The Middleton Tavern, 2 Market Place, Annapolis, 263-3323...

DINING OUT THE CRITIC'S REPORT

October 19, 1991|By MARY MAUSHARD | MARY MAUSHARD,The Evening Sun BOP, 802 N. Charles St., 234-0500. Mount Vernon's BOP doesn't seem to have lived up to its early promise, when its pizzas sported soft-shell crabs and other exotica, and a tantalizing new pasta and seafood menu was reportedly in the works. But BOP still offers some of the best pizzas in town. The decor is sort of Kafkaesque, although some diners might consider murky colors and sinister murals a refreshing antidote to most pizza parlors' excessive cheeriness. $inexpensive. (Last visited 9/91.) LYNN WILLIAMSThe Sun Mehfil, 7946 Harford Road, 668-4846. It looks like a crosbetween a sub shop and a laundromat -- so humble our good, home-cooked Indian meal surprised us. Prices are extraordinarily low, and it's bring your own beer. We particularly liked our greaseless, chunky samosas, some lovely pakoras of onion and eggplant (served with chilied green coriander sauce sour-edged with pomegranate), a cool salad of garbanzos, potato, tomato and cucumber, and a delightful chicken biryani -- an Indian chicken fried rice with almonds and raisins. $inexpensive. (Last visited 8/91.) JANICE BAKERThe Sunday Sun

The Middleton Tavern, 2 Market Place, Annapolis, 263-3323. If the true test of a good restaurant is its ability to maintain grace under pressure, then the Middleton Tavern passes easily. This venerable restaurant seemed unflappable on a recent Saturday night when the wait for a table stretched to an hour and eager diners-to-be crowded the small vestibule. The service, however, was friendly and competent, the meal well-paced and the food beautifully presented and flavorful. We especially enjoyed the Crab Remick, a rich crab imperial topped with bacon. $$moderate. (Last visited 9/91.)

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