News & Changes to the Baltimore Food Scene

Jennifer Waldera

While the unofficial end of summer is approaching, we’re still embracing all of the new beginnings around the city in the last few months. Through late spring and summer, an abundance of change has happened around town at some of our favorite spots. Here’s a roundup of some of the best new additions to our old favorites.



Wit and Wisdom


Early this summer, Wit and Wisdom revamped their kitchen area by opening it up to create their “Kitchen Table” where diners can sit bar-style and watch the talented chef Zack Mills compose his creative dishes. Meanwhile, sommelier Julie Dalton has also been busy re-styling the spot’s wine descriptions for an approachable feel. Pours are now personified, aligning descriptors like “sexy and smoky” to a celebrity name like Lana Del Rey (for Chandon Etoile Brut). We’re pretty sure we saw one that incorporated Steve Urkel - who doesn’t want to dork out on wine that has his name attached to it?




This downtown Italian spot from Bryan Voltaggio introduced brunch in the last few months. While the menu tends more towards the latter part of the word salad that is “brunch”, there are a few dishes incorporating eggs that would entice us to return to the Power Plant Live adjacent restaurant on a weekend morning/afternoon. The $25 dollar bottomless cocktail option may be one of the pricier bottomless options in Baltimore, but given the talents of their bar director, it’s money well-spent.


The Elephant


Previously the Brass Elephant, this renovation has been in the works for quite a while but has been well worth the wait. With a globally influenced menu and a gorgeously renovated interior, this spot is as worthy of being a reasonably price happy hour spot as it is a destination for the evening.


Rusty Scupper


This local mainstay continues to be one of the best places to experience local dishes and to take in one of the best water views in Baltimore. This year, the spot brought on a new chef who is creating quality dishes (like an incredible crab ravioli) and they also introduced a Sunday Funday option that is scheduled to end on Labor Day weekend (though we’d love to see that extended).


La Cuchara


This off-the-beaten-path Hampden spot introduced a brunch menu in the last few months, and we can think of few things we like more about brunch than the ability to nosh on a variety of dishes. From pintxos (small bites) at $2 each to charcuterie and cheeses at $5, we could probably be satisfied, but who is ever going to turn down churros or brioche french toast at brunch?




This Canton mainstay wins just on the basis of having parking available, but their expanded patio and bocce ball court earlier this year sweetens the deal. We’ve fallen in love with their scotch eggs, and the Pimms Cup cocktail is a perfect way to ward off the sweltering heat.


Fogo de Chao


Seriously, is there anything better than men walking around with gigantic mountains of cooked meat? Yes, there is. And it’s when they do it for their newly introduced brunch this year in Baltimore. You could certainly pop into Fogo for dinner anytime, but the promise of their egg bake and  special drinks, plus the meat-on-demand option seems like a no-brainer hangover-helper.


LB Skybar


The only open-air rooftop bar in Baltimore debuted this year at the Lord Baltimore Hotel. With a gorgeous view of some of Baltimore’s best architecture, this spot also sports incredible service and comfy seating.



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