Shop & Eat

Bringing the story ‘Full Circle’: Hampden doughnut shop, a vocal supporter of survivors of abuse and sexual violence, to close Saturday

After four years of business in Hampden, Full Circle Doughnuts is closing on Saturday. Photo by Kourtney Fix.

When you turn the corner of Hampden’s famed 36th Street to head down Chestnut Avenue, you are treated with a glimpse of a bright teal bench crowned by a large doughnut and pink stairs spangled with sprinkles.

Full Circle Doughnuts, which sits at 3528 Chestnut Ave., has delighted customers with eclectic flavors like Cosmic Brownie, jalapeño popper, and cereal milk. But after four years in business, the shop is closing for good Saturday.

Mange à Trois: Three Mason siblings go for food, not finance

Earth, Wood & Fire in Mount Washington

What do a Baltimore-area artisan pizza and burger restaurant, southern bistro and a taqueria have in common?

For the owners of Earth, Wood & Fire, Garden & Grounds Bistro and Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria, it’s a gastronomical family affair.

Shopping local is easy at the Made in Baltimore holiday pop-up store

The Made in Baltimore pop-up store is returning in 2021.

The Made in Baltimore pop-up store is coming back for its 7th year, in time for holiday shopping.

The location is the former Howard Bank space at 2700 Remington Avenue, part of Remington Row.

Hot Plate: Oyfest 8, Inverness Fall Fest, sherry at La Cuchara and more

Oysters on the grill

From oysters and beer to turkey plans, this week has a lot to offer Baltimore food lovers. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Baltimore restaurants reduce food waste by selling discounted leftovers that are ‘Too Good To Go’

More than 50 Baltimore restaurants and food service businesses are currently participating in the Too Good To Go app, where customers can purchase surprise bags of discounted leftover food and reduce food waste. Photo courtesy of Too Good To Go.

When a hungry customer buys a bag of restaurant leftovers through the Too Good To Go app, its contents are a surprise. But Land of Kush co-owner Naijha Wright-Brown said one thing is certain at her Mount Vernon restaurant: patrons will get a filling vegan meal.

Food bloggers and restaurants create a pandemic community

Jonathan Joseph, owner of Happy Hour Heaven, and food blogger Simone Phillips.

Baltimore restaurants had to change their methods of operation on a dime during the pandemic and many barely survived. Fortunately for some, there was an online community that stepped in to help out; food bloggers.

Hot Plate: Bramble Baking Co. opens, beer fests in Canton & Havre de Grace, Thanksgiving pre-orders and more

Hamilton newcomer Bramble Baking Co. offers everything from pastries to pretty cakes.

Baltimore’s food scene is blooming this week, with fun festivals, openings, and new menus. Here’s a look at what’s on the horizon:

Last call for the Wharf Rat: Saturday Nov. 6 is closing and keg-draining day

The Wharf Rat bar and restaurant in Fells Point has been auctioned off. Photo courtesy of Alex Cooper Auctioneers.

So long, Wharf Rat.

Owners have announced that Saturday November 6 will be the last day of operation for the popular bar and restaurant at 801-803 South Ann Street in Fells Point, a landmark dating from the early- to mid-1700s.

“Last Call! Help us drain the kegs, empty the coolers, and make some final Wharf Rat memories,” says a message posted today on Facebook, announcing the final days of business.

Fall Family Festival at Star Bright Farm – Saturday, November 6


Join Star Bright Farm for their annual Fall Harvest Festival, Saturday November 6th, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. This all-day event is one of their favorites – a perfect time to bring the family out to the farm for food, music and activities.

This year’s event will feature a kids’ hay bale maze, tours with Farmer Peter, tractor rides, a pumpkin catapult (trebuchet) and their fully stocked barn market for all your seasonal shopping needs. Music will be going on throughout the day, and the stage will be graced by Noah Pierre and Caleb Stine.

Hot Plate: Foraged moving, Halloween treats, pumpkin dishes and more

Local kitchens are getting creative with pumpkin dishes this season, roasting, pureeing and more.

From savory pumpkin specials to wine, bourbon and beer, this week has a bit of everything for Baltimore food lovers. Here’s a look at what’s happening, on Halloween and beyond:

Maryland Department of Natural Resources releases “Wild Maryland” online cookbook

Snakehead Etoufee by Peter Turcik

A new online cookbook from the Department of Natural Resources shows that Maryland has more to offer than just crab cakes. 

Hot Plate: spooky date night for Charming Elephant’s first anniversary, duck dinner at NiHao, Hogwarts comes to Johnny’s and more

NiHao and Maple Leaf Farms partner for a six-course duck dinner on Thursday.

Fall is in the air – and on the plate – all over Baltimore. This week is shaping up to be a great one on the local food scene. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Hot Plate: Clavel’s Carlos Raba to open Nana, Das Best Oktoberfest is back, Baltimore County Restaurant Week starts and more

The Baltimore Taco Festival takes over Power Plant Live! this Saturday and Sunday.

Oysters, tacos and a big announcement from one of the best chefs in town: this week is an exciting one in the Baltimore food scene. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

The Ivy Bookshop Welcomes Monica West on Tuesday, October 19


The Ivy Bookshop is excited to welcome Monica West for a reading and conversation about her debut novel, Revival Season. Monica will be in conversation with Kelsey McKinney. This event will take place in-person on Tuesday, October 19 at 6pm on the back patio. Click here to register for the event! (Registration is encouraged, but not required)

Click here to order Revival Season!

Click here to order God Spare the Girls!

Alex Cooper Expands with Second Location in Baltimore


For more than 90 years, Alex Cooper Auctioneers has concentrated its time and talents on conducting successful auctions of residential and commercial real estate, fine and decorative arts. In those ensuing years, the company has grown to include three more generations, who are now actively involved in the day to day business. As the business continued to grow and expand, Alex Cooper moved to larger quarters with unified operations at their 908 York Road location, which includes a real estate division, large antique gallery as well as a rug gallery.

Due to the large demand in consignors need to auction items and Discovery sales becoming a huge success for Alex Cooper Auctioneers over the years, the team is thrilled to announce a new second location in Baltimore for these online auctions that offer a varied range of auction categories. With the best team to handle all aspects of selling items whether part of downsizing or liquidation of an estate, this second location will allow the team to handle more items in a timely manner. The 9,000 plus additional square footage will allow easier drop off and pick up of items being consigned and purchased, including customer drop off items, by appointment only.