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October 05, 1991|By MARY MAUSHARD | MARY MAUSHARD,The Evening Sun The Cracked Claw The Sun Regi's The Sunday Sun

Michael's Riviera Grill

Michael's Riviera Grill, The Brookshire Hotel, 120 E. Lombard St., 547-8986. It takes superb food to top the view from this restaurant, many stories up and a block north of the Inner Harbor. And that is exactly what we enjoyed there -- high-quality food, carefully prepared. No, beautifully prepared. The presentation was terrific; the flavors true and exciting. Even the bread was homemade. The menu is called Mediterranean, offering a sampling of French, Italian and Spanish specialties and some that defy classification. The menu is not extensive, but the variety is enticing. Our waiter was equal to the view and the food. He was enthusiastic and friendly without seeming insincere. All in all, a delightful experience. $$ 1/2 -moderately expensive. (Last visited 9/91.) The Cracked Claw, 3363 Urbana Pike, Urbana, (301) 831-1200. Maryland kids grow up, but Peter Pan hasn't. This famous dining spot is still Never-Never Land: a sublimely kitschy amalgam of New Orleans architecture and statuary excess. But the name is now the Cracked Claw, and the menu focuses on seafood instead of Southern. Featured four nights a week is the "Colossal Calabash," a buffet with more than 50 items, most of them pretty good and some of them excellent. $$moderate. (Last visited 9/91.)

LYNN WILLIAMS Regi's, 1002 Light St., 539-7344. Regi's occupies a simple space on the ground floor of a South Baltimore row house near Cross Street Market. The menu promises food "prepared daily with market fresh meats, seafood and produce." Appetizers tasted best. Recommended: a cup of spinach, clam and mushroom soup with red pepper puree, a Regi salad, a cup of chili and chicken satay. Together with wine and sourdough bread, any of them makes a satisfying supper. Hungrier? How about a chicken enchilada? And then a brownie sundae? $$moderate. (Last visited 8/91.)


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