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Free Range

“I don’t like sweet popcorn,” said a friend who was dining with me. 

Neither do I, to be honest, but I got caught up in the warm buzz at Pen & Quill (1701 N. Charles St., (410) 601-3588, penandquill.net) and ordered the candied pop corn (two words, as the menu puts it, $4) on impulse, my eyes locking in on “bacon salt” in the description and completely missing the “candied” part. Oh. Well.

Yet despite the mild protest from that diner, the popcorn, like most things about our evening at Pen & Quill, surprised and delighted.

“It’s actually not very sweet,” the popcorn skeptic ventured as she cooed over the smoky, nearly caramelized bacon...