Deep Creek, Arnold, Md., 757-4045. Deep Creek, overlooking...


January 26, 1991|By MARY MAUSHARD | MARY MAUSHARD,The Evening SunThe Sun The Sunday Sun

Deep Creek, Arnold, Md., 757-4045. Deep Creek, overlooking the Magothy River, is a pleasant blend of old and new -- skipjacks are tied up alongside sleek pleasure boats just outside the windows of the dining room and traditional crab cakes share the menu with blackened catfish. The informal dining room features many tables by the windows and an inviting fireplace. The service is casually efficient, the clientele relaxed and the food flavorful, though a little up-and-down. $$moderate. (Last visited 11/90.)

LYNN WILLIAMS L'Osteria, Colonial Manor Motel, just east of Cumberland on Route 40, (301) 777-3553. You may find yourself humming "Tara's Theme" as you approach this stately antebellum mansion, now a restaurant serving fine Italian and Continental fare. We were delighted by such dishes as vol dostana (a tubular pasta with spinach, prosciutto, and a brandied garlic cream sauce); tender, pungent filet au poivre, and full-flavored blackened swordfish, served in a setting of Victorian luxe. $$moderate. (Last visited 12/90.)

JANICE BAKER Michael's Riviera Grill, Brookshire Hotel, Lombard and Calvert streets, 547-8986. Michael and Cindy Dalesio have sold Dalesio's Restaurant in Little Italy. Several months ago, announcing, "We're back," they opened Michael's Riviera Grill in the departed JaFe's space above the Brookshire Hotel. Menus at Michael's and the present Dalesio's are similar thus far, but most of Michael's prices are lower by a dollar or two. We went very soon after the opening and found good quality meals, with one really outstanding entree -- Buddy's beef. $$$expensive. (Last visited 9/90.)

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