Karson's, 5100 Holabird Ave., 631-5400.
Karson's Inn calls itself "A Baltimore Landmark" and, indeed, it BTC has been part of the city's dining repertoire since 1924. The atmosphere is slightly nautical and the food traditional Baltimore, with a little bit of many things on its large menu; meal-sized salads, omelets, steaks, lasagna and a great selection of seafood. The Flounder A'La Francaise ($13.75) was extremely tender and delicious. $$moderate. (Last visited 7/90.)
An imaginative New American menu at premium prices? Pier 500 flies in the face of everything that is supposed to be fashionable in the recession-ready '90s, but with Connie Crabtree at the helm we can count on first-class results. Such dishes as tea-smoked duck with coriander pancakes and beef )) tenderloin stuffed with oysters were elegantly seductive, and even a crab cake was jazzed up with lime and hot chilies. $$$expensive. (Last visited 11/90.)
Lynn Williams BoLongo Bay Restaurant takes it name from a bay in St. Thomas, in the Lesser Antilles. The name's a caprice. Bolongo Bay's food is French and Italian, moderately priced, and often good. The plat du jour makes sense, offering a complete dinner, with considerable choice among appetizers, entrees, and desserts, for $19.95. On it, we had an interesting pate, an explosively spiced tuna steak (drink beer!), and some commercial cake. The vegetables were simply excellent. $$$expensive. (Last visited 10/90.)