Whining & Dining



Congrats to local Italian favorite, Sunset Restaurant in Glen Burnie-they recently celebrated their 50th anniversary.  In 1960, Joseph Fratt purchased a lounge featuring slot machines with live bands and entertainment. After slots were outlawed in Anne Arundel County, The Sunset transformed into one of the best Italian restaurants in AA county and has long been a neighborhood favorite. "We made it! The whole family has done a pretty great job keeping The Sunset running," said Joseph's son Arthur "Otts" Fratt. "Thank you to all of the people who have been coming here for 50 years. We couldn't have done it without you!" With over 50 entrée options, the restaurant is known for their generous portions and their specialty--cream of crab soup. The Sunset is located at 625 Greenway Road in Glen Burnie. For more info, call 410-768-1417 or go to SunsetRestaurant.com.

Congrats to Richard and Renee dsouza from Sweet Sin Bakery. Their biz is growing-we're talking leaps and bounds! Their amazing gluten free products can now be found in Whole Foods --across the Atlantic, Wegmans, Harrah's Casino in Vegas, Panache Catering and in major hospitals and colleges. Go check out their chocolate chip and snickerdoodle cookies, chocolate mousse (my all time fave), muffins and breads. AND-they recently opened the Sweet Sin Café -next to the bakery at 123 West 27th Street, which has become wildly popular. And---they recently welcomed their first child-an absolutely gorgeous baby named Mario- whom they lovingly refer to as Super Mario. Like their fab food, Mario is delicious! Call Richard at 410-464-7211 and go to GlutenFreeDesserts.com.

If you haven't been to Sotto Sopra on North Charles Street lately- go now! After years of supervising other chefs, Owner/Executive Chef Ricardo Bosio is back in the kitchen! A true culinary artist, Bosio serves tantalizing, homemade dishes from his native Italy. A beautiful dining room, relaxing atmosphere and an attention to detail makes any visit to Sotto Sopra-an experience. FYI-a Sotto Sopra gift certificate makes a great holiday gift. SottoSopraInc.com

B&O American Brasserie has announced the departure of Executive Chef E. Michael Reidt. Joining the B&O American Brasserie team as the new executive chef is Thomas Dunklin, currently the executive chef of Kimpton's Red Star Tavern and Roast House in Portland, OR. Dunklin is expected to start at B&O American Brasserie by mid-December; a new menu from Dunklin will be released in the spring. Reidt will stay in the Kimpton family as executive chef of Area 31 in Miami, named one of Esquire magazine's Best New Restaurants. BandORestaurant.com.

Looking for a bargain this holiday? Who isn't? If you book your holiday party at No Idea Tavern before November 30th, you'll receive 50% off the alcohol portion of your tab--top shelf included. (Minimum 10 people) This popular Federal Hill (SoBo) sports bar, located at 1649 South Hanover Street offers an extensive wine and beer selection, tasty treats, games and lots 'o sports! NoIdeaTavern.com.

Congrats to Franklins Restaurant, Brewery and General Store in Hyattsville. Their Triple Bliss took a 2nd place medal in a Belgian Strong Ale category and the Pumpkin Pie Stout (now on tap) took 1st place medal in the Fruit/Spice Ale category-at the Great International Beer Festival in Providence RI. For more info, go to FranklinsBrewery.com.

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