Hot Plate: foraged eatery Opens, Restaurant Week Begins

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Chef Chris Amendola’s new Hampden restaurant, foraged eatery, opened last week.

Happy New Year, Baltimore food lovers!

With the holidays behind us and 2018 a clean slate, local restaurants are getting back into regular routines and trying some new things. Here’s a look at what’s new and what’s coming up this week:

Opening & Announcements

foraged eatery, the new Hampden restaurant from veteran chef – and foraging expert – Chris Amendola, opened quietly last week. Foraged, which is located in the petite space that formerly housed Aromes, is BYOB (for now). The restaurant, which has a “hyper-seasonal” menu, has earned good reports from its first diners.

In Timonium, Rise Biscuits Donuts, the North Carolina-based chain that serves southern comfort food (including – you guessed it – biscuits and donuts), will open in the old Watson’s Garden Center space this week. The restaurant will open its doors on Wednesday, Jan. 10, though the official grand opening is set for Saturday, Jan. 13.

Unfortunately, this week has brought some sad news, too, as Bagby Pizza Co. announced the closing of its Harbor East and Pikesville locations. The company’s Owings Mills location will remain open.

Restaurant Week Starts

Restaurant Week season kicks off this week, as Baltimore City’s winter week, which is sponsored by Open Table and Heavy Seas Beer, begins on Friday. The “week” technically ends Jan. 21 and during that time, participating restaurants will offer two-course brunch and lunch menus ranging from $12-$20 and three-course dinner menus ranging from $20-$35.

Restaurant Week is a terrific time to try a new place you’ve been considering; the list of participating restaurants includes some of the best, most well-known spots in the city, as well as some smaller restaurants that often fly under the radar.

New Offerings

With the dawn of the new year, local restaurants are trying some new things.

At Johnny’s, all burgers will be half-priced every Tuesday, starting this week.

Oyster lovers have something to cheer about: every Thursday, from there through June, The Urban Oyster will pop up at R. House, shucking away.

Starting Sunday, Jan. 7, Quarry Lake restaurant Citron will begin serving brunch. Service will last from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and happy hour will last all day long.

The Bygone, the luxe new restaurant on top of the Four Seasons Hotel, will also begin brunch service on Sunday. Its prix fixe buffet will last from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Falafelicious at The Avenue

From now through Jan. 16, Falafelicious, the fun falafel and hummus spot formerly in Canton, will pop up at The Avenue in Hampden. The Avenue’s regular menu will also be available during this time, but if you stop in, check out the pop-up options, which include tons of great Mediterranean and Middle Eastern flavors.

Baltimore vs. Bobby Flay

On Thursday, Jan. 11, Baltimore hits the small screen, when Kiran Patnam, executive sous chef at Apropoe’s in the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, goes head to head with Bobby Flay on the Food Network’s “Beat Bobby Flay.” The episode is called “Clamming Up,” and features both Chef Patnam and Jonathan Wu, the chef/owner of Fung Tu in New York.

Krautfest at Gertrude’s

Unfortunately, Gertrude’s annual Krautfest event, taking place on Friday, Jan. 12 and Saturday, Jan 13, is sold out. The party, now in its 15th year, includes a German buffet and live polka music and dancing. It sells out quickly, so if German is your thing, make a note to buy tickets early next year.

Planning Ahead

Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:

January 18: Michael Twitty at Artifact Coffee 

January 28: Comparative wine tasting at The Vineyards at Dodon 

February 10: Kids’ etiquette class at Miss Shirley’s

Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer.She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.

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