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Hot Plate: Fat Tiger, El Tigre and Old Boy open in Broadway Market, Preakness specials, Mac and Cheese Festival and more

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Topside celebrates Preakness Friday and Saturday with a “raising the steaks” special.

This week is full of great restaurant news, including multiple openings and new offerings, Preakness-related specials and an opportunity to learn from some of the best and brightest women in the Baltimore restaurant scene.

Here’s a look at what’s been happening and what’s on tap:

Flooding ruins the party at Bluebird’s new Hampden pub on opening weekend

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The Pub Hampden
The Bluebird Pub’s discreet sign. Photo by Ethan McLeod.

Maintenance issues have promptly put a damper on the party at Hampden’s newest bar, The Bluebird Pub, which opened just this past Friday on the basement level of the building housing Bluebird Cocktail Room and Belgian beer hall De Kleine Duivel.

Pop’s Tavern, a bastion of country music, heads to auction later this month

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The neon signs of Pop’s Tavern light up the night. Photo by J.M. Giordano.

Since 1928, Pop’s Tavern has served as a country music beacon in Sparrows Point, sitting at the corner of Wise Avenue and North Point Boulevard with multiple neon signs glowing late into the night.

The same lights could soon go out forever, as “Baltimore County’s Oldest Bar” heads to the auction block on May 28.

“It’s time,” said Deb Maxwell, manager and the daughter of the current owner, Patricia “Mom” Gawlik. “I can’t keep doing this seven days a week with no vacations.”

Hot Plate: Weekend festivals, a long list of Mother’s Day brunch specials, celebrating Mr. Trash Wheel with a new beer and more

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RemFest returns to Remington this weekend with food from tons of local favorites, plus live music and more.

This week includes Saturday festivals, lots of specials for Sunday brunch with mom and events celebrating wine, beer and entertaining. Here’s what’s coming up:

Restaurant Review: Even with service hiccups, Station North hotspot Orto deserves its popularity

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Orto is hot right now, and with good reason.

The Station North restaurant isn’t perfect; during a Saturday night visit about two months after it opened, we experienced some service hiccups. But even with room to improve, Orto is very good.

Orto, which opened in February, is the baby of Elan Kotz, whose previous restaurant experience includes opening The Food Market with Chad Gauss back in 2012. Kotz is a front-of-house and behind-the-scenes guy; Orto’s kitchen is helmed by Chef Stefano Porcile, who has recently cooked at erstwhile Station North favorites Colette and Bottega.

Chesapeake Bay blue crab population sees big gains

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Photo via Wikimedia Commons

Just as Marylanders prepare to steam them up and eat them by the bushel, blue crabs are on the rise in the Chesapeake Bay, according to an annual population report.

Scientists from Maryland and Virginia estimate there are 594 million crabs in the estuary, up from 371 million when they conducted a count last year.

Prime Corner bodega in Hampden will close at end of May

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Image via Facebook.

Prime Corner, the Hampden bodega carrying upscale and locally made food and essentials, will close at the end of May, the business posted on Facebook.

“I’m just in awe thinking of how many new friends / sweet popups / pints of Taharka there have been in such a short time,” owner Tess Russell posted on Facebook. “Bodegas are defined by their communities as much as their snacks and we’ve had so much fun being yours.”

Hot Plate: Cinco de Mayo and Kentucky Derby weekend, Sunday wine festivals, meet the neighbors at Gunther & Co. and more

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Vida Taco Bar in Harbor Point will kick off Cinco de Mayo celebrations a day early on Saturday with an outdoor party.

With gorgeous weather on the horizon, the Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo in our sights and some happy news on the restaurant front, this week is a good one for the Baltimore dining scene. Here’s a look at what’s been happening and what to expect:

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