Kit Pollard

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

Hot Plate: Common Ground reopens, good news from Papi’s, winter menu updates and more

three carne asada mexican street tacos in corn tortilla with lime

Cold weather isn’t a deterrent for Baltimore restaurants – or restaurant lovers. This week includes news about openings, expansions, new winter menus – and a special tribute to Betty White.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Truckstaurant for sale, Dutch Courage and Foraged celebrate anniversaries, Restaurant Week on the way and more

This chilly week is a good time to experiment with local restaurants’ fun hot chocolates and other warm beverages.

The first weeks of the new year are traditionally a quieter time for Baltimore restaurants and this year, with the addition of winter weather and the rise in COVID cases, is no different. But there’s still good news on the horizon, including anniversaries, seasonal menus, and more.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Baltimore restaurant scene this week:

Hot Plate: The Tillery opens, restaurants go on holiday hiatus, New Year’s plans and more

NiHao is one of several local restaurants open for New Year’s Eve dinner and on New Year’s Day.

This week, we say goodbye to Christmas cookies and hello to champagne toasts, here in Baltimore and around the world. Locally, there are tons of ways to enjoy the final week of 2021 and welcome 2022. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Christmas Eve & Christmas dining, Groundwork Kitchen graduation, Dylan’s turns five and more

The Four Seasons is one of several local spots open for Christmas dining this year.

Baltimore is bustling with festive energy right now, as Christmas is almost upon us. This week, local restaurants and food businesses have a lot to offer, from gingerbread to eggnog. Plus, now is the time to make those plans for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dining.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:

Hot Plate: tea blending at good neighbor, Darker than Blue reopens, restaurant gifts and more

The Urban Burger Bar in Whitehall Market has a slate of new holiday-themed milkshakes on its menu, including the Peppermint Pattie.

The holiday season is firmly upon us, which means Baltimore restaurants are providing plenty of opportunities to eat, drink and be merry while stocking up on gifts and provisions for the next few weeks.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the local food scene:

Hot Plate: Repeal Day at True Chesapeake, lights and movies at Guinness, holiday events at good neighbor and more

Guinness Open Gate Brewery’s holiday lights walk is back for the season.

Lights are hung around the city and Baltimore’s culinary scene is kicking off the holiday season in style, with seasonal menus, special events, and a few openings.

Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the food world:

Hot Plate: last-minute Thanksgiving plans, winter wonderland opens at Ampersea, post-turkey wine dinners and more

Raclette sandwiches are one of the many food options at Baltimore’s Christmas Village, which opens Nov. 20.

Hot Plate will be on hiatus next Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. This column includes events happening through Friday, Dec. 3.

From turkey to holiday cheer, the next couple weeks bring a key transition here in Baltimore (and around the world). Local restaurants are ready for both the Thanksgiving holiday and the festive season that kicks off on Friday. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Oyfest 8, Inverness Fall Fest, sherry at La Cuchara and more

Oysters on the grill

From oysters and beer to turkey plans, this week has a lot to offer Baltimore food lovers. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: Bramble Baking Co. opens, beer fests in Canton & Havre de Grace, Thanksgiving pre-orders and more

Hamilton newcomer Bramble Baking Co. offers everything from pastries to pretty cakes.

Baltimore’s food scene is blooming this week, with fun festivals, openings, and new menus. Here’s a look at what’s on the horizon:

Hot Plate: Foraged moving, Halloween treats, pumpkin dishes and more

Local kitchens are getting creative with pumpkin dishes this season, roasting, pureeing and more.

From savory pumpkin specials to wine, bourbon and beer, this week has a bit of everything for Baltimore food lovers. Here’s a look at what’s happening, on Halloween and beyond:

Hot Plate: spooky date night for Charming Elephant’s first anniversary, duck dinner at NiHao, Hogwarts comes to Johnny’s and more

NiHao and Maple Leaf Farms partner for a six-course duck dinner on Thursday.

Fall is in the air – and on the plate – all over Baltimore. This week is shaping up to be a great one on the local food scene. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Clavel’s Carlos Raba to open Nana, Das Best Oktoberfest is back, Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts and more

The Baltimore Taco Festival takes over Power Plant Live! this Saturday and Sunday.

Oysters, tacos and a big announcement from one of the best chefs in town: this week is an exciting one in the Baltimore food scene. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Hot Plate: oysters at Inverness, Groundwork Kitchen welcomes students and diners, Foraged collab with Chef Tae Strain and more

This weekend, Inverness Brewing teams up with Hoopers Island Oysters for a weekend-long oyster festival.

From fall flavors on plates to oysters, beer and benefits, this week, the Baltimore food scene offers a little bit of everything. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Food at the Fells Point Fun Festival & Italian Heritage Festival, Taste of Hampden, Oktoberfests and more

It’s Oktoberfest season – right now is prime time for pretzels, beers and more. (Photo courtesy of Guiness Open Gate Brewery)

From Fells Point fun to tasting Hampden, this week offers tons of options all over town. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the Baltimore restaurant world:

Hot Plate: Oktoberfest season, Trifecta Food Truck & Music Festival, Susquehanna Wine & Seafood Festival and more

Guinness Open Gate Brewery’s third annual Oktoberfest is one of several German-inspired events this week.

Early autumn in Baltimore means cuisine that spans from steamed crabs to grilled bratwurst and this week, local spots have plenty of both. Here’s a look at what’s coming up: