Food & Drink

A stylish and eclectic ‘Good Neighbor’ moves onto Falls Road

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The Good Neighbor on Falls Road. The cafe and shop opened in May. Photo by Ryan Rhodes/dj impulse.

Walk into Hampden’s Good Neighbor café and shop and it feels like everything was meant to be photographed for Instagram — from the Japanese ceramics to the hand-painted mirrored entrance sign and obligatory selfie spot, to the stools and chairs by Danish brand Hem. Topped with edible flowers and other colorful ingredients, even the toasts on the food menu were made to sparkle on camera.

From the Good Neighbor Shop Instagram page.

Hot Plate: Sally O’s, Water Song Yunnan Kitchen and other spots open, restaurants celebrate seasonal ingredients, wine dinners and more

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Bluebird in Hampden has reopened as a burger, dog and boozy shake pop-up called “Until Conditions Improve.”

August just might be the best time for dining out in Maryland. From peaches to corn to tomatoes to locally-caught crab and tuna, restaurants are celebrating the bounty of the season. Though dining out continues to look different than it did in the past, local restaurants are making the most of the situation with pop-up outdoor spaces and special menus.

This week, there’s plenty of room for optimism, with the announcement of several new spots opening and fun events on the horizon. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Water, crabs and history: 9 1/2 Hours in Dundalk

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Dundalk Town Center

People are staying closer to home these days, but there’s still lots to do in the region. 9 ½ hours is a new feature with suggestions for local day trips.

So you’re in the mood to get out on the water and eat some crabs. Annapolis and the Eastern Shore are obvious choices. But have you considered Dundalk?

The post-industrial waterfront community on the East Side of Baltimore County seems perpetually poised for rebirth, with an authentic tank-top-and-tattoo personality that occasionally serves as a regional punch line. It’s also got miles of waterfront, cool breweries and restaurants, and a heck of a history.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery marks two years with two new beers

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Courtesy of Guinness Open Gate Brewery.

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Halethorpe is turning two on Aug. 3. And while the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the brewery to cancel events and limit the size of crowds, the production of delicious beer has continued on.

To celebrate its second anniversary, the brewery is releasing two new beers–including one inspired by a favorite Baltimore summer treat.

Lexington Market to reopen July 30 with restrictions

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Photo via Lexington Market/Facebook

Lexington Market, the largest of Baltimore’s public markets, is set to reopen on July 30 with a 50 percent cap on capacity to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Going forward, the market will only be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. until further notice.

Eat Local during Baltimore Restaurant Week – Now through Aug 2

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Baltimore is a delicious city and a pandemic can’t hold us back from celebrating food and eating local. From July 24 – August 2, enjoy 10 days of outdoor dining and takeout deals with Baltimore Restaurant Week. Restaurant Week may be a little different this year as each establishment handles social distancing unique to their business model, but it will be just as tasty. Check out the 60+ amazing restaurants offering outdoor dining and takeout deals!

Hot Plate: NiHao and Hungry Like the Wolfe open, Ekiben and Johnny Spero collab, and more

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Produce boxes and other goods, like cheese, sausage and wine, are available for pickup and delivery from Tablefield Grocery, which partners with Maryland Food Bank to support the food bank’s efforts to feed locals in need.

Despite the uncertainty of coronavirus, the Baltimore restaurant scene continues to stay busy, with openings and additions, events and collaborations. Here’s a look at what’s happened recently and what we can look forward to over the next few weeks:

Bullhead Pit Beef opens stall in Cross Street Market

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Bullhead Pit Beef owner Larry Jackson stands in front of his food truck. Bullhead opened a stall at Cross Street Market today after the coronavirus pandemic delayed their plans nearly four months. Photo courtesy of Bullhead Pit Beef

After 10 years of selling grilled meats from a food truck, Bullhead Pit Beef opened a brick-and-mortar restaurant today at Cross Street Market, market owners Caves Valley Partners and CANAdev announced.

The restaurant was originally slated to open at the market in March, but Bullhead owner Larry Jackson told Baltimore Fishbowl that the coronavirus put their plans on hold.

“The shutdown pretty much stopped all of my vendors, so it was pretty impossible for me to get a lot of stuff,” Jackson said. “Also, we slowed down because we weren’t sure what coronavirus was and opening up in the middle of coronavirus wasn’t advisable.”

Now that Maryland has lifted some restrictions on restaurants, and Cross Street Market has implemented safety precautions, Bullhead’s restaurant is open for business.

Partial restoration plan approved for former Martick’s building

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A rendering for the proposed open-air concept in the old Martick’s building with the roof partially restored. Courtesy of Chris Janian.

The vacant building that formerly housed Martick’s Restaurant Francaise will be partially restored but left open to the elements as an outdoor dining space, part of a plan blessed by a nephew of the late restaurateur Morris Martick and approved today by Baltimore’s Commission for Historical and Architectural Preservation.

The preservation commission voted 9 to 0 to accept a proposal from the building’s owner to use the outer walls of the former restaurant to enclose an open-air patio that could be used as dining space for a to-be-created restaurant next door.

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