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.

Friday, July 31, 2015

City Dining Cards introduce new app for free discount dining

Back in April 2014 I wrote about City Dining Cards – the concept, was a deck of cards, 52 that offered $10 off on $30 purchases at 50 restaurants plus two bonus cards for freebies.  The cost to you was a mere $20. The cards were and are good through December 2015. They sold out, they are no more!

The Buffalo based company has just launched their City Dining App in Baltimore and Buffalo.  The cost to you is nada, zero, zippo –FREE not just for the app, but you get restaurant discounts at 50 handpicked Baltimore restaurants FREE – Yes FREE if you have an iPhone.  Android users, like me, will have to wait for our version. The discount applies to your FOOD, spend $20 on food get $5 off or spend $40 on food get $10 off. That is not all, once you have eaten at 12 of the locations in 12 months you get a $20 credit towards any one of the participating restaurants.  As the app grows, you will be able to use it in multiple cities. Listen to the short podcast and read the full story at Dining Examiner .com 


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Bobby Flay opens his Bobby's Burger Palace in Baltimore

This is not the first Bobby Flay’s Burger Palace, in fact, it is the 19th, the fourth in Maryland but it is the first in Baltimore.  The Food Network culinary star Bobby Flay has created each burger at Bobby’s Burger Palace as a tribute to numerous American cities, highlighting the regional flavors.  The cooked-to-order burger can reflect notable regional foods like the Philadelphia Burger with provolone cheese, griddled onions and hot peppers, the Carolina Burger with smoked American cheese, green onion slaw and mustard, BBQ sauce, or the Dallas Burger, a spice crusted burger with coleslaw, Monterey Jack cheese, BBQ sauce and pickles.  Read the full story and watch the slideshow at Dining Examiner .com

Monday, July 27, 2015

Bagby Pizza announces opening date in Pikesville

Part of the Bagby Restaurant Group, Bagby Pizza has done a re-vamp and introducing Bagby Pizza version 2.0 Thursday, August 13th at the Festival of Woodholme just north of the Beltway at Reisterstown Road.  The fast casual pizza and salad emporium will offer pizza and salads in suggested combinations but encourages customers to  create  their own tasty treats.  

Welcome to my hood Bagby Pizza.
Bagby’s Pizza – Festival at Woodholme – 1809 Reisterstown Road – Pikesville 21208 

Half price promotion on National Lasagna Day

Tuesday, July 28th is National Lasagna Day and BRIO Tuscan Grille is offering full-sized portions of lasagna at lunch and dinner at half the menu cost. Yes, you could take the hours it takes to make the lasagna at home but doesn’t half price and a cool kitchen sound better.

Instead of $18.65 for BRIO’S Lasagna Bolognese Al Forno, on July 28th you will only pay $9.33 for the multi-layered pasta with Bolognese meat and Alfredo sauce blended with ricotta and mozzarella cheese.

The caveats – the half price lasagna promotion does not apply to catering and children’s menus and while supplies last.

BRIO Tuscan Grille  Facebook Twitter @BrioItalian

Friday, July 24, 2015

Celebrate National Tequila Day at Baltimore’s Hard Rock Café

It is a perfect day weather wise to sit out at the Hard Rock Café  patio at Power Plant Live and enjoy the free live music and what better excuse than celebrating National Tequila Day.  Five margarita recipes to choose from - from the Air Mexico, a flight of three-signature mini margaritas, to the Triple Platinum Margarita, Hard Rock Cafe can fuel your National Tequila Day celebrations.  Get the gang together after work to enjoy the full menu of margaritas for just $5. Also, because we love our locals – show us your ID with a Baltimore address and receive 25% off of your live music happy hour bill!

Hard Rock Café Baltimore – 601 E. Pratt Street – Baltimore, MD  21202 @HRCBaltimore

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Inspired by Diner en Blanc, a Baltimore-style white picnic

By Luc Legay from Paris, France (White Diner Paris - Diner en blanc 2012) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Mark your calendars for August 22nd, a Saturday evening, 7 to 11 pm for the Lord Baltimore Hotel/French Kitchen’s “Picnic Le Blanc” at Center Plaza.  Inspired by and modeled after Diner en Blanc where guests are dressed in their finest “white” apparel and do a pop up dinner in a public space. It has been done in Paris for over 25 years. You now get an opportunity to experience it Baltimore style. Tables and white linens are supplied BUT you are asked to bring your own white table décor – best décor and best dressed Le Blanc couple will win $100 gift cards to The French Kitchen.

Saturday, August 22, 2015
7:00-11:00 p.m.

Center Plaza
222 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

All white clothing and table décor only.

Tickets are required and must be purchased in advance through Tickets are available beginning August 3. For more information call 410-659-5257.

Complimentary self-parking in the Lord Baltimore hotel’s garage.

$50 per couple (guests will bring their own food)
$100 per couple (includes a picnic basket for two with roast chicken, couscous salad, fruit and cheese, baguette and petit fours)

Cash bar available.

All tickets include white-covered table/white chairs; guests are responsible for white tabletop décor.
*No outside alcohol will be allowed into the event.

By Luc Legay from Paris, France (White Diner Paris - Diner en blanc 2012) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


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