Kit Pollard

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

Hot Plate: Farmers’ markets in full swing, new summertime menus, Bastille Day celebrations and more

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It’s prime time to grab great produce, like these raspberries from the Fells Point Farmers Market, which takes place on Saturdays in Broadway Square.

By the normal standards of Baltimore’s restaurant scene, the week we have coming up is a quiet one. But that doesn’t mean it’s boring. With Bastille Day on the horizon and local restaurants revamping their menus to showcase summer ingredients, there’s a lot of promising events.

Here’s a look at what to expect:

La Buco di Marco’s pizza shows promise, but the Butchers Hill restaurant needs adjustments to flourish

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Pizza is a highlight at La Buco di Marco in Butchers Hill.

About halfway through our dinner at La Buco di Marco, “Welcome to the Jungle” came on the radio. It was the right song at the right time. The restaurant, at that moment, was starting to feel a little wild.

Hot Plate: Nori opens in Hampden, Damascus meets Caracas at Alma Cocina Latina, Gertrude’s patio parties begin

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Cosima, which has one of the prettier outdoor spaces in the city, will not be open for brunch during July and August.

The lazy days of mid-summer have arrived in Baltimore, but local restaurants still have plenty of announcements and fun events to keep you busy. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:

Hot Plate: Fourth of July festivities, new openings in Hampden and Canton, Tacopalooza at La Food Marketa

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The harborside view from Wit & Wisdom’s outdoor bar.

We celebrate America this week in Baltimore and, with several newly announced restaurant openings and a handful of fun dinners planned, a whole lot more. Here’s a look at what to expect this week:

Hot Plate: The Island Room at Pen & Quill launches, Alewife and Cask & Grain close, Pickles to expand and more

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The Island Room, a collaboration between Baltimore Whiskey Company, Lyon Distilling and Pen & Quill, will pop up at Pen & Quill for a month, starting Friday, June 29.

It’s officially summertime, Baltimore, which means it’s time to get serious about al fresco dining, beachy cocktails and crabs. This week, local restaurants have you covered. Here’s a look at what to expect:

Restaurant Review: Blair’s on Hudson is a neighborhood restaurant with global flair

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Photo by Kit Pollard

The first thing that happened when I walked into Blair’s on Hudson was that I ran into some friends I hadn’t seen in a few years. It was a Thursday night and Blair’s was packed. Judging by the level of chatter and laughter in the air, we weren’t the only guests who had discovered an old friend at the bar or at the next table.

Hot Plate: Openings all over the city, World Cup viewing spots, Father’s Day whiskey and meat, and more

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Korean-American fusion restaurant Jazz + Soju opened in Anthem House in Locust Point last Thursday.

This week has a little bit of everything for Baltimore food lovers, from wine to whiskey to…goat cheese. Plus, there’s plenty of red meat in honor of Father’s Day. Here’s a look at what local restaurants have planned.

Hot Plate: Big Softy at R. House, The Ready Room opens, Bill Bateman’s closes in Towson, National Rosé Day and more

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Big Softy returns to the R. House pop-up space June 10, for a week of crabby delights.

Cheers, Baltimore! With a multitude of events celebrating booze and (sometimes) food, this week is sure to be a festive one in and around town. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: St. Nicholas Greek Festival, wine dinner at Cosima, First Friday events and more

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The St. Nicholas Greek Festival starts Friday, June 7.

Regardless of whether the weather cooperates, Baltimore restaurants are celebrating the summer months this week. Here’s a look at what’s happening.

Hot Plate: Memorial Day weekend festivities, Sunday Funday events, beer and cocktail dinners

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Rusty Scupper will offer a Sunday Funday menu and have live music on its topside deck all summer long.

Memorial Day weekend is upon us and with it, local restaurants and bars are planning fun events that celebrate the sunshine. Here’s a look at what’s happening around town this weekend and all week long.

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