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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
Now in its seventh season, Jack's Bistro has settled into a fine groove. The small Canton restaurant is essentially doing today what it was doing from the start - exactly what it wants to do. If that makes Jack's sound arrogant, you don't know Jack's. You won't find a more down-to-earth set of proprietors than the husband-and-wife team behind Jack's Bistro, Ted Stelzenmuller and Christie Smertycha - he's the owner and executive chef; she's the general manager. They're inveterate travelers, lifelong learners and constitutionally nice people.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2014
We love a good anniversary. Baltimore is about to host a huge, weeklong celebration for the 200th anniversary of "The Star-Spangled Banner. " Unless they're traveling by frigate, everybody and his brother is going to be passing through Locust Point on the way to Fort McHenry. Also celebrating - Locust Point's own Wine Market Bistro, which is marking its 10th anniversary this month with various promotions and by feting diners with complimentary hors d'ouevres and wine tastings. The restaurant has earned the celebration.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2013
You can say this about Hyatt: It keeps its properties fresh. I was looking back at the different concepts that have populated the Hyatt Regency Baltimore on Light Street since 1981. Who remembers Berry & Elliott's, the upper-story predecessor to now-bygone Pisces? You'd have to be a real old-timer to remember the Trellis Garden, the original name for the third-floor dining facility that eventually became Bistro 300. The name remains the same - and, really, who could improve on Bistro 300?
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Kit Waskom Pollard and For The Baltimore Sun | September 2, 2014
Columbia's Aida Bistro & Wine Bar has been a Howard County favorite since it opened in 2002. Loyal customers have followed the restaurant through several changes, including relocation and the introduction of an innovative - and cool - tap system for serving wines by the glass or carafe. During summer of 2014, owners Joe and Mary Barbera ushered in another set of changes, as former sous-chef Nina Swartz took over as executive chef and the restaurant introduced a new menu offering entrées at a mix of prices.
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By Sloane Brown and Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | March 27, 2003
There's a new restaurant in Eldersburg, and it has something for everyone. Or everything for someone. Rushing to work? Just call Healing Heart Blues Bistro (410-549-9127) on your cell phone, and your coffee and pastry (or whatever you order) will be waiting for you curbside. Want a chic place to go for dinner - all brushed stainless steel, maple, subdued lighting and colors? A slightly sophisticated menu appeal to you? Just call 410-549-6000 to make your reservation. And how about some live blues to finish off your evening at Healing Heart?
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | December 13, 2001
Mark Hofmann has taken over the now-closed Phoenix Grille at 3493 Sweet Air Road in Jacksonville and plans to open Henry's Bistro there. The former chef of Due and Rothwells is hoping to open his new restaurant by Valentine's Day, after completely renovating the space with the help of his father, an architect, and his brother, a landscape designer. Hofmann spent part of last summer in Europe, scouting out French bistros. His menu will include classic dishes like steak frites and braised lamb shank with good soups and salads.
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By Mary Corey and Mary Corey,Staff Writer | January 9, 1994
Who says all's quiet on the food front in chilly January? Surely not us. In the last month alone, a new bookstore cafe, billiards coffee bar and bistro have all opened in Baltimore, proving once again that restaurateurs, come snow or sunshine, are a hearty bunch.BY THE BOOK: Say you're tired of studying physics at Hopkins. Your boyfriend is bored flying airplanes for a living. What to do with your shared ennui?If you're Avril Haines, 24, and David Davighi, 31, you take over the boarded-up Helen's Hollywood Showbar and turn it into an eclectic bookstore cafe at 714 S. Broadway in Fells Point.
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC | October 5, 2000
An Ellicott City strip shopping center isn't the first place you'd expect to find a French bistro, and indeed the spot at 9065 Frederick Road was a pizza shop just a few months ago. But Keith Manley, owner of French Confetti Catering and a graduate of the Culinary Arts Institute, has transformed the space into Manley's Bistro, with a bar, wine cellar and white-tablecloth dining room. "I put a lot of work into making it feel like you're not in a strip mall," Manley says. The food is French regional and country, with dishes like saumon au vin blanc, cassoulet with pork sausage and duck confit, and filet mignon.
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By Linda Gassenheimer and Linda Gassenheimer,Knight-Ridder Newspapers | September 11, 1991
Affordable, fresh and healthy, American Bistro food is a hit. It's also adaptable: On a recent visit to New York City's Union Square Cafe, I sampled American Bistro dishes influenced by peasant French and Italian cooking.Chef Michael Romano made a vichyssoise with white beans and leeks that was delicious. I have adapted his creation to make a quick, light and refreshing soup that is just right for the last few weeks of hot summer weather.A vegetable frittata makes a perfect side dish with the soup.
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By ELIZABETH LARGE and ELIZABETH LARGE,elizabeth.large@baltsun.com | December 17, 2008
It's been perhaps one of the longest waits for a new restaurant in recent memory, but now Miss Irene's (1738 Thames St., 410-558-0033, missirenesbaltimore.com) has finally opened in Fells Point. Before it closed four years ago, Miss Irene's was a scruffy dive bar, and its rebirth as a Mediterranean bistro has been pointed to as an example of the neighborhood's gentrification. Only until now Miss Irene's never reopened. The reasons it took so long were the usual, says Benjamin Greene, an owner and the breakfast chef, including problems getting permits, construction delays and, of course, money.
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Wesley Case and The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2014
Everyone has a remedy to beat the summer heat, from a trip to the pool to a snowball from a shack. At Midnight Sun, we prefer the tried, true and futile practice of complaining about unrelenting humidity over cold drinks at a comfortable bar. It accomplishes little besides a buzz, and that's just fine. On a recent Friday evening, Le Garage Beer Bar & Frites - which opened in May on Hampden's West 36th Street, better known as the Avenue - offered a low-key backdrop for such sweat-induced grumbling.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | June 4, 2014
Changes continue at The Chesapeake, the gateway property at the corner of Charles and Lanvale streets in the Station North Arts District. Later this summer, the Karzai family, whose restaurants include The Helmand, Tapas Teatro and B, a Bolton Hill Bistro, will begin operating a restaurant in the first-floor space that was until recently known as The Chesapeake restaurant. The Karzais' restaurant will be known as something-or-other "at the Chesapeake. " In other words, start thinking of the whole building as The Chesapeake, and everything else inside, which will eventually include apartments, offices and meeting space, as things "at the Chesapeake.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2014
A June 3 luncheon at Petit Louis Bistro in Columbia will benefit the non-profit organization No Kid Hungry: Share Our Strength, whose mission is to end childhood hunger. The multi-course dinner will be hosted by Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf, the principals in the Foreman Wolf restaurant group, which owns Petit Louis Bistro restaurants in Baltimore and Columbia, and Rita St. Clair and Brian Thim, the principals in the Baltimore-based firm Rita St. Clair Associates, which designed the interiors for both restaurants.
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2014
What a nice dinner that was at Bistro Blanc. We enjoyed beautiful and well-constructed appetizers, perfectly cooked entrees and scrumptious desserts. And we just plain enjoyed ourselves at this wine-focused Glenelg restaurant. When Bistro Blanc opened in 2008, it was promoted as a wine bar that also served food. It was meant to be a place where wine lovers would congregate, work their way through a well-considered wine collection and avail themselves of a high-tech, self-service wine-dispensing system.
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April 3, 2014
I read the article on the front page of Maryland Business section about the planned CineBistro at the Rotunda ( "Moviegoing adds luxury," April 1). Imagine the traffic on 41st Street that a seven-screen multiplex would bring! The dinner and a movie concept? The sounds of dishes clinking, forks stabbing, the melange of fragrances from the "chef inspired" menu assaulting the moviegoer's senses - and cocktails, a great idea for keeping the chit chat down during a screening. Leather chairs and swing away tables?
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2014
Mari Luna Bistro, located on Cathedral Street across from Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, has closed. The restaurant closed officially on Jan. 21 after three years of operation. It was operated by the Luna family, which continues to run the two Pikesville-area restaurants -- Mari Luna Mexican Grill and Mari Luna Latin Grille.    The Cathedral Street restaurant was temporarily closed by the Baltimore City Health Department from Nov. 22 to Nov. 26 because of "rat infestation" and "unsanitary conditions," according to the department's website . An employee at Mari Luna Latin Grille confirmed the downtown closing but offered no explanation.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,Special to The Sun | November 29, 2007
At long last, eating in a bowling alley doesn't mean noshing on scary hot dogs or dense, doughy pizza. Mustang Alley's, which opened in August, has brought a popular West Coast trend to Baltimore, combining a bowling alley with a fun bistro and lively bar. Located on the second floor of the former Holland Tack Factory, now home to a handful of recently opened urban-trendy businesses -- a fitness studio, a beauty salon and two Asian-themed restaurants --...
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By Elizabeth Large and Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic | March 11, 2007
Food **1/2 (2 1/2 stars) Service *** (3 stars) Atmosphere *** (3 stars) Restaurant chefs can be divided into two groups: those who believe less is more and those who believe more is more. OK, maybe not. But if they could be, Ted Stelzenmuller would fall in the more-is-more group. Poor:
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By Richard Gorelick, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2014
The restaurateurs Tony Foreman and Cindy Wolf have released new information about Petit Louis Bistro in Columbia , the first Howard County venture for their Baltimore-based Foreman Wolf restaurant group. The restaurant's public opening in early February will be preceded by a series of dining events to benefit Howard County charities. The events include two luncheons, on Wednesday and Friday , and four dinners, scheduled for Tuesday through Friday evening. The restaurant is accepting reservations to all of the events, each of which will feature a fixed-price menu, including a choice of appetizer, main course and dessert.
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