Heating Up: April Check out these great new culinary spots.

By STYLE Staff



BUCK-A-SHUCKS PLUS

Patience paid off for Hampden’s oyster lovers when Dylan Salmon finally opened in December. After inaugurating his friend Phil Han’s pop-up in Mt. Vernon (in the space that is now Sugarvale) back in 2014 to accolades, Salmon set about to find a permanent home and soon scored a lease in Hampden. The spot on the corner of Chestnut and 36th, Dylan’s Oyster Cellar, is packed with atmosphere, from the bearded bartenders who pour craft brews to buck-a-shuck bivalves spread on ice. But Dylan’s has some serious eats as well. There’s creamy, aromatic oyster stew and clam chowder, traditional coddies and salty sardines, as well as a selection of sides like baked beans, potato skins and a wedge salad. 3601 Chestnut Ave. dylansoyster.com

MIX AND MATCH

Dandelion Bakery Bistro, like so many spots in Howard County, is a little off the beaten path, in a diminutive shopping strip tucked away in Glenelg. Owner Keith Watson, who studied sculpture at Columbia University many years ago, ran the kitchen at the Crab Shanty on Route 40 and later at E.W. Beck’s in Sykesville. Now he and his kids—Andrew, 26, and Gabby, 20, (a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America’s pastry program)—have opened a cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. The airy spot is a complete overhaul of the previous tenant, Bistro Blanc. Instead of floor-to-ceiling wine racks, Watson has fashioned a collage of salvaged doors and hardware—an old washboard, doors from local buildings, an ironing board reclaimed from a Baltimore rowhouse, even a speaker he lifted from a derelict drive-in movie theater. The wall may be a metaphor for the restaurant itself—familiar elements mixed and matched in unusual but tasty compositions: a Rachel sandwich with corned beef, Old Bay barbecue sauce and broccoli instead of coleslaw, juicy filet mignon sliders, a Swiss and roast turkey sandwich with apple butter on cinnamon swirl toast (yum). And, of course, desserts: The pastry case is filled with Gabby’s luscious creations. The Hawaiian tart with macadamia nuts, Kahlúa and caramel on a crumbly shortbread crust is worth the trip. 3800 Ten Oaks Road, Glenelg

SCREEN TIME

Redefine “dinner and a movie” at the newly opened CineBistro in Hampden. Joining a host of commercial offerings at the new Rotunda, the upscale theater chain offers an alternative to the typical popcorn-and-Pepsi movie fare with full-course dinner and cocktail options. Enjoy American favorites from sliders and salmon to crab dip and crispy Brussels sprouts, served half an hour before the previews begin. (Sorry, no midshow snacks available.) Craving a croquette but not in the mood for a movie? The bar and lounge are open to those not checking out a flick, as well—and vice versa. Oh, and did we mention the reclining seats and oversize love-seat options? One caveat: Because of the cocktail component, the theater is only open to those 21 and up … so leave the kiddos at home. Certainly worth consideration for a date night. 711 W. 40th St. cinebistro.com/rotunda

FINE WINE

What good is a renaissance without great wine? The Remington resurgence (see: R. House, Remington Row, Lane Harlan’s trendy takes on food and drink) recently added a much-needed dose of vino to its repertoire with the opening of Remington Wine Co. The new spot may be yet another Seawall Development pet project, but it gets points for its guru-status co-owners, Mitchell Pressman and Debbie Jones. The couple— who previously owned Chesapeake Wine Co. in Canton—has more than 40 years of experience, manifesting in a carefully curated spirit shop featuring shelves of boutique-produced wine, Baltimore beer and a great selection of meats, cheeses and gourmet snacks and grocery items (including Rancho Gordo, a California-based cult favorite). Look for Charm City classics like Mouth Party caramels, Zeke’s Coffee and more. In fact, to Pressman, the store might as well be a grocery—as he says, “Wine is food. They can’t exist apart from each other.” 329 W. 29th St. 410-624-5732. remingtonwine.com

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