Columbia link in a Southwestern chain


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

Columbia's new Southwestern restaurant, Red River Barbecue & Grille (6201 Columbia Crossing Circle, 410-290-0091), sounds like the real thing. Not only can you get chili, pulled pork and baby back ribs, but side dishes include red beans and rice, fried okra and sweet potato sticks. OK, there's also a new-fangled sun-dried cherry slaw, which doesn't sound very down home. But who knows? It might actually taste pretty good. The Pittsburgh-based chain plans to open 10 or 12 more restaurants in the Baltimore-Washington area by next summer.

Also in St. Michaels

Going down to the Eastern Shore on one of these fine fall weekends? You might want to try Bistro St. Michaels (403 S. Talbot St., 410-745-9111), which doesn't get as much press as the better-known Inn at Perry Cabin and 208 Talbot. Chef David Stein, who's worked at the Inn at Perry Cabin and the Polo Grill, has created a seasonal menu with specialties like rockfish with basmati rice, asparagus and black-eyed peas; steak with ratatouille, buttermilk onion rings and blue-cheese butter; and scallops with spinach risotto, red pepper coulis and parsnip chips.

New at Tapestry

How quickly things change in the restaurant business. The chef of Tapestry (formerly Tomcat Alley) is no longer Eric Grimm, as I reported in last week's Table Talk. Brigitte Bledsoe has taken over the kitchen. The restaurant has an eclectic menu that changes every couple of weeks. The new chef's signature dishes include chicken chevre and a Creole crab cake with remoulade sauce.

Savannah, sort of

It is Savannah, at least for the present, but it isn't Savannah. Chef Cindy Wolf and her husband, Tony Forman, had planned to move out of the Admiral Fell Inn's dining room the second week in November for a larger space in Inner Harbor East. This Monday, however, they were asked to vacate the premises immediately; and Lynn Patrick and his staff from the now-closed Milton Inn took over the kitchen for dinner. At least through this weekend, Savannah's menu will remain much the same.

No decision has been made as to what Savannah Inner Harbor will be named. Georgia's anyone?

'Dining Around' Baltimore

Baltimore will be the star on a future segment of "Dining Around" on the Food Network. Filming at area restaurants begins next week. No date has been set yet for when it will air.

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

Elizabeth Large's reviews of restaurants appear inside the Sunday Today section. This Sunday: Zorba's, Baltimore's other Greek grill.

Pub Date: 10/02/97

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