Hot Plate: Preakness Parties, Summer Menus & More

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To celebrate Preakness, Johnny’s will have a Black-Eyed Susan cocktail on the menu all weekend long.

Happy Preakness Weekend, Baltimore. Even after Always Dreaming and the rest of the field compete to see who will take home the blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, there’s a lot to cheer about this week. Here’s a look at what to expect from local restaurants over the next seven days:

Openings & Announcements

Union Craft Brewing announced plans to expand this week. The much-loved local brewery will open a new, much larger space on West 41st Street. In addition to expanded brewing operations, the space will include Union Collective, a collaborative retail space for local businesses.

Crab cake fans have something new to cheer about downtown, with the opening of a new Pappas Sports Bar in the recently renovated Holiday Inn Inner Harbor. The hotel also has a gift shop serving Zeke’s Coffee – another local favorite.

Later this summer, Canton will get a new rooftop spot, when The Chasseur opens a rooftop deck, serving a variety of items, but with a focus on crushes and oysters.


Black-Eyed Susan Day is today, Preakness is tomorrow, and all weekend long, Baltimore will be bursting with parties.

If you’re not heading to Pimlico, check out a local spot for the race. Tried and true spots for viewing include the Mt. Washington Tavern, which has special race-inspired drinks served in commemorative glasses (the Tavern also opens early today for Black-Eyed Susan revelers) and Ryleigh’s Oyster Hunt Valley, which will feature live music, race cocktails, Maryland-themed snacks and a Maryland Proud best-dressed contest.

Newcomers The Elephant also have Preakness festivities planned, with a Black-Eyed Susan cocktail on the menu, paired with a classic Pimlico Hotel eggroll.

All weekend long, Johnny’s will have a Black-Eyed Susan cocktail on the menu. Made with Sagamore Spirit Rye and Shot Tower Gin from Baltimore Whiskey Company, the drink is an ode to local distillers.

There’s also still time for you to check out the Preakness winner’s blanket in the making. Stop by the York Road Plaza Giant Food store (6340 York Road) before 3 p.m. today and you’ll get a glimpse at the blanket before it makes its way to Pimlico.

Summertime Menus

Seasons are changing, which means new menu items at local restaurants.

On Friday, the lobster roll returns to the menu at The Corner Pantry – a sure sign that warmer weather is here to stay.

Johnny’s announced a new Maryland seafood-focused menu this week, including all the classics, from crab cakes to crab soup, plus old school favorites like crab fluff. And though it’s not seafood, the menu will, of course, also include fried chicken.

Fermenting, Preserving & Canning at Artifact

Summer weather brings with it a ton of great produce, making now an ideal time to learn about how to preserve some of that goodness to enjoy later in the year. This Thursday’s Origins event at Artifact Coffee focuses on just that. Dubbed Fermenting, Preserving & Canning, the evening will feature experts from Gordy’s Pickles, Hex Ferments and Woodberry Kitchen.

Summer Kickoff at Prigel

On Friday, Prigel Family Creamery will host its annual Sweet and Savory event – an evening of both sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, wines (from nearby Boordy Vineyards) and ice cream. The event also includes a mystery ice cream tasting – you guess the flavors.

Planning Ahead

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

June 3: Baltimore Donut Bike Crawl

June 17: Feastival

June 24: Farm Fest at Manor Hill Tavern

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  1. Thanks for the Baltimore Donut Bike Crawl shoutout 😉 Tickets are available on MissionTix — all proceeds go to Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins for pediatric ophthalmology research. Follow/like the Facebook & Instagram pages for Crawltimore as well! See everyone on June 3!

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