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.
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.
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
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:
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
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:
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
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:
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
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: