Shuffling for position

TABLE TALK

January 02, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Changes are afoot at Harborplace. Wayne's Bar-B-Que has moved to the Pratt Street Pavilion with an expanded space, more seating and a new rustic decor to go with its country barbecue menu. (This is the space where the now-defunct Taverna Athena used to be.)

J. Paul's, a "turn of the century" dining saloon, is under construction in Wayne's vacated space in the Light Street Pavilion.

Paolo's, also in the Light Street Pavilion, is renovating and expanding its current quarters, while Capitol City Brewing Company should have a Harborplace location by next summer. It opens where the American Cafe used to be. (This will be the chain's fifth location.)

Trends to abandon

You can't have too many trend stories this time of year. My favorite list is in the January issue of Food & Wine: "Tired Trends." I've picked out 15 of them that relate to restaurants. You don't have to eat out as much as I do to want to see less of some of these in '97, but it helps:

1) Focaccia

2) Too much cheap balsamic vinegar on everything

3) Tuna tartare

4) Mashed potatoes

5) Too many flavors in one dish

6) Mile-high food

7) Merlot

8) Chardonnay

9) Restaurants that offer everything for bread except butter

10) Uncomfortable dining room chairs

11) Unidentifiable raw herbs used as garnishes

12) Cross-cultural confusion on the plate

13) Bruschetta

14) Cigar dinners

15) Oversize portions of low-fat food Remember this address: http: //www.marylandrestaurants.org. It accesses the Restaurant Association of Maryland's new online dining guide. You can select from more than 2,300 restaurants in categories such as cuisine, location and price. "Maryland Restaurants Online" will also give you information on credit cards, hours and type of eatery (sit-down, buffet, etc.). The site's "What's Cooking" section features recipes from Maryland chefs, dining-award nominations and calendar listings for restaurant events.

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.

Elizabeth Large's reviews of restaurants appear inside the Sunday Today section. She is on vacation this Sunday; her column will resume Jan. 12.

Pub Date: 1/02/97

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