THB Bagelry & Deli: It’s official—THB’s New York-style beauties are now available in Owings Mills. Owner Tony Scotto and his team gathered with neighbors, friends, and community leaders to cut the ribbon at the bagel cafe’s new location at Mill Station earlier this week. Designed with COVID in mind, the spot features spaced-out indoor and outdoor tables, as well as contactless kiosks and a walk-up window for picking up mobile orders. Expect all of the breakfast-and-lunch chain’s signature offerings—including classic bagels with schmear and customizable deli sandwiches—and be sure to order your favorite combo on a rainbow bagel this month to benefit the Pride Center of Maryland.
Snow Cone Sisters: Back for its second summer, this seasonal cafe in the Sculpture Garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art—which is cleverly named after the museum’s famed Cone Collection—is now open (weather-permitting) Friday through Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. As the spot’s name signifies, classic Charm City snowballs—topped with requisite globs of marshmallow—are a highlight on the menu. But the cafe also features happy hour drink specials, as well as an array of hot dogs and vegan brats topped with Hex Ferments sauerkraut and a signature mustard sauce.
Watershed: Over Memorial Day weekend, Atlas Restaurant Group launched its newest concept inside Cross Street Market in Federal Hill. The Maryland seafood house specializes in summer staples ranging from lump crab cakes and lobster rolls to hard shells by the dozen and raw oysters on the half shell. Watershed offers outdoor dining on the building’s rooftop deck, which boasts a covered bar, foosball tables, Ping Pong, and a game-day projector screen.
Cloudy Donut Co.: In other Federal Hill news, SouthBMore.com reports that Lauraville’s Cloudy Donut Co. is widening its footprint with a new shop opening in the neighborhood this fall. Owner Derrick Faulcon, who also operates Home Maid on Key Highway, is planning to debut a second storefront for his vegan donuts at 1049 South Charles Street. When the new carryout spot opens in the coming months, locals will be able to get their fill of dairy-free flavors including blueberry, Sugarberry, blood orange, cinnamon-sugar, and brown butter chocolate chip.
No Way Rosé: Rounding out the South Baltimore beat this week is news from chef Ashish Alfred of Duck Duck Goose, who recently announced that he is opening a new concept in the former home of Bookmakers Cocktail Club on East Cross Street. The plan is for the space—which is getting a bright makeover inside and a custom-painted mural on the exterior—to offer Alfred’s French bistro-inspired dishes (think escargots, tartines, and salads) for dinner service throughout the week, and transition into a destination for “elevated party brunches” with live DJ entertainment on the weekends. To accompany the French-inspired menu and raw bar, the beverage program will highlight craft cocktails and focus on zero-proof drinks.
Baltimore Spots Featured on Netflix’s Fresh, Fried & Crispy: If you’re looking for your latest Netflix binge, cue up Fresh, Fried, & Crispy to catch a few familiar faces (and local fried favorites) on a special episode filmed in Baltimore. Host and food critic Daymon Patterson—aka Daym Drops, who started filming food reviews from his car more than a decade ago—tags along with local influencer Tim “Chyno” Chin for a mouthwatering tour around Mount Vernon Marketplace, where the two check in with Between 2 Buns owner Andrew Cole and The Local Oyster’s Nick Schauman. Patterson also stops by The Food Market to sample some of chef Chad Gauss’ crispy creations, and spends some time with our own king and queen of crab cakes Bill and Nancy Faidley Devine. Check out the episode to see which fried eats are featured. (PSA: The Local Oyster is adding it’s dish to the menu starting today until it sells out.)
The Charmery and Eddie’s of Roland Park Release BMore Pride Flavor: Local food fixtures The Charmery and Eddie’s of Roland Park have teamed up to sell a Pride-inspired ice cream flavor with proceeds benefiting Baltimore Safe Haven. Available by the pint at Eddie’s and by the pint and scoop at all Charmery locations throughout the month, the raspberry ice cream base is mixed with rainbow nonpareils and Eddie’s scratch-made rainbow cookies.
Lexington Market Announces More Vendors for Redevelopment: Continuing with its bi-weekly vendor rollout, Lexington Market recently announced that current tenants Connie’s Chicken and Waffles and Blue Island Malaysian will remain a part of the merchant lineup and move into the new market building when it opens in 2022. “The market has meant everything to our business and is a true Baltimore classic,” Connie’s co-founder Shawn Parker said in a statement. “We can’t wait for its next chapter.” Diners can look forward to Connie’s famous fried chicken and waffle combos, as well as Blue Island Malaysian’s family recipes from owner Feilan Chen, when the final 40 vendors make their debut in the new building.
Wight Tea Company Launches Tea Service: Great news for tea lovers—Whitehall Market’s Wight Tea Company now offers weekday tableside tea service. Head to the Hampden dining destination to relax and enjoy one pot (or carafe) of hot or iced tea, two tartines, two shortbread cookies, and two deviled eggs. The package, which serves 1-2 people, is available Monday through Friday for an all-inclusive price of $35.