Hot Plate: Cindy Lou’s Fish House and Monarque open, Sando in the Hando at The Charmery, white truffles appear on menus and more

Cindy Lou’s Fish House opens in Harbor Point this week.

This week, the Baltimore restaurant scene is full of good news, including high profile openings, updated autumn menus, and fun collaborations. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot House: A sweet carriage house in the heart of Mt. Vernon


13 E. Branch Lane, Mt. Vernon, Baltimore.

Pied-à-terre in the heart of Mount Vernon, one bedroom, one bathroom, great detail. Asking price: $190,000

Hot Plate: Bushel & Peck, Cowboy Row and Cielo Verde open, N. Charles St. goes walkable, new fall menus pop up

Two oyster-centric spots – The Local Oyster and True Chesapeake Oyster Co. – celebrate anniversaries this month.

It’s mid-October, which means leaves are changing – and so are menus in restaurants across Baltimore. This week brings news of Oktoberfests, new fall flavors on plates and in glasses across the city, and a handful of openings and anniversaries.

Here’s a look at what’s on tap for the week ahead:

You Look Like Your Dog Just Died


We didn’t realize how many things would expire in 2020, did we? Where were the tiny numerals stamped on the restaurants, the stores, the jobs, the knees, the relationships?

            — from last month’s column

I wrote those sentences about two weeks before my darling Beau — Beau Heinie Beau, Hein-Pooch, Beau-linsky, Bitty Hom Poo Chem, Poochadeen Mateen, Mon Peauché, more recently and who knows why, Pumpala (Pum Pum Pum) — a nearly sixteen-year-old black-and-tan miniature dachshund, left me for good, at 10:30 am, on Friday, September 18th, at the Aardmore Veterinary Hospital.

I have repeated the insane nicknames above so often they seem like actual words to me, and only when I try to spell them do I realize how far over the linguistic edge I have gone. (Speaking of silly names, didn’t it used to be called the Aardmore “Veterinarium”? I pictured dogs paddling around the squat brick building like furry four-legged fish, a few aardvarks in there, too.)

Hot House: A ‘gingerbread cottage’ in historic Dickeyville


Hot House: 2332 Pickwick Road, Dickeyville, Baltimore

A historic cottage in historic Dickeyville. Three beds, two baths. Party pavilion. Move-in ready. Asking price: $430,000

Q&A with Johns Hopkins neuroscientist David Linden, on the science of human individuality and his book ‘Unique’


As of this writing, there are – give or take – 7,815,637,687 human beings living on planet Earth.  This staggeringly large number is made even more unfathomable by the fact that each one of us is unique in the particular combination of features that make us, well, us.

How we become the individuals we become is the fascinating question that Johns Hopkins Neuroscience professor David J. Linden explores in his latest book “Unique: The New Science of Human Individuality.”  It is a big question, and Linden tackles not only the roles that genetics and experience play in shaping who we are, but also the varieties of human experiences found in traits ranging from food and sexual preference to gender and race – and more.

Hot Plate: Preakness parties, Oktoberfest celebrations, EKIBEN at The Charmery in Towson and more

NiHao’s Mid-Autumn Festival menu includes 10 dim sum dishes and more.

From Preakness parties to Oktoberfest celebrations to seafood dinners, the next few weeks look like fun ones on the Baltimore restaurant scene. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot House: Palmer & Lamdin semi-detached house that backs up to park


6 Englewood Road, Roland Park, Baltimore

Hot House:  Semi-detached Palmer & Lamdin house on a private park in Roland Park. Five bedrooms, four baths. Asking price: $749,000

Hot House: If you know early 20th-century residential architecture in Baltimore, then you understand the special place that Palmer & Lamdin have in shaping the look of Roland Park, Homeland, Guilford, and Original Northwood. Their houses are sought after and treasured by architectural aficionados for their thoughtful details and signature touches.

Hot Plate: Johnny Appleseed Days at Weber’s Farm, Meet & Make with NiHao, Farm to Chef goes virtual and more

Apple, goat cheese and honey tart is one of the options on Classic Catering’s special menu for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

Autumn officially begins this week, which means it’s a great time for outdoor dining, among other things. In addition to all the excellent al fresco dining options Baltimore restaurants have put in place, over the next couple weeks, the local culinary scene includes a lineup of fun activities – both virtual and in-person – to help food lovers make the most of the season.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot House: “The Palace on Dallas” offers quirky charm


414 S. Dallas Street, Fell’s Point, Baltimore

Hot House: “The Palace on Dallas” home to legendary set decorator, Vincent Peranio and vintage clothing purveyor, Dolores Deluxe. Two bedrooms, two baths, well-established garden. Off-street parking. Asking price: $549,000