Stanford Kitchen, a chef-inspired, fresh cuisine, casual restaurant, recently opened at Boulevard College Center in Owings Mills.

The restaurant – which is part of the Blueridge Restaurant Group that owns the Stanford Grill in Columbia — features an open kitchen so you can watch your meals being prepared. There’s also a bar with garage doors that open and lead to the patio and outdoor seating with a fireplace.

The menu offers American fare from a scratch kitchen, including wood-fired rotisserie chicken, wild mushroom meatloaf and Key lime pie.

Meanwhile, Laura and David Alima, owners of The Charmery in Hampden, opened another location, The Charmery Towson at 6807 York Road. And they’re opening the Ice Cream Factory in the new Union Collective complex in Hampden. Opening later this summer, Union Collective is an assembly of independently owned, growing, Baltimore-based manufacturing and creative businesses housed under one roof and anchored by Union Craft Brewing Co.

FYI, the brewery has a great outdoor patio that’s sure to become the new hot spot in town. Collective businesses include Well Crafted Kitchen (wood-fired pizza), Baltimore Whiskey Company, Huckle’s Gourmet Sauce and Earth Treks’ state-of-the-art bouldering gym with 20,000 square feet of climbing and fitness.

Well, it’s back! The popular Trifecta Food Truck and Music Festival is returning to Timonium Fairgrounds on July 28. Thirty-five of Maryland¹s favorite food trucks will offer a wide variety of savory and sweet options including BBQ, seafood, burgers, vegan options, yummy desserts and Jamaican, Italian, Mexican and Greek foodstuff.

And local businesses such as The Local Oyster, Brick ‘n Fire Pizza and Dangerously Delicious Pies also will offer their tasty treats. Enjoy live music, local craft beer, fashion trucks and lots of activities for adults and kids. Mechanical bull or pie-eating contest anyone? (For tickets, go to

Summer Restaurant Weeks                  

If you’re looking to try some place new or visit a great spot you haven’t been in a while, this is the time to go.

Enjoy great deals for brunch, lunch and dinner, and support your local eateries. Don’t forget to make your reservations in advance.

Baltimore City Summer Restaurant Week: July 27- Aug. 5

Enjoy two-course brunch and lunch menus and three-course dinner menus. I’m going to check out Le Bistro du Village (formerly Crepe du Jour) in Mount Washington and Wicked Sisters in Hampden. (

Howard County Restaurant Week: July 23-Aug. 6

Ananda Restaurant serves Indian fare, and Trip Advisor called them the best restaurant in Howard County. Grille 620 has great seafood, burgers and steaks. (

Baltimore County Restaurant Week: Aug. 3-18 (

CURED Table & Tap

Roasted bone marrow at CURED Table & Tap (Handout photo)

CURED Table & Tap and 18th & 21st — two distinct restaurants housed under one roof opened in the One Merriweather building in Columbia – are located about 350 yards from the main stage at the Merriweather Post Pavilion. And they have complimentary parking for guests, so if you’re going to a concert, this may be the perfect dining solution. FYI — try the roasted bone marrow.

Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse, located on Pratt Street in downtown B-more, hosts a (really) happy hour from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Tasty treats include empanadas, spiced chicken sliders, and my favorite is the yucca flour (gluten-free) cheese bread!

If it’s summer, it’s time for the way popular lobster roll Fridays at The Corner Pantry in Mount Washington.

Randi Rom is president of RJ Rom & Associates. She is a freelance columnist and writer who represents some of the region’s top restaurants and food-related events. Contact her at