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.

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Restaurants open quietly in downtown Baltimore during curfew week

While all eyes were focused on Baltimore last week in the wake of the Freddie Gray incident, businesses in downtown were stymied with curfew laws. A number of grand opening promotions were delayed or cancelled – these two restaurants opened quietly in downtown.  So let me bring you up-to-date so you can stop by these new dining establishments, grab a bite and welcome them to Baltimore.

Nando’s Peri-Peri, the South African-Portuguese restaurant that is known worldwide for its flame-grilled chicken opened their doors to a 6th location here in the greater Baltimore area next door to the new Hyatt Place hotel at the corner of Fleet and South Central Streets.  The 122-seat location is in Harbor East between Little Italy and the Inner Harbor. @NandosUSA 

Smashburger – 616 S. Broadway is the first of the fast, casual burger chain in Baltimore.  The eight year old Smashburger chain cooks your 100% Certified Angus Beef burger to order. The beef is always fresh, never frozen – smashed and cooked on a 400 degree flat grill searing in the natural juices for as Smashburger says, “a better burger” experience.

You can order from a multitude of tried and tested burger and toppings combos like the Classic Smash, Avocado Club, Buffalo & Blue Cheese, Spicy Jalapeno Baja, Truffle Mushroom Swiss or build your own from a selection of buns, sauces, toppings and cheeses. Smashburger creates a signature burger for each location, i.e. Baltimore’s will be the Chesapeake with local horseradish manufacturer Tulkoff’s Tiger Sauce, cheddar cheese, red onion, lettuce & tomato on an onion bun. If you were to go to a Philadelphia Smashburger you could order the Philly with grilled onions, Cheez Whiz & Gulden’s Spicy Mustard on a pretzel bun.

Smashburger is now open in Fells Point, at 616 S. Broadway between Fleet and Aliceanna Streets in the newly developed Marketplace at Fells Point. Smashburger Baltimore will be open 10am to 10pm daily. For more information, visit or follow Smashburger on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Guests are also encouraged to join Smashburger’s Smash Club to receive the latest news, tastiest promotions and exclusive coupons.

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