Prime Rib for Philadelphia


October 30, 1997|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Just when you think Buzz BeLer, owner of the two Prime Ribs here and in Washington, might be resting on his laurels (if not retiring), he decides to open another luxe steak house, in Philadelphia.

The third of his Prime Ribs should be up and running in the Warwick Hotel at 17th and Locust streets the first week in December. Other than a sunken dining room, the new restaurant will resemble Baltimore's Prime Rib as much as possible, BeLer says, "down to a piano with a Lucite top." And, of course, with the trademark leopard skin carpet and black walls.

Farewell to Uncle Lee's

The end of an era? It was Uncle Lee's Szechuan (3317 Greenmount Ave.) that two decades ago introduced Baltimore to a Chinese cuisine beyond egg rolls and sweet and sour pork. These days every Chinese restaurant worth its salt has spicy Szechuan dishes on the menu.

Now Uncle Lee's owners are ready to retire, but their children aren't interested in taking over, so the restaurant is for sale -- as a restaurant or some other business. Meanwhile, Uncle Lee's has shortened its hours and is open Tuesdays through Sundays for dinner only. A second Uncle Lee's Szechuan (44 South St.) won't be affected by the sale.

Instant hit for Don Pablo's

I first heard about the Don Pablo's Mexican Kitchen that opened recently in Columbia (6191 Columbia Crossing Circle) when a friend said the wait on a Friday night was two hours and 15 minutes. Those must be some enchiladas.

Brian Bishop, a spokesman for the Texas-based chain, explains that the new restaurant opened with a customer base from the mega-successful Don Pablo's in Laurel. The chain offers the usual range of Tex-Mex dishes, but certainly part of its charm is that everything is made on the premises, including the tortillas. (You can watch them being rolled out.)

If Mexican isn't your thing, another Romano's Macaroni Grill should be opening up at 6181 Columbia Crossing Circle by mid-January. It's the Italian chain that's been such a hit in Timonium.

Mexican to go

Those of you in downtown Baltimore who are craving Mexican food can take advantage of MexiGo, Mencken's Cultured Pearl Cafe's new lunch delivery service. At the moment it's limited to 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, but hours may be expanded soon. Call 410-837-1947 for more information.

A woman of taste

Katell Thielemann of Troia, the Bistro at the Walters, is featured in Beverly Russell's new book "Women of Taste, Recipes & Profiles of Famous Women Chefs" (Wiley, $35). A dinner party menu with her recipes for five dishes is included. The author and Thielemann will be at Bibelot at Timonium Crossing on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7: 30 p.m. for a discussion of the book and a tasting.

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Pub Date: 10/30/97

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