| Nov 14, 2012
| 3:21 PM
First impressions are everything.
While I'd never been to Tropical Acres Steakhouse, I did get a less-than-warm welcome from a hostess the other night. We sat down to a waitress who insisted on telling us about the nightly specials before bothering to...
| Aug 28, 2012
| 12:46 PM
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Abigail's American Bistro
493 Roger Williams Ave., Highland Park, 847-849-1009
Abigail's surrounds diners with a sophisticated setting of soothing earth tones with splashes of color and a menu of...
| Sep 5, 2012
| 4:30 AM
Matthew and Joan Lallo never intended to open a restaurant in Baltimore. But considering the interesting menu and top-notch service at their Mount Washington spot, the Blue Sage Cafe & Wine Bar, Baltimore is lucky that they did.
Blue Sage opened in...
| Sep 11, 2012
| 10:57 AM
Barbara Sharpe and her family spend the winters in Lemon Bay, Fla.
So it's no coincidence she combined her love of lemons with a Florida favorite, Key Lime pie, to create Lemon Bay Cream Pie.
"It's delicious, and it's very simple," the Belmont woman...
| Jun 7, 2012
A word to NoRA Cupcake Company newcomers: Expect the unexpected. They just don't do "ordinary" here.
The 5-month-old Middletown cupcake shop presents a daily menu of imaginative indulgences, with passionately creative recipes that almost make red...
| Jun 26, 2012
| 12:33 PM
Could Orange County become any sweeter?
We just celebrated the new 'lette Macarons at Fashion Island, a place for authentic French macarons. We can order French pastries at Pandor Artisan Boulangerie that taste as delicious as ones in Paris.
| Jun 27, 2012
| 8:24 PM
Nora Ephron was really all about the food.
An acerbic observer of life whose wit translated so easily to the big screen, she was often as interested in the menu as she was in the script, and her appetite for moviemaking and crab cakes brought her to...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 5:57 AM
The problem with restaurants with a view is that their customers don't want them to change. We want to freeze them in time so we can always remember the big anniversaries, the bigger birthdays, the graduations and holidays exactly as they were celebrated....
| Jul 18, 2012
| 1:23 PM
Some people shudder at the thought of a "theme restaurant" — especially when that theme involves pirates. But with a gleaming, wood-lined interior, top-notch food and friendly service, Mutiny Pirate Bar in Glen Burnie is much better than it sounds...
| Sep 28, 2012
| 11:12 AM
What does the sailing community in Eastport love? It loves the Boatyard Bar and Grill.
Dick Frayno opened the Boatyard Bar and Grill in the Eastport district of Annapolis in 2001. Cozy and charming, with plenty of dining and shopping options, Eastport...
| Sep 23, 2012
Key lime pie is Kate's specialty, though she's the sort who only tiptoes toward the oven if her homework is done, her mom is on hand and her gecko's been fed. She relies on the classic construction: bottle, box and can.
Inspired by Kate, I aim for a...