Shop & Eat

Opponents are Lining Up Against Franchot’s Beer Bill

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Comptroller Peter Franchot hoists a beer with Maryland brewers. Image Courtesy of Comptroller Peter Franchot’s Facebook.

After a months-long process of forming a task force on the state’s beer laws and holding meetings, Comptroller Peter Franchot released proposals in December 2016 for loosening restrictions on Maryland’s craft breweries.

Hot Plate: Restaurants Celebrate New Year’s Eve, Lib’s Grill & Food Plenty Open, Suburban House Closes

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Local restaurants have plenty of champagne on ice in anticipation of Sunday night’s New Year’s Eve celebrations. Photo copyright.

With 2017 nearly over and 2018 on the horizon, local restaurants are ready to break out the bubbly. Here’s a look at what Baltimore’s food scene has in store for New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and the rest of the week to come:

Suburban House Restaurant Closes its Doors

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Image via Facebook

The Suburban House restaurant — a culinary touchstone for generations of local lovers of delicatessen cuisine for nearly eight decades — recently closed its doors at its 1700 Reisterstown Road location of seven years. A simple “Closed” sign is posted on the eatery’s front door.

New Store, The Fine Swine, Opens in Cross Keys Just in Time for the Holidays

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The Fine Swine, a men’s clothing store and gift shop, just opened in the Village of Cross Keys.

Hot Plate: Donut Stop Believin’ at Waverly, Metropolitan Wine Bar Closing, Christmas Plans

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Donut Stop Believin’ Pop-up will pop up at the Waverly farmers’ market tomorrow –
and will donate all proceeds to Moveable Feast. Photo courtesy of Doug Wetzel.

With Christmas upon us, this week is both festive and calm, with a flurry of special dinners scheduled for the holiday, then a quiet week from Tuesday on. Here’s a look at what Baltimore’s restaurants have on tap for the holiday week:

In Win for Food Trucks, Judge Tells City to Stop Enforcing its 300-Foot Barrier Law

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Pizza di Joey, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Photo via Institute for Justice.

A judge has given the city two months to stop enforcing its 300-foot barrier ordinance that bars Baltimore food trucks from setting up near similar brick-and-mortar restaurants.

Hunt Valley’s New Craft Brewery, Balt County Brewing, Eyes February 2018 Opening

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The outside of Balt County Brewing in Hunt Valley. Photo courtesy of Rich Mak.

Rich Mak hopes to make something big for Baltimore County’s beer lovers by keeping things small.

Hot Plate: Holiday Markets at Dylan’s & Bird in Hand, Pancakes at Gertrude’s, Christmas Eve Dining Options

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Fans of the Feast of Seven Fishes have several options around Baltimore this year, including Gnocco, which will serve its feast on Saturday, Dec. 23.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…for dining out. Whether you have last minute shopping to do or you just need a break from wrapping gifts, local restaurants offer plenty of reasons to visit this week.

Sundays Doughnuts Arrives at Cross Street Market in Federal Hill

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Eggnog doughnuts from Sundays. Photo courtesy of Sundays.

The months-long wait is over for Sundays’ doughnuts.

Hot Plate: Holiday Markets, Foraged to Open in Hampden, Vietnamese at Salt

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Woodberry Kitchen’s holiday market is open in the restaurant during weekdays from now through Dec. 29. Photo credit: Shannon Patrick

The holiday season is in full swing this week, with tons of opportunities to shop for food-related gifts – and to eat – all over town. Here’s a look at what’s happening: