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.

Restaurant review: The Alexander Brown Restaurant has a strong foundation but needs fine-tuning

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Photo credit: Amy Pezzicara of Pezz Photo

The Alexander Brown Restaurant is, without a doubt, one of the best-looking places in Baltimore. The restaurant, which opened downtown in early February in the former home of the Alex Brown investment house, has the air of a well-maintained museum. The 118-year-old building is full of gorgeous architectural flourishes: high ceilings, marble columns and a showstopper of a stained-glass ceiling.

Hot Plate: The Elephant is closing, Cosima turns three, Saturday wing festival, new spring cocktails and more

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Cosima celebrates its third anniversary this week with a Tuesday night three-course dinner.

Spring has sprung and even though the temperatures haven’t fully caught up with the season, Baltimore restaurants offer plenty of reasons to head out to brunch or dinner this week. Take a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: St. Patrick’s Day festivities, Epoch Rye release, new chefs at Michael’s Cafe and Hotel Revival and more

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Baltimore Spirits Company releases its hotly anticipated Epoch Rye on Saturday.

Whether or not you’re a fan of corned beef and beer, this week should be a fun one. From St. Patrick’s Day festivities to Italian wine to a magical meal, there’s a little something for everyone.

Hot Plate: St. Paddy’s Day specials, new plans for former Nickel Taphouse space, a stall change at R. House and more

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Think you know wine? Test your blind tasting capabilities during BIN 604’s Amateur Sommelier Competition on Saturday.

This week brings plenty of news about springtime restaurant openings, several food-oriented fundraisers and a few excellent wine and cocktail events. Plus, local restaurants are offering a healthy dose of all things green for St. Patrick’s Day.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: Shrove Tuesday/Mardi Gras celebrations, R&R Taqueria opens, Cocina Luchadoras pops up at Ekiben and more

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The Corner Pantry’s Shrove Tuesday menu – including pancakes and doughnuts all day long – is one of several pre-Lent celebrations happening around town.

It’s March and it’s Mardi Gras week, Baltimore, which means it’s time for beads, masks and a whole lot more. Local restaurants are kicking off the month with a festive week. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Champagne brunch & bar, talking African diaspora at Ida B’s, two Filipino pop-ups and more

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This week sparkles with a pop-up Veuve Cliquot bar at the Four Seasons and a Ladies’ Only Champagne Brunch at The Chasseur.

Baltimore’s restaurant scene is closing out February with a fun week filled with bubbles, whiskey and Filipino food. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Gypsy’s Truckstaurant is as fun as a college party, but with much better food

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Gypsy’s Truckstaurant is as much fun as a college party, but its menu of global street food is a whole lot better than anything you’d find in an average campus kitchen.

Hot Plate: Kentucky Nights fundraiser at Mt. Washington Tavern, Vida & Jailbreak team up for beer and tacos, Valentine’s Day continues at Ampersea & Winecream

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Mt. Washington Tavern hosts its 5th annual Kentucky Nights bourbon tasting this week, benefiting the Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital.

With Valentine’s Day, one of the busiest restaurant nights of the year, behind us, local restaurateurs could be taking a much-deserved break. But they’re not! This week brings a handful of fun events benefitting great causes, plus a few opportunities to check out interesting wines, beers and bourbons.

Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Valentine’s dinners, Galentine’s parties and more ways to celebrate love with food

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Citron’s Valentine’s Day menu includes Parmesan Reggiano arancini with saffron risotto, Mediterranean olive tapenade and roasted red pepper coulis. Photo by Beverly Funkhouser Photography.

The big news in Baltimore’s restaurant world this week is, of course, Valentine’s Day. But even before we get to Thursday’s celebration of hearts, flowers and all things lovey-dovey, there’s plenty else to do. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Orto and Alexander Brown Restaurant open, celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day, Year of the Pig pop-ups and more

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Celebrate Ice Cream for Breakfast Day on Saturday at The Charmery or Silver Queen Cafe

The week ahead is filled with everything from high-profile restaurant openings to celebrations offering ice cream for breakfast (you read that right) to pop-ups honoring the Year of the Pig. Here’s a look at what’s happening over the next few days:

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