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Vote for the Best Ice Cream Parlor, Lobster Roll, Cuban Sandwich, …

USA Today’s 10Best has got a mess o’ polls going on right now, many focused on regional food specialties across America. In each category, a team of experts has selected 20 candidates, and it’s up to you to choose the winner. For instance, in the category of Best Po’ Boy in Louisiana, one of our favorite spots, Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans, is currently leading the vote tally, which will continue to accumulate until May 9th. Continue reading

The Attman’s Deli Story

Attman’s Deli on Lombard Street in Baltimore turns 100 years old this year. Today’s Attman’s is famous for their sandwich menu but what most fans don’t realize is that, for about the first 50 years of its existence, Attman’s was really a Jewish grocery that fixed the occasional sandwich for those customers who asked. It was founder Harry Attman’s son, Seymour, who turned it into a true restaurant in the ’60s. Continue reading

Garden & Gun’s Ultimate Barbecue Bracket

Garden & Gun is running a bracket competition between 32 Southern barbecue joints, covering pretty much all the regional traditions in Southern Q. We didn’t do the detailed work to know for sure but it appears that every Southern state is represented in some way, which is as it should be. First round voting is going on now. Our pick for most evenly matched first round battle: Kreuz of Texas vs. Craig’s of Arkansas. Biggest mismatch: Lexington of North Carolina and Chaps Pit Beef of Baltimore. We like pit beef just fine but we don’t see it lasting long among these heavyweights.

LAF in the A.M. February 21st, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL STICKY BUN DAY!

Baltimore Matzo Ball Soup Like Mom’s

Arcade Dinners Begin Next Month

New Tempting Trio at Primanti for Lent

Maurie and Flaurie’s Up In Smoke

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LAF in the A.M. February 14th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY CREME-FILLED CHOCOLATES DAY!

Pie and Ice Cream Benefit at TX Brewery

Top 10 Food Cities in the World

Shake Shack Comes to Baltimore Monday

Local Praise for Giordano’s of Indy

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LAF in the A.M. January 31st, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL BRANDY ALEXANDER DAY!

A Ton-and-a-Half of Corned Beef

Powdrell’s of Albuquerque to Be Honored

Chicago Wining and Dining on Valentine’s Day

Revello’s Old Forge Pizza Coming to Kingston

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LAF in the A.M. January 11th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL HOT TODDY DAY!

Memphis Pancake Battle: Arcade vs. Eclectic

Attman’s Deli of Baltimore at 100

Louise A. McPartlan, Owner of McPartlan’s Corner of Amherst NY, Has Died at 90

Bigger in Texas

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Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon, Baltimore MD

REVIEW

We love to try the local cuisine when we travel — we’re LAFers, after all! — but it would be nice to have at our fingertips a list of the best burgers, dogs and, perhaps, pizza, wherever we might be. So, while we crave steamed crabs plastered with Old Bay, crab cakes with big pearlescent lumps, and Maryland crab soup with a kick, we also enjoy the occasional palate refresher when we’re in Baltimore, and a hunk of crusty, flame-cooked beef, as served by Kooper’s Chowhound Burger Wagon, fits that bill perfectly. The trick is in finding it. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. November 21st, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

A Dozen Great American Food Cities

Best Cheesesteak in Philly

Becky’s Diner of Portland ME Hoping to Offer Health Insurance This Year

Guns N’ Roses N’ Deli

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Attman’s Authentic New York Delicatessen, Baltimore MD

REVIEW

Corned Beef Row. The name designates an area that was once the center of Jewish life in Baltimore. Today, Corned Beef Row consists of Attman’s Deli and little else. Seymour Attman, longtime owner of the deli, has passed on but the deli continues. This once thriving Jewish neighborhood can today seem a little intimidating to some, but a daytime trip to Attman’s (the only time it’s open) will make it worthwhile. Continue reading

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