Otterbein’s Cookies has a new themed tin available just in time for Maryland Day.
Otterbein’s Cookies has a new themed tin available just in time for Maryland Day.

This week promises to be a fun one in the Baltimore food scene, with events both indoors and out, and good news to celebrate. Here’s a look at what’s coming up:

Openings and announcements
Mera Kitchen Collective has finally opened in its new Mt. Vernon space. The chef collective is offering dine-in and take-out options and has bar service – and is still available for catering, gigs, as well.

Le Comptoir du Vin has now officially reopened for dinner full time, with dinner hours from Wednesday through Saturday. Because the restaurant’s pandemic pivot to sandwiches has been so popular, they will continue to offer lunch on Fridays and Saturdays, as well. While Le Comptoir will mostly take walk-ins for dinner, they are taking some patio reservations for groups of four to six.

The patio at Johnny’s reopened this week, just in time for warmer weather and sunshine. The Roland Park restaurant also has new springtime drinks available, like a spicy blueberry sage margarita that seems perfect for sitting in the sun.

Have you checked out the prepared food section at JBGB’s in Remington? It’s a good one – and getting better, with recent new additions.

Whiskey, Wine & Fire
On Saturday, head to Manor Tavern for Whiskey, Wine & Fire, a fun outdoor afternoon featuring bonfires, chili, wine and a whole carved suckling pig – a perfect way to say goodbye to winter and welcome spring.

Irish Dancing & Dinner
If you’re still in St. Patrick’s Day mode, The Elkridge Furnace Inn has you covered. On Saturday night, the Inn hosts an Irish dinner complete with a performance from the Teelin Dance Company.

Slutty Vegan in Baltimore
On Monday, vegan burger spot Slutty Vegan will pop-up in Baltimore. The company is based in Atlanta but owned by a native Baltimorean, Pinky Cole, so this is a homecoming. The pop-up location announcement will be made via the Slutty Vegan Instagram around 10 a.m. on Monday morning.

Kentucky Nights at MWT
Mt. Washington Tavern’s popular fundraiser for Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital, Kentucky Nights, is back again this year. The event is always a fun one, with tons of tasting and education opportunities – and a great spread of food.

Water Song turns two
On Thursday, Water Song Yunnan Kitchen celebrates its second anniversary. To mark the occasion, the restaurant is hosting a special dinner, with tickets available for tables of four. The meal will feature new dishes and BYOB is encouraged.

Eat your way through Maryland Day
Friday, March 25 is Maryland Day and a couple iconic local companies have big plans in place to celebrate.

In honor of the holiday, Otterbein’s Cookies is selling a cute Maryland-themed tin filled with cookies. The tin design was created by local artist Justin Duvall and features all sorts of local landmarks.

THB Bagelry & Deli is bringing back its famous flag-inspired bagels for the day and will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to Nico’s Hope for Life Foundation. Both are great reasons to celebrate the day with a bagel.

Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for:
March 26: Black Ankle + Foraged At-Home Cook-Along 
May 1: Fire Hero Chili Cook Off at Of Love & Regret 
May 28: Brew at the Zoo

Kit Pollard

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