Food & Drink

Event Pick: Sip bubbly and eat fried chicken at Chez Hugo Bistro

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This holiday might not have been on your calendar, but today is actually National Fried Chicken Day. If you’re like me, you neglected to celebrate for lunch, but are eyeing a chicken box for supper. For those hoping to honor the occasion with some more refinement, Chez Hugo Bistro has you covered.

Hot Plate: Nori opens in Hampden, Damascus meets Caracas at Alma Cocina Latina, Gertrude’s patio parties begin

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Cosima, which has one of the prettier outdoor spaces in the city, will not be open for brunch during July and August.

The lazy days of mid-summer have arrived in Baltimore, but local restaurants still have plenty of announcements and fun events to keep you busy. Here’s a look at what’s happening this week:

Charm Kitty Cafe to close in July

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Charm Kitty Cafe, one of the only places where you could grab a coffee, work remotely and make some feline friends, is closing in July, the cafe announced in a Facebook post.

Station North’s BAMF Café is closing this month

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Some somber news, Station North residents and local comic book lovers: BAMF Café on N. Charles Street is shutting down this month.

Hot Plate: Fourth of July festivities, new openings in Hampden and Canton, Tacopalooza at La Food Marketa

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The harborside view from Wit & Wisdom’s outdoor bar.

We celebrate America this week in Baltimore and, with several newly announced restaurant openings and a handful of fun dinners planned, a whole lot more. Here’s a look at what to expect this week:

Bodhi Corner, a new Thai restaurant, to open in old Café Cito space

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The future location of Bodhi Corner, at 3500 Chestnut Ave. Photo by Brandon Weigel.

A new Thai restaurant, Bodhi Corner, is coming to Hampden, setting up shop in the space once occupied by Café Cito on Chestnut Avenue.

Nori, new sushi restaurant and bar, coming to old Corner Bar space in Hampden

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Hampden’s new sushi bar, Nori. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Less than two months after the Corner Restaurant and Charcuterie Bar abruptly closed up shop, a new sushi bar is taking over the vacant space in Hampden.

The Charmery’s Ice Cream Factory set to open in Union Collective on July 2

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David Alima, left, and Laura Alima, co-owners of the Charmery. Image via press handout.

The popular ice cream shop the Charmery will open its new production facility in Union Collective on July 2, the company announced today.

Hot Plate: The Island Room at Pen & Quill launches, Alewife and Cask & Grain close, Pickles to expand and more

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The Island Room, a collaboration between Baltimore Whiskey Company, Lyon Distilling and Pen & Quill, will pop up at Pen & Quill for a month, starting Friday, June 29.

It’s officially summertime, Baltimore, which means it’s time to get serious about al fresco dining, beachy cocktails and crabs. This week, local restaurants have you covered. Here’s a look at what to expect:

Restaurant Review: Blair’s on Hudson is a neighborhood restaurant with global flair

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Photo by Kit Pollard

The first thing that happened when I walked into Blair’s on Hudson was that I ran into some friends I hadn’t seen in a few years. It was a Thursday night and Blair’s was packed. Judging by the level of chatter and laughter in the air, we weren’t the only guests who had discovered an old friend at the bar or at the next table.

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