Food & Drink

Start Your New Year with Good Food at Baltimore Restaurant Week – 1/10/20 – 1/19/20


What better way to start off 2020 than with good company and great food during Baltimore Restaurant Week. Explore Baltimore’s food scene this January during Baltimore Restaurant Week, running January 10 – January 19. Try somewhere new, treat yourself to lunch, have a date night (or two).  

Enjoy two-course brunch and lunch menus, ranging from $15-20, and three-course dinner menus, ranging from $25-$45. Make your reservations early (there will be no formal extension this year). Share your Baltimore Restaurant Week experiences on social media with the hashtag #BaltCityRW2020Click here to learn more about participating restaurants, the menus offered or to make reservations.

East Baltimore restaurant The Boiler Room will open mid-January


A New American restaurant serving rockfish pho and Reuben eggrolls will open later this month in a former industrial area of East Baltimore.

The Boiler Room will likely open Jan. 15 with 120 seats and goes before the liquor board Jan. 9, General Manager Richard Whelan says. The restaurant will be the first eatery in the Highland Forge complex, a collection of buildings whose tenants include Urban Axes, Monument City Brewing Co., and the Emerging Technology Centers.

Towson restaurant Cunningham’s to change restaurant concept, expand cafe

Cunningham’s closes, effective today. A new concept will open in the spring.

Cunningham’s restaurant announced today that it will undergo a major rehaul this spring changing its name, look, and menu. Effective today, Cunningham’s, the restaurant, located at 1 Olympic Place in downtown Towson, will close and begin renovations to create a redesigned and rebranded restaurant.

Cunningham’s Cafe, located on the lower level, will remain open during renovations with a slight interruption to accommodate an expansion.

Country store Rooster & Hen opens in Federal Hill’s Cross Street Market

Rooster & Hen employee, Rebecca, in the new store.

Rooster & Hen, a country store that sells local, organic produce, baked goods, and flowers, has opened in Federal Hill’s revamped Cross Street Market.

Visitors can find the 1,800-square-foot store just inside the market’s Light Street entrance, across from Ceremony Coffee Roasters. While the store might be in the city, the rustic design will make customers feel as though they have stepped into a rural barn.

Hot Plate: New Year’s Eve dinners and New Year’s Day brunches to ring in 2020, Gourmand dinner at La Cuchara and more


This week we welcome a new year and a new decade. What better way is there to ring in 2020 than with a great meal or two? Baltimore restaurants have a lot planned throughout the week and through the beginning of the new year, so whether you’re looking for a casual brunch or an over-the-top dinner, local restaurants have you covered.

This installment of Hot Plate is a little longer than usual: instead of one week of events, it covers two weeks (Dec. 28 through Jan. 10). Here’s a look at what’s happening during that time:

Hot Plate: Peerce’s and Taharka Bros. open, Chanukah, Christmas Eve and Christmas dining and more

Several local restaurants will offer Feast of the Seven Fishes menus this Christmas Eve.

Merry merry merry! The big dining news this week is all about the holidays, but that doesn’t mean celebratory dinners are the only good dining opportunity on the horizon. There are several fun events happening this week, plus a bunch of good news about Baltimore restaurants.

Here’s a look at what’s happening around town:

Dive into Bon & Viv on Football Sunday


A spiked seltzer with a flavorful taste? That seems too good to be true. This football season, enjoy Bon & Viv Seltzer on draft! Whether you build your own or want to try the signature Ravens Flocktail, click continue to see a list of establishments that run football specials for the Bon & Viv drafts.

The Elephant building expected to change owners this week

Photo by Ed Gunts.

The former home of The Elephant restaurant is expected to change owners this week, clearing the way for The Manor, a restaurant and ultra-lounge, to open in the building next month.

The Elephant closed in June and its N. Charles Street home was listed for sale for $1.2 million by MacKenzie Commercial Real Estate.

Taharka Brothers Ice Cream coming to R. House

Courtesy of Taharka Bros. Ice Cream/Facebook

R. House is getting a new ice cream stall with some local flavor.

The food hall is replacing Little Baby’s Ice Cream a Philadelphia-based company that shut down on Nov. 27, with Taharka Brothers Ice Cream, a beloved Baltimore business founded by Sean Smeeton.

Hot Plate: Christmas cookies and ornaments at Silver Queen, pancakes at Gertrude’s, Santa everywhere and more


Baltimore has never been more festive. This week, local restaurants are filled with holiday spirit, hosting pop-ups from Santa, introducing new cocktails, baking cookies and helping kids create crafts. Here’s a look at what’s on tap: