Food & Drink

Hot Plate: Champagne dinner at Cypriana, gift card deals and holiday shopping events and more

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Noona’s $12 lunch menu includes some of the restaurant’s popular pizzas.

Talk about the most wonderful time of the year! This week, the Baltimore restaurant scene offers a little bit of everything, from a flurry of new restaurant openings and announcements to champagne toasts and brunch with The Grinch.

Creole Soul taking over Arba Mediterranean booth in R. House

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Photo via Johns Hopkins University.

Creole Soul, an eatery that has offered Cajun classics in R. House’s pop-up space, will take up a more permanent home in the Remington food hall, Seawall Development announced today.

The stall will replace Arba Mediterranean, whose chef, Farid Salloum, is focusing his attention on his Riverside restaurant Baba’s Kitchen.

Restaurant Review: The Curious Oyster has lots of potential but also needs fine-tuning

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Between the Chesapeake Bay’s newly prolific oyster farms and an uptick in restaurants shining a spotlight on the beautiful bivalve, there’s never been a better time to be an oyster lover in Baltimore.

One of this fall’s most recent additions to the region’s oyster-centric dining scene is The Curious Oyster, which opened in mid-October at The Avenue at White Marsh. During a recent visit, the restaurant presented itself as ripe with potential, but in need of polishing.

Holiday East Presents Cookies and Cocktails on 12/11

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Next Wednesday, December 11, head to Holiday East for Cookies & Cocktails – a tasty quest through Harbor East from 6pm – 9pm. Still looking for that perfect gift? Enjoy the sounds of the season, sweet treats and festive drinks while shopping the best of Baltimore. Participating neighborhood shops will each feature a unique bite-sized holiday confection. Reserve your Cookie Passport! The $10 pass includes one cookie at each participating shop, a signature ornament, and parking for the evening. 100% of tour sales will benefit The Family Tree. Plus enjoy photos with Santa Claus, music and cocktail bars along the way.

Hot Plate: Holiday by the Falls, cocktail dinner at Ouzo Bay, citrus talk at Artifact and more

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This month’s Origins conversation and meal at Artifact Coffee focuses on growing citrus right here in the mid-Atlantic.

Now that the stuffing and turkey have been gobbled up, it’s time for Baltimore food lovers to turn their thoughts toward the holidays. This week, there’s at least one fun food-related event in Baltimore every day. And it’s a good one.

Here’s a look at what the Baltimore restaurant scene has to offer this week:

Holiday Shopping at the Village of Cross Keys

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The Villages of Cross Keys

Retail trends may come and go, but in Baltimore’s the Village of Cross Keys, some things have stayed the same. The 54-year-old shopping center has remained a fixture of North Baltimore with loyal customers who come for the unique merchandise, personalized service and walkable, outdoor courtyard with seasonal plants and benches. Anchored by Williams Sonoma and Talbots, the center’s small businesses include the Pied Piper, Store Ltd., Octavia Boutique among other specialty tenants.

The Village of Cross Keys is the perfect spot to support local stores as you kick off your holiday shopping on Nov. 30, also known as Small Business Saturday. Bring the kids to visit Santa and enjoy the carolers and hot cocoa during its Holiday Hoopla. Some of the stores will feature their own celebrations, like the Pied Piper, which will have champagne for the adults and lollipops for the kids along with a festive window display.

Hot Plate: Baltimore Whiskey Festival, Thanksgiving options, new menus at Ida B’s and Cinghiale, and more

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Topside’s Pimlico Pie is one of several traditional Maryland dishes found on special menus around the region this Thanksgiving.

This time of year is a huge one for food lovers in Baltimore and beyond. Thanksgiving is, of course, the focus, but it’s not the only thing happening in the local restaurant scene. Check out below for other fun events and openings announced recently:

Baltimore Spirits Company announces two pre-holiday releases

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Courtesy: Baltimore Spirits Company.

Just in time for holiday shopping, Baltimore Spirits Company today announced two new releases. Because, really, who doesn’t like a nice bottle of hooch for the holidays?

After a three-month break, the Baltimore Eagle reopens today

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Photo by Ed Gunts.

After a three-month hiatus, the lights are coming back on at the Baltimore Eagle.

The Charles Street leather bar, one of the largest LGBTQ-friendly night spots in the city, is reopening today under its third management team in three years.

There’s a new chain link fence motif in the front windows and two Leather Pride flags hanging over the entrance ramp. Managers posted messages online that doors will open Nov. 15. “If you’re not tied up Friday,” one posting says, “come to our place.”

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