Restaurateur busy from Timonium to Canton

TABLE TALK

May 28, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Tony Capagna is a busy man these days. He's the owner of the Charred Rib in Timonium, which is in the process of moving half a mile down the road to the Yorkridge Shopping Center. The new location, where the Hunt Ridge restaurant used to be, will give him more space and four private dining rooms.

Meanwhile Campagna is waiting to see whether he'll get a liquor license for a new restaurant in Canton. If he does, Razorbacks will open in August at 2903 O'Donnell St., in the spot where Amiccis was. He's also planning to expand the new restaurant into the space next door.

Razorbacks, if it opens, will have a raw bar and grill. It will feature ribs, of course, but also an eclectic menu under the direction of chef Sean Cavanaugh, a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America. Look for dishes like Thai peanut-seared tuna with green papaya and wasabi vinaigrette.

Online guide

Sign on to www.cbs.com, fill in your ZIP code when prompted, and then browse through the television network's new online restaurant guide, Restaurant Row. By filling in your ZIP code, you go directly to the listing of 998 (at last count) Maryland restaurants, but you'll have access to some 100,000 others in 25 countries. You'll also have the opportunity to weigh in with your own reviews. It's a fascinating tool, but there are some glitches. When I asked it to search for French restaurants in Baltimore, for instance, it came up with zero results.

Award for the Milton Inn

The Milton Inn in Sparks, the area's best-known destination restaurant, has received a 1998 DiRoNA Award under its new owners, the Country Fare Group. Distinguished Restaurants of North America, a nonprofit organization, sends an anonymous inspection team to potential awardees to evaluate food, service, wine list and atmosphere. There were 635 award winners in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Maryland wine critic Robert Parker won the Outstanding Wine and Spirits Professional this month at the prestigious James Beard Foundation's awards dinner in New York. Parker is the author of several books and an influential newsletter, the Wine Advocate.

WIE has a 'museum'

Step back in time with a lunch of chicken salad and aspic at the Woman's Industrial Exchange (333 N. Charles St.), and then visit the restaurant's new "museum" on the second floor. Here you'll get a helping of Baltimore history as it relates to the Exchange, which was founded 116 years ago.

lTC Table Talk welcomes interesting tid bits 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.largaltsun.com.

Pub Date: 5/28/98

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