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Jan 19 2010

Baltimore Restaurant Roundup

It seems like there have been a bunch of new restaurants and bars opening in Baltimore recently.  Here’s just to name a few:

Langermann’s – Canton – Located at the Can Company in Canton, this place took over what used to be Kiss Cafe.  They seemed to do a much better job of giving the place an identity and atmosphere, something that Kiss Cafe could never do.  It’s an “upscale casual” place, with white tablecloths, but a chill setting.  The bar looks like a cool/cozy place to hang out.  I was able to eat lunch there the other day, and the food was great.  It is pegged as “southern inspired global cuisine”.  The turkey apple and brie sandwich with smoky mountain pepper jam on raisin bread was to die for.  I will definitely be going back for dinner sometime.

Field House – Canton – Also at the can company is the newly opened Field House.  This took over the place where Ray Lewis’ used to be and is described as an “upscale sports bar”.  Field House has another location in Philadelphia.

Milan - Little Italy -  Described as an ”upscale restaurant and lounge” this place just opened along Eastern Ave in Little Italy.  With a motto of “where food meets fashion” it sounds like it is a pretty trendy type of place.  The food is described as “Italian infused with Mediterranean flavors”.  They even have “Italian inspired sushi” sounds interesting!  A large patio make it look like this place will be really popular in the summer.

Rowhouse Grille – Federal Hill – Recently opened along Light Street in Federal Hill/South Baltimore this cozy looking bar looks like a great place to pick up a drink and an inexpensive sandwich

Miguels – Locust Point – This will be the first restaurant to open in the new Silo Point Complex and they will serve Mexican tapas. 

Ullswater - Riverside - From the former owners of The Bicycle, this is more low key than the Bicycle and more of a neighborhood place.

Sam’s Kid – Fells Point – near the food of Broadway, serving pan-asian cuisine.  So far its been getting great reviews.

Poe Boys Oyster Bar and Grille – Fells Point – This has opened up where Miss Irene’s used to be.

Tapas Adela - Fells Point – The new Spanish tapas place at the corner of Thames and Broadway is a member of the Kalisgroup.  If history rings true, then this place is bound to be successful.  The restaurant actually shares its kitchen with Meli around the corner and has been getting great reviews.

It’s nice to see that so many places have been opening considering the economy.  If you can afford it, please support your local restaurants and bars! 

Don’t forget Baltimore Restaurant Week runs from Jan 22nd through February 7th

Post a reply here if you’re able to make it to any of these places and let us know how it was!  Also if I missed anything, e-mail me and let me know, or post a reply.


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Nov 28 2009

Baltimore’s Patterson Park is Named one of Top 10 Urban Parks in America

Our very own Patterson Park in Southeast Baltimore was recently named one of America’s 10 best urban parks by Forbes Magazine.  The park was listed alongside other famous parks such as New York’s Central Park, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Boston Commons, and Chicago’s Grant Park.  Patterson Park is surrounded by Baltimore neighborhoods such as Butchers Hill, Canton, Highlandtown, and of course the Patterson Park neighborhood itself.  It’s a wonderful achievement, since only a decade ago, the park was mostly known for drugs and prostitution.  Congratulations to the Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and to the Friends of Patterson Park who show us what can be achieved despite tight budgets!

Click Here to see the Forbes Slideshow


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Nov 14 2009

Jay Leno Sketch Portrays Baltimore in a Quirky & Humorous Light

Published by under Fells Point,Hampden,Uncategorized

 Hampden took center stage in a Jay Leno Show sketch last Tuesday where comedian Owen Benjamin goes to local businesses and writes them a free jingle.  It ended up being very funny.  Click on the link below to watch it on


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Jul 27 2009

Last Chance for Baltimore Red Line

It’s do or die time for the Baltimore Red Line.  Sides have been taken and battle lines have been drawn. Rumor has it that a decision will be made soon, perhaps by the end of the summer.

But let’s face the facts.  The Red Line proposal that includes both a combination of tunneling and surface rail offers Baltimore best chance of getting state and federal funding for a transportation project in YEARS (see proposed routing map below).  If we pass up on this, the likelihood of another public transit project coming this way is perhaps another 20 or 30 years off. 

There is currently no reliable public transportation between Canton and downtown, so most people drive. It’s sameful that a city the size of Baltimore doesn’t have a reliable transportation system, so it’s about time we start.

I realize that there is a small, but vocal group of opponents, that don’t want a surface line running along Boston Street or Route 40.  But let’s face it, Boston Street and Route 40 are already noisy and congested disasters.  The new Red Line, along with some proposed nice streetscaping, will serve to reduce and calm traffic.  The tunneling through downtown will keep the train from getting bogged down in traffic lights (one of my chief complaints about the existing north/south light rail). 

The Red Line is necessary for the continued growth of Baltimore City, and would increase the property values of those nearby (just try to get a cheap apartment near a DC Metro stop).

If you support the Red Line, make sure your voice is heard.  Things you can do to help:

Visit –

E-mail Senator Mikulski –

E-mail Governor O’Malley –

E-mail Mayor Dixon –

E-mail Councilman Kraft –


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May 06 2009

Kali’s Restaurant Group Continues Expansion

Published by under Fells Point,Restaurants

Kali’s Restaurant Group, which is the operator of popular Kali’s Court, Mezze, and Meli Restaurants in Fells point, seems to be continuing their expansion.  Rumor has it that Kali’s has taken control of the former tea room on the ground level of the Admiral Fell Inn on corner of Thames St. and Broadway.  Word is that Kali’s will be turning the space into a more casual cafe with easier “grab and go” type food that their other restaurants don’t offer. 

Also, a sign in the window of the former “Admiral’s Cup” indicates a transfer of liquor licence to none other than “Kali’s Restaurant Group”. This property is right across Thames Street from the Admiral Fell Inn. Could another restaurant be in the works?  It’s anyone’s best guess.  Please let me know if anyone hears anything!



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Mar 21 2009

Baltimore to Join Fro-Yo Craze with Mr. Yogato

Published by under Fells Point,Restaurants

It all started with Pinkberry in California.  Recently similar yogurt stores that offer frozen treats mixed with fresh fruit or other toppings have been popping up across the country.  Think of it as a Coldstone or Maggie Moos but with yogurt instead of ice cream.  Now it’s Baltimore’s turn…with the opening of Mr. Yogato in Fells Point where Eclectic Elements used to be (723 S. Broadway).  This will be Mr. Yogato’s second store…the other one is in DC.  No info yet on when the shop will open, but lets hope that we’ll be enjoying some frozen treats before the heat of the summer arrives. 

Visit their website:


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Dec 30 2008

Don’t miss Miss Irene’s

Miss Irene’s, which recently opened in Fells Point (1738 Thames St (410) 522-2255) brings a new level of “upscale casual dining” to the area.  The former dive bar in the heart of Fells seemed like it took forever to renovate…about three years.  It was worth the wait…the inside is amazing. 

The place is trimmed out in dark wood…making it a cozy place to hang out or dine.  There is a large bar downstairs surrounded by tables, with a smaller more intimate bar on the 2nd floor.  The dining room (also upstairs) has a cathedral ceiling with giant chandeliers.  It makes you feel like you’re dining in a castle.  The mediterranean influenced food complemented the ambiance well.  I had the braised lamb shank which was so tender it nearly dissolved on my tongue.  Entrees range from a grilled Wagyu Beef Burger for $15 to House-made pasta tossed with walnuts, dates, figs, Humboldt fog and lobster for $26. 

There was a very healthy selection of beers on tap.  I must admit I didn’t get a chance to delve into the wine list.  The cocktail list is an incredibly creative collection of mostly Gin drinks.  I believe most of them are unique to Miss Irene’s.

If you like Beer, good food, gin, or a cozy upscale casual place to hang out, then Miss Irene’s is a must see.


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Dec 06 2008

New Rendering for Gateway at Washington Hill

Finally, a new rendering for the Gateway at Washington Hill Project.  The new proposal looks like it’s a bit scaled back compared to some older plans, and includes apartments now instead of condos.  However, the retail component is still there, including plans for a grocery store.  This building would be part of a larger development of the empty lots of land south of the new Hopkins Hospital Towers.  The lots are bounded by Wolfe St, Washington St., Orleans St., and Baltimore St. Construction could begin as early as the spring…assuming this one doesn’t fall victim to the economy.

Gateway at Washington Hill

The building reminds me of the Domain Apartment building in Brewers Hill, which incidentally is nearing completion.  It looks really nice!



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Oct 09 2008

Edgar Allen Poe “Thrilled” the Fell’s Point Festival – Baltimore Flash Mob

A group of dancers descended upon then Fell’s Point Fun Festival in Baltimore, MD and “Thrilled” the crowd by dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” ushering in a year-long celebration of Edgar Allan Poe, his life and his works. You can see a video from the event at To find get more information on the “Year of Poe” check out
Thrilling the Fell\


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Oct 08 2008

Owner of Caesars Forum Hair Salon Costing Taxpayers Millions

I came across this really great story in the Baltimore Citypaper.  This further reinforces the point I made in an earlier post that many of the home foreclosures in Baltimore are greedy investors that got in over their heads.  While it’s great that these houses may ultimately be put to good use, stories like this across the nation have contributed to the financial crisis and will cost the rest of us taxpayers dearly.

This story in the Citypaper is about the owner of Caesars Forum Hair Salon (George Agelakis) located at the corner of Fleet and Patterson Park Avenue in the Canton area of Baltimore.  Apparently him and some of his cronies had conspired to by several properties in the area…mostly shells…through a mortgage game of financing one property to cover another.  When the bottom fell out, he foreclosed on millions of dollars worth of loans over several properties…which probably will end up as part of the bailout being covered by our taxpayer dollars.  I for one am outraged.

The story is a long and convoluted one, but a great representation of how America got into this mess anyway.  I suggest if you have a few minutes you read it!  I’m interested in hearing any comments anyone might have.

Click Here to Read the Article



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