Food Fridays


Explore Baltimore: Common Ground

Friday, July 28th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Common Ground Cafe & Coffee

Where: 819 W 36th St

When: 7am-5pm Everyday

Let me let you in on a little tip: Common Ground is the best place in the world. No matter what you get at this place, you WILL enjoy it. I whole heartedly suggest walking in and just ordering the first thing you read because it’s guaranteed to be good. Common Ground has a little bit of everything from coffee to New York style bagels to sandwiches to vegan/vegetarian options. My personal favorite is the BLT on a sun-dried tomato bagel, which the friendly servers suggested I try one time. This combo did not disappoint and I am now hooked on it, craving my new favorite sandwich basically 24/7. If your not a meat person, then try out Common Ground’s other classics like the Avenue Powerhouse, which is homemade hummus, mixed greens, tomatoes and cucumbers, or go for the quiche of the day. Whatever you decide on, grab a delicious coffee with it (and maybe even use one of Common Ground’s WLOY mugs) and sit down to enjoy the great atmosphere of this amazing cafe.



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Explore Baltimore: The Food Market

Friday, April 21st, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: The Food Market

Where: 1017 W 36th St.

When: Sun-Thurs, 5pm-11pm Fri & Sat, 5pm-12am

The Food Market loves to cook up some comfort food, but make it gourmet. Described as a place for foodies to feel their exotic side, this restaurant and its award-winning chef, Chad Gauss, combine regular ingredients with irregular and “unparalleled” techniques. Gauss, who has been sharing his love for cooking since the age of 14, adds a twist on classic foods. In the mood for something like pizza or chicken finger? Well try them twist with menu options like crispy lobster fingers or a duck confit flatbread.  But if you’re not feeling that adventurous, The Food Market still has the basics like the boring caesar salad or a warm lobster roll. Regardless, this amazing food as well as the industrial-modern vibe create a full, enjoyable dining experience for everyone.



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Explore Baltimore: Handlebar Cafe

Monday, April 3rd, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Handlebar Cafe and Bike Shop

Where: 511 S Caroline St

When: Mon. 7am-2pm, Tues.-Sun. 7am-10pm

Does shopping make you hungry? Well if so, then Handlebar Cafe is the place for you! Shop around for a new bike and then grab a bite to eat at this cozy cafe that has a passion for both bikes and food. Run by Baltimore native and X-Games Champion, Marla Streb, the bike shop offers only the best bikes around which Marla picks herself and helps you to pick out. While she handles all the bikes sales and repairs, Chef Chris Marquis handles the amazing food. With everything from specialty coffee drinks to breakfast burritos to specialty pizzas, Handlebar Cafe serves up only the best of a little bit of everything. As if shopping and eating wasn’t enough, the wooden furnishings of this chic-industrial space will make you just want to hang out all day with its great vibes. So whether you need a bike or not, stop by Handlebar Cafe and get your hand on some delicious food!



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Exlpore Baltimore: R. House

Friday, March 17th, 2017 by Lauren Keyes

What: R. House

Where:  301 W 29th St. Baltimore, MD 21211

When: Monday- Sunday (See hours on website.)

Upon hearing the name, you may hear the catchy jingle, “Our house, in the middle of the street,” playing over and over in your head. Or maybe I’ve just seen Maxwell House coffee commercials too many times. Anyway, the house we’re talking about R. House! Located in Remington, R. House is an innovative and community-focused restaurant established by 10 chefs looking to open restaurants. With 10 different restaurants inside, you can get a food market feel, while sitting inside of a transformed and stylish old body shop. Whether you’re in the mood for Mexican food (We suggest the Chorizo,) or you want to fancy your palette with some Korean BBQ, you won’t have a hard time finding something to satisfy your cravings at R. House. A Cool, industrial-yet-homey atmosphere and a variety of food you can’t go wrong with, but what may be the most impressive part of R. House is its community-focused mission to “revive neighborhoods and inspire great ideas.” After a delicious bite at R. House, you’ll be singing to coffee commercial theme songs, but at least you’ll be doing it on a full stomach! Learn more about R. House’s awesome chefs and their inspiration here!



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Explore Baltimore: Five and Dime Ale House

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Five and Dime Ale House

Where: 901 W 36th St

When: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-12am, Friday-Sunday 11am-2am

With modern twist to the old diner and tavern lifestyle, Five and Dime Ale House is a great place to grab an amazing dinner with friends. Their menu features a little bit of everything, including tacos, fish and chips, mussels, or burgers so everyone will be able to get what they’re in the mood for. My personal favorite is the fig and prosciutto sandwich which has the tastiest balsamic vinegar I have ever had and is loaded with tons of prosciutto. But even if you don’t try this favorite, one of their many other delicious dishes is guaranteed to exceed your expectation. The great food isn’t the only draw to this restaurant though. Five and Dime also has a nice atmosphere for catching a game and a meal after work. With it’s warm lighting and rustic-chic styling, you will be instantly relaxed when you walk into Five and Dime, and that relaxation will only continue as you enjoy your food and watch a sport of choice on one of their TVs. So, whether you go for the tastes, the variety, the atmosphere, or just because I said to, Five and Dime will make every penny worth it.



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Explore Baltimore: Vegan Weekend

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Baltimore Vegan Weekend

When: February 17th (7am)-19th (9pm)

Where: All over Baltimore!

Make this weekend all about food, fun and Veganism! With events all weekend all over the city, vegans and food lovers alike will want to get a piece of this event. Kick the weekend off with Friday’s Vegan Food Crawl in which restaurants throughout Baltimore are participating. Head to Hampden to grab some vegan pizza at Paulie Gee’s and then over to Rocket to Venus for some specialty vegan sandwiches. Or go to Fells Point for some vegan ice cream at Pitango Gelato and vegan Asian fusion at Ekiben. You can check out all the participating restaurants here.

Make sure not to fill up too much though, because Saturday is the Second Annual Vegan Mac and Cheese Smackdown. Hosted from 3pm-7pm at Baltimore City Community College, there will be over 30 different versions of this classic dish for your vegan taste buds to try and then vote on.

To close off the weekend, enjoy a Baltimore Vegan Brunch at any of these participating restaurants. Whether you’re in the mood for sausage, scrambled eggs, waffles, or crepes one of these fine restaurants will have it for you. Well the vegan version, but equally delicious version. With all this great vegan food, after Baltimore’s Vegan Weekend, you’ll be stuffed, happy, and healthy.

 



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Explore Baltimore: Brown Rice Korean Grill

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Brown Rice Korean Grill

Where: 2404 N Charles St

When: Monday-Saturday, 11am-9pm

What do fast food and fresh, healthy food have in common? Nothing, you think? That’s what I would think too if I didn’t know about Brown Rice Korean Grill. Focusing on fresh and tasty, Brown Rice serves several traditional Korean dishes like dumplings, Kimchi stew, and scallion pancakes.

Despite this already delicious menu, this restaurant’s most popular dish is Bibimap. Like a Chipotle for Korean food, Brown Rice has tons of fresh ingredients out for you to pick what you want in order to customize your Bibimap bowl. With meats from tofu to squid to pork, all the veggies you can dream of, and tons of classic sauces like mango sauce, soy sauce, and Deonjang that Bibimap bowl combos are endless!



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Explore Baltimore: Diablo Doughnuts

Tuesday, January 31st, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Diablo Doughnuts

Where: 717 S. Broadway

When: Wednesday-Friday 7am-1pm, Saturday-Sunday 7am-3pm

Michael Roslan, a born and raised Baltimorean started making doughnuts as a pass-time, but then realized his talent and created Diablo Doughnuts, the best doughnut shop in Baltimore. Roslan’s freshly baked doughnuts made with local ingredients will tempt you into buying a dozen the second you lay eyes on them. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if you saw the picture in this article and ran over to 717 S. Broadway right now!

Diablo Doughnuts offers some amazing traditional doughnuts with Roslan’s own twist and original flavors. Want something sugary? Try the Unicorn Farts doughnut. Something savory? Try the Maple Bacon doughnut. Something sweet? Try the Cherry Cheesecake. Feeling adventurous? How about Sin Crunch then. With all these great options, I am getting hungry just writing about Diablo Doughnuts!



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Explore Baltimore: The Charmery

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Ice Cream for Breakfast

Where: The Charmery, 801 W 36th St

When: Saturday, February 4th 10am-1pm

Start your day off the right way with ice cream for breakfast! The Charmery will be be hosting this event Saturday, February 4th and fulfilling every child’s (and adult’s) dream. The Charmery will be offering up their great, breakfast-themed flavors like Cornflakes and Milk, Saturday Morning Cartoons, and Everything Bagel, so you can have you breakfast on a cone. On top of this awesome ice cream, they will also be making Belgian Liege Waffles and serving Buddy’s coffee/cold-brew milkshakes. So, put on your favorite pajama’s, grab the kids, and buy yourself an ice cream and waffle sandwich to get a flavorful morning boost!



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Explore Baltimore: Joe Benny’s Focacceria

Friday, January 20th, 2017 by Cara Hullings

What: Joe Benny’s Focacceria

Where: 313 S High St

When: Hours

On a mission to bring a piece of Sicily back to Baltimore, Joseph Gardella created Joe Benny’s. A fresh take on the Italian food we all love, this charming restaurant is serving up some amazing focaccia paninis and a variety of Sicilian pizzas. The bread used for all the food at Joe Benny’s is a one of a kind goodness that will you you straight to Italy and have you craving more as soon as you’re done.

As if this authentic food wasn’t enough, the atmosphere of Joe Benny’s Focacceria is authentic as well. This small, cute area is a place “about having a great time and enjoy life one bite (and sip) at a time” as Gardella promotes. With such a personality, the restaurant reminds you of a place in Sicily where locals would go. Between the awesome Italian food and the well-captured Italian atmosphere Joe Benny’s is really the highlight of Little Italy.



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