Lately, it seems like Hampden has had a few surprising losses in the eating options category. Both The Dizz At Grandview and Angelo's Carry-Out, home of the famous Big Slice, closed suddenly, to the disappointment of many. The Dizz at Grandview opened and closed before I even had a chance to eat there. And Angelo's had long served this area. Both will be missed.
However, there are still plenty of culinary options to consider, with a few new places being planned that still remain too much in the rumor category for me to write about. It seems city food bloggers and foodies alike have been intrigued and enjoying newcomer Corner BYOB, 850 W. 36th St. Any restaurant that serves sweetbreads is okay by me. The newly relocated Roland Park Bakery and Deli seems to be moving along quite nicely as well. I've enjoyed their breakfast and lunch offerings. Not to mention that Hampden is host to a long list of Best Of, award-winning, independent eateries as well.
So while it is sad that The Dizz At Grandview couldn't stick around, and Angelo's Carryout closed up shop, it is by no means the end of fun eating in Hamden.
And speaking of fun, here are some events that fall under that category..
Atomic Fiction Series host Kathy Flann welcomes authors Glen Retief and Susi Wyuss to Atomic Books, 3620 Falls Road on May 26 at 7 p.m. Retief wrote the autobiography "The Jack Bank," about growing up in the middle of a game preserve in South Africa. Local author Wyuss' book, "The Civilized World," is a novel about five women on the Ivory Coast whose lives intersect in unusual ways.
The next evening, Atomic Books takes uo time travel and snoballs! The bokstoreh will host a release party for two new local publications, "The Baltimore Time Travel Anthology" and "SnoBaltimore: A Guide To Baltimore Area Snowball Stands." The Baltimore Time Travel Anthology is a collection of short comics about time travel by local cartoonists like Hampden residents Dina Kelberman, Ben Claassen III and area residents Eamon Espey and Monic Gallagher. There will be animated shorts by contributors, performances, and we'll have a stand set up serving snoballs. The event starts at 7 p[.m. and is free.
Minás, 815 W. 36th St., hosts a publication party for Sirens' Songs, Elizabeth Stevens' newest collection of poetry, May 28. The event starts at 5 p.m. and it's free.
Secret Mountains, Hop Along and Dangerous Ponies will be playing at the Golden West Cafe, 1105 W. 36th St., June 1 at 10 p,m.Tickets are $5..
First Fridays for June falls on June 3. First Friday is when stores stay open later, plan special events, and serve refreshments.. It's also the night that cartoonists Paul Hornschemeier and Emily Flake will be performing and discussing their work at Atomic Books. Hornschemeier's new graphic novel is called "Life With Mr. Dangerous," and Flake has promised to debut a mini-comic of new work. It starts at 7 p.m. and it's free.
And finally, on June 4, from 6-9 p.m., there will be an opening reception at Minas for "Interactions," Minás Konsolas' new series of paintings. The show will run through August 28.
How's that for a hoppin' Hampden?