Westminster Inn, 5 S. Center St., Westminster, (410...

DINING OUT-THE CRITIC'S REPORT

March 13, 1993|By ELIZABETH LARGE | ELIZABETH LARGE,Restaurant Critic

Westminster Inn, 5 S. Center St., Westminster, (410 876-2893. This isn't the kind of country inn that serves fried chicken and corn fritters. The Westminster Inn specializes in contemporary American food: Blackened redfish with crab meat and creme fraiche. Tournedos and fried green tomatoes. Quail stuffed with wild rice and sun-dried cranberries. Sun-dried cranberries don't come cheap, but if price isn't a consideration, you can have a fine, even elegant, meal in one of the inn's two handsome dining rooms. There were only a few slips, such as soup served in an ice-cold bowl and a too salty pasta dish. And desserts, while good, weren't as inventive as the rest of the meal. $$$ -- expensive. (Last reviewed 2/93.)

Java Joe's, Charles Plaza, 222 N. Charles St., (410) 727-4007This is one of a new breed of sandwich shops opening around the city: places as at home serving cafe latte and biscotti as roast beef and chicken salad sandwiches. The food, for the most part, is standard deli fare, but done with a touch of pizazz. Coffee is important here; this is as much a coffee bar as a sandwich shop. Of course, if you have coffee you have to have dipping cookies, scones, croissants and pastries. Java Joe's has a complete selection from a variety of bakers. You'll like the look of the place, too, it's light and new and cheerful, with interesting art on the walls and a gum machine full of chocolate espresso beans. $ -- inexpensive. (Last reviewed 2/93.)

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