Hot Plate: Halloween treats for people and pups, cookies at Johnny’s, drinks at Whitehall Mill and more

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Whitehall Mill just received a market-wide liquor license, so several vendors – including Suspended Brewing (pictured) – are now serving alcoholic drinks.

From Halloween treats to Election Day cookies, this week is a fun one on the Baltimore restaurant scene. Here’s a look at what’s happening:

Openings & Announcements
Whitehall Mill has just received a marketplace-wide liquor license, so look for new drink options at stalls throughout the market. The first vendors adding alcoholic drinks to their lineups include Gundalow Gourmet, Ceremony Coffee, FireFly Farms, Wight Tea Co. and Suspended Brewing.

Cross Street Market’s newest vendor, Crepe Crazy, opened last Saturday.

Baltimore icon H&S Bakery has announced the upcoming opening of Kneads, a bakeshop and café. The new spot will open on S. Central Ave. next year.

Sadly, early last Wednesday morning, the beloved Pikesville spot Jilly’s Bar & Grill caught fire and the building has been lost. Jilly’s owners are unsure of their next steps but as they make decisions, they will continue to share information via social media.

Big celebrations
Several local restaurants and businesses are celebrating milestone birthdays this month.

Walker’s Tap & Table celebrated its first anniversary last Friday and Limoncello celebrated its first on Monday.

Baltimore Spirits Company is celebrating five years in business with the release of a Bottled-in-Bond version of their Epoch Rye Whiskey. That designation means that the spirit is the product of one distillation season and has ben aged for four years or more and bottled at 50% ABV.

Silver Queen Café also celebrates five years in business this week. The Hamilton café has expanded its offerings in that time – they recently got a liquor license – but still retains the charm it has had since day one.

Spooky stuff
When Halloween falls on a Saturday, the celebration is extra special (even with pandemic-related restrictions). Many local spots have big plans in the works.

The Corner Pantry has some fun Halloween items on the menu, like a caramel apple “mummy” pie.

At Kooper’s North in Mays Chapel, a Boo-Runch will take over the restaurant from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Halloween. The party includes crafts and mini pumpkins for kids, spooky cocktails (and mocktails), Halloween specials and giveaways for guests in costume.

During the day, The Boiler Room will be full of family-friendly Halloween fun, with trick or treating, pumpkin painting, face painting, a costume contest, live music and specials. After 7 p.m., the party will keep going (though the kids might go home); the night will include another costume contest, more music, games, prizes and drink specials.

Saturday afternoon, Mt. Washington Tavern hosts a Howl-O-Ween Bash for humans and their puppy friends. The event is a fundraiser for BARCS Animal Shelter and CARE and will feature gift card giveaways for decked out dogs, specials and prizes for best costume.

Ampersea’s socially distant AmperSCARE party starts with a Yappie Hour and pup costume contest from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. followed by a late night event, starting at 10 p.m., including live music, drink specials and a costume contest.

Lee’s Pint & Shell will also be all about the dogs on Halloween, with a doggie costume contest starting at noon.

Guinness Open Gate Brewery will screen “Ghostbusters” outside the brewery. Guests can watch the hilarious classic from the lawn or beer garden and beer and snacks will be available for a la carte purchase.

At The Chasseur, two lucky costumed guests will win $250 gift cards for their outfits.

Manor Tavern’s festivities include s’mores packages, a costume contest, live music, a bubbling cauldron firepit and a “ghostly grill menu.”

In Towson, Café Troia is taking an unusual approach to Halloween night, with a lineup of creepy specials like Kraken Kalamari and RIP Risotto.

At La Calle, a special pumpkin margarita will help you get in the jack-o-lantern spirit. The Mexican restaurant will continue celebrations throughout the weekend, with special Day of the Dead plans on Sunday.

Dutch Courage will also keep the holiday going through the weekend, with a Halloween-themed Sunday supper menu.

Halfway to Cinco
Papi’s Tacos kicks off a Halfway to Cinco de Mayo contest on Saturday. From Halloween through Nov. 5, when you order a margarita or kit with Altos or Avion Tequila and share a photo on social media (with specific hashtags), you’ll be entered to win a $50 Papi’s gift card.

Election Day fun
Voting is its own reward, of course – but this Election Day, Johnny’s is sweetening the deal. On Tuesday, head to Johnny’s with proof that you voted (sticker, confirmation from registrar), and you’ll receive a free homemade cookie.

Fall in the air
Restaurants continue to update their menus with fun seasonal additions.

At Towson Tavern, a new fall cocktail menu includes treats like a pumpkin patch smash and cranberry gin fizz.

Ouzo Bay’s new fall drink options include the Amethyst, a tequila, St. Germain, lemon and pomegranate concoction.

New brunch dishes at Gunther & Co. include a huevos rancheros skillet and crispy duck leg confit that looks spectacular.

Noona’s fall lineup includes side dishes like crispy brussels sprouts and a gorgeous gnocchi with ricotta, roasted tomatoes and balsamic.

Wicked Sisters’ menu updates include a hearty short rib entrée that looks like it could definitely keep you warm through the winter.

Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:
Nov. 12: Guest’s Choice Wine Dinner at Manor Tavern
Nov. 14: Crush Wine Tasting 2020
Nov. 20: Wild Game & Whiskey at Elkridge Furnace Inn 



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