Dylan’s Oyster Cellar: Earlier this week, local pop-up personality Dylan Salmon unveiled his long-awaited brick-and-mortar oyster bar in Hampden. Currently in soft-opening mode, the spot—which has been in the works for over a year—features an oceanic-inspired menu with bites including steamed clams, house-cured sardines, old-school coddies, and, of course, oysters prepared every which way (think fried, scalded, and on the half shell). Headed up by bar manager Adam Estes, Dylan’s will also highlight a carefully curated selection of gin, whiskey, beer, and wine to pair with all of the eats. 3601 Chestnut Ave.,
R. House: After months of anticipation, this massive automobile warehouse-turned-trendy food hall made its debut in Remington last week. Foodies have been flocking to the 50,000-square-foot space to sample internationally inspired eats from its 10 micro-restaurants operated by local chefs. Among the featured offerings include Hawaiian poké from Hilo, fried chicken sandwiches from BRD, Venezuelan arepas from White Envelope, locally sourced salads and sandwiches from Stall 11, and breakfast sandwiches from Ground & Griddled. The space also features a rotating retail pop-up (currently inhabited by B. Willow) and R. Bar, which is streamlined by local industry veterans Amie Ward and Aaron Joseph. 301 W. 29th St., 443-347-3570
Jimmy’s Restaurant: After 70 years operating under its original ownership, this local institution at the foot of Broadway in Fells Point has changed hands. Earlier this week, second-generation owner Nick Filipidis—whose father, Jimmy Filipidis, opened the restaurant in 1946—passed the torch to Rudy Keskin, a family friend, who owns Rudy’s Mediterranean Grill in Columbia.While Keskin plans to maintain Jimmy’s reputation as a go-to breakfast and lunch spot, in the coming months he will also introduce dinner service featuring Turkish and Mediterranean cuisine inspired by his other restaurant. Jimmy’s has long been a gathering place for Fells Point neighbors and local politicians to convene over a cup of coffee and hefty breakfast platters. Through the years, the old-school diner has been frequented by the likes of Hillary Clinton, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, and Oriole Rick Dempsey. 801 S. Broadway, 410-327-3273
Curb Shoppe Bar & Grill: Speaking of iconic neighborhood hangouts, this Mt. Washington mainstay was also sold to new owners last week. The 82-year-old establishment is now run by neighborhood local Tommy Hawkins, who is vowing to preserve its relaxed, dive bar feel. The spot, with its well-worn pool tables, sleek woods, and leather barstools, is best known for subs, wings, and selection of classic burgers—which we ranked among the best in the area earlier this year. 5736 Falls Road, 410-433-8299
The Outpost American Tavern: Come 2017, Federal Hill will celebrate the return of one of its most iconic dive bars. Porter’s Pub, a neighborhood hangout best remembered for its burgers and beer, will reopen as The Outpost American Tavern in mid-January. Though the spot located on the corner of East Cross Street and Riverside Avenue will see a few cosmetic changes, the new owners are hoping to preserve Porter’s inviting atmosphere. Local Top Chef alumna Jesse Sandlin of Oliver Speck’s and Nacho Mama’s has been hired to take over the kitchen, and plans to feature a menu of elevated gastropub fare including salads, sandwiches, pastas, and steak and chicken dishes. 1032 Riverside Ave.
Red Star Bar & Grill: A second location of this fan-favorite Fells Point pub will join the likes of Honeygrow, THB Bagels & Deli, and Bird In Hand in the brand new Nine East 33rd student housing development in Charles Village. Slated to open summer 2017, the 5,770-square-foot restaurant will feature all of its signature pub grub including colorful salads, burgers, an array of sandwiches and wraps, and pizzas topped with everything from mushrooms to Moroccan potatoes. 9 E. 33rd St.
Bagby Pizza Co.: After its first fast-casual pie palace in Pikesville last year, this Fleet Street staple is continuing its expansion into Baltimore County with a third eatery in the brand new Foundry Row development in Owings Mills. Open since late-November, the spot features the company’s signature thin crust pizzas topped with locally sourced ingredients, as well as a selection of house-made desserts. The 50-acre community developed by Greenberg Gibbons also houses local eateries including Nalley Fresh and Mission BBQ. 10130 Reisterstown Road, Ste. 10, Owings Mills, 410-356-7226
Kono To-Go: Shoppers at White Marsh Mall can now grab a snack while on the move, thanks to this new kiosk that peddles pizza in a cone.The new shop—the first of its kind in the Baltimore area—offers European-style, cone-shaped dough filled with savory and sweet toppings ranging from mozzarella and pepperoni to Nutella and Tiramisu. In 2017, the company plans to expand its Maryland footprint with two new stalls in Annapolis Mall and Arundel Mills Mall.8200 Perry Hall Blvd., White Marsh