Hot Plate: What’s New in Baltimore’s Restaurant Scene This Week

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This is the first in a new series of weekly posts announcing restaurant events in and around Baltimore.

The holidays are over, but dining out season is just heating up. In and around the city, restaurants are refreshing menus, reopening after renovations (and vacations) and hosting special dinner events. Here’s what’s hot this week in the Baltimore food scene:

New Menus in Harbor East

The new year means new menus all over Harbor East. Earlier this week, Charleston debuted a new bar menu, featuring oysters on the half shell, among other treats. And at Wit & Wisdom in the Four Seasons, Sunday brunch now includes chef action stations, new drink options (including bottomless mimosas) and half-off all champagne bottles.


Several area restaurants that took breaks for the holidays will reopen next week. On Wednesday, January 13th, Petit Louis in Roland Park will reopen after a renovation, Jack’s Bistro in Canton will reopen after winter break. And if you’ve been missing your Hampden ice cream fix, don’t worry – on the 15th, The Charmery reopens following its winter holiday.

Special Events

There’s a lot happening this week on the special event front, starting with Wednesday night’s Ladies of the Vine dinner at Café Troia in Towson.

On Thursday, it’s oysters everywhere: Le Garage is hosting a dinner featuring oysters prepared several different ways and Wine Market Bistro is holding its second annual Bubbly and Bivalves dinner.

If oysters aren’t your thing, check out Fleet Street Kitchen, which is hosting a Jazz Night in the Tavern Room.

Restaurant Week

The week closes with a big launch: Baltimore County Restaurant Week. This winter’s restaurant week will run from January 15th through the 30th and includes both old favorites and several newcomers offering brunches, lunches and dinners priced from $15 to $35.

Planning Ahead

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

Tuesday, January 19th: Pork & Pinot: A Heritage Pork Wine Dinner at Fleet Street Kitchen.

Wednesday, January 20th: The Perfect Pair Beer Dinner at Gertrude’s, featuring Union Craft Brewing.

Starting Friday, January 22nd: Baltimore City Restaurant Week 

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