Shrimp and grits is one of the many great menu options Foreman Wolf restaurants are offering this Mother’s Day.
Shrimp and grits is one of the many great menu options Foreman Wolf restaurants are offering this Mother’s Day.

From mint juleps to margaritas, this week offers plenty of great opportunities to drink (and eat) your way around Baltimore. Here’s a look at what’s coming up in the local restaurant scene:

Openings and announcements
Atlas Restaurant Group announced this week that they are now partners in Cunningham’s Café & Bakery and Perennial, the new spot that is slated to open soon in the former Cunningham’s space.

Alma Cocina Latina celebrated six years in business last week – years that have included high praise, a pandemic and a move. Congratulations to the team!

Now that crab season and warm weather are officially here, Phillips Crab Deck has reopened for the season.

The Helmand is celebrating longer daylight with extended hours; the restaurant is now open until 10 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and until 9 p.m. on Sundays.

Speaking of extended hours, Foraged Eatery is now once again open five days a week – Tuesday through Saturday.

End of one era, start of another
For over a century, Baltimore food lovers have had the honor and pleasure of shopping at Di Pasquale’s Marketplace. A longtime era comes to a close on Saturday, when Di Pasquale’s closes the doors of its Highlandtown shop – one of the greatest-smelling, friendliest places in the city.

However, Italian food enthusiasts don’t need to despair. The family-owned market will reopen in a new space, in Brewers Hill, on May 6. But if you want to see the inside of the Gough St. location one last time, Saturday is your chance.

Charm City Night Market at Whitehall Market
Starting Saturday and returning each weekend in May, Whitehall Market hosts Charm City Night Market in honor of Asian Pacific American Month. The month-long pop-up will feature Asian Pacific American artists and non-profits – and it’s a great reason to grab some food and drinks from Whitehall shops.

Japanese tea in Elkridge
On Saturday, The Elkridge Furnace Inn hosts a four-course tea showcasing the best of Japanese food and culture. Dishes include items like a melon pan with lemongrass curd and okonomiyaki (a fried vegetable pancake).

McClintock Distilling at Maggie’s Farm
Frederick’s McClintock Distilling is popping up at Maggie’s Farm on Saturday, with free samples and a special cocktail menu featuring its products. Samples will include the distillery’s whiskey, gin and vodka as well as their blood orange saffron and ginger lime cordials.

Derby weekend
The Kentucky Derby will be run this Saturday, which means it’s time to break out the big hats and bourbon.

At Lost Ark Distilling in Columbia, guests can take home a traditional julep cup when ordering a traditional mint julep (made with the distillery’s Trailblazer Bourbon).

The Derby will also be on the TV at Mt. Washington Tavern, which will also be screening  Hopkins vs. Penn State lacrosse and the NFL draft this weekend.

Big Softy at Mulberry’s
On Saturday, Big Softy pops up at Mulberry’s Bar, with a terrific menu including shrimp salad, lobster corn dogs and – of course – soft shell crab sandwiches.

Rosé in May
Head to Harbor East on Saturday for Rosé in May, a fun day of shopping and wine, with drink specials, a pop-up shop by Flowers & Fancies, giveaways, and sweets from Sacré Sucré.

Greek Easter
Sunday is Greek Easter and Cypriana can help you celebrate with a family meal – a traditional lamb dinner, available to purchase and take home.

Fire Hero Chili Cook Off at Of Love and Regret
On Sunday, OLAR hosts a chili cook off supporting the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. The event includes chili tasting stations, a silent auction, and free cocktail (with tickets). Plus, first responders will receive classic burgers – on the house.

Cinco de Mayo
Wednesday is Cinco de Mayo, which means lots of margaritas and general revelry.

La Calle is celebrating with drink and food specials, including tons of margaritas.

At Maximon, a ticketed event includes small plates, agave cocktails and a DJ.

Mother’s Day plans
Mother’s Day is fast approaching – it’s Sunday, May 9 – which means now is the time to make reservations and plan those menus. Local restaurants have you covered, with a wide variety of dine-in and take- home options:

The Corner Pantry is baking “Mum’s” Victoria sponge cakes for Mother’s Day. The 8-inch vanilla sponge cakes are layered with Earl Grey whipped cream and housemade jam and will be prettily packaged with ribbons and flowers. They are available now for pre-order.

At Charleston, Chef Cindy Wolf will offer a three-course menu with optional wine pairings, with dishes like Eastern Shore asparagus soup and saffron and lemon risotto.

Pierpoint’s Mother’s Day take-home box includes two surf and turf options – crab cake or shrimp scampi – along with appetizers, sides and chocolate lava cake.

Liberatore’s Mother’s Day options include family meals available to-go – like rigatoni with vodka sauce and shrimp scampi.

The Petit Louis Mother’s Day menu options include asparagus salad and a grilled veal flank steak.

NiHao’s Mother’s Day menu includes a dim sum for two option, including a variety of dishes, like golden sesame balls and daikon cake with fried oyster.

True Chesapeake Oyster Co. is offering half off all bottles of Champagne on Mother’s Day.

The Guinness Open Gate Brewery lineup for Mother’s Day includes Saturday and Sunday brunch, family portraits available and complimentary floral arrangements for moms. The brewery will also offer a high tea service and live music.

If Mom screams for ice cream, check out The Charmery’s pint four-pack inspired by mom songs; it will be available starting Tuesday.

The Tilted Row will be open for brunch and dinner on Mother’s Day, offering dishes like shakshuka and smoked salmon hash (both for brunch).

La Cuchara will be open for brunch on Mother’s Day, with a special prix fixe menu.

Duck Duck Goose has joined forces with florist Flowers & Fancies to offer an optional Mother’s Day bouquet as a surprise at the end of the meal. The bouquet can be added to the meal at the time of reservation.

Café Troia will be open for brunch on Mother’s Day, with a final seating at 5 p.m. The restaurant will offer the regular menu plus specials.

Johnny’s is open for brunch and dinner and will offer a three-course menu options, plus brunch specials and an a la carte menu.

Whitehall Market has a fun day planned for mom – restorative yoga at Yoga Tree and a gift card to enjoy something from Wight Tea Co. after class.

Cindy Lou’s Mother’s Day brunch is booked but it the new spot is open for dinner on the water, with its la crate menu and specials.

The Gunther & Co. Mother’s Dy menu includes dishes like lobster potstickers, saffron-tinted crab soup, and house-made tagliatelle with ramps, asparagus, burrata and bacon.

Sotto Sopra has extended hours – from noon to 9 p.m. – on Mother’s Day.

At The Point in Towson, Mother’s Day brunch includes specials and a bottomless drink deal.

City Cruises has special morning and afternoon brunch cruises scheduled for Mother’s Day, including signature cocktails and pretty views of the harbor.

Cosima’s Mother’s Day menu includes dishes like charred octopus over an arugula and fennel salad, and seafood stew in saffron tomato broth over couscous.

Bar Vasquez and Cinghiale will be open for dinner on Mother’s Day, offering their a la carte menus and specials like pan-roasted bronzino with English peas and fava beans at Cinghiale.

Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for:
May 20: Spring Bounty Wine Supper at The Manor Tavern 
May 26: Wine & Gin at Peerce’s 
August 7: Crabs, Wine & Beer Festival

Kit Pollard

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