Akbar. 823 N. Charles St.
Akbar is a small, pleasant Indian restaurant with a below-street level entrance and about a dozen tables. Akbar serves an all-you-can-eat luncheon buffet for $6.95. On the day we were there, it included a large salad; Dal, a lentil soup; rice and about four other hot dishes, which were not labeled. From the lunch menu, we ordered a variety of appetizers, entrees and breads. The Bengan Bharta was our hands-down favorite, a blend of eggplant, tomatoes and spices. It had a lovely, somewhat unusual, taste with a bit of fire to it. $$moderate (Last visited 8/90.) Caribbean food, like Caribbean beaches, can be seductive. You may think you're just stopping in to this new cafe for an "express" lunch, but you may find yourself lingering for a while, under the spell cast by cooling ginger beer, savory vegetarian fare with a Middle Eastern accent, sensational Jamaican red snapper, and co-owner Abraham Peddie's musical voice. Prices are so low they seem like misprints. $inexpensive. (Last visited 8/90.)
lynn williams What is easiest to recommend is a casual meal some warm afternoon on the deck at Carrol's Creek -- to view the boats moored below, the town, the State House dome, and the water. What's less satisfying is a serious meal indoors at night. Many preparations are good, but the kitchen stops short of mastery. What's simplest and most American is best: Texas BBQ shrimp, Southern fried frog legs, and shrimp scampi Tasso. The bread was poor, sauces shallow, and pasta pasty. $$$expensive. (Last visited 9/90.)