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REVIEW: In Like Flynn Tavern

The “In Like Flynn” Tavern opened in June/2014 replacing the former, well regarded “J. Patrick’s” which had been a Locust Point “Mecca” for  for Irish/Celtic music enthusiasts.  Cora Flynn and her family (Yup, “In Like Flynn” is more than a catchy phrase used as the name!) have totally renovated and redone the space (In Like Flynn won’t…

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REVIEW: Villagio Cafe

Our friend Rita gave us a heads-up on Villagio, a small Persian cafe, that she couldn’t say enough good things about and gave us the motivation to go check it out.  Villagio opened its doors in mid-December, 2013 in a retail space on York Road in the Stoneleigh neighborhood previously occupied by a Sam’s Bagels. Inside,…

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REVIEW: la Madeleine

Just looking at the name, la Madeleine, and you realize that the French theme. The local restaurant in Columbia is one of 70 franchises scattered around the country that began back in 1983 when a native Frenchman, Patrick Leon Esquerré,  living in Texas was missing country French food and cafe atmosphere that he had grown up with…

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FYI: Owl Bar & The Belvedere – A Brief History

To appreciate the Owl Bar, you have to understand some of it’s history. The bar that we now know as the Owl Bar opened in December of 1903 off of the main lobby of the (very grand!) Belvedere Hotel which had opened earlier that year. The Belvedere Hotel was named after the grand home and estate,…

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FYI: Origins of “Bar & Grill”

On July 12th, 2014, I signed up for the $13 tour of the Colonial Complex in downtown York, PA.   Taking the tour turned out to be a great decision and well worth the cost.  The complex of three historic buildings include the “Golden Plough Tavern” (dating from 1741 and below left), the General Horatio Gates…

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REVIEW: Linwoods

Linwoods is a special restaurant. Somehow owner/chef Linwood Dame has managed to stay at the top of his game for 25+ years (he opened Linwoods back in 1988).   There are many restaurants in greater Baltimore who strive and yearn to achieve such consistent excellence but the restaurant business can be very tough and even restaurants that…