This week, we’ll look at what’s to come for the former Dick’s Last Resort and where to find your Thanksgiving dinner. We get reacquainted with a “Top Chef” contestant who wants to get Baltimore its first Michelin star. And remember Prima Dopo, whose roof deck plans drew the ire of Fells Point residents? It opens next month.
Thanksgiving dinner without the worry
I am amazed by people who host Thanksgiving dinners. I can’t think of anything more stressful than trying to keep a 15-lb. turkey from drying out in your oven while somehow baking multiple casseroles and a pie or two.
There’s no reason to lose sleep over poultry when you can grab your feast to go at one of the following businesses.
Turkey dinner for 5-6 can be yours with minimal effort thanks to Atwater’s. Meal includes Brussels sprouts, gravy, apple pie and that Maryland must-have: sauerkraut.
Eddie’s of Roland Park
Customers to the high-end grocery store with branches in Roland Park and North Baltimore can order family size dinners or individual plates.
Gertrude’s Chesapeake Kitchen
Chef John Shields’ restaurant inside the Baltimore Museum of Art is again offering its Thanksgiving Curbside Menu. Heat and serve meals include entree, starter, dessert and sides. Or go for the sandwich leftovers kit, sure to cure any hosting FOMO. Place orders online before Thursday at 5 p.m.
H3irloom Food Group
Even if you like to cook, you might cede the role to H3irloom Food Group after checking out chef David and Tonya Thomas’ Thanksgiving menu. Turkey is spatchcocked and seasoned to your liking. Add on sides like sauerkraut, potlikker cornbread stuffing and mashed potatoes.
Miss Carter’s Place
Turkey wings and gravy? Yes, please. Order it up along with trays of green beans, yams and macaroni and cheese at Miss Carter’s Place. Call to order: 443-630-8255
The Thanksgiving meal kit from Canton’s NiHao serves two and comes with a half Cantonese duck, red bean sticky buns, candied baby beets, kabocha pumpkin pie and more.
Order turkey, sides and pies at Richardson Farms in White Marsh.
Don’t want to bother with carryout? The following Baltimore-area restaurants are serving Thanksgiving dinner in-house, so you truly don’t need to lift a finger.
The Capital Grille
The Inner Harbor steakhouse pivots to turkey for Thanksgiving, with a dinner menu that includes mashed sweet potatoes and pumpkin cheesecake.
Cindy Wolf’s signature restaurant, the jewel of Harbor East, is serving Thanksgiving dinner from 1-6:30 p.m.
The fine dining Pikesville restaurant overlooking Quarry Lake is serving a three-course Thanksgiving dinner plus dessert.
The Milton Inn
What’s a more picturesque setting to spend Thanksgiving than the cozy, rustic-themed Milton Inn in Sparks? The 3-course menu includes two savory courses and dessert.
Rec Pier Chop House
Inside the Sagamore Pendry Hotel, Andrew Carmellini’s Rec Pier Chop House is serving a Thanksgiving buffet dinner from 1-5 p.m.
There’s no rule that Thanksgiving has to be fancy. Check out casual Remington haunt Sweet 27, known for its gluten-free offerings, for a Thanksgiving meal that lets you choose from Cajun rubbed turkey breast, salmon and more. The restaurant is also selling family meals to-go.
From Dick’s to Docks
It’s been two years since restaurant Dick’s Last Resort left the Inner Harbor in a blaze of bile and spite.
The restaurant in Baltimore’s Power Plant, known for vulgar jokes about men’s anatomy and insulting treatment of customers, shut down in 2020, telling The Baltimore Sun that: “Downtown Baltimore is a complete hellhole dumpster fire of violence and danger.” The company was later sued by landlord The Cordish Companies for unpaid rent. (The Cordish Companies own the office space leased by The Baltimore Banner.)
Now, Cordish is announcing a long-awaited replacement for Dick’s — Docks.
Docks on the Harbor is set to open this winter, according to a release from the developer, whose headquarters is in Baltimore. The restaurant will serve lunch and dinner daily as well as weekend brunch. A family-friendly menu will include house-made desserts of pastries and macarons.
As for decor: gone will be the crass murals of Dick’s; in their place will be a 17-foot tree, velvet banquettes, art deco wallpaper and chandeliers.
Dick’s isn’t the only vacancy in Pier IV, anchored by tourist-friendly Phillips Seafood and Hard Rock Cafe. The former Family Meal space has been empty since it shut down in 2016, while the former Potbelly Sandwich Shop and Chipotle both lack new tenants.
Asked about plans for those spaces, Cari Furman, a spokesperson for The Cordish Companies, responded in an email: “Nothing to share at this time.”
A ‘Top Chef’ has plans for Handlebar Cafe & Bike Shop
Husband and wife team Nanette Anderson-Dean and Timothy Dean have plans for the former Handlebar Cafe & Bike Shop at 511 S. Caroline St. That concept shut down during the pandemic after receiving around $300,000 through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund, a federal program designed to help businesses weather the coronavirus crisis.
In an application filed with the Board of Liquor License Commissioners, the new concept is referred to as Dove & Hawk Bistro LLC. Reached by phone, Dean said if all goes well the restaurant will open in spring of 2023.
Dean is not a stranger to Baltimore’s dining scene. A former “Top Chef” contestant who worked under famed French chef Jean-Louis Palladin, he previously ran the Timothy Dean Bistro in Fells Point, nearby the future Dove & Hawk, as well as restaurants in Washington and in Bowie.
He has big ambitions for Baltimore and says: “We are seeking a Michelin star.”
The new restaurant will also be a bottling space for his line of sauces, which includes a Moroccan barbecue sauce and Caesar dressing.
Also set to appear before the Baltimore City liquor board this Thursday: the owners of Prima Dopo, a restaurant coming to 1724 Thames St. in Fells Point, formerly the Fells Point visitor center. Earlier plans by restaurateur Dominic Lascola to install a third-floor rooftop bar had drawn an outcry from neighbors, who spoke out against the plans at a hearing before the Baltimore City zoning board. Lascola later scrapped that effort.
The newest restaurant from Dragonfly Hospitality, the team behind Canton’s El Bufalo Tequila Bar + Kitchen, Raw & Refined and Zen Den, Primo Dopo is set to open in December.
On the menu: snacks and small plates, sandwiches, salads and pizzas for daily lunch and dinner and weekend brunch.
Elsewhere in Fells Point, residents are wondering who will take over Bertha’s Mussels, which is up for auction after 50 years in business. Bidding is currently open and closes Thursday at noon.
Take a virtual tour of the building, which includes upstairs rooms chock-full of paraphernalia dating back to 1975.
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