Wednesday won’t be business as usual on Hampden’s bustling 36th Street, where female business owners plan are displaying vibrant flashes or red in their storefronts and holding events for women to speak out for their rights.
Weekend brunch is pretty great no matter what. But you know what else is great? Ice cream. And you know when it’s best? Any time. Luckily, the folks over at The Charmery seem to agree with us, which is why they’re hosting an Ice Cream for Breakfast event tomorrow, Saturday, February 7th. They’re declaring it, “the most wonderful, delicious, morning of the year!” And we can’t see why we wouldn’t agree. So throw on your best footie pajamas (yes, dressing in your PJs is encouraged) and head down for the least nutritious breakfast of the year.
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We’re going to just assume that much like the wine they serve, 13.5% Wine Bar is getting better with age. Not that we had any complaints when they first opened their doors five years ago. The incredible wine selection and perfect food pairings featuring local and seasonal delights make for some of the most elegant eating and drinking you can do in this town. So we’re more than happy to join them in raising a glass (or two, or three) to celebrate five awesome years on The Avenue, to be followed, we hope, by many, many more. Read More →
Hampden is ready to welcome a new bar and restaurant to take over the old Dogwood location. Le Garage, which as you probably got from the name is a casual French place, opens this Friday on the Avenue.
The executive chef is Sarah Acconcia, formerly of the 13.5% Wine Bar, who has been tasked with crafting “working class” versions of fancy French staples and putting new twists on “peasant dishes.” Entrees will be priced between $15 and $19 “for the most part” (though City Paper has it between $16 and $23 for single-person entrees). Read More →
It’s sweet cream ice cream with orange sprinkles and bits of Nestle Crunch bars, and it comes in a dish shaped like an O’s cap. It’s called “Crunch Davis,” a nod to Orioles first baseman Chris “Crush” Davis, and it’s the newest offering from Hampden’s Charmery ice cream parlor.
It’s fitting that Davis be the inspiration for the flavor. With the Orioles currently playing below their ability and struggling to make it into the postseason as a wild card team, his performance at bat this season is a consolation prize. His 47 homeruns and counting lead the major leagues and put him on pace to break a club record for homeruns in a single season. Read More →
The Netflix original series House of Cards can be hard for a Baltimorean to watch. The locations are so obviously Charm City that it’s easy to forget the show takes place in D.C. And it looks like we can count on another uncanny viewing experience soon, as quintessential Hampden haunt Golden West Cafe apparently played the role of “4th Street Cafe” in a shoot for the series last Wednesday. Read More →
It’s official: Dogwood Restaurant has closed for good. Like that! (I just snapped my fingers.) The owners said they only made the decision this weekend, implying that the staff couldn’t have had much notice regarding their sudden unemployment. The owners blamed the closing on “three very poor weeks of revenue.” Read More →
There’s something almost Victorian about Ma Petite Shoe. By that we mean that the Hampden boutique captures all of the decadence, romance, indulgence, and classic beauty of that period while dispensing with the restrictiveness of corsets and the fact that the chocolate of the period bore almost no resemblance to the treats we enjoy today. That’s why we will be sure to visit the Hampden boutique on Sunday, November 18 from 1 – 4 p.m. for a special event. Read More →
What began as a modest community event organized by the Hampden Village Merchants Association and the Hampden Community Council has grown into a quirky, oversize barnburner — albeit a family-friendly, over-by-seven barnburner — a festival that has retained the homegrown Hampden sense of humor and aesthetic with which it was founded. Read More →
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