Mobtown Brewing is one of a few local spots featured in the newest episode of the YouTube series “Next Exit.” Photo courtesy of Next Exit / Untappd.

This week is an exciting one in the Baltimore restaurant world, as the city’s beer scene gets a look from national media, fall flavors return to restaurants, and Maryland Restaurant Week begins. Here’s a look at what’s on tap:

Openings & announcements

Gundalow Gourmet’s newest location – in The Shops at Kenilworth – is up and running.

The crew at Dylan’s Oyster Cellar is taking a much-deserved end of summer vacation. The restaurant will reopen on Monday, Sept. 12.

Sadly, the family behind AIDA Bistro & Wine Bar, a Howard County staple for decades, has announced that the restaurant will close in January. The owners, Joe and Mary Barbera, will be retiring after many successful years in the food and wine business. 

Breaking – and making – bread at Cosima

Cosima’s cooking classes return this Sunday with a session all about bread. Chef Donna Crivello will walk the class through bread baking basics, creating a few different types: rustic baguette, olive-rosemary focaccia and ciabatta.

Baltimore Untappd

“Next Exit,” a new travel and beverage culture show on the Untappd YouTube channel, has made its way to Baltimore. On Tuesday, the show’s Baltimore episode will be available to watch.

During the episode, host Kenny Gould (the founder of Hop Culture Magazine) partners with City Brew Tours to check out a variety of Charm City beverage businesses, including Checkerspot Brewing, Sagamore Spirit, Mobtown Brewing and Heavy Seas Beer.

Whiskey tasting at Magdalena

On Tuesday, Magdalena welcomes Victoria Butler, the Master Blender from Uncle Nearest, for a ticketed whiskey tasting in the garden courtyard. The event will include conversation and tastings, along with whiskey cocktails, seasonal bites and live music.

Chef collab at Foraged

On Thursday, Chef Tae Strain, who Baltimoreans might remember from the late, great Demi in Belvedere Square, will pop up as a guest chef, working alongside Chef Chris Amendola, at Foraged. During the evening, the regular Foraged menu will be available along with some fun additions from Chef Strain; it’s sure to be a terrific night for dining.

Inverness turns four

Inverness Brewing celebrates its fourth anniversary this weekend, with four days of beer releases, live music, crab-centric food and cupcakes. The party starts on Thursday evening and lasts all weekend long, until Sunday night. Congratulations to the Inverness team!

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day

Starting on Friday, Sept. 16 and lasting through the weekend, Guinness Open Gate Brewing will celebrate the midway point between St. Pat’s 2022 and the 2023 holiday.

Over the course of the weekend, the brewery will feature half-off select beers and St. Patrick’s Day merchandise. Plus, there will be food specials and live music throughout the weekend.

Maryland Restaurant Week

Maryland Restaurant Week, organized by the Restaurant Association of Maryland and sponsored by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maryland, returns this month. From Sept. 16-25, participating restaurants will offer special deals – often three-course prix-fixe menus designed to showcase what makes them special.

Participants include a wide variety of restaurants located across the state, including a bunch of Baltimore favorites, like Foraged, Nacho Mamas, Sabatino’s, Amicci’s, Miss Shirley’s, and Kitsch.

Tastes of fall

The weather is still warm but there are hints of autumn in the air – and on local menus.

At The Corner Pantry, a toast featuring wild mushrooms, kale, apple and ricotta is a glimpse of fall.

Johnny’s happy hour cocktail for the month of September, a cherry cardamom Old Fashioned made with Sagamore Rye, is a mix of the seasonal flavors that bridge the gap between summer and fall.

La Cuchara has a beautiful new dish of braised beef short ribs over garbanzo bean purée, red onion marmalade and red wine jus.

Linwoods is also focusing on short ribs, serving theirs braised with sticky jasmine rice, broccoli rabe and red peppers.

Books & bites at Uptown Abbey

Keep the evening of Sept. 27 open: Uptown Abbey, the Mt. Washington outpost of Abbey Burger Bistro, will host a book discussion with Baltimore’s own John Huffington, author of “Innocent: An Obscene Miscarriage of Justice.” The book is Huffington’s memoir – the story of his recently overturned wrongful conviction for murder.

In addition to the discussion, guests can take advantage of happy hour food and drink specials. Space is limited, so RSVPs are requested.

Planning for the future

Mark your calendars for:

Sept. 25: Baltimore Deviled Egg Pageant

Sept. 30: Passion for Food and Wine benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Maryland

Oct. 6: 50th Annual Greek Festival

Kit Pollard

Kit Waskom Pollard is a Baltimore Fishbowl contributing writer. She writes Hot Plate every Friday in the Baltimore Fishbowl.