like the home of your...

  • Highlandtown's Snake Hill adds a twist to sausage and beer

    Highlandtown's Snake Hill adds a twist to sausage and beer

    Baltimore's new sausage and craft beer spot, Snake Hill (418 S. Clinton St., [410] 469-9003,snakehillbaltimore.com), which the owners of Johnny Rad's opened just a few months ago, is housed in the quiet corner Highlandtown spot previously occupied by the longstanding Irish Pub, and boasts the tagline:...

  • Cultured pairs cocktails and charcuterie

    Cultured pairs cocktails and charcuterie

    One of the most striking transformations to witness at Mount Vernon Marketplace since it opened in October has been the development of Cultured (520 Park Ave., [410] 409-7924, baltimorecultured.com), a charcuterie bar from chef Andrew Cole, formerly of The Other Corner Charcuterie Bar in Hampden....

  • Orgasmic crab dip and the gender politics of dining at strip clubs

    Orgasmic crab dip and the gender politics of dining at strip clubs

    The first strip club I ever went to was in Prague, in a part of town called Wenceslas Square that’s now mostly populated with touristy bars and shops and strip clubs. This particular one didn’t have a cover charge, and the club, located down a flight of stairs, had as many chairs and small tables...

  • Charm City Meadworks is making an ancient brew modern

    Charm City Meadworks is making an ancient brew modern

    A small Toyota pickup truck sits outside a warehouse on 8th Avenue, at the south end of the 895 Harbor Tunnel. It's purplish-black, with orange flames painted on the front, and the dashboard is covered in white faux fur. It's not something you see every day—a little different, definitely bold,...

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