Sidestreets Restaurant, 8069 Tiber Alley, Ellicott City. (410 461-5577.
Forming the corner of a charming brick street in Ellicott City is a small, but attractive, restaurant, appropriately named Sidestreets. We found it for lunch on a rainy day. We also found it comfortable and accommodating with tasty food and a pleasant view of the changing street scene. The lunch menu has about a half-dozen entrees, as well as a selection of deli sandwiches, salads and pastas with a choice of sauces. There are also some light combinations: half of a sandwich and a cup of soup or small salad; half of a sandwich, a cup of soup and a small salad for the indecisive. We enjoyed a chef's salad and a crab cake club sandwich, and decided to come back for dinner another day. $$ - moderate (Last visited 5/92). Candle Light Inn, 1835 Frederick Road, Catonsville, (410) 788-6076. The reasons to eat at the Candle Light Inn are the setting and the good-natured, attentive staff -- among the nicest I've run into. The food is too uneven to recommend without
qualification; but if you find something on the menu you enjoy, I can't think of a more pleasant place to be. The crab dishes are good, made with lump backfin. And if you like eating outdoors, the inn has a pretty covered deck set back in the trees. $$$ -- expensive. (Last reviewed 7/92).