With spring weather on the horizon and moms to celebrate, there are plenty of reasons to dine out (or carryout) in Baltimore this week. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:
Openings and announcements
Towsonites have something new to look forward to: a Papi’s outpost in Dulaney Plaza. The popular taco spot is opening in the former home of Razorbacks.
A trio of Baltimore restaurant industry vets have purchased Stalking Horse on E. Cross St. in Federal Hill. The new owners, Andrew Carter, Jesse Selke and Jason Zink, have plans to turn the space into an “upscale tavern” featuring Detroit-style pizza. The new spot will open this summer.
Gertrude’s Snow Cone Sisters stand will be back again this summer. It opens May 28 and will once again be serving a menu of hot dogs and sausages, pretzels and other treats.
BIN 604 is celebrating twenty years in business this year! The Harbor East wine shop, which is part of the Foreman Wolf family, doesn’t officially turn twenty until November, but is kicking off celebrations soon, with sales and events. Congratulations to the team!
DiPasquale’s, which closed its venerable Gough St. market last week in preparation for a move to Brewer’s Hill, announced this week that the move is more cumbersome than anticipated, so they were not able to reopen May 6. The reopening is coming up, though, so keep an eye on their social media for updates.
Water Song Yunnan Kitchen has launched its spring/summer menu and it looks lovely.
Hotel Revival’s new café ‘Dashery opened on May 5. The breakfast and lunch spot opens early in the morning on weekdays and is open seven days a week until 4 p.m.
The menu features goodies from local companies like Crust by Mack, Wight Tea Company and Black Acres Roastery, the Black-owned Highlandtown roastery that will also provide all the in-room coffee for hotel guests.
Charm City Night Market at Whitehall Market
Charm City Night Market’s Whitehall Market pop-up, in honor of Asian Pacific American Month, is back this weekend – and every weekend, all month long.
The event features tons of great businesses, plus food and drink specials from Suspended Brewing and Heritage Kitchen. At Heritage, Chef Rey Eugenio – who has quickly become a favorite among local food lovers – has created a Mother’s Day carryout menu honoring his own mom, featuring his favorite Filipino foods.
National Burger Month
Speaking of Whitehall Market: May is National Burger Month and another market stall, The Urban Burger Bar, has big plans in the works, including special burgers all month long. This weekend, you can grab Korean BBQ burger, which is topped with kimchi, spicy aioli and pork belly marinated in BBQ sauce infused with spiced chai from Whitehall’s Wight Tea Co.
Ramps and Rosé
Ramps season – always a favorite time of year for chefs – is coming to a close. Before it’s over, though, Foraged Eatery is spending one last weekend pairing the springtime vegetable with fun rosés. The Ramps and Rosé menu is available until Saturday, May 8 – and the rosés are also available a la carte.
Mother’s Day plans
The big food news this weekend is, of course, Mother’s Day, which is on Sunday. Even if you’ve left planning until now, local restaurants have you covered (though some spots will already be booked).
For an overview of options, check out last week’s Hot Plate.
Thanking nurses at THB
In honor of Nurse’s Week (May 6-12) and as a way to say thank you – especially this year – to nurses who work incredibly hard, THB is offering nurses a 20% discount on their meals on Monday. The discount is available at all THB locations; nurses simply need to show an ID from their workplace to redeem.
Music at Red Pepper
Towson’s Red Pepper Sichuan Bistro has some excellent plans on tap. Starting May 15, the restaurant is launching “Live at the Red Pepper,” a musical series featuring female artists showcasing tunes of the cabaret era.
The series starts May 15 with Janet Paulson and “cocktail music chic.”
Cupcakes & charity
Now is the time to gear up for next weekend’s cupcake decorating class benefiting Weekend Backpacks. The virtual class, designed for kids, is hosted by Jason Hisley, of Cake by Jason – and Food Network – fame.