Popular Brooklyn pizzeria Paulie Gee's will open a branch in Baltimore in 2013, Slice has learned. Paul Giannone, whose transformation from IT manager to renowned pizza-maker is well-documented on this site (among many other places), is partnering with Baltimore local "Pizzablogger" (who asked to remain anonymous), at what will be called Paulie Gee's Hampden.
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Nine words and a name piqued my pizza curiosity: Imported smoked buffalo mozarella, sliced lemons, and fresh basil. The Sorrentina. Another word immediately leapt to mind; Keste.
Duff Goldman is Baltimore's most badass baker. He's trained with chef Cindy Wolf, wields blowtorches and power tools to decorate his Charm City Cakes creations, and plays bass in a rock band. A new Los Angeles outpost of his bakery and his most recent Food Network show Sugar High have him traveling all over the country, but Duff will always have a place in Charm City, hon. Here are Duff's top five burgers in Baltimore.
This is about as Maryland as a burger gets: a crabcake, seasoned with plenty of Old Bay, of course, on top of a burger patty. The "Camden Giant" is available this season at the new Gino's stand at Camden Yards, home to the Baltimore Orioles. Check out this steak-and-cake special smushed inside a Martin's potato bun.
We had a blast over the weekend feeding muffulettas to a bunch of happy people at the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. We drove down in the Salumeria Biellese truck with all of our muffuletta supplies: sopressata, capicola, mortadella, provolone, olive salad (eight gallons of it!) and 250 round loaves of bread from Parisi Bakery, fresh-baked just before our 4 a.m. departure Saturday morning (that fresh). Here are some snapshots from the festival, including close-ups of the mighty muffuletta.
There's a Stefano Ferrara oven firing Neapolitan pizzas in a Rockville, MD strip mall. For the Neapolitan-starved suburbanites of DC, Pizza CS is a welcome addition.
Like food as much as you like music? Then keep reading. We're very excited to share with you that we've teamed up with the Sweetlife Food and Music Festival happening on Saturday, April 28, at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland, to bring you some of the best eats you'll find at a music festival. The Sweetlife folks had already done some of the spade work, but we managed to fill out the dance card with some of our favorite purveyors.
We're not going to lie: As any West Coast or Southwestern transplant can tell you, finding great tacos on the East Coast is no easy task, but it's not impossible. You just have to be willing to go a bit off the beaten path. Head to neighborhoods with large Mexican immigrant populations and the trucks hanging out on street corners. The east coast is where we also found some more of the high-end chefs making everything from the ultra-traditional to the far more rarefied taco.
If you live within 10 minutes of a participating Burger King, you could get your meal delivered to you for a $2 fee. There are currently 10 restaurants in Maryland and Virginia testing delivery, with six more in Virginia joining on January 23. You can order delivery on the phone or online at bkdelivers.com with an $8 to $10 minimum depending on the location. Excluded from delivery are fountain drinks, ICEE beverages, shakes, coffee, and breakfast items. [via NRN]
Bryan Voltaggio's new Lunchbox in Frederick, Maryland, takes over lunch service from his much pricier Volt on North Market Street. So is it as good as his brother's sandwich shop ink.sack out in Los Angeles (where we also tried the whole menu)? See all the sandwiches, soups, salads, and cookies we tried.
Rather than let you pick up a sub-par pie at the grocery store, we've put together a couple of D.C.-area bakeries that'll take your order for last-minute pies that you can be proud to deliver to your host on the biggest eating day of the year.
We ventured outside the District proper into Maryland and northern Virginia too in search of the area's best tacos. Here are nine favorites for al pastor, goat, pollo, carnitas and more.
Attman's, located in Baltimore's Corned Beef Row, bills itself as a real Lower East Side-style New York Jewish delicatessen. The atmosphere and attitude are spot on. The service is gruff and fast-paced—you'd better know what you want before you start talking to the deli man. After I ordered my corned beef on rye, I jumped in with a last-minute decision: "I'll have a hot dog too, please."
Matthew's Pizza in Baltimore doesn't actually refer to itself as Greek pizza, but given its close adherence to the form and it's close proximity to Baltimore's Greek Town, I'm going to go out on a limb and call it out for what it is, regardless of what they call it there. Baltimore-style? Pan pizza? It's all Greek to me.
Obrycki's Crab House has been since 1944, but this is the last season you'll be able to get your crab on (whether snow crab, Dungeness crab, or their famous hard-shell blue crabs) at the Baltimore institution. Over the years, the ownership has changed as did the location (in 1986 they moved across the street), but current owner Rob Cernak decided to close after a death in the family. You have until November 5th to walk in and still hear the sound of mallets striking crab shells.
The state of Maryland practices barbecue in a rare form. I discovered this for myself on a grassy road outside of Baltimore, in front of a truck that had been built around a barrel-shaped smoker and decorated on all sides with the words: "PIT BEEF." After taking my order, the ladies of Bull on the Run picked up a rested round roast and nestled it into their deli slicer, carving away thin, pink ribbons and piling them unceremoniously onto a roll.
Open for nearly a year now, Johnny Rad's has established a foothold as one of the better pizza options in Baltimore City. Twelve pizzas comprise the regular offerings on the menu, which are available in either 11" or 15" sizes at relatively reasonable prices. The quality metric at a pizzeria can usually be best determined by its more basic offerings and the Primo at Johnny Rad's generally delivers.
When I don't have time to crank out pies at home, which is most of the time lately, I head to Iggies for a thin crust pizza that, while not a copy of the Rosa, is highly evocative of the flavors of that pizza.