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By Meekah Hopkins and By Meekah Hopkins | December 17, 2013
As a part of last month's Best Bars collection in The Baltimore Sun, "25 superlatives for Baltimore bars," the award for "Best Orange Crush" was pinned to a Canton favorite, Portside Tavern. And I, for one, was immediately disgruntled. It's not that I need to be right (but I like to be right). But this is a dire situation - the very fiber of your social life is at stake here. So listen up: You're missing out if you belly up to Portside solely for their crushes. Don't get me wrong - Portside's version is a strong, solid variation on a Maryland favorite.
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Tim Wheeler | December 13, 2013
Some long-gone oysters from prehistoric times are going to play a role in restoring the Chesapeake Bay's current crop of bivalves. Maryland has purchased 112,500 tons of fossilized oyster shells for $6.3 million from a quarry in the panhandle of Florida, officials announced Friday. The first 25-car trainload has been offloaded into barges in Baltimore for the last leg of its journey to Harris Creek , a tidal Eastern Shore water way targeted by the state for an ambitious effort to replenish the bay's depleted oyster population.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
Ryleigh's Oyster has expanded, and for that Baltimore County should be thankful. Ryleigh's is a big name in Federal Hill, where it stands out as a slightly more sophisticated dining and drinking option in a sea of crazy bars more focused on volume than quality. In early November, Ryleigh's owners opened a second location, dubbed Ryleigh's Oyster Hunt Valley (though it's technically in Timonium, in the Padonia Road location locals call "that place that used to be Gibby's"). So how does this downtown restaurant translate in the county?
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By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | November 27, 2013
We really should have known better. Last Friday night, a friend and I strolled into Thames Street Oyster House, the Fells Point restaurant that has served the most delicious seafood in the neighborhood since opening in July 2011, without a reservation. What were we thinking? It was just before 8 p.m., and the first floor was buzzing with dinner dates and anxious diners waiting for prized tables to open. Upstairs was booked for the night, so the downstairs bar area was our only option, according to our smiling hostess.
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By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
— Oysters may or may not be an aphrodisiac, but they sure bring out passion in those who raise them for a living. Tim Devine barely knew from oysters when he was growing up in Easton, not far from the Chesapeake Bay. Now he's growing them on 10 acres of bay bottom near here that he's leased from the state, and professing to love the hard work and challenges involved in cultivating and selling his prized bivalves. "It just seemed like the stars aligned," Devine, 37, said of his transition from commercial photographer in New York City to yeoman oyster farmer.
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By Kit Waskom Pollard, For The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2013
Marylanders love oysters, so news of restaurants focused on the slippery bivalves, like Bel Air's brand-new Main Street Oyster House, is always welcome. Opened in mid-October, the Oyster House is masterful with oysters and service and does a decent job with everything else. It's lively and fun and sure to be a huge hit with people looking for a good time in downtown Bel Air. The team behind the Oyster House also owns Ropewalk Tavern in Federal Hill and Ropewalk Oyster House, which opened in Fenwick Island, Del., last summer.
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Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Some dozen Baltimore restaurants are featuring special dishes local as part of the Maryland Crab & Oyster Celebration, a promotional dining event organized by Dine Downtown Baltimore. The promotion ends on officially Nov. 3, but some of these crab and oyster dishes will stick around, at least while oysters and crab are in season. View the full photo gallery here  
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Tim Wheeler | October 15, 2013
Baltimore's harbor may be too funky for swimming or fishing, but maybe a little gardening can help. Students from two city schools and some adult volunteers gathered at the National Aquarium Tuesday to "plant" some oysters in the Inner Harbor - not for eating but to try to improve the health of the ailing water body. "This is the first time anyone has tried planting this number of oysters in the Inner Harbor," said Adam Lindquist, coordinator of the Healthy Harbor campaign, an ambitious initiative aimed at making the Northwest and Middle branches of the Patapsco River swimmable and fishable by 2020.
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By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
Ryleigh's presents its seventh annual Oysterfest this weekend on East Cross Street. Admission is free to the block party, which this year will include more than 10 raw bars, live music and the third-annual Baltimore Oyster Shucking Competition on Saturday at 5 p.m. The party, which will be held rain or shine, goes from noon to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Ryleigh's is at 36 E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. For information about Oysterfest call 410-539-2093.  Elsewhere, this week's Gathering is at the Baltimore Museum of Industry.
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October 8, 2013
When Greg J. Hinkleman was 13, a friend's father taught him how to shuck oysters with a flat-head screwdriver. He has been shucking ever since. The 28-year-old Annapolis native now lives in Federal Hill, where he works as a manager at Ryleigh's Oyster. This year he will represent Ryleigh's in their third annual Oyster Shucking Championship on Saturday (noon-9 p.m.; 36 E. Cross St.; free), part of the restaurant's annual OysterFest event. Despite being an Oyster Shucking Championship newbie, Hinkleman has high hopes for his debut performance.
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