In search of satisfying suds? World of Beer is simply an intoxicating experience.

Attention, hops lovers! World of Beer, a combination craft beer tavern and bistro offering 50 brewskis on tap and another 500 bottle varieties, recently opened at Metro Centre at Owings Mills, at 10200 Grand Central Ave.

“Despite our name, we offer much more than just beer,” promises general manager Abhik Patel, referencing the full lunch and dinner menus featuring such popular tavern-style fare as sandwiches, flatbreads, tacos, giant Bavarian pretzels, beer cheese nachos and do-it-yourself burgers.

WOB also offers a special “Beerunch” meal on Saturdays and Sundays, with beer-battered pancakes and chicken-and-waffle sandwiches.

FYI, WOB — which also has locations in Towson and Locust Point’s McHenry Row — serves a number of locally brewed craft beers, among them Heavy Seas, Union Craft Brewing, Jailbreak Brewing Company and Flying Dog Brewery.

Hitting ‘The Street’ 

La Calle, a new restaurant from chef Valentino Sandoval, also recently opened at 10 South St. in downtown Baltimore. You may recall that Sandoval was the former chef de cuisine of Hampden’s Corner Charcuterie Bar.

La Calle, which means “the street” in Spanish, offers upscale modern Mexican cuisine. Check out such tasty dishes as crab empanadas with corn and Oaxaca cheese or sourdough French toast with milk, caramel and fresh berries.

Interested in poking around? Check out Poke Fish Sushi, a Hawaiian-inspired fast-casual restaurant that has opened in Owings Mills’ Valley Village Shopping Center.

The menu offers an assortment of dishes including specialty sushi rolls, hibachi-style dinners, Japanese-style noodle dishes and burritos stuffed with fish, tempura chicken or vegetables. Or you can always build your own Poke bowl.

A popular restaurant in Randallstown featuring authentic Nigerian fare, Suya Spot has opened its second location at Metro Centre at Owings Mills. The restaurant’s founder and owner is Fola Jinadu, a former immigration lawyer and lieutenant commander in the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Suya Spot offers a menu that emphasizes dishes accented with yagi spice, an organic product exported directly from Nigeria. “It is our secret sauce, if you will, and it creates a completely unique flavoring when applied to our variety of grilled items,” Jinadu says. Suya is a spicy meat skewer that’s popular in West Africa made with skewered beef, lamb, shrimp, chicken and fish.

Devils & Details

The Red Devils, a Baltimore-based nonprofit that raises funds and awareness to fight breast cancer, will present “Running with The Devils PJ5K” on Sunday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 a.m. at Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville.

Stay in your pajamas and help kick off “Breast Cancer Awareness Month” by celebrating this organization’s 16th annual family fun walk and run, while enjoying a fab pajama pancake breakfast, too!

This amazing charity funds services that improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients and their families. I’ve been going to this event for years, and it’s so much fun. Sign up!

Around the Corner 

Early this fall, the Jose Tequilas Mexican Grill and Cantina will open at Owings Mills Square, at 10490 Owings Mills Blvd. This will be the first Maryland location for this restaurant chain — they have three other locations in southern Virginia. The menu will feature tacos, enchiladas and quesadillas, as well as lite fare options.

Chef Zack Mills, former executive chef at Wit &Wisdom at the Four Seasons, will partner with Patrick Hudson of True Chesapeake Oyster Co. and Nick Schauman of The Local Oyster to open a new dining spot at Whitehall Mill on Clipper Mill Road. Look for an early 2019 opening date.

This fall, Poulet, the popular eatery and takeout spot off of Falls Road near Green Spring Station in Lutherville, will open a second location at 2235 York Road in Timonium, in the former Famous Dave’s space.

BTW, does anyone else fondly remember the homemade ice cream and pony rides at Windy Valley Farms (which was located where Green Spring Station is today)? Well, Poulet offers what it calls Baltimore’s best hand-crafted ice cream. (However, no word yet on any pony rides.)

And now, this boater alert! Lee’s Pint & Shell, a popular oyster and bourbon bar in Canton originally called Saute before being rebranded, will open a second spot along Sparrows Point’s waterfront. The tiki dock bar will be located at North Point Cove on Shore Drive.

Happy dining!

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

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