Food & Drink

A Bridge to Somewhere: 9 1/2 Hours on Kent Island

The beach at Terrapin Nature Park on Kent Island is a hidden treasure in the shadow of the Bay Bridge

For years, we thought of Kent Island as little more than a stretch of traffic-clogged, shopping-centered Route 50, a place to fly over on our way to the beaches of Maryland and Delaware.

Boy, were we wrong.

On a recent spring day, we found plenty to do on this little chunk of land at the eastern base of the Bay Bridge. The trick was to get off the main drag, slow down, and enjoy the beautiful natural setting.

Hot Plate: Magdalena and others reopen for dine-in, Passover and Easter brunch and dinner options, make your own mixers with CaNe Collective and more

Magdalena is reopening for indoor and outdoor dining – and introducing a new spring menu at the same time.

This week is a great one for food-lovers in Baltimore. In addition to many choices for Passover and Easter dining, local restaurants and businesses are hosting several fun food and beverage-related events. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: burgers and bonfires at Prigel, Tio in Towson, Maryland bagels at THB and more

Farmer’s market and CSA season is upon us – and this year, Hersh’s will be a pickup spot for the Richfield Farm CSA. © Lindsay Hite /

We’re now a full year since Baltimore’s restaurants initially closed their doors in an effort to curb the spread of COVID – and things are (finally) looking up. This week’s news includes reopenings, anniversaries, and fun events. Here’s a look at what’s on tap in the Baltimore restaurant world:

Broadway End to End: 9 1/2 Hours in Baltimore’s Public Markets (Part II)


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

Broadway is a spine running north-south on the East Side of Baltimore, connecting the harbor piers of Fells Point to the dome of the original Johns Hopkins Hospital.

At each end are two distinctive city public markets, dishing out food, drink and groceries for residents, workers and visitors, much as they have since the 18th and 19th centuries.

Broadway Market to the south and Northeast Market at the north are bustling, inviting and authentic – packed with local food stalls and devoid of chain stores or marketing.

Baltimore Fishbowl recently spent 9 1/2 hours exploring three of the markets on the west side. This installment focuses on Broadway Market and Northeast Market.

Lexington Market poised to serve as hub of entrepreneurship on West Side

A rendering of the new Lexington Market food hall, slated to open in early 2022.

A massive reimagining of Baltimore’s historic Lexington Market remains on track for completion in early 2022, with developers pushing their vision of boosting small business ownership for communities of color.

Hot Plate: Gunther, La Cuchara, Mama’s on the Half Shell reopen, Vaccaro’s turns 65, St. Patrick’s Day specials and more

Even though the parade is canceled, there are lots of ways to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day this week – including a trip to Guinness Open Gate Brewery. Photo credit: Justin Tsucalas.

With temperatures rising and COVID numbers dropping, there are plenty of reasons to celebrate this week. Baltimore restaurants are ready, with news of reopenings, fun events and specials. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Eddie’s Market of Roland Park to begin renovations this spring

Image credit: Ziger/Snead.

Eddie’s of Roland Park is about to begin a 15-month renovation, but it won’t close while construction is underway.

Hot Plate: openings in Towson and Remington, Krautfest at Gertrude’s, whiskey at The Manor Tavern and more

Perennial will open in May in the Towson space that formerly housed Cunningham’s.

Spring won’t be here for another couple weeks but Baltimore’s restaurant scene is getting a head start on the season of rebirth. This week brings news of several high-profile openings, plus a flurry of events featuring everything from whiskey to sauerkraut. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

May opening of Perennial brings new restaurant concept to Towson


What do you get when you mix the culinary creativity of Food Network’s Chopped winner, Chef Jay Rohlfing and world-renowned interior designer Patrick Sutton? You get a sophisticated dining experience in the heart of Towson, an area better known for fast food and chain restaurants.

Pandemic could change the Maryland oyster industry for good


Capital News Service – The pandemic-affected oyster season has been difficult for the industry in Maryland, causing farmers and watermen to rethink how they sell their product and changing how programs conduct oyster restoration.