Restaurant Review: Chez Hugo Bistro is a stellar addition to Baltimore’s restaurant scene

Photo courtesy of Chez Hugo Bistro.

With the fancy food coming out of the kitchen brought out by a wait staff dressed in jeans, Chez Hugo Bistro is a place that straddles the line between the old-school, white-tablecloth notions of high-end French cuisine and the new, more democratic approach to “good” food that characterizes 21st century American restaurants.

City plans fines—but will drop threat of driver’s license point—for those who ‘block the box’

City plans to drop threat of driver’s license point for those who ‘block the box’
A familiar scene for Baltimore drivers: a Maryland Transit Administration bus blocks the intersection of Fayette Street and Guilford Avenue downtown. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

When a public hearing began Wednesday night for a resolution to sync up all of Baltimore’s traffic lights before the city’s “Don’t Block the Box” traffic-enforcement program takes effect, Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Department of Transportation officials didn’t appear to be on the same page about the penalties.

Pedestrian dies after being hit by light rail


An MTA Light Rail train fatally struck a man this morning in the Howard Street corridor, police said.

A photo tour of the installations at Light City

Pedicabs, curated by Lance M. Fung, wait for riders. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Starting tonight, the Inner Harbor will be awash in reds, blues, yellows, oranges and greens as the third annual Light City festival gets underway. The BGE Light Art Walk around the water’s edge is the heart of it all, featuring illuminated works of art, food and drink, performances and much more.

Last night, the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts held a preview to show off the pieces featured in this year’s festival. Below are photos of most of the major works on display, with accompanying descriptions. Everything will be up through April 21. For an interactive map of the festival, click here.

Weekend Fun in the Fishbowl
April 12 – 15

Photo Credit: Instagram user @beth_steel_125

It looks like spring will make an appearance this weekend (about time Mother Nature). Take advantage of the weather and head out to discover Maryland with family and friends. Want us to feature your event? Send us an email at [email protected]

At Puerto 511, a recently refreshed space complements terrific flavors

Photo by Kit Pollard

Thirty-five years ago, Elizabeth Large, then the restaurant critic at The Sun, reviewed the Little Italy restaurant Velleggia’s, which had recently undergone a major renovation.

According to Large, at the time, it was practically unheard of for a restaurant to completely transform its physical space. “I’ve never known a successful restaurant to do what Velleggia’s in Little Italy did,” she wrote.

Today, on the other hand, that sort of undertaking is commonplace. In the current restaurant market where diners are informed, social media rules and genuinely good restaurants open regularly, even highly lauded, fairly new restaurants know better than to rest on their laurels.

Case in point: Puerto 511.

Police arrest 7 in drug raid of liquor store near Lexington Market

Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa addresses the media. Still via Facebook/Baltimore Police Department.

Baltimore police have arrested a couple who run a liquor store near Lexington Market, along with five others, in a bust that netted cash, narcotics, ammunition and more.

The Bun Shop closes its downtown location

Image via Facebook

Just shy of its second birthday, the downtown outpost for The Bun Shop has closed its doors.

Watch: Footage Shows Dramatic Shootout Between Officers, Robbers at 7-Eleven Downtown


Warning: May be graphic to some.

Two brazen suspects robbed a 7-Eleven downtown last night, shot at (and missed) police officers at the scene and then managed to escape. CitiWatch camera operators captured the entire thing.

Monument Lighting Returns to Illuminate Mount Vernon on December 7

The annual Washington Monument lighting, with fireworks overhead. Image via Downtown Partnership of Baltimore.

The iconic holiday lighting of the George Washington Monument is back.