Eager to pleaseHere's a novel solution to the downtown...


September 25, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Eager to please

Here's a novel solution to the downtown parking problem. When you call to make reservations at the newly reopened Eager House (15 W. Eager St., 410-547-8300), you can order limousine pickup for another $25. (If that doesn't interest you, there is valet parking.)

In its most recent incarnation, the Eager House is aiming for the expense-account and special-night-out crowd. The menu features classic Continental cuisine like steak Diane, chateaubriand, rack of lamb, lobster and bananas Foster. Entrees run from $17 to $24, with specials a bit more.

The Eager House is open for dinner and Sunday brunch.

Zodiac signs in

Zodiac sounds like just another lounge, but it's actually Club Charles' new white-tablecloth restaurant, located next to the club at 1726 N. Charles St. (410-727-8815). It has an art deco decor and an eclectic menu, with New American dishes plus Indian, Pacific Rim and Caribbean. Some examples: grilled duck with voodoo barbecue sauce, almond-and-chili-encrusted mako shark, and a filet on smoked gouda cornbread.

Introducing Tapestry

As of Oct. 1, Tomcat Alley (1705 Aliceanna St., 410-327-7037 ) will no longer be Tomcat Alley. The small Fells Point restaurant has changed hands, and the new name will be Tapestry. Look for chef Eric Grimm, formerly at Savannah and the Polo Grill, to be turning out dishes like tempura-fried lobster tails, shiitake and crab salad with Belgian endive, sashimi tuna with Thai peanut sauce and pan-roasted elk loin with sweet-potato hash. Tapestry will have a chef's tasting menu for those who want to sample smaller portions.

New North Star

In a couple of weeks the Country Fare Inn should reopen as the North Star (808 Westminster Pike, Reisterstown, 410-833-3994). Partners Guy Davidson and Marc Walbridge are planning to serve traditional Maryland cuisine with an emphasis on seafood and steak.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; or e-mail to elarge592ol.com.

Pub Date: 9/25/97

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