The Towson Inn, 718 York Road, 321-0407. The Towson Inn is...


April 06, 1991|By MARY MAUSHARD | MARY MAUSHARD,The Evening Sun The Sun The Sunday Sun

The Towson Inn, 718 York Road, 321-0407. The Towson Inn is a comfortable restaurant without tableclothes or pretensions. The food is reasonably priced, plentiful and plainly OK, though not exceptional. The staff is friendly and accommodating, making this Towson regular a fine place to dine with children. There is a limited children's menu, but many items on the regular menu appeal to young tastes. The Broasted Chicken was excellent, deliciously tender under its crunchy crust. And the vegetable selection, which includes applesauce, mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese, also offers children many choices. $ 1/2 moderately inexpensive. (Last visited 2/91.)

LYNN WILLIAMS Nichi Bei Kai, Belvedere Hotel, Charles and Chase streets, 685-0780. Don't shed any premature tears for Nichi Bei Kai. While the upstairs restaurants at the ill-starred Belvedere are dark now, Nichi is still doing what it has done well for so many years: providing authentic Japanese food for the cognoscenti, and flashy hibachi preparations for more Westernized palates. If your dinner group includes both sushi lovers and sushi shunners, this is a fine compromise choice. $$moderate. (Last visited 3/91.)

JANICE BAKER Pier 500, 500 Harbor View Drive, 625-0500. The neighborhood is factories-out, condominiums-in. Brash green and jungle-flower-red walls, loud music, a prominent, smoker-friendly bar, bare tables and stiff prices added up to fashion, not comfort. Black bean soup was acrid chili, "wild mushroom brulee on spinach genoise" meant bland spinach under acid custard. We liked the polenta, a winter greens salad, and ice cream, but cold plates, chilied lentils, sweet, wet couscous, dry duck, old lamb, and cold vegetables left us cold. $$$expensive. (Last visited 1/91.)

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