A-1 Crab Have,A-1 Crab Haven, 1600 Old Eastern Ave...

DINING OUT -- THE CRITICS' REPORT

May 02, 1992|By MARY MAUSHARD | MARY MAUSHARD,Staff Writer Cafe at Sutton Place Gourment, Staff Writer Mariah's, Staff Writer

A-1 Crab Have,

A-1 Crab Haven, 1600 Old Eastern Ave., Essex, (410) 687-6000. There is no reason to go hungry at the A-1 Crab Haven. The portions are hefty, the courses numerous, the prices reasonable and the selection, especially of seafood and the namesake crab, extensive. There are also calves' liver, pork chops, several pastas with seafood sauces and prime rib. All dinners are served with a salad, potato, green vegetable and dessert. Unfortunately, the food didn't always taste as good as it looked -- or sounded. The crab cakes were large and golden but a little heavy on filler; the crab and Smithfield ham lacked flavor. But the homemade rice pudding was delicious. $$ -- moderate (Last visited 3/92). Cafe at Sutton Place Gourmet, 1809 Reisterstown Road, Festival at Woodholme, (410) 484-5501. It may be part of a chain, but nothing seems mass produced. Sutton Place has a real understanding of how good casual food can be when it is fixed properly. Try one of the gourmet sandwiches on freshly baked bread, a salad made from wonderful fresh produce or a slice of quiche with fresh fruit. If you do not have room for one of the fancy pastries for dessert, stop by Sutton Place's bakery and take some home. $-$$ -- inexpensive to moderate. (Last visited 4/92.)

ELIZABETH LARGE Mariah's, 504 Winters Lane, (410) 788-0700. Mariah's looks like a conventional, fairly dressy steak and seafood place, and it does offer a range of regional favorites. But the chef, who is from India, produces plenty of foreign fare -- not just chicken curry, but also Thai seafood, shrimp and vegetable tempura, Mediterranean pork chops and tortellini primavera. The food's good; the fact that there's a loud, popular lounge downstairs is the main drawback. $$ -- moderate. (Last reviewed 4/92.)

ELIZABETH LARGE

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