The Food Beat

  • Some openings: Downtown’s Chez Hugo (206 E Redwood St.) will finally open on Feb. 24 after a few delays; Lost City Diner (1730 N. Charles St.) will return later in the month with some help from Bottega owner Adrien Aeschliman, who will also be revamping the menu; Hampen waffle shop Waffie (839 W. 36th St.) is now open; and Jack’s Bistro in Canton (2822 Hudson St.), which closed last month, will reopen in April as The Regal Beagle. At first the Regal Beagle opened in February as some kind of stop-gap endeavor, but is now permanent and will take a few more months to get up and running. As we’re typing this, it occurred to us that we may be far enough away from “Three’s Company” that Jack’s Bistro and Regal Beagle may not even scan as references to the late ’70s, sexual-tension-filled sitcom—yikes.
  • OK, more specifically, some doughnut news: So B. Doughnut, which began in Hampden, then left Hampden for Leesburg, Va., will return to Baltimore on weekends at the Mount Vernon Marketplace. On Saturdays and Sundays, you can get get B. Doughnut starting at 11 a.m. until they run out. In the spring, Donut Alliance, which is currently in Govans (and whose doughnuts you can get at Golden West, Land Of Kush, and Red Emma’s) will get its own store in Hamilton-Lauraville at 4311 Harford Road.
  • Chef Cindy Wolfe of the Charleston (1000 Lancaster St.) in Harbor East has once again been named a semifinalist for the James Beard Award in the Mid-Atlantic category. This is Wolfe’s eleventh time nominated as a semi-finalist and she has made it as a finalist six times.
  • On Feb. 22, Leaders Of A Beautiful Struggle hosts a Black Power Happy Hour at Terra Cafe (101 E. 25th St.) from 6-9 p.m.
  • Holy Frijoles has been back open for a bit after it suffered a devastating fire in Aug. 2016 that required the Hampden burrito institution to be closed for a while and remodeled, but the official grand reopening will be held on Feb. 22 with hourly food and drink specials including $2.22 margaritas, plus music from DJ Pancakes and The Busted Boots.For reasons we don’t quite understand, axe-throwing and serious drinking have merged into one nightlife activity in a whole bunch of cities around the country and it comes to Baltimore with Urban Axes in Highlandtown which opens on March 15. This is Urban Axes’ third location—there’s also one in Philadelphia and Austin—and like those other locations, this new one in Baltimore offers group bookings, league axe-throwing, corporate events, and hey, walk-in hours when you can just roll up with some friends, booze it up and toss some axes.
  • At the American Visionary Art Museum on March 3, the thirteenth annual Small Foods Party, wherein you can go and taste tiny foods or offer up your own and compete for top prizes. All proceeds going to Moveable Feast. Drinks provided by Waverly Brewing Company plus music. $5 if you’re competing and $10 if you’re just there to eat, drink, listen, and watch.

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