Food & Drink

Hot Plate: Bentley’s, Gangster Vegan and Bon Fresco open, new menu at Pitango, La Cuchara farmers’ market dinner and more

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Pitango in Fells Point has recently introduced a bunch of new menu items, including cocktails and sandwiches made on freshly baked bread.

As summer winds down, the Baltimore restaurant scene is heating up. This week brings news of openings, pop-ups, collaborations and a couple terrific-sounding seasonal dinners.

Bluebird Cocktail Room owner buys De Kleine Duivel, plans to keep it the same

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Photo by Ethan McLeod

The owner of De Kleine Duivel, a Belgian beer haven in an old banquet hall in Hampden, has sold his business to his upstairs neighbor, Bluebird Cocktail Room co-owner Paul Benkert.

Restaurant Review: At The Tilted Row, interesting food and attention to detail create a memorable experience

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Bolton Hill’s dining scene has long been on the sleepier side, but with new development popping up, there are changes afoot. The Tilted Row, which opened earlier this year, is an exciting part of that progress.

Charm City Night Market returns for a second year downtown on Sept. 21

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Gwenies Pastries. Photo by Corey Jennings.

To cap off last summer, a group of Baltimoreans brought new life to downtown’s Westside for a day, drawing thousands to a sprawling pop-up night market in the city’s former Chinatown.

“Not knowing what the reception would be, and then really being wowed by the number of people who came out, really just confirmed the hunch that there is an appetite and a desire for representation,” said Stephanie Hsu, one of the organizers from the Chinatown Collective.

The Baltimore Eagle goes dark again, owner plans to bring in new management

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Photo by Ed Gunts

Saturday night is usually a busy time at the Baltimore Eagle, but this past weekend it was dark, with the curtains drawn, lights out and front door locked.

Hot Plate: B-More Kitchen Battle of the Brands, Fiesta del Mar at Clavel, cooking classes at Gertrude’s and Cosima and more

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B-more Kitchen’s Battle of the Brands is back again this year, with a fun party and friendly competition at the Accelerator Space on Thursday.

Summertime is waning, but that doesn’t mean the Baltimore restaurant scene is heading off on vacation. This week includes news of a bunch of high-profile autumn openings, continuing restaurant week promotions and several events that promise to be a lot of fun.

Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Grocery store Rooster + Hen relocating from Catonsville to redone Cross Street Market

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Photo via Cross Street Market/Facebook

Next to join Federal Hill’s newly made-over market is Rooster + Hen, a local organic grocery that’s moving from Catonsville to Cross Street.

True Chesapeake Oyster Co. to open at Whitehall Mill on Sept. 17

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Photo via True Chesapeake Oyster Co./Facebook

True Chesapeake Oyster Co., the anchor for Hampden’s soon-to-open Whitehall Mill food hall, will debut Sept. 17, its operators announced today.

Monument City, Wine Source team up on IPA to benefit Hampden Family Center

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Image courtesy of Monument City Brewing.

For the second year in a row, Hampden booze merchant The Wine Source and Highlandtown brewery Monument City Brewing are teaming up to release a hazy IPA named for one of the North Baltimore neighborhood’s most famous spots, The Avenue.

This time around, the businesses will be donating a portion of the proceeds to the Hampden Family Center, which offers support services for people of all ages.

Baltimore Spirits Co., McClintock Distilling swapped ingredients for twin Genever-style gins

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Image courtesy of Merchant Professional Services

In a first-of-its-kind collab among Maryland booze makers, Medfield-based Baltimore Spirits Company and Frederick’s McClintock Distilling have traded grains to produce a unique pair of gins.

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