Thompson's Sea Girt House, 5919 York RoadThis popular...


September 15, 1990|By Mary Maushard | Mary Maushard,The Evening Sun The Tell Tale Hearth, 1143 Hollins St. The Sun Jimmy's, 6526 Holabird Ave. The Sunday Sun

Thompson's Sea Girt House, 5919 York Road

This popular establishment has been part of Baltimore's restaurant scene for more than 100 years. There are many traditional dishes on the menu, as well as touches of Spanish fare, which reflect the change in ownership several years ago. I found the Onion Soup a la Anciana unusual and quite good with its light base and sprinkling of Parmesan cheese. Some of the other offerings were not as flavorful. The $13.95 four-course dinner special, offered weeknights, seems to draw many diners. $$moderate. (Last visited 8/90.)

It's a good thing this place didn't exist during Poe's time -- after a pizza and a beer, he'd be in too good a mood to write Fall of the House of Usher." Pizza -- thin-crusted, with classy but not outre toppings -- is the headliner, but the kitchen also does a fine job with other Italian fare: The minestrone was fresh and hearty, the antipasto was a veritable mountain of good things, and linguine tossed with tomatoes and basil was a taste of summer. $inexpensive. (Last visited 8/90.)

Lynn Williams Jimmy's is east of Karson's, and west of Dundalk Avenue, and has great waiters. Ours was professional, wry and honest. We asked him what "Pittsburgh Style" filet mignon was like. He said it was terrible. Rice pudding? Awful. Something about Jimmy's is very appealing. Not only does it offer a glimpse of Baltimore of 20 years ago, it serves seafood soup with seafood in it, good salads with Mediterranean olives, baked potatoes that taste baked, and a pleasant rock fish stuffed with heaps of crab. $$$expensive. (Last visited 7/90.)

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