Hot Plate: Easter plans, rooftop bars opening at Mt. Washington Tavern and Lord Baltimore Hotel, Banditos Taco Fest, Diamondback Greener Fest and more

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Two rooftop bars of varying heights open this week: the rooftop spot at the Lord Baltimore Hotel (pictured) and the second-floor deck space at Mt. Washington Tavern.

Easter is coming–with plenty of candy and brunch in order–though this week offers plenty of other reasons to dine out, too, from rooftop deck openings to beer, wine and spirits dinners. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings and announcements
The team behind Barcocina and Bond Street Social is adding another spot to its roster: Raw Bar. The restaurant will take over the space formerly occupied by Boathouse Canton, and will hopefully open early this summer.

The first few tenants will open in the newly revamped Cross Street Market in May. The first wave of openings will include several “legacy” vendors: Fenwick’s Choice Meats, Steve’s Lunch and The Sweet Shoppe. All three have long histories with Cross Street Market.

That’s not the only news out of Cross Street this week. Atlas Restaurant Group, the team behind Harbor East restaurants like Ouzo Bay and Tagliata and the developer of the soon-to-open Fells Point seafood restaurant The Choptank, is in lease negotiations to open a seafood tavern/crab house and seafood market in the space formerly housed by Nick’s Inner Harbor Seafood.

Atlas is busy lately. In addition to new restaurant projects, the group recently secured a liquor license for Ouzo Beach, a new outdoor extension of Ouzo Bay. It’s is set to open for the season on May 20.

The Dizz, which had been listed for sale last September, is now back off the market, as the owners are planning to hang on to the business.

After a dozen years in business, Mustang Alley’s will close in June. The Baltimore Business Journal reports the owner was unable to renegotiate a lease with the building’s owner.

In happier news, Cinghiale has announced a brand new happy hour, with specials available in the bar, Salumeria and on the outdoor patio (weather permitting). The menu includes $5 select wines and a featured cocktail and $6 antipasti.

Banditos Taco Wars
On Saturday, Banditos will host its first ever Taco Wars. The party, which takes place all afternoon, features tacos and tequila tastings from a bunch of local restaurants, including Vida Taco, Blue Agave, La Food Marketa, Taco Love, Don’t Know Tavern and others.

Market fun
On Saturday, the Waverly Farmers Market will be especially buzzing with its second annual Food, Art & Community Fest. The market will feature tons of guest vendors, decorations, food and more.

Plus, Charlottetown Farm will once again have miniature goats on hand for photos and friendliness.

Greener Fest at Diamondback
On Saturday, Diamondback Beer will host Greener Fest, featuring live music, beer releases and food pop-ups from Avenue Kitchen & Bar, Masarap and Clark Burger. The event, which takes place during the afternoon, benefits Baltimore Tree Trust.

Al fresco season
A pair of celebrated outdoor spaces open this week. Mt. Washington Tavern’s Skybar has been under a tent for the winter, but starting Tuesday, it’s open air.* The Lord Baltimore Hotel’s Skybar opens for the season on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m., with a newly expanded menu and new seating options.

Speaking of the Lord Baltimore, the downtown hotel announced this week that Elizabeth Dinice will take over as executive chef for all culinary operations.

Mezcal author at Clavel
On Monday, the author of “Understanding Mezcal,” James Schroeder, will host a Q&A session at Clavel’s tasting bar. This is a great opportunity to learn all about the Mexican spirit, which has a rich history tied with the country and its land.

Baltimore Cocktail Week
Baltimore Cocktail Week kicks off on Tuesday and lasts through Sunday, April 28. Throughout the week, local restaurants and bars will be hosting special events and, for those in the industry, workshops and other opportunities for education.

Cakebread at The A.B.
The Alexander Brown Restaurant hosts a dinner with California’s Cakebread Cellars on Tuesday, April 23. The five-course meal includes dishes like rabbi roulade with carrots, chickpeas and black truffle paired with Cakebread’s 2016 Two Creeks Vineyards Anderson Valley Pinot Noir, and beef tenderloin with piquillo pepper, mushroom and polenta paired with the winery’s 2014 Napa Merlot and 2015 Mullan Road Cellars Columbia Valley Red Blend.

Wednesday conversation
On April 24, Ida B’s Table hosts its third iteration of Diaspora: A Conversation on Modern Soul Food. The dinner features a whopping 10 courses that highlight “the future of African-American cuisine.” Chef David Thomas will be joined by sommelier Nicole Erica, bar manager Alex Dang and digestif creator Kaya Vision, plus special guest Chef DJ from The Loving Spoon Collective.

Full Tilt + Red Star
This week offers a few fun beer dinners showcasing some great local brews and chefs.

On Thursday, April 25, Red Star Charles Village teams up with Full Tilt Brewing for a dinner featuring the Govans brewery’s drinks. 

A prestigious evening at Magdalena
On Friday, April 26, Magdalena welcomes a brand ambassador from Hennessy for a meal showcasing several “expressions” of the cognac.

The dinner’s hors d’oeuvres and three courses will be paired with Hennessy VSOP Privilege, Hennessy XO, Hennessy Paradis and Hennessy Paradis Imperial. The brand ambassador will also be on hand to walk attendees through the tasting elements of the evening and to answer questions.

Easter plans
Easter is on Sunday and if you haven’t made brunch or dinner plans, you still have a little time. We rounded up your options last week; here they are, again, with a few new additions:

At The Elephant, Easter brunch starts at 11 a.m. The restaurant will offer the full dinner menu, plus specials including a caramel apple cinnamon roll, a seafood tower and crab cake Benedict.

Aldo’s only serves brunch twice a year; Easter is one of those times. The menu includes dishes like smoked salmon Benedict and cinnamon brioche French toast, plus dishes from the regular menu, including grilled lamb.

Cosima is also not typically open for brunch, but on Easter, offerings will include Sicilian dishes like a baked egg torte with savory crust, ricotta, cheeses and charred tomato sauce.

Chez Hugo, which is also not usually open for brunch, offers a multi-course prix fixe option with French-inspired choices like a spring salad with goat cheese and grilled leg of lamb.

Gunther & Co. will have special brunch and children’s menus, plus dinner specials, including Provençale leg of lamb and crispy porchetta with ramps, trumpet mushrooms and asparagus.

Il Palio, which just launched its brunch last weekend, will offer buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will serve the regular dinner menu after that.

Mt. Washington Tavern will offer both a buffet and the a la carte menu for Easter.*

Hersh’s doesn’t usually serve brunch, but the restaurant makes an exception for Easter and Mother’s Day. The menu this holiday includes dishes like wood-fired eggs in purgatory and wood-fired coconut pancakes.

Towson Tavern’s brunch buffet will include classics like eggs Benedict as well as some seasonal dishes like crab pesto tortellini with asparagus, tomato and spinach.

At Johnny’s, an Easter brunch buffet includes an omelette station and a roasted spring lamb carving station. The dining room will also be open for dinner, with the regular à la carte menu.

Café Troia will be open for brunch and dinner. The brunch menu includes dishes like eggs Benedict as well as Italian specialties like goat cheese ravioli with orange reduction, fennel powder and pecorino shavings.

Topside in the Hotel Revival will have brunch specials starting at 10 a.m.

Red Star Charles Village’s Easter brunch includes specials and bottomless mimosas and Bloody Marys.

Cinghiale’s Easter dinner specials include spit-roasted leg of lamb and spinach and ravioli al uovo.

Easter at Roy’s includes brunch and dinner options. The restaurant is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, and dishes will include Easter classics like steak and eggs as well as Hawaiian-influenced dishes like Kalua Pork Benedict with shiso bearnaise.

The Four Seasons will host a brunch in the ballroom featuring live music, an egg hunt and bunny photos for kids, and a wide variety of food stations.

At the Lord Baltimore Hotel, the buffet will include dishes like herb-crusted lamb and gravlax with house-cured Maine salmon.

Alizee’s Easter menu includes everything from chicken wings to a raw bar.

At The Milton Inn, brunch will be two or three courses, with a special menu including dishes like beef tenderloin tartare and Southern-style chicken and waffles.

Rusty Scupper’s Easter brunch includes traditional breakfast items, plus seafood specials and a raw bar and stations including prime rib, ham and lamb. Dinner will feature an à la carte menu of some of the restaurant’s most popular dishes.

Petit Louis will serve its full à la carte menu for Easter brunch and dinner, plus a handful of specials including herb-crusted leg of lamb and a shellfish bisque with poached shrimp.

If you’d like to eat at home but skip the cooking, Eddie’s has special catering menus designed for Easter and PassoverClassic Catering also has menus for both holidays.

*Note: This post has been edited to add new information about Mt. Washington Tavern’s Skybar opening and Easter options.

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

April 28: April in Paris at Petit Louis
April 28: Greek Easter at Cypriana
June 8: Hampden Craft Brew Walk

Kit Pollard

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


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