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: Guinness and The Charmery celebrate birthdays, crab feast at Fort McHenry, National Oyster Day celebrations and more

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Oyster shooters at B&O American Brasserie are one of several specials available around town for National Oyster Day, which is Aug. 5.

This week in local restaurant and bar happenings brings several fun seafood-oriented dinners, a couple big birthdays and some happy news on the openings front. Plus, enjoy specials for restaurant weeks happening in both the city and Baltimore County.

Here’s a look at what’s going on around town:

Hot Plate: Lobsterama at Gertrude’s, Union and Guinness celebrate anniversaries, block parties at Lee’s and Das Bierhalle and more

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Gertrude’s Lobsterama special is available on Thursdays throughout August.

If you’re a fan of outdoor parties and beer–both local and international–this is an especially good week for you. Baltimore restaurants and other businesses have a bunch of fun dinners and other celebrations planned throughout the week.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Atelier Culinaire reopens, La Calle turns one, Artscape, empanadas at Wishbone Reserve and more

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This week is all about the veg, with events including a summer vegetable cooking class at Gertrude’s and a dinner on Cunningham’s farm.

This week brings lots of good news for Baltimore restaurants, plus fun events to help keep your mind off the raging heat. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Pop-ups at Broadway Market, new summer menus around town, Bastille Day celebrations, Foodscape and more

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On Saturday morning, head to Broadway Market for doughnuts from the former Cross Street vendor called Sundays. The sweet breakfast treats will be part of one of two different pop-ups at the market this week.

It’s high summer here in Baltimore, which means high humidity but also some positive things, like crushes, peaches and tomatoes. Local restaurants are celebrating some of the better aspects of the season this week with new menus, outdoor meals and more. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Bluebird turns two, fried chicken and champagne at Chez Hugo Bistro, Gertrude’s Crabaret and more

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Bluebird Cocktail Room, which celebrates its 2nd anniversary Sunday, has added several new seasonal drinks to its menu.

The fireworks might be over, but summertime is just heating up in Baltimore. Local restaurants and shops are celebrating the season–and themselves–this week with new menu additions and fun events. Here’s what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Freedom fries for U.S. vs. France at Johnny’s, Fourth of July events, and more

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It’s a crabby time of year in Baltimore. This week, you’ll find lots of crab at The Rusty Scupper and Mt. Washington Tavern (and lots of other places).

Independence Day is fast approaching, Baltimore! If you’re not heading to the beach for the holiday, there’s still plenty to do–and eat–here in the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Here’s a look at what Baltimore restaurants have planned for the week:

Hot Plate: Bourdain Day in Baltimore, farm and food festivals, The Tilted Row opens and more

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Summer is upon us and this year, and the new season brings lots of news in the Baltimore restaurant world, from openings and closings to fun festivals. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Restaurant Review: Nepenthe Brewing Co. is worth a visit, despite a few uneven dishes

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Before I stepped foot inside Nepenthe Brewing Co., I’d already heard a lot about it. I knew it was a new concept for Nepenthe Homebrew, a well-respected shop within the local homebrewing community that moved after a series of floods ravaged its building in the Meadow Mill complex next to the Jones Falls.

I’d also heard, through friends, that the new Nepenthe location was a lot of fun. They were right. During our visit, Nepenthe’s food was uneven, but there was a lot to like about it; the space, drinks and people went a long way towards making up for a few imperfections from the kitchen.

Hot Plate: Steak for dads, cocktails for Pride, Cunningham’s chef on ‘Chopped’ and more

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The Tomahawk steak at Topside is one of several Father’s Day weekend specials that will make carnivorous dads happy.

From wine to Pride to Father’s Day and beyond, this weekend and week are busy in Baltimore. Check out what’s happening in the local restaurant world:

Hot Plate: Clavel turns four, celebrations of Italian, Chilean and Lao flavors, Donut Bike Crawl and more

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Clavel just wrapped up its fourth year in business. That’s four years of excellent ceviches, tacos and mezcal cocktails like the Amado Nervo.

This week in Baltimore’s bar and dining scene is filled with events featuring international flair–and lots of wine, plus a few donuts. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

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