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: Champagne dinner at Cypriana, gift card deals and holiday shopping events and more

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Noona’s $12 lunch menu includes some of the restaurant’s popular pizzas.

Talk about the most wonderful time of the year! This week, the Baltimore restaurant scene offers a little bit of everything, from a flurry of new restaurant openings and announcements to champagne toasts and brunch with The Grinch.

Restaurant Review: The Curious Oyster has lots of potential but also needs fine-tuning

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Between the Chesapeake Bay’s newly prolific oyster farms and an uptick in restaurants shining a spotlight on the beautiful bivalve, there’s never been a better time to be an oyster lover in Baltimore.

One of this fall’s most recent additions to the region’s oyster-centric dining scene is The Curious Oyster, which opened in mid-October at The Avenue at White Marsh. During a recent visit, the restaurant presented itself as ripe with potential, but in need of polishing.

Hot Plate: Holiday by the Falls, cocktail dinner at Ouzo Bay, citrus talk at Artifact and more

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This month’s Origins conversation and meal at Artifact Coffee focuses on growing citrus right here in the mid-Atlantic.

Now that the stuffing and turkey have been gobbled up, it’s time for Baltimore food lovers to turn their thoughts toward the holidays. This week, there’s at least one fun food-related event in Baltimore every day. And it’s a good one.

Here’s a look at what the Baltimore restaurant scene has to offer this week:

Hot Plate: Baltimore Whiskey Festival, Thanksgiving options, new menus at Ida B’s and Cinghiale, and more

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Topside’s Pimlico Pie is one of several traditional Maryland dishes found on special menus around the region this Thanksgiving.

This time of year is a huge one for food lovers in Baltimore and beyond. Thanksgiving is, of course, the focus, but it’s not the only thing happening in the local restaurant scene. Check out below for other fun events and openings announced recently:

Hot Plate: Oyfest 6, Baltimore Beer Night at the BMI, wine dinners and more

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This week is chock full of fun events featuring beer, wine and spirits – including a beer discussion and tasting at the Baltimore Museum of Industry on Thursday.

Mid-November is prime time for food in Baltimore. From comfort food to wine dinners to holiday catering menus, this week offers tons of opportunities to eat and drink well. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: All Things Apple at Union Collective, Fells Point Wing Fling, Champagne at Magdalena and more

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Union Collective hosts All Things Apple, a festival celebrating the fall fruit, on Saturday.

This week offers food lovers the opportunity to celebrate everything from champagne to chicken wings–and oysters, of course, since it’s autumn in Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the local restaurant scene:

Excerpt from ‘Lost Restaurants of Baltimore’: Jimmy Wu’s New China Inn

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Two years ago, fellow food writer Suzanne Loudermilk and I set out on a journey to explore the stories behind the beloved restaurant’s of Baltimore’s past–places that were once hot spots but, over the years, shut their doors for one reason or another. The result was “Lost Restaurants of Baltimore,”¬†which includes the tales of 35 of the most iconic restaurants from Baltimore’s past, from those that came and went in the 19th and early 20th centuries, to those that closed their doors just a few years ago.

Baltimoreans are a notoriously nostalgic bunch, so convincing local restaurant owners, chefs, wait staff and guests to share their memories was a fun experience. We heard stories of favorite dishes, of wild nights in kitchens and of famous faces in dining rooms. We include those stories–and more–in the book.

Below, we’ve shared one chapter from the book, the story of Jimmy Wu’s New China Inn, a N. Charles Street destination from the late 1940s through the early 1980s. Like many of the restaurants featured in the book, the New China Inn’s story has a little bit of everything. Inside the dining room, Jimmy Wu’s inviting personality was a dominant force, while outside the restaurant’s walls, Baltimorean’s tastes and attitudes rapidly evolved.

Hot Plate: Dia de los Muertes at La Calle, fall cocktails at Clavel and Topside, champagne dinner at Charleston and more

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The Gettysburg, Golden Hour cocktail at Topside is one of a new crop of autumnal drinks available around Baltimore this season. (Photo by Grace Clark.)

The candy is gone and the temps have dropped: It’s November. But it’s not time for turkey just yet. This week in the Baltimore restaurant scene, there’s a diverse collection of events planned, from wine tastings to margarita pitchers.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Halloween and fall festival fun, Hogwarts at Johnny’s, global eats in Towson and more

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South Baltimore brunch spot Home Maid has plans in the works for menu expansion.

Halloween is the big news right now, but the week’s restaurant happenings don’t begin and end with fun-sized candy bars. Here’s a look at what’s going on in and around the Baltimore region:

Hot Plate: New menus at Bluebird and Noona’s, harvest festivals, Diaspora Dinner at Ida B’s and more

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The Hansel & Gretel is one of the cocktails on Bluebird’s new fall drinks menu, which was inspired by classic fairy tales. Photo credit: Justin Tsucalas.

The weekend is filled with fun events for food lovers, with celebrations of fall flavors, wine and whiskey. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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