I'm keeping my eye on 1325-A Key Highway, where work on Little Havana is progressing. It doesn't look as though the new Cuban/seafood restaurant will open anytime soon; but when it does (my guess is late this fall), it should be worth the wait. At least as far as the setting is concerned. I love the idea of sitting on Little Havana's deck, watching the water and eating grilled swordfish with mango and blueberries or steak with papaya-onion salsa. (Those are a couple of dishes from the tentative menu.)
Possibilities at Pier 5
More on the restaurant situation in the Inn at Pier 5 -- the hotel in the Inner Harbor where the Crab House was supposed to open. Rumors have been going around for a while that Lenny Kaplan of the Polo Grill is opening a steak house there, in a second dining space. (The story made it into print in a local business paper.) When I asked Kaplan about it a couple of weeks ago, he didn't say yes and he didn't say no.
As for two other spaces in the inn, one will be a small cafe and one a bar-lounge; but according to Gary King, the project's architect, their "concept" hasn't been decided on yet.
Those delicate doilies
Small Miracle of the Week: Szechuan Best's Peking doilies. If Chinese restaurants were judged by the quality of their pancakes, this Randallstown restaurant would win hands down. They are incredibly delicate but don't fall apart when you fill them with Peking duck or mou sou vegetables. Most Peking doilies are like flapjacks in comparison.
The ever-popular Zagat surveys are now available through America Online. Simply sign on and use keyword ZAGAT. (These are the surveys done by large numbers of serious eaters as opposed to professional critics.)
You can read the reviews on your computer, calling them up by city or category. Or you can order the guides themselves and pay with a credit card.
More 'Net news: Zagat surveys are also available through Pathfinder (although you can't buy the guides themselves). And coming soon, Zagat's own Web site.
Renovated India House
Sona's India House (414 York Road in Towson) had been closed for renovations but is now open again with a new menu. Besides the southern Indian cuisine, there's an "international lunch buffet" with vegetable salads, couscous, bean salads and tabouli, among other selections. Gourmet pizzas are new, too.
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Pub Date: 8/15/96