Noodley thingsAt first glance Suzie's Soba, the new noodle...

TABLE TALK

April 25, 1996|By Elizabeth Large

Noodley things

At first glance Suzie's Soba, the new noodle shop in the Belvedere lower lobby, looks about as trendy as you can get, what with its cute little sandwich board outside, flashy neon sign and menu that promises "curly, twisty and noodley things." (Those noodley things include various Asian pasta dishes, homemade ramen and even kugel for dessert.) But underneath it's still a nice little coffee shop -- the Cozy Corner that was -- so you can also get very American sandwiches, salads and breakfast six days a week.

Rudy returns

Devotees of Rudy's Patisserie, which closed early this year, will be glad to know that Rudy (Rudolf Rauch) is turning out his napoleans, eclairs and tarts at what was Donna's Towson Coffee Bar and is now Donna's Coffee Bar and Bakery. This Monday Donna's started selling his desserts and breads to take home, plus taking orders for wedding cakes and other special event items.

Barbecue and emu

You don't often see pulled pork barbecue over cornbread and emu steak with red wine shallot sauce on the same menu, but the new Kennedyville Inn on the Eastern Shore isn't quite like any other restaurant you've ever been to.

It's owned by Kevin McKinney and Barbara Silcox, who also run the respected Ironstone Cafe in Chestertown. (Kennedyville is about eight miles north.) Pit barbecue and microbrews are the specialties, but a fancy "Chef's Sunday Dinner Menu" features dishes like mako shark and oyster custard with leeks and carrots in a saffron cream.

Two other quirks: a 15 percent service charge is included with your check; and if you want to smoke, pick up an ashtray at the bar and find a seat on the outside porch. It's the only place smoking is allowed. Call (410) 348-2400 for reservations and directions.

Southern Indian

If all goes well, we should have a new Indian restaurant this weekend when The Mango Grove opens in Columbia (at 6365B Dobbin Road, 410-884-3426). According to owner Alexander Kurien, this is the area's first southern Indian vegetarian restaurant (although there is one in Washington).

Look for specialties like dosas -- thin, crisp rice pancakes filled with various good things -- and lots of good Indian breads. Mr. Kurien explains that it will be a health-conscious, family-style restaurant, with most of the dishes priced from $2 to $8. "No meat, no alcohol," he says.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

Pub Date: 4/25/96

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