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May 20, 2011

Expansions for Miss Shirleys, Sofi's (and maybe Corks)

chicken waffleMiss Shirley's is headed to Annapolis. The new 160-seat location will open this fall in a restaurant space adjacent to the Westin Hotel at 1 Park Place and will include a private dining room, seated bar and outdoor seating. This will be the third Miss Shirley's, joining the original in Keswick (actually, the original Miss Shirley's was across the street from the present restaurant) and the second in the Inner Harbor. 

Named for Shirley McDowell, a longtime employee of the restaurant's ownership group, Miss Shirley's has established itself as a Baltimore brunch institution in just 10 years. Pictured here - the benne seed chicken and waffles.

►The original Sofi's Crepes, next to the Charles theater, is going on 10 years, too. In late June, a new Sofi's will open in the Valley Village Shopping Center in Owings Mills. Ann Costlow tells met that this new creperie will be owned by Nina Knoche, a longtime Sofi's customer. Scheduled for a late-June opening, this will be the fourth Sofi's, joining the original and ones at Woman's Industrial Exchange and in Annapolis.

Is Jerry Pellegrino headed for Fells Point?

Could be.

A reader told me that the chef/owner of Corks presented plans for a new restaurant on the Living Classrooms campus to a recent meeting of the Fell's Point Residents Association (Neither the association's website nor its Facebook page provides a single phone number for information that I could find.) 

The source didn't know if the new restaurant was in addition to or replacement for Pellegrino's Federal Hill restaurant, which is "closed indefinitely" due to "mechanical problems."

Baltimore Sun photo/Algerina Perna
Posted by Richard Gorelick at 12:19 PM | | Comments (1)


Corks is open. The hood has been fixed. Come, check out half priced steakes. Sunday - Thursday. The cream spinach is to die for!!! The hidden gem is the beef tar tar...

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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