Bay Cafe, 2809 Boston St., (410) 522-3377. Want to see...

DINING OUT/THE CRITICS' REPORT

July 25, 1992|By MARY MAUSHARD | MARY MAUSHARD,Staff Writer Cafe Manet, 1020 S. Charles St., (410) 837-7006. Although primarily a carryout, the cafe has added 10 tables and created a pretty little place to have an inexpensive dinner. The food isn't unforgettable, but it's certainly decent enough at these prices. The menu is primarily Italian. Try such dishes as cannelloni alla Rossini, a standout, the fresh fish of the day or a delicious ratatouille. Surprisingly, considering its size, you can get wine here. $ -- inexpensive. (Last reviewed 7/92.) @ ELIZABETH LARGEStaff Writer Saigon Palace, 609-B Taylor Ave., Annapolis, (410) 268-4463. At Saigon Palace you'll never mistake the food for any other sort of Asian cooking than Vietnamese. The French influence is obvious, although completely incorporated into the dishes. Try the grilled pork on rice crepe, Shaking beef flavored with Grand Marnier and sauteed in butter, or beef in grape leaves with chopped peanut sauce. This is one Vietnam restaurant where you may have to ask for your food more spicy, not less. $$ -- moderate. (Last reviewed 7/92.) @ ELIZABETH LARGEStaff Writer

Bay Cafe, 2809 Boston St., (410) 522-3377. Want to see Baltimore in the '90s? What was and is -- from one comfortable place? Head for the Bay Cafe. At this time of year, the Bay Cafe is an open-air restaurant with more tables outside than in. Its atmosphere, clientele and menu are eclectic, at the most conservative. But the food is surprisingly good for a place where even the wine is served in plastic cups. The swordfish kebab and shrimp scampi were satisfying to both the eye and the palate. Skip dessert, though, and feast instead on waterside Baltimore, old and new. $$ 1/2 -- moderately expensive. (Last visited 6/92.)

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