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Hot Plate: Baltimore City restaurants reopen, neighborhoods rally around their restaurants, cooking classes go virtual and more

On Thursday nights, Guinness Open Gate Brewery is screening movies – complete with snacks and beers – in a heated outdoor tent.

This week is a big one for Baltimore restaurants – and not just because every restaurant in the region has taken full advantage of the Bernie meme. Who knew Bernie Sanders and his mittens would be such a fan of outdoor dining in Charm City?

Whether or not Bernie makes it to any Baltimore restaurants this week, there’s a lot for locals to enjoy. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Hot Plate: Ravens gameday specials, Lib’s Grill virtual wine dinner, Rally Around the Restaurants and more

The Ravens face off against the Bills on Saturday night and local restaurants are ready with tons of gameday specials – including a lot of wings. We prefer the Old Bay variety over Buffalo…this weekend, at least.

Despite COVID limitations, this week is a fun one in the Baltimore restaurant community, with Ravens playoff specials, a few ways to give back while eating and drinking well, and lots of new menus to peruse.

Here’s a look at what’s happening around town:

Hot Plate: playoff bagels at THB, Foreman Wolf taking over The Milton Inn, food trucks in Dundalk and more

Purple bagels are back at THB – available Friday through Sunday, as long as the Ravens remain in the playoffs.

The holiday season – and all of its gluttony – is behind us but there are still many reasons to dine out (or carry out). Here’s a look at what’s happening this week in the Baltimore restaurant world:

Hot Plate: new digs for Alma Cocina Latina, Dutch Courage turns one, New Year’s Eve options and more

Alma Cocina Latina will open for carryout on New Year’s Eve and then for good (still for carryout) on Jan. 5.

This is the last Hot Plate of 2020 – and what a year it has been for Baltimore’s restaurants and the people who love them.

Pivot was the word of the year, as restaurateurs made changes on the fly and adjusted their business models to stay afloat. Even with those efforts, fallout from the pandemic lead to many beloved spots closing for good.

As the year winds down, there’s still time to support the restaurant community – to say goodbye to 2020 with a culinary bang. Here’s a look at how you can do just that:

Hot Plate: Christmas in Mexico from The Charmery and Clavel, Just Call Me Chef at Hollins Market, Christmas meals and more

The Charmery and Clavel’s annual Christmas in Mexico collab is back this year, with COVID-friendly takehome boxes.

Between Wednesday’s Winter Wonderland snowfall and the upcoming holidays, Baltimore is a festive town right now – despite the ongoing pandemic. Though COVID-19 challenges continue to make business difficult for local restaurateurs, this week, there are plenty of ways to support your favorite local eateries and some good news to celebrate along the way.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Carryout, holiday meals, gift boxes and other ways to support Baltimore restaurants right now

Baltimore restaurants are facing more challenges than their owners likely ever imagined. But the community is engaged and proactive, coming up with new ways to do business. And – as is appropriate for the holiday season – many menus include a whole lot of cheese.

This week has been an emotionally fraught one for Baltimore restaurateurs, as COVID-19 cases increase and new regulations go into effect limiting dining options in Baltimore City.

Despite those challenges, the Charm City culinary community is as tough and creative as ever, developing new business models at the speed of light, and putting together creative gift packages just in time for the holidays.

Plus, there are a couple fun, safe events to look forward to this week. Here’s a look at those happenings, plus a roundup of ways local restaurants are adapting to the new environment, a preview of holiday meal options, and some excellent gifts courtesy of Baltimore’s restaurant community:

Hot Plate: Santa waves to Cindy Lou’s, The Dizz to reopen as Lily’s, restaurants get gifting and more

The Bluebird Cocktail Room’s bottled cocktail gift boxes are one of several creative gift ideas local restaurants are serving up this holiday season. Photo credit: Justin Tsucalas

Baltimore dining during the holiday season will look a little different than usual this year, as we trade jam-packed holiday party buffets and crowded shopping trips for safer and more socially distant options.

But there’s still a lot to look forward to this month, from private dinner opportunities to pop-ups and tastings. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Thanksgiving options, La Scala at 25 and more

Tons of Baltimore restaurants are offering take-home turkey dinners for Thanksgiving this year – and there’s still time to order.

The big food news this week is, of course, Thanksgiving. In Baltimore, the holiday will look different than usual for many families, as Marylanders adjust their plans to accommodate for COVID concerns.

Even with evolving plans, there’s plenty to be thankful for this year, starting with dozens of options for excellent take-home Thanksgiving meals. Here’s a look at what Baltimore restaurants have cooking for the next week:

Hot Plate: The Urban Oyster at Hotel Revival, CookHouse goes cafe, Thanksgiving options and more

The Urban Oyster will begin operating out of Hotel Revival this Thursday.

Despite the strange and challenging circumstances Baltimore restaurants are facing this November, they’re offering a lot to celebrate and be thankful for, from takeaway Thanksgiving dinners to new cafes to whiskey dinners.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: National Nacho Day, Cosima cooking classes are back, preparing for Thanksgiving and more

To celebrate National Nacho Day on Nov. 6, Felipe’s Taqueria is giving away free nachos at lunchtime.

From nachos to risotto, this week has a lot to offer Baltimore food lovers. Plus, many local restaurants have started thinking about Thanksgiving, coming up with creative menus for dine-in and carryout customers.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up this week and for Turkey Day later this month: