Ellicott City and Hampden

As always, our weekend started with a long run, this time we took pictures of the American Visionary Arm Museum, Domino Sugar/Little Havana, and Fells Point. We ended at Pure Raw Juice at their location in Federal Hill: nom nom nom 🙂

Ellicott City is recently known for the devastating floods in 2016 and 2018. Earlier this year, Gordon Ramsey fixed up a few places in the town in his mini-series “24 Hours to Hell and Back.” The Phoenix used to be a bar at the bottom of the hill. Due to the floods, it could not make it on its own. So, Gordon Ramsey decided to mesh The Phoenix with Ellicott Mills Brewing Company, which was at the top of the hill, to be Phoenix Upper Main. We ate here and loved it! The food was much better than the two old places, combined! We got the deviled eggs, burger, peach burrata salad, and the peanut butter bomb. Their spiked lemonades were really delicious too. While we waited for our meal, we explored Lawyer’s Row, which can be accessed from the stairs behind the restaurant. The town also had live music Saturday night along Tonge Row. All of the stores close at 5pm (even though it says otherwise online!), so we didn’t get to explore the cute shops.

Sunday morning, I caught up with my longtime college friend, Kelly, at Iron Rooster in Locust Point! We got the farmhouse salad, breakfast quesadilla, fresh-squeezed OJ, and the mixed berry Roos-tart, which we almost completely devoured by the time I remembered to take a picture 🙂

Marie and I went on full exploration mode. We started at the Rawlings Conservatory near the MD Zoo. The Conservatory is closed to the pandemic right now, but the gardens are beautiful to walk around. Afterwards, we decided to explore Hampden. We went to Whitehall Mill, which is kind of like Cross Street Market in Federal Hill but is a larger space and is brand new. There are some really cute shops inside the market.

Next we went to Waverly Brewing Company – so far this is our favorite spot for beers in town. We ate at Gypsy’s Truckstaurant, which was a recommendation from one of my coworkers. This place sure did impress. We can’t wait to come back here for the espresso martini. I got the cheesesteak and Marie got the fish taco. Their menu is expansive and has bold flavors from around the world.

We had to walk off our espresso martini so we made the trek up the hill to Hampden’s 36th street. We made a pit stop at Quality Snowballs where the snowballs are unreal. You must go here! Just like Ellicott City, everything closes early (around 5pm). So if you get here earlier than we did, you might have more to explore 😉

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