The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dishing on the Baltimore restaurant scene: Family Meal, Bagby Pizza, Ryleigh’s Oyster and more

Verde fig and prosciutto pizza

A recent visit to Washington DC for a private party hosted by, a precursor to their Rising Star Gala, was held at Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s Range restaurant.  Chef Voltaggio, definitely qualifies as a ‘star chef’ with his Top Chef creds, his award winning Volt Restaurant in Frederick, Range and Aggio in DC, and another Italian themed Aggio restaurant located on the land locked side of the Power Plant Live in downtown Baltimore.  Chef Bryan Voltaggio had a quiet moment to chat before all the guests arrived.

The hot topic for our discussion is his newest restaurant in Baltimore, Family Meal, and the concept is re-invented classic American diner fare with a nod to local specialties, traditional comfort food and the merging of immigrant cultural flavor profiles. This time Voltaggio has his newest restaurant on the harbor side of Power Plant Live in the former Houlihan’s space at the end of Pier 4.  One can expect to find Shrimp & Grits and Fried Chicken or a Soft Shell Crab Sandwich. Come the warmer months enjoy al fresco dining at Family Meal with a nice view of the harbor.

Family meal is close to opening, still waiting on final permits and inspection but I would guess Family Meal will be open mid-January or possibly sooner. 

The Bagby Pizza Company, the first in the restaurant concepts from the Bagby Restaurant Group that brings you Ten Ten American Bistro, Fleet Street Kitchen, Cunningham’s and Cunningham’s Café and Bakery announced back in November that they were going to be expanding their fast-casual version of its Harbor East Bagby Pizza Company restaurant. Hot off the press release, the first Bagby Pizza expansion will take place at the Festival at Woodholme Shopping Center in Pikesville moments off the the Beltway’s Reisterstown Road exit towards Owings Mills.   

Get all the complete story HERE on the restaurant happenings in Baltimore. 

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