Hot Plate: Starlite Diner Opens, Mi & Yu Comes to Mt. Vernon, Book Festival Features Baltimore Food Writers

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Starlite opened yesterday in Belvedere Square
Starlite opens in Belvedere Square

The upcoming week is, relatively speaking, a quiet one in the restaurant world, with just a handful of events in and around the city – but they are good ones. Plus, Baltimore food lovers have several new restaurants to explore this week.

Here’s a look at what’s new, what’s coming and what to do this week:

Openings, Announcements & Expansions

This week has been a big one for brand new Baltimore restaurants.

Starlite ohas opened in the Belvedere Square space that formerly housed Shoo-Fly. (And before that, Crush. And before that, Taste.) The new restaurant has a clean, friendly look and a menu focused on familiar diner dishes.

This past week, Mi & Yu Noodle Bar opened a new spot in Mount Vernon Marketplace. Mi & Yu’s original location, in Federal Hill, became a huge hit immediately upon opening. Expect the same from the new outpost.

On Monday, September 26, the popular Greek spot Samos will open a new location, a Samos Greek Island Grill, in McHenry Row. This is the Samos group’s third location; in addition to the original Highlandtown restaurant, Canton Crossing location opened in 2013.

Anne Arundel County residents have reason to cheer, with the opening of a new Ruth’s Chris Steak House in Odenton. The restaurant opens to the public on Monday, bringing its signature meat and potatoes menu to a new corner of the county.

The team behind Citron, the French-flecked American restaurant slated to open in November at Quarry Lake, announced this week that in January, they will also open an event space, dubbed The Cove at Citron. Large enough to accommodate 150 for dinner or 200 for cocktails, the new space will have a view of Quarry Lake and will be available for corporate and social events.

Things are moving fast and furious at R. House, the Remington food hub and restaurant concept incubator. Last week, R. House announced the addition of the Venezuelan concept White Envelope to the mix. This week, everyone’s chattering about another new concept: BLK//SUGAR, a partnership between the woman behind PieCycle and KarmaPop and the team from Philadelphia’s Little Baby’s ice cream. Sounds pretty sweet!

It’s been a few weeks since Maggie’s Farm announced its partnership with Equity Eats. With the help of the organization, the restaurant is raising funds to back an expansion. This Monday, they are hosting an event for potential backers, to discuss the plans for the restaurant and what comes next. 

Book Festival Fun

The Baltimore Book Festival starts today, bringing with it a bunch of food-friendly events, most notably the “Food for Thought” stage. Talks include a National Aquarium-sponsored panel featuring local favorite chefs John Shields and Spike Gjerde, a demonstration from bakers Allison and Matt Robicelli, who have recently moved from Brooklyn to Baltimore, and a chat with Kathy and Neal Patterson, authors of Maryland’s Chesapeake, How the Bay and Its Bounty Shaped a Cuisine.

 Sunday Funday – for a Cause

On Sunday, September 25, head to BoatHouse Canton for the restaurant’s second annual Bull & Oyster Roast, benefiting the Warrior Canine Connection Foundation and The Buddy Foundation of Maryland.

The party will feature traditional bull and oyster roast fare, like pit beef and ham, Chesapeake chicken and oysters both raw and grilled. There also be live music and drink specials sponsored by Tito’s. The event will take place outside, on the restaurant’s large Patio & DockBar.

Farm to Table Gets Serious

On Monday, September 26, the culinary competition Farm to Chef Maryland hits the B&O Museum. Thirty chefs pair with thirty local farms to create seasonal dishes for judging – and eating. The event is a favorite among local food lovers, who say Baltimore’s talent comes out in full force. It benefits Days of Taste, a program designed to help elementary school students appreciate fresh food. 

Charleston Goes Spanish

On Monday, September 26, Charleston in Harbor East will draw inspiration from a new part of the world, during a dinner featuring the wines of Spanish winery Vega Sicilia. The multi-course meal, with Spanish-influenced dishes by Chef Cindy Wolf, will be paired with wines from Vega Sicilia. Dishes like white bean soup topped with Jamon iberico and grilled octopus with saffron are a departure from the restaurant’s standard fare; it’s sure to be an exciting meal. 

Down on the Farm: Outstanding in the Field Makes Regional Debut 


On Wednesday, September 27, Cockeysville’s John Brown General & Butchery will make its Outstanding in the Field debut the organization’s dinner at Longview Farm in Accokeek.

The dinner will start with cocktails and an introductory talk, followed by a tour of the farm. After the tour, dinner – with wine pairings – will be served family-style.

Outstanding in the Field dinners happen all over the world, in different spots all the time. They are reliably gorgeous – and delicious. 

Happy Birthday, Bookmakers!

On Thursday, September 29, Bookmakers Cocktail Club in Federal Hill celebrates its second birthday with a “Greatest Hits” anniversary party. The evening will include a star-studded cocktail list, featuring some of the most well-received drinks from the two years the restaurant has been open, among other treats.

 Planning Ahead

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

October 6: 10th Annual Moet Oyster Ball 

October 7: Seafood Social at the Aquarium

October 15: Seafood Cookout at Carriage House Farms 

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