Food & Drink

Baltimore to resume in-person dining, other limited activities on Friday

Effective Friday at 6 a.m., Baltimore will ease some coronavirus-related restrictions, including allowing indoor and outdoor dining to resume at limited capacity, Mayor Brandon Scott announced on Wednesday. Image via Facebook Live.

Baltimore restaurants, bars and breweries will be allowed to resume indoor and outdoor dining and service at limited capacity starting Friday at 6 a.m., Mayor Brandon Scott announced Wednesday morning.

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:

New restaurant Bar One to open in Gordon Biersch Brewery space

Bar One will take up space previously occupied by Gordon Biersch in Harbor East. Image via Google Street View.

Bar ONE, a Miami-based restaurant, will open its first Baltimore location in Harbor East. The “upscale restaurant and lounge” serves Afro-Caribbean and Southern-inspired cuisine.

Bar ONE at Harbor East is projected to open in the first quarter of 2021.

As Ravens and Bills prepare for game Saturday, two hometown breweries make a friendly wager

As the Baltimore Ravens and Buffalo Bills prepare to face off Saturday, Diamondback Brewing in Baltimore and Thin Man Brewery in Buffalo have made a friendly wager. Photo via Diamondback Brewing/Instagram.

When the Baltimore Ravens and the Buffalo Bills face off on Saturday, so too will a pair of breweries in the football teams’ respective hometowns.

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:

Franklin’s Market and Mulberry’s Bar open at Hollins Market

Photo via Facebook.

The local co-owner of the bar and restaurant The Back Yard has opened Franklin’s Market and Mulberry’s Bar in Hollins Market, the historic Baltimore Public Market now under renovation at 26 Arlington Avenue in Southwest Baltimore.

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:

Food delivery startup Black and Mobile expands to Baltimore

Black and Mobile founder David Cabello with his brother Aaron Cabello.

Black and Mobile, a Black-owned food delivery app founded in Philadelphia, has expanded to Baltimore with 40 drivers and 20 Black-owned restaurants signed on in the city.