Hersh’s — one of my most favorite places — has a new menu and it has already been a huge success on the first few nights they offered it! They’re still serving up their amazing wood-fired pizzas, but now they are not the usual thin crust and they’re bigger, 16 inches. They also now have subs (the baller and the cheese steak are on my list!) and salads, baked pasta, calzones, plus they still have your old favorites like the kale and pistachio pizza, too. Check out the menu here.
CHANGES AT RED STAR
The Red Star in Fell’s Point has a new menu and it’s Italian-American, according to Chef Cyrus Keefer. In addition to soups, salad and snacks, they offer pastas, calzones and pizza. They are also building out a bottle shop with beer, wine and spirits for carryout.
Chef Andy Gaynor has always had a passion for making and creating things and now he’s crafting knives. An experienced chef (Pabu, Azumi), Andy became fascinated with making knives after a knife company gave him the opportunity to visit their workshop in California.
“I made my own knife and I fell in love with the entire process.” And here we are.
Fire Knives will be a mixture of Andy’s own creative touches and modern ideas. He left the restaurant industry because he wanted to spend more time with his family. “Restaurants are a difficult industry for work/life balance. I was ready for a change. I still may open a sushi / catering / knife shop down the road!” Yes, please! Andy is such a nice guy and an incredibly talented chef, so happy for him.
Follow Andy on IG at fire_knives.
CAFÉ LOS SUEÑOS
A new coffee shop is coming to Remington! No word on exactly when they will open, but I am selfishly excited, it’s literally around the corner from my work. Yay! Owner Carlos Payes grew up in the mountains in El Salvador and you can read more about Carlos here. He has been working in coffee since he was a kid and I can’t wait to support him.
Follow via IG: Café Los Sueños
From the Dinner Crafters website:
“It’s hard to know what to call my meal kits. It’s not a situation like with traditional meal kits where you do all the work, and it’s not takeout. It’s a real, authentic, home-cooked dinner that’s just a few steps from being complete and specifically designed for you to heat at home and get amazing results. So I’m calling them Dinner Crafting Kits.”
Dinner Crafters is from classically trained chef, Adam Walker in Baltimore. Order by Wednesday and pickup or have it delivered on Saturday. Each “kit” is a multi-course dinner for two for $55.
Follow Adam via Instagram.
DANCING PALATE OF INDIA
I just heard about this South Indian weekly meal pickup in Woodberry. My friend specifically mentioned how much they loved the dosas. Looking at past menus, it all looks so good! Each week the menu changes and you pick up on Sunday.
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NEW HOT SAUCE FROM CHEF DAVID THOMAS
Well, I was going to say you should order this new hot sauce from Chopped Champion Chef David Thomas of H3irloom Food Group — but it’s already sold out! Fear not, friends. A new batch of hot sauce and other great things coming soon. Subscribe to their newsletter here.
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Several weeks ago, I asked folks on Instagram and Facebook about places where they have dined outside with heaters. Here is the IG post — I plan to keep adding places to the list in the post. Please send me more places where you have dined outside — we have a few more weeks of cold weather and I gotta say, dining outside a little bit bundled up feels like an adventure!
Cindy Lou’s Fish House
The Capital Grille
Rocket to Venus
Full Tilt Brewing
Marie Louise Bistro
Fuzzie’s Smash Burger (OMG)
Here are some takeout suggestions I’ve received (and, new ones continue to be added!)
Please email me or message me via IG with more suggestions!
Soups On — “Veggie soup + tofu banh mi is my go-to for a soup-sandwich combo.”
Baba’s Kitchen + Market — the dip trio, falafel, Greek bowls, tahini dressing
Good Neighbor — tahini chickpea toast
Thread Coffee — free local delivery!
Fuzzie’s Burgers — “Ghost” kitchen, amazing burgers, chicken sandwich and fries!
Motzi Bread — “everything they make is wonderful.”
Artifact Coffee — fantastic tofu banh mi, grilled cheese, breakfast bowl
Hersh’s — Ricotta crostini, Caesar salad, carbonara, wings, kale + pistachio pizza
Spoons Cafe — “House roasted coffee, really great breakfast”
Limoncello — “Owners are from Naples, the best Italian food, especially the seafood. Also their limoncello!”
Tapas Teatro — seafood paella, grilled lamb chops, shrimp with garlic, littleneck clams and the best is the sangria pitcher (or quart to go) of sangria for $10 on Tuesdays
29th Street Tavern — Great simple burger, chicken cheesesteak, wings
Chiyo — “All the rolls.” (I have to agree!!)
Heritage Kitchen — Arroz Caldo, Chicken and Short Rib Adobo, Shrimp & Pork Belly Laing, Coconut + Crab soup, Butternut Squash Soup (or really, ANY soup Chef Rey makes.)
Cindy Lou’s Fish House — Biscuits, fried green tomatoes, rockfish bites, shrimp and grits, fried chicken. Very nice cocktails.
The Food Market — “Amish soft pretzels always, always”, Fast Food Market (weekend special), spaghetti and crab meatballs, lamb chops and crispy lobster fingers. “I love ordering from The Food Market because we all can use some comfort right now.”
Chuck’s Trading Post — Wednesday burger special, “every burger is fantastic.”
Nihao — Peking duck, Grand Marnier shrimp, fried rice, cocktails (non-alc, too!)
La Cuchara — Soft pretzels, mussels, salmon niçoise, rockfish, cinnamon buns
Orto – Friday pasta club, chicken parm for two “and make sure you get an extra Caesar”, “just order the whole menu.” The Cacio e Pepe is my go to.
Dylan’s — “The menu is so tight that everything on it is really, really good.” Burger and fries, Caesar salad, kale salad, shucked raw oysters, fried oyster sandwich, killer drinks.
Ethel’s Creole Kitchen — “Consistently my favorite.”
Foraged — “We order EVERYTHING.” “I mean, just order anything on the menu, it’s that good.”
Mizu Sushi — “The 3-roll lunch special is such a good deal.”
The Helmand — Kaddo Borwani (pumpkin), Banjan Borwani (eggplant), chicken kabobs, Dwopiaza lamb
The Prime Rib — “The best takeout, what a treat. Get prime rib (obviously), potato skins, mashed potatoes and you have to get martinis.They come in pouches like Capri Suns!” Also, I have to add that their cheeseburger is one of the best I’ve ever had and it’s on the takeout menu.
Petit Louis — Cucumber salad, friseé salad, whole roasted chicken, eggplant napoleon, steak frites, steak au poivre, extra fries always. The whole menu.
Papermoon Diner — “I love the Spring Egg: potato cake, prosciutto and spinach tossed in olive oil served with 2 over-medium eggs and hollandaise.” (omg, that sounds good!)
Thai Street — Soups, noodles, Khai Soi, spring rolls, crab fried rice
Annabel Lee Tavern — Grilled tuna panini
Mt. Everest — Saag Paneer, Chana Masala with naan
Snake Hill — Three mentions of their wings!
Bullseye — Scallion pancakes, Szechuan pork, “OMG, any dumplings they make”
The Local Fry — “Tofu Bahn Mi, Asada fries. So good.” I also LOVE their dry rubbed wings in a many flavors and I love that you can order all flats! (team flats over here.)
Isabella’s — “Best Italian Cold Cut in the City!”
Souvlaki — Pantzarokeftedes (beet wrap), Bifteki with Greek fries
Hersh’s — Crispy chicken sandwich, Caesar salad, Americano pie, crostini, wings, carbonara — “Literally everything is good here.”
Sobo Cafe — Ranch garden salad, short rib, salmon, mussels, spicy feta, mac ‘n cheese
Well Crafted Kitchen — “We love all of their pizzas and the family style salads. Best people, too.”
Clavel — Margaritas, all the tacos, burritos. “For real, everything is good here.”
Sushi Sizka — Pingpong roll, spicy salmon roll, Caribbean roll
Fuisine — “Get the short rib toast!”
Koko’s — Crab cakes and wings
Alma Cocina Latina — “The arepas are the best.”
Jasa Kabob — Curry and vegetable samosas
Paulie Gee’s — “Their Wednesday wood-fired special is great. It’s 2 pizzas for $22 or 4 pizzas for $44.”
The Tilted Row — “Pasta dishes and Andy’s Mac ‘n cheese, a carryover from his days at Donna’s in Charles Village”
Wet City — “The Bahn Mi Dog, Ribeye Cheesesteak, Hot Chicken Sandwich — plus amazing beers in crowlers.”
Kitsch Cafe — “Incredible breakfast sandwiches. Plus, when you order a ‘Givewich, it goes to someone who needs a meal.”
Ekiben — Neighborhood Bird, tempura broccoli (now GF), tofu brah, shrimp snacks, tons of creative and delicious collaborations. And you can also “Buy a Hero a Bun” for a healthcare worker if you’d like to help folks on the front lines.
Ramen Utsuke — “Consistently excellent ramen.”
Le Comptoir Du Vin — “We love their sandwiches and the lentils.” I have to add that I could absolutely eat their chicken liver pâté on sourdough once a week.
Like the reverse sear steak I shared a few weeks ago, this is less of a recipe and more of a “how to.” Every time I’d post a photo of my favorite fried eggs, I’d get a comment or DM asking how I make them. So, I finally wrote it up. It might take you a few times to get them just how you like them, but once they’re perfect…you will be so happy. I like mine sort of barely set yolks, set whites and a crispy edge, too, if I can. This is another food memory (like cream cheese + olive sandwiches) that my mom gave me. I eat these eggs with softly toasted white bread and butter. Mom’s Dip In Eggs. My dog Magnolia loves to lick the plate!
Making eggs for me is really therapeutic. You have to pay attention to what you’re doing, so everything else has to stop for a few minutes. When I add the water to the pan and pick it up and move the eggs around the pan, that’s the best.
Dip In Eggs
RESTAURANTS NEED US.
I FEEL LIKE I NEED TO SAY IT AGAIN.
• order takeout for yourself (or even as thank yous for your friends who are healthcare workers and in other key frontline services, or for friends who welcome babies, etc
• give positive reviews on dining sites and social media
• share your favorite takeout meals you’ve had during COVID on your social media channels (it really helps!)
• order your meals via the restaurant directly, please avoid apps that charge the restaurant up to 40%. And, picking up your food in person gives you a chance to say hello and thank the owner and staff in person.
• tip as much as you can on your takeout
• buy merch, gift cards, etc
• Venmo your favorite server
Will you please share this to THREE people?
THE MORE PEOPLE ORDERING TAKEOUT, THE BETTER!
Be sure to follow me on Instagram for lots more daily food and Bmore inspo!
And, look at the best thing to come out of confinement — my new gallery wall. I’m so in love with it. Big thanks to my friend Bree who helped me put it together (and up!)
I LOVE YOU, BALTIMORE.
Interior of Alma Cocina Latina‘s new location in Station North. Owner Irena Stein says outdoor dining (tables along Lanvale Street) coming soon.
Thank you for supporting Baltimore City businesses!
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