Tex-Mex takeoutAs fast food goes, I'd just as soon have a...

TABLE TALK

June 13, 1996

Tex-Mex takeout

As fast food goes, I'd just as soon have a quesadilla as a cheeseburger, especially when the ingredients are made fresh daily with no preservatives or microwaving. If you feel the same, you're going to like Frisco Burritos (3 W. Chesapeake Ave.), just opened in Towson. It isn't fancy -- most customers will be taking out or perching on one of the stools at the counter; but the food is good, cheap and plentiful. The menu consists of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, nachos and all the trimmings.

Breath of fresh air

More on the al fresco dining scene (I asked last week for places with new outdoor seating or ones that weren't well-known):

J.C.'s, 3020 Elliott St., is hidden away on a back street in Canton. Pub fare and beyond is served in its courtyard, which is attractively decorated with potted plants and seats around 50 people.

Cacao Lane, 8066 Main St., Ellicott City, has a deck that's not for the faint of heart. You go up 60 steps to get to it. Needless to say, the menu is limited and it's torture for the serving staff, but the view of Ellicott City is great. Open Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Harryman House, 340 Main St. in Reisterstown, has a deck that seats about 20. By the end of August there will be a new terrace off the bar for drinks and hors d'oeuvre.

For drinks and a very limited menu (like hamburgers and chicken sandwiches), the Red Eye Dock Bar, 428 Kent Narrows Way, Grasonville, has outdoor seating along the lines of Parrot Island in Baltimore.

Something new

The answering machine message for the Panhandle in Fells Point says "closed for remodeling." I've learned that's usually code for "watch this space for a whole new restaurant." Sure enough, it turns out that the Admiral Fell Inn eatery will reopen this fall with a new concept. First, however, the kitchen will be renovated and expanded. The Panhandle's menu of Dutch pancakes turned out to be too limited, but the kitchen was too small for much else to be prepared there. So look for something less formal than the inn's Savannah restaurant but not quite so casual as its Point, which has pub food and new spa menu.

Coming late this summer or early fall: a new Applebee's at 6505 Baltimore National Pike in Catonsville. The chain features moderately priced meals, a complete children's menu and a full service bar.

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: 6/13/96

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