Hot Plate: Bun Shop and Food Market Expand, Chefs and Breads Do Battle

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Seared tuna is one of many dishes that will pop up on The Corner Pantry's newly expanded dinner menu
Seared tuna is one of many dishes that will pop up on The Corner Pantry’s newly expanded dinner menu

This week brought with it tons of new restaurant news, with openings, expanded menus and seasonal cocktails – and next week promises to be just as exciting, with a long list of collaborative efforts and fundraising events. Here’s what we have to look forward to in and around Baltimore next week:

Openings & Expansions

North Baltimore favorite The Corner Pantry has exciting news this week: they have expanded their evening menu and will be serving more dishes (both for dining in and takeaway) every Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Fans of the restaurant’s Thursday evening dinners shouldn’t worry – those will continue. But this gives those of us who love The Corner Pantry even more reason to stop in during the evening hours.

Earlier this week, The Bun Shop announced the opening of a new location at 22 Light Street. The new space is dramatic and gorgeous – and their coffee and buns have quite a following.

Breakfast (and more) just got better in Owings Mills, with the opening of Eggspectation at Metro Centre.

Despite its name, the restaurant is open for all three meals, though as you might expect, eggs are available all day long. Brunch lovers will be especially excited by some of the restaurant’s choices, including seven types of eggs benedict and sweet and savory crepes.

South Baltimore residents have something new to celebrate: the reopening of Home Maid on Key Highway. The breakfast and brunch spot will have its grand reopening next weekend, starting April 29.

R. House announced a new chef and concept that will be joining the Remington food hub when it opens. Chef Mel, formerly of Birroteca and Encantada, is teaming up with Urban Pastoral for a stall focusing on “old-world vegetarian street food.”

Fans of The Food Market have new reason to cheer, as Chef Chad Gauss will open a second restaurant at Quarry Lake. The new spot, which is slated to open in the fall, won’t be a complete reiteration of his Hampden location. This one, called La Food Marketa, will feature the chef’s take on the food of Central and South America.

Drinking & Dining for Causes

On Saturday, head to Peabody Heights Brewery for Poe, Pints & Poetry, an event supporting the Edgar Allen Poe House and Poe Baltimore’s education and outreach efforts. The party will feature Poe-related art and merchandise, a strolling magician, poetry and story readings and – of course – plenty of Raven beer.

On Tuesday, April 23, four serious Baltimore chefs – Zack Mills of Wit & Wisdom, Ben Lefenfeld of La Cuchara, The Food Market’s Chad Gauss and Patrick “Opie” Crooks of Woodberry Kitchen – will face off against one another during The Supper, a 3-course meal at the Marriott Waterfront, benefitting the St. Agnes Hospital Foundation. The competition will be emceed by Chef Bryan Voltaggio and James Beard Award nominated food writer Julia Bainbridge.

On Thursday, Chef’s Expressions will host a Spring Soiree at Gramercy Mansion. The party, benefitting the Baltimore Child Abuse Center, will feature signature cocktails, great food, music and door prizes.

Also on Thursday, the Carroll Museum will host a preview party for MADE: In America, the All American House. The event will feature food from Chefs Zack Mills and Chad Gauss (who are both very busy this week!), Bagby Group’s Chef Chris Becker, Chef Jerry Pellegrino of Schola, Chef Chris Amendola of Waterfront Kitchen and Chef-about-Town Cyrus Keefer.

Even if you didn’t nab tickets to the now sold out charity event Bourbon & Bowties, you can help get the party started at Sugarvale this Thursday. The Mount Vernon bar will host a party featuring drink specials and one-on-one time with representatives from the charities benefiting from B&B’s efforts.

Naptown Road Trip

Spring is a wonderful time to take a short trip south to Annapolis – and this month, the town’s restaurants are offering even more reason to hop in the car.

At Level, on West Street, a new spring menu includes dishes like scallops with bacon hollandaise, caperberries and pea tendrils. Don’t miss Level’s creative cocktails, either. They’re fabulous.

On Main Street, Dry 85 has launched a new spring cocktail menu, with 11 seasonal cocktails. Dry 85 has an impressive selection of bourbon, but their cocktail list is always exciting, too – no matter which spirit is your favorite, you should stop in for a drink.

Exploring Southern Virginia…from Baltimore

Artifact Coffee’s Origins series is back on April 28, featuring the co-founder of Eastern Shore of Virginia Foodways, Bernie Herman. The conversation will focus on “The South You Never Ate: Virginia’s Eastern Shore.” It’s sure to be a fascinating evening for anyone interested in the stories behind the food of the Chesapeake watershed.

Dinner & Song

At Alma Cocina Latina on Sunday, celebrate the food and music of Venuzuela,with a dinner for Flavio Sala. The three-course meal will feature dishes like avocado soup with butternut squash confit and orasted corn and a pan-seared Wagyu steak.

Bread vs. Bread

Parts & Labor is getting competitive with internal battles between the different types of bread they make in-house. Next week’s match-up is spelt vs. rye. Ultimately, the tournament’s winning loaf will be half-price for a week, so cast a vote for your fave.


Le Garage is teaming up with the Millstone Cider crew for a tap takeover on Tuesday, April 28. The evening will feature four craft cocktails based on Millstone products. The restaurant’s new seasonal menu will debut that evening, as well.

On Friday, April 29, Blacksauce Kitchen and Union Craft Brewing are joining forces for Black Friday at the Tap Room. The party will feature Blacksauce’s whole hog barbecue, among other things, and Union Craft beer…both of which sound like a great way to kick off a weekend.

Planning Ahead

Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:

May 7: Heavy Seas Taco Festival 

May 19: Tipsy Tea at Homewood Museum

June 11: FEASTIVAL -A Food Adventure for a Cure, from the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation


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