Often when a restaurant closes a long time for renovations it's not a good sign. In the case of the Dogwood in Hampden, however, my fears were unfounded.
A friend I trust has eaten there since it reopened recently and says the space is much nicer, and the food just as tasty.
Dogwood, by the way, was awarded Best New Restaurant in Baltimore Magazine's Best of Baltimore 2007 issue, so I guess it's good it did reopen.
It's hard to fault the place, which is about as eco-gourmet as local restaurants come, for anything except it doesn't have a liquor license yet.
Tip: It's worth getting on Dogwood's e-mail list to get deals you wouldn't know about otherwise.
Tip No. 2: The restaurant has its own parking lot in back.
(Kenneth K. Lam/Sun Photographer)