Surf's up in CantonIn my year-end wrap up I talked about...

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January 11, 1996|By Elizabeth Large

Surf's up in Canton

In my year-end wrap up I talked about all the restaurants that opened in Canton in 1995, but I failed to mention the Surfin Bull at 2821 O'Donnell St. One reader called to say it's "the best kept secret in Baltimore."

Owner Homero Eraso says customers compare his food to Tio Pepe's, although I wouldn't expect to find rockfish with kiwi and cilantro sauce, shrimp teriyaki or a shrimp sirloin Caesar salad at Baltimore's favorite Spanish restaurant. The Surfin Bull does make its own sangria, though. Call the food American with a Latin flair.

No more roost

Power breakfasting at the Village Roost has been such a long-time Baltimore tradition it's something of a shock to learn that the Cross Keys Inn's coffee shop is no more. It and the inn's Crossroads restaurant are closed for remodeling until March, at which time they will open as one eating place. A temporary eating place for the hotel opened last Sunday.

New Coffee House

Annapolis has a jazzy new coffee house, wine bar and gallery. The 49 West Coffee House specializes in gourmet casual fare, such as sandwiches (prosciutto and havarti on olive bread, for instance), homemade soups (rosemary tomato, oriental mushroom), cheese and pate plates, and freshly baked cakes. The coffee house -- located, not surprisingly, at 49 West St. -- also offers 15 or so different kinds of made-on-the-premises chocolate candies (like Kahlua creams and peppermint patties).

Memorable Milton

Along with dinners at Maxim's in Paris and Le Bemardin in New York, Robert M. Parker Jr. names his meal at the Milton Inn as one of "The Most Memorable Meals" in the year-end issue of his influential newsletter "The Wine Advocate." No other Maryland restaurants get the nod; but the Sparks establishment is in good company with restaurants in Washington, California, Switzerland and Canada as well as New York City and France.

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