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DINING OUT--THE CRITIC'S REPORT

January 16, 1993|By ELIZABETH LARGE | ELIZABETH LARGE,Restaurant Critic

Gabriel's French Provincial Inn

Gabriel's French Provincial Inn, Ijamsville Road, Ijamsville, (301) 865-5500. You go to Gabriel's for the experience, not for the food, which is OK at best. The experience is a seven-course French meal served in the dining rooms of a strange old farmhouse. That includes hors d'oeuvres, soup, a main course, a vegetable course, salad, cheese and dessert. Stay away from the haute-haute cuisine -- salmon and crab in puff pastry was dreadful -- and opt for simpler fare: stuffed veal breast, perhaps, or coq au vin. What more can you say when the highlight of your seven-course meal was the green salad and cheese? $$ -- moderate. (Last reviewed 12/92.)

Mount Vernon Satble and Saloon

Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon, 909 N. Charles St., (410) 685-7427. The Mount Vernon Stable offers bar food par excellence, a dizzying selection of munchies, ribs, sandwiches, burgers, pizzas, Tex-Mex and pastas. The specialty is ribs, as good as you'll get anywhere, meaty and juicy with a sauce that has lots of character. Other possibilities are French onion soup made with good stock, Caesar salad, combination fajitas. Desserts were better than you'd expect at a bar -- made for Mount Vernon by a local caterer. Keep in mind, though, that it is a bar -- with the crowd noise, music and non-stop smoking you expect at a bar. $$ -- moderate. (last reviewed 12/92.)

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