Preakness With Downtown Diane: Pictured with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Hilary & Debbie Phelps. What A Fun Day!

Preakness With Downtown Diane: Pictured with Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Hilary & Debbie Phelps. What A Fun Day!

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Celebrates 1-Year Anniversary

Enjoy the anniversary of Harbor Court as part of the Sonesta brand with these weekly specials:

Buy one, get one appetizer week (June 1-8); 50 percent off a wide selection of wines with an entrée purchase week (June 9-15); buy one, get one free entrée week (June 16-22); and 50 percent off the entire check, not including alcohol week (June 22-30). All of the weekly specials at Explorers are valid for lunch and dinner. As an added bonus, there is only a $5 charge for valet parking for valid diners. You will love the Harbor view as you dine.

Click here for more info.

Credit:Dishin With Diane

Credit:Dishin With Diane

Ryleighs Oyster Voyage

Not only does Ryleigh’s in Federal Hill offer happy hour, lunch, weekend brunch & dinner daily, you can enjoy Tuesday Shore Night on the Hill with drink specials, $1 oysters and $2 crabs.

Enjoy a Ryleigh’s Oyster Voyage on the harbor June 6.  Click here for details.

$25 Bottomless Brunch? Yes!

Located in Fells Point, all of the Kali’s Restaurants offer outdoor seating, including Kali’s Court, Mezze, Tapas Adela and the newest, The Admiral’s Cup. They also offer happy hours and Admiral’s has live music most nights. Be sure to check out the gorgeous hidden courtyard at Tapas Adela.  Also, The Admirals Cup offers a $25 brunch on Saturday and Sunday with bottomless mimosas/bloodys, appetizer and entree.

Click here for more information.

James Joyce Weekly Specials

Located in Harbor East, James Joyce is open for lunch, weekend brunch and dinner daily. They have a lovely side porch area and offer daily specials and frequent live music. They also offer Tuesday Night Trivia.

Click here to check out daily specials.

Summer Stroll

Summer Stroll

The Summer Stroll is an extended happy hour through the neighborhoods of Harbor East and Fells Point. It runs until Sept. 4.

Click here for more information.


Enjoy craft cocktails and a fabulous beer and wine selection with your delizioso Italian meal. Take a growler of beer home with you. Choose from any of their unique draft selections. In addition, there are nightly family style specials at this Italian hotspot. Outdoor patio seating is available or sit at the happening bar and make new friends. It’s always a fun time.

Click here for more information.

Fleet Street Kitchen & Bagby’s Ten Ten

Father’s Day Menus: Enjoy brunch or dinner with Dad at either of these Harbor East restaurants. Wonderful selections, excellent service and a meal you will long remember. Make reservations early!

Click here to check out Fleet Street Kitchen menu. For more information about Bagbys Ten Ten, click here.

Havana Road

BYOB at this Cuban charmer in Towson. Chef Marta’s housemade specialties are sure to delight. She also offers family meals to go. Phone in your order, pick up and enjoy a hot, delectable dinner without the fuss.

Click here to view the selections.

Ruth’s Chris Pier 5

Enjoy live music and happy hour on the outdoor deck right by the water on Pier 5.

Click here for more information.

Also, special Father’s Day menus are offered at all area Ruth’s Chris locations. Click here for information.

B&O Brasserie Welcomes New Executive Chef

2 North Charles Street in The Hotel Monaco

Chef Bradley Willits has taken over as executive chef at B&O Brasserie. You can read all about this talented young chef here.

I had the chance to sample the new summer menu and wanted to share a few memorable dishes with you. Be sure to order the smoked shrimp agnolotti as a starter, the perfect way to begin your dinner. My husband opted for a market pizza as a starter, arugula pesto, asparagus, peas, farm egg, ricotta and truffle pecorino. It’s summer on a plate.

I loved the Amish brick chicken with Jasmine rice, and the fresh Florida snapper is another perfect Summer dish. We ordered a side of corn succotash, it was farm fresh. Be sure to ask your server to suggest a craft cocktail to pair with your dinner. I loved the coppertop made with gin, ginger syrup, lemon juice and pepper.

Check out full menu here.

Their wonderful happy hour specials are Monday through Friday, 4:30-6:30 p.m.  Check out that menu, here.

What’s New?

Indoor summer fun for the kiddies: Need a break from the heat? Check out daily summer specials at Red Zone Adventures in Timonium with indoor laser tag, laser maze and glow golf.

Click here for more information.

Surf’s Up! About Faces Day Spa

Learn how to create beach hairstyles at special About Faces Bumble & Bumble Surfs Up events. There’s one June 13 in Canton.

Click here for more information.

Summer Concerts at Pier 6

Check out the fabulous line up of acts this summer at Pier 6, located right by the water. It’s one of my favorite ways to spend a summer evening in Baltimore.

Click here to check out the lineup!

Coming Up:

Honfest! is this weekend (June 8 & 9) in Hampden.

Click here for more information.

Feast of St Anthony is also this weekend (June 8& 9) in Little Italy.

Click here for more information.

Rappel for Kidney Health

Saturday, June 8

Benefits National Kidney Foundation of Maryland

Join the NKF-MD and Rappel for Kidney Health to go over the edge! People will rappel 28 stories down the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel. While you seek adventure, the NKF-MD seeks a cure for kidney disease.

Click here for more information.

Joey’s Purple Ball

Calvert Hall College, June 8

Sandy Hook family to hold local fundraiser

Click here for full details.

Brew & Bourbon Classic

Pimlico Race Course, June 8

A fun-filled afternoon of beer tasting, bourbon sipping and, of course, pulse-pounding thoroughbred racing. Over 60 different beers and bourbons will be poured inside as the races unfold. Great festival food and music will round out the day.

Click here for full details.

Beer, Bourbon, BBQ Fest

June 14-15 National Harbor, Friday, 6-10 p.m.; Saturday, VIP noon-6 p.m., Regular- 2-6 p.m.

Unlimited beer and bourbon tastings with 40 bourbons and 60 beers on tap. Plenty of barbeque, seminars, music and contests.

Click here for a full schedule of events.

chef tournament

Mason Dixon Chef Tournament

The 2013 Mason Dixon Master Chef Tournament will be hosted by Mari Luna Bistro Downtown Baltimore

Competition Dates: 5:30- 9 p.m. on June 17, 18, 24, 25; July 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30; August 5, 6, 19, 20, 27

Happy hour with complimentary appetizers and wine tasting, plus drink specials.

Click here for more info on attending this incredible competition.

Burgers & Brews

Heavy Seas Beer, June 22, noon-4 p.m.

Come try some of the best burgers and sliders around the Baltimore area, in addition to enjoying many of your favorite Heavy Seas brews on tap and from the cask! All beer included with your ticket!

Click here for more information.


Benefits House of Ruth Maryland

Thursday, July 11, 6:30-10 p.m.

Gertrude’s at the BMA

Enjoy delectable crab dishes by John Shields, beer from Heavy Seas and Wine from Wine Source. Music by the Swingin’ Swamis in the Sculpture Garden & Fab Auction in This Can’t Miss Summer Social Event.

Click here for more details and ticket information.

Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week

July 26-August 4

Many of Baltimore’s best restaurants offer special three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for $30.13 and $20.13. Plus, some restaurants are offering two-course lunch menus for $15.13.

Click here to check for participating restaurants and menus.

Casey Cares 5k walk run

Baltimore Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis and his wife Christina will be the race ambassadors.

Click here to register.

Crab & Beer Fest

Get crackin’ this summer at National Harbor Waterfront!

Session One: Saturday, August 17, 11 a.m.– 3 p.m.; Session Two: Saturday, August 17, 5– 9 p.m.

The festival is an all-you-care-to-taste extravaganza complete with over 50,000 crabs, lots of beer, arts & crafts, live music, family fun and so much more!

Click here for all the details.

Downtown Diane is a Baltimore area food, travel & entertainment reporter, appearing Fridays on 105.7 The Fan Norris & Davis Show with her entertainment report. Follow her for Daily Dish on Twitter @DowntownDiane & check out upcoming events at


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