Monthly Archives: November 2015

Nov 29

Restaurant Review

By Antoinette Johnson | Uncategorized

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and you were able to enjoy food, family and friends! I really love cooking and Thanksgiving is a great excuse for me to stay in the kitchen and cook but sometimes its good to go to a restaurant and eat a wonderful meal and not have to worry about preparing it.

Federal Hill Night Life

An often-overlooked fact about Baltimore is that there are a number of wonderful restaurants in the city and some of them are very well known like, Charleston, Fogo de Chao, Mrs. Shirley’s, etc. I definitely enjoy these restaurants but I pride myself on being able to find unknown gems hidden in the city. For example, when most people think of Federal Hill they usually think of the many bars located throughout that district. They might even think of Cross Street Market; the historic 19th century marketplace that runs the full length of Cross Street between Light Street and Charles Street, however what most people do not look to Federal Hill for are nice restaurants.

Sobo Cafe

One of my favorite restaurants is Sobo Cafe, which is located at 6 West Cross Street slightly past Cross Street Market. They serve traditional comfort food as well as vegetarian and vegan items. Some of their most well known dishes include the Sobo Burger and or the Seared Salmon. SoBo Cafe is also rated 5th on Trip Advisor in a list of over 1500 restaurants. If you end up going to Sobo Cafe please let me know what you think! Bon Appetite!

Nov 13

History of Owings Mills, Maryland

By Antoinette Johnson | Uncategorized

The founding of Owings Mills might contain some interesting facts that you didn’t know. The initial plans for what we now know as Owings Mills can be found in the 1979 Baltimore County Master Plan. The Owings Mills area was recognized as a perfect location for a self sustaining community. The belief was that it would eventually provide housing, employment and complete range of commercial services for the people that lived there. These plans were made official in 1984 during the widespread Baltimore County zoning map process. A largely forgotten piece of Owings Mills’s history is that the early plans for the area included a manmade lake, however there was a study done by the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) that established it would have a negative environmental impact. This study cancelled plans for the lake but it inadvertently forced developers to change the name of the community. The planned name was ‘Lakeside’ which is why one of the main roads in Owings Mills, Lakeside Boulevard still remains. Many of the roads that we drive on everyday were named after prominent settlers in the Owings Mills. For example, the ‘Owings Family’ actually bought large parcels of land in the Green Spring Valley area. It is amazing to me how the original plans for the community were ultimately achieved with respect to housing, employment and commercial services. Being an Owings Mills resident myself since 1999, I havepersonally seen the growth in the area 1st hand, and with the new Wal-Mart near Owings Mills Mall, Wegmans, etc. there is certainly additional growth to benefit the community in the very near future.