It’s that time of year when hearts, flowers and prix fixe menus dominate the restaurant scene. It’s Valentine’s weekend! Baltimore restaurants do have a lot of big plans in the works for the holiday, but this week offers more than chocolate.
Here’s a look at what’s happening in and around town:
Valentine’s Day…and Weekend
This week’s big restaurant news is all about the hearts and flowers. With Valentine’s Day falling on a Tuesday this year, local restaurants are celebrating on both February 14 and all weekend long.
If you don’t yet have plans, check out our round-up of local restaurant’s plans for the big holiday.
Openings & Announcements
Cantonites had something to cheer about this week, when Bonchon, the Korean chicken spot, opened its doors. The restaurant is still in its “soft opening” phase, so if you go within the next couple weeks, they may still be ironing out kinks.
The Greene Turtle has announced new happy hour lineup, with drink and appetizer specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to close Monday through Thursday, plus drink specials from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Fridays.
R. House has announced the first concept that will open in its pop-up space: Big Mama’s Asian Kitchen, from the crew at Ekiben. Big Mama’s will open on February 15 and, despite the name, they promise that it will be “not your mama’s” Asian cooking.
The Brewer’s Art is now open for lunch! Saturdays and Sundays, hit the restaurant for lunch and – of course – a couple afternoon beers.
The Local Fry Turns Two!
On Sunday, The Local Fry, the popular Federal Hill wings-and-fries spot, will celebrate its second birthday with an anniversary party starting at noon. The party will include a special mash-up menu with Ekiben and Union Craft beers available for happy birthday toasts.
Guest Chef Takeover at Dovecote Café
The second Sunday of every month, Dovecote Café invites a local chef to take over the kitchen. This month, Chef Carleen will hop into the kitchen and prepare a meal focused on the food of Liberia. The dinner includes five courses and two cocktails – plus a great deal of conversation and community.
Next Friday, February 17, Baltimore venues kick off themed weekends catering to food and drink lovers of all kinds.
At Magdalena, in the Ivy Hotel, enjoy a cozy weekend focused on all things whiskey. The weekend starts on Friday with a five-course meal paired with five different Glenmorangie whiskeys. On Saturday, guests will enjoy a guided whiskey tasting and nightcap and each morning, the day will start with breakfast and whisky-inspired brunch-style cocktails.
And throughout the city, various restaurants and venues will celebrate Baltimore Vegan Weekend. The lineup includes a vegan food crawl on Friday, the 2nd Annual Vegan Mac ‘n Cheese Smackdown on Saturday and a vegan brunch on Sunday.
B&O Wins the Light City Cocktail Competition
For the second year in a row, B&O American Brasserie bartender Eric Fooy has taken home the gold in the Light City Baltimore Cocktail Competition. This year’s competition was held on Monday, February 6; all entries included Light City’s official spirit, Sagamore Spirit Straight Rye Whiskey.
B&O’s winning entry, the Golden Hour, will be available for purchase at Light City, which takes place March 31 through April 8.
Here are a few events to look forward to over the next few weeks:
February 25: Small Foods at the American Visionary Arts Museum
March 25: WTMD Chili Cook-off
- Hot Plate: Johnny Appleseed Days at Weber’s Farm, Meet & Make with NiHao, Farm to Chef goes virtual and more - September 18, 2020
- Hot Plate: Renn Fest at Don’t Know Tavern, Fuisine and Friends & Family open, Chaat Hour at Good Neighbor and more - September 3, 2020
- Hot Plate: Cafe Dear Leon opens, Sculpture Garden snowballs, dumplings at Ekiben and more - August 21, 2020