Best Expansion: Dovecote Café

2501 Madison Ave., (443) 961-8677,

We love singing Dovecote’s praises because we love seeing long-neglected parts of the city get the shine and attention they deserve. In Reservoir Hill, the people behind Dovecote (Aisha Pew, her partner Cole, and Aisha’s mother Gilda Pew) are digging in and creating community, partnering with local farms to give away healthy food, holding “chef takeover” events where one of their talented chefs shows off their stuff by way of a multi-course meal, and executing their first Juneteenth celebration. They recently acquired an old liquor store on the same block as the café, and we can’t wait to see what they do next.

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