De Kleine Duivel reopened this week with new owners – the team from The Bluebird. Photo credit: Justin Tsucalas.
De Kleine Duivel reopened this week with new owners – the team from The Bluebird. Photo credit: Justin Tsucalas.

With Baltimore City’s one-hour dining restriction lifted – and a few chilly but snow-less days on the horizon – this week is a promising one for local restaurants. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings & announcements
The future looks bright for Baltimore restaurant dining; this week brings news of several soon-to-open spots.

The Crestlyn Kitchen has opened in Ednor Gardens-Lakeside.

NOLA, a creole restaurant, will open in the old Ryleigh’s Oyster space on Cross St., sometime this spring.

The creative brain behind Blue Moon Café has a new venture in the works – stay tuned for news about A Delicious Kind of Blue opening in Fells Point sometime soon.

Last year, the team from The Bluebird in Hampden took over its neighbor, Belgian beer bar De Kleine Duivel. During COVID, they renovated the space and it reopened, with an updated menu, this week. 

Clipper Mill favorite Birroteca has reopened – good news for all lovers of interesting pizzas, pastas and drinks. (Hat tip to Baltimore Fishbowl contributor Amy Langrehr for the announcement in her very newsy new weekly email newsletter.)

Woodberry SubCulture
This weekend’s Woodberry Kitchen pop-up is all about subs. The restaurant procured a bunch of sub rolls from Philadelphia bakery Sarcone’s and is busy filling them with everything from oysters to veggies.

Fish & Chips at The Corner Pantry
The return of Lent also means the return of The Corner Pantry’s famous fish n chip Fridays. The classic Lenten Friday dish is available for dine in (or outside) or takeaway.

Curated concessions from The Charmery
The crew from The Charmery is missing their wild, full-sensory movie screenings – so they’ve decided to send the senses to you at home.

The ice cream shop has put together curated concessions boxes designed to enhance your viewing of the original “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.” The box includes gum, a drink, spray scent and much more.

The boxes are available to take home or to enjoy during a special drive-in screening of the movie, in Columbia on March 13.

Bagel love
THB’s Valentine’s special Cinna-Bagels are sticking around for the rest of the month and the bagel shop has some fun plans in store for March, too, including green St. Pat’s bagels and Maryland-themed bagels for Maryland Day.

Vegan Restaurant Week
Maryland Vegan Restaurant Week is still happening! The “week” actually lasts all month, so you still have some time to take advantage of participating restaurants’ extra focus on vegan menu items.

Underground Pizza at Zeke’s
On Friday, Feb. 19, Underground Pizza Company will pop up at Zeke’s in Hamilton for an evening of Detroit-style pizza. There are 100 pizzas available in total and you can order ahead of time to make sure you get one.

National Margarita Day
Monday is National Margarita Day – in case you needed an excuse to break out the tequila and lime.

Gunther & Co. is gearing up for the holiday with a marketplace full of Mexican-inspired flavors, including smoked pork carnitas and shrimp aquachile (and margaritas to-go, of course).

Dutch Courage is technically a gin bar – but they do all spirits well. In honor of the day, this week’s Smokin’ Supper is fajitas and will pair especially well with their bottled margarita.

Papi’s suggests you just forget that National Marg Day falls on Monday, ditch work, and hang out with the their tequila enthusiasts.

City Mondays at The Point
The Point in Towson’s program hosting city chefs and bartenders is still happening. This Monday, Knotty Pine Chef Jonny Lease will pop up at the Towson restaurant.

Support the teachers
On Tuesday, a handful of restaurants are teaming up to give back to the Baltimore Restaurant Relief Fund’s initiative to provide local teachers with KN95 masks to use when they’re back in the classroom.

From 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., Golden West Café, Toki Tako, Thai Street and The Local Fry will each donate 20% of sales to BRRF’s effort.

Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for:
Feb. 25: Big Reds Wine Dinner at Elkridge Furnace Inn 
Feb. 27: Whiskey, Wine & Fire at The Manor Tavern 

Kit Pollard

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