Staff, tasty fare provide for a pleasant Landing

July 18, 1993|By Audrey Haar | Audrey Haar,Staff Writer

THE LANDING

Where: 123rd Street, bay side, (410) 250-0400

Hours: Dinner served 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. daily

Credit cards: Accepts all major credit cards

We had misgivings about the Landing when we walked into the restaurant. It was crowded with families, toddlers and squirming infants in the dining room, and we braced ourselves for a noisy and hurried meal.

We needn't have been alarmed. Our visit turned out to be pleasant and relaxing.

The restaurant staff expertly manages diners -- big and small -- and the room configuration divides the dining area into small sections that provide some privacy.

We started our dinner with baked stuffed mushrooms imperial ($7.95) and jumbo gulf shrimp cocktail ($7.95).

The six mushrooms, which arrived on a piping hot plate, were filled with a generous dollop of luscious crab imperial, made with fat lumps of crab. The shrimp cocktail was a success, too. The appetizer was perfectly appointed with five plump shrimp in a goblet of crushed ice. The accompanying cocktail sauce was tasty and tangy.

All breads are not created equal and the restaurant's homemade sourdough loaf was definitely a superior breed. We quickly devoured the warm chewy bread and were soon working our way through another loaf.

With regrets, we passed on a third and moved on to the salad, which was chock-full of veggies, from crisp iceberg lettuce to red cabbage. We especially liked the house dressing, a honey-mustard version.

For our entrees, we ordered stuffed flounder with crab imperial ,, ($16.95) and one of the specials of the evening, steak and lobster tail ($17.95).

The flounder tasted as if it had just been reeled in and featured two fillets with the restaurant's impressive crab imperial.

My companion enjoyed the lobster tail, which had a dab of crab imperial on top. It was tender and separated from the shell, making it easy to eat. The fillet also was good.

We liked the fresh broccoli spears that were nicely steamed but we could have done without the potatoes, which tasted as if they had been boiled into blandness with onions and green peppers.

For dessert, the chocolate mousse ($4.25) was delicious with the added pleasure of strawberry slices, as was the fluffy cheesecake ($4.95).

A poem is printed on the Landing's menu that begins, "There is a place with warmth and grace." We felt that sentiment accurately summed up our dining experience.

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