Espresso meets 'home-style' at Blue Moon

TABLE TALK

August 29, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Demonstrating a rare ability to be all things to all men and women, the new Blue Moon Dining House (1621 Aliceanna St.) in Fells Point has a trendy espresso bar and serves a full country breakfast (biscuits and gravy, omelets and pancakes) every day till 4 p.m.

Co-owner Peggy Conner describes the food as "home-style American," with the specialties being creamed soups and homemade baked goods like cinnamon rolls and pies.

Hours are 6: 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 7: 30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 7: 30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sundays.

Civilized sidewalk

On one of these beautiful late-summer days, plan to eat outdoors at Sfuzzi (100 E. Pratt St.). Its patio area is charming, set well away from the street because the sidewalk is so wide. Large terra cotta planters, potted palms and hibiscus divide the umbrella tables from passers-by. It's a very civilized place to have lunch.

Try one of the specials like the Romano cheese-crusted chicken breast over mixed lettuces with tomatoes, asparagus and a tomato basil vinaigrette ($8.75), served with lots of fresh focaccia and herbed olive oil for dipping. The only downside is that eventually you're going to have to go back to the office.

Rating the chains

The September issue of Consumer Reports rates 62 chain restaurants, based on the preferences of 82,000 subscribers. Of the chains we have in our general area, the ones that got the highest score were Cracker Barrel, Ruth's Chris Steak House, Outback Steakhouse, Chart House, Steak & Ale, and Olive Garden. Hooters, Ground Round and Bennigan's ended up toward the bottom of the list. (The Chart House, in spite of its high overall rating, was judged a below-average value.)

Eating for others

Have a favorite eating place? Encourage the owners to join in Dining Out for Life, the one-day annual event (this year on Nov. 7) in which restaurants donate 20 percent of their profits to Moveable Feast. This is the local program that delivers meals to homebound AIDS victims and their families. And mark the Nov. 7 date on your calendar. It's the day to eat lunch or dinner out and help Moveable Feast.

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: 8/29/96

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