This chilly week is a good time to experiment with local restaurants’ fun hot chocolates and other warm beverages.
This chilly week is a good time to experiment with local restaurants’ fun hot chocolates and other warm beverages.

The first weeks of the new year are traditionally a quieter time for Baltimore restaurants and this year, with the addition of winter weather and the rise in COVID cases, is no different. But there’s still good news on the horizon, including anniversaries, seasonal menus, and more.

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the Baltimore restaurant scene this week:

Openings & announcements
SouthBmore.com reported that Yeeros, a new Greek spot, has opened in the former home of Pop Tacos on E. Cross St. in Federal Hill.

Dutch Courage recently celebrated two years in business – a huge accomplishment any time, but especially given the wild ride of the past two years. Congratulations to their team!

Foraged Eatery, which recently took over the old Orto space in Station North, has also just celebrated an anniversary. The already-beloved locavore spot has turned four! The restaurant has also recently restarted its takeout program, so there are multiple ways to enjoy their food right now.

COVID policies
With the recent spike in COVID cases due to the Omicron variant, many local spots are once again focusing on their carryout menus. This is a great way to support restaurants while managing risks.

Given the rise in cases, it remains a good idea to check in with restaurants before heading out to eat. Regulations and hours at many restaurants are in flux, as managers do their best to make sure both patrons and staff remain healthy.

COVID Relief Box from Pierpoint
Speaking of COVID…if you know someone who is sick and in need of a pick-me-up (or if you are that person), Pierpoint has a special COVID relief box available. The box includes four soups, mashed potatoes, bread and more.

Warm bevvies
It’s been a cold week – and there’s more winter weather on the way – so now is a good time to get creative with warm drinks.

THB has partnered with the team from Old Bay to create a spicy-sweet hot chocolate drink, available for a limited time.

The Charmery’s homemade hot chocolate and Tahitian vanilla marshmallows are always terrific. Both are available at the shops or to take home – you can buy the hot chocolate by the quart and reheat at home.

Johnny’s warm drinks menu is as tempting as ever, including favorites like the Milk & Honey along with seasonal treats. The drinks are available for dining in or to-go.

The Queen is for sale
The Queen’s Truckstaurant and food truck are for sale. The pair – formerly known as Gypsy Queen – have been put on the market by their founders / owners, who have a great reputation for good food and a fun experience overall. The restaurant and truck are available via The Restaurant Broker.

Restaurant Week is coming
This week’s downtime offers a great opportunity to start planning for Restaurant Week. The city’s promotion begins on Jan. 28 – and there’s already plenty of information available about which restaurants are participating and what they’re offering.

This year, options include $25, $35 and $45 prix fixe menus. Participating restaurants are scattered all over the city, from Cinghiale in Harbor East to Wicked Sisters in Hampden, and more.

Planning for the future
Mark your calendars for:
Jan. 15: National Bagel Day at THB
Jan 28: Baltimore City Restaurant Week begins
Feb. 12: How Does It Feel Dinner with H3irloom Food Group 

Kit Pollard

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