Puerta del Sol. 5506 Harford Road. 426-4121. Tucked into a...

DINING OUT: THE CRITICS REPORT

December 01, 1990|By MARY MAUSHARD | MARY MAUSHARD,EVENING SUNTHE SUN The Sunday Sun

Puerta del Sol. 5506 Harford Road. 426-4121. Tucked into a strip of stores along Harford Road in Hamilton, this Spanish and Peruvian restaurant is a fine example of the city's ethnic restaurants. Plain and unassuming, both inside and out, Puerta del Sol offers an intriguing menu, reasonable prices and expertly prepared food that is full of flavor. The champagne Sangria is a house specialty though we did not sample it. The only drawback is the service, which can be sluggish. $$moderate. (Last visited 10/90.)

LYNN WILLIAMS Louisiana Cafe, 34 Market Place, the Brokerage, 547-1111. The Louisiana Cafe seems to have all the elements that promise to kick some action into the moribund Brokerage night life zone. The former Mexican restaurant has been remodeled into a sophisticated New Orleans club, with live jazz and warm-hearted service. The pricy Creole and Cajun food can be uneven, though. Avoid fancy travesties such as Cajun stuffed lobster, and go for homier pleasures such as boudin sausage. $$$expensive. (Last visited 11/90.)

JANICE BAKER Tauraso's, 6 East St., Frederick, (301) 663-6600. Tauraso's has enjoyed rave reviews. We ate there, weren't bowled over, and wondered why not. A second visit failed also to drive us wild. On the good side, we found genuinely fresh mozzarella, and two first-class entrees -- rock fish and salmon. However, both seafood sausage and fettuccine were very oily, tomato sauce seemed to be made partly of tomato paste and partly of tomato skins, and a duck breast was tough and odd. Two humble desserts beat one fancy one. $$$expensive. (Last visited 10/90.)

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