Seamless transition


January 15, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Michael Mir left for Florida so quietly last summer that few knew he had sold his Persian restaurant, the Orchard Market and Cafe (8815 Orchard Tree Lane, Towson, 410-339-7700). The transition was seamless, in part because the new owners are no strangers to the place.

Jason Bulkeley was the former manager, his wife, Sharareh, also worked there, his mother-in-law, Nahid Vaezpour, was and still is the chef and his brother-in-law Majid Kamoei is sous chef.

The menu remains much the same, with the most popular dishes being an eggplant and artichoke heart appetizer, duck with pomegranate and walnut sauce, almond-crusted salmon with yogurt cilantro sauce and dried-plum braised lamb with grilled vegetables and butternut squash.

As for Mir, he's opened a carbon copy of the Orchard in Naples, Fla., called Bha! Bha! A Persian Bistro. It's doing great, says Bulkeley.

Top 10 restaurants

You may or may not agree with the latest Zagat (rhymes with "the cat") ratings of the top 10 restaurants in the Baltimore/Annapolis area: Prime Rib, Inn at Perry Cabin, Rudys' 2900, Hampton's, Northwoods, Linwood's, Tio Pepe, Polo Grill, Pierpoint and Tersiguel's.

If not -- or even if you do -- you can participate in the next edition of the popular survey. Send a stamped, self-addressed, business-size envelope to Zagat Survey, 1227 25th St. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20037-1198 to receive a questionnaire. If you return it by March 10, you'll get a free copy of next year's edition.

Another Daily Grind

Last week a second Daily Grind opened in Roland Park (501 Cold Spring Lane, 410-235-8118). Unlike its Fells Point parent, the new coffee shop has a marble mosaic floor and a fountain; but otherwise it's much the same. You can, of course, get all sorts of espresso drinks and Italian sodas, plus pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads.

The Roland Park Daily Grind is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day.

Smoking violations

Readers periodically ask me what they can do to report #i violations of Maryland's smoking laws in restaurants.

Complaints should be sent to the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of Labor and Industry, 1100 N. Eutaw St., Baltimore, Md. 21201.

The state laws are workplace rather than health ordinances, and therefore designed to protect employees and not customers. But you don't have to work at a restaurant to report a violation, says Karen Napolitano, spokeswoman for the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

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

Pub Date: 1/15/98

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