The right mix on North Charles


August 22, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Various eating places have tried to make it and failed in the space at 2701 N. Charles St. But Rootie Kazootie's, the new sports bar and restaurant there, just may have the winning formula. The neighborhood likes having a new lunch spot -- at least judging by the business the place is doing. At night the pub-fare menu (burgers, pizzas, salads and subs) is supplemented with specials like jerk chicken, blackened red snapper and prime rib.

A crab deck and outdoor barbecue spot is being constructed out back. Meanwhile, look for tailgate parties and a shuttle to football games this fall. Rootie Kazootie's (410-889-9977) is open 11: 30 a.m.-1: 30 a.m. seven days a week.

New look at the Hyatt

The Hyatt Regency's less formal restaurant, Bistro 300, closed Aug. 1 for a total renovation. It should open Sept. 9 with a dramatically different menu and a new look from carpet to ceiling. While food and beverage director Daniel Knox isn't giving out any specifics yet, he promises a menu that "goes for more flair and lighter fare." All that and a new martini bar as well.

Moms' ribs

Three moms in the kitchen ought to produce some pretty good home cooking. That's reason enough to give the new-this-year Rib Shack at 3405 Dundalk Ave. a try. Everything is homemade by co-owner Eva Stealey, her mother and her mother-in-law, from the barbecue sauce to the potato salad to the chili.

The Rib Shack (410-284-0203) is open Monday through Thursday 10: 30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday til 11 p.m., Sunday noon-5 p.m.

Donna's local color

Soft shells Sicilian, anyone? The prestigious James Beard Foundation in New York invited Donna Crivello, co-owner of the Ruby Lounge and the various Donna's around town, to prepare an authentic Eastern Shore dinner for 80 members and guests last Tuesday. Not one of her Italian or Mediterranean specialties was on the menu, but Crivello rose to the occasion with dishes like Maryland crab cake with fried green tomatoes and fresh local corn and peaches. No, dessert wasn't tiramisu, but shortcake.

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: 8/22/96

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