Vegan Restaurant Week
The second annual Vegan Restaurant Week is slated for February 9 to 18. The mission is to increase the awareness, benefits, and accessibility of a plant-based diet through a fun, innovative, and community-based experience across multiple neighborhoods. The first Baltimore Vegan Restaurant Week took place in August of 2017 all across Baltimore City with over 40 participating restaurants. It was a huge success! Participating restaurants this time include Encantada (FYI — the cauliflower steaks are excellent), The Land of Kush, and Golden West Café.
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Cool Promo Alert!
If you’re looking to celebrate an anniversary or a special date, Da Mimmo’s in Little Italy offers a really exclusive dining event. How exclusive? The restaurant takes only one reservation for this special package per night! You’ll be escorted to the best seat in the house — where your chilled champagne will be waiting and your server will ask you only one question for the entire evening: Do you wish to eat from the land or from the sea? Depending upon your response, a seven-course meal will follow — either meat-based or seafood-based. You won’t have to make any decisions…just sit back, relax, and mangia! Reservations are required at least 24 hours in advance. Talk about exclusive!

Open For Biz
Moby Dick House of Kabob, a Persian restaurant, opened at The Rotunda in Hampden. Menu options include falafel, kabobs (marinated salmon, grilled lamb), and sandwiches.
Play Café in Hampden closed for a little refreshing, but it’s now open. Haven’t been? If you have kids, toddler to five years, check this place out. It has games, toys, and activities in a play area — and you can see your kids from anywhere in the café. The menu offers nutrish/delish options for kids and adults.
Neighborhood restaurant, Lib’s Grill in Perry Hall, opened a second location in Maple Lawn.
The Shake Shack opened in The Mall in Columbia. Look for double-stacked burgers, flat-top hot dogs, crinkle-cut fries, and hand-spun milkshakes. YUM!
The newest venture from the folks behind Victoria Gastro Pub and Manor Hill Tavern — Food Plenty — opened in Clarksville Commons. Currently, the modern comfort food spot is open for dinner only.

Coming Soon
Federal Hill eatery — The Local Fry — will open a second location at The Rotunda in Hampden. The menu includes sandwiches, bowls, and fries with serious toppings! Like French fries? You. Must. Go.
Limoncello Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar in St. Michael’s will open a new 120-seat location in Locust Point. It will feature fresh seafood, homemade pastas, Neapolitan pizzas, and lots ‘o cocktails that feature…wait for it…Limoncello.
Blackwall Hitch signed on to open a 10,300-square-foot restaurant on the ground level of 700 E. Pratt Street in the former Candler Building at the Inner Harbor. Expected to open this fall, the new restaurant will be the fourth spot for Blackwall Hitch, which also has locations in Alexandria, Annapolis, and Rehoboth Beach.

Fare Thee Well
By now, you’ve probably heard that Suburban House Deli a.k.a. S&H, a Pikesville institution, has closed. No more coddies, rainbow cake, or matzo ball soup. Sad. Steve’s Deli in Owings Mills and Lenny’s Deli Lombard Street have also closed. Now, another Pikesville food landmark, Goldman’s Kosher Bakery, has closed its doors, including the location in Seven Mile Market. No more chocolate-tops. Very sad.

The Truck Stops Here
B-more food truck owners Joey Vanoni (Pizza di Joey) and mah gurl Nikki Marks (Mindgrub Café) joined forces with the Institute for Justice to challenge legislation that bans mobile vendors from operating within 300 feet of brick-and-mortar restaurants selling comparable products. Recently, the Baltimore Circuit Court ruled that the ban had a “lack of standards” and was “too vague for the city to enforce.”

About the Author

RANDI ROM is a Baltimore special events planner, marketing and public relations maven, freelance writer and head of R.J. Rom & Associates. Have a hot scoop? Contact Randi via e-mail at or by phone at 443-691-9671.

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