Pan-Asian noodling in Columbia

Table Talk

June 25, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic

Look for a new Pan-Asian restaurant to open in Columbia in a couple of weeks. The Noodles Corner (8865 Stanford Blvd., No. 103) will specialize, not surprisingly, in noodle dishes. It has an inventive menu, from "Little Dishes to Share," such as Malaysian satay and vegetarian pot sticker, to "Asian Stir Fry" like pine nut shrimp and barbecue pork chops. In between are all the noodle dishes: lemon grass pasta, Singapore-style rice noodles, noodles in a hot pot and many more.

The Noodles Corner will have seating for 75 and is hoping to get a liquor license.

Where outside is in

When you feel like a summer meal outdoors, it's hard to beat a table on the water. But if you don't demand a harbor or river view, Baltimore offers plenty of other choices.

Near the harbor but not on the water is Sfuzzi, my favorite sidewalk cafe -- in this city anyway. It's very European in feel.

If you're heading for Little Italy, check out Luigi Petti's plant-filled patio. North on Charles Street, Louie's the Bookstore Cafe has a secret outdoor eating area in back, fenced off from the parking lot.

I love the tables next to the sculpture garden at the Baltimore Museum of Art, now Donna's at the BMA, soon to be John Shields at the BMA. Nearby, the Ambassador Dining Room serves Indian food on a pretty terrace overlooking formal gardens.

Out past the beltway, the Candlelight Inn in Catonsville has a lovely covered patio for lunch and dinner. The Milton Inn in Sparks has seats for about 16 on its terrace, which is surrounded by beautiful landscaping. If you don't want to spend much money for eating outdoors, your best bet is Sanders' Corner near the Loch Raven watershed. It's known for its old-fashioned breakfasts, which you can have on the second-floor porch.

Last days at the BMA

Starting today, Donna's at the BMA will be open for dinner Thursdays through Sundays only until it closes for good Aug. 2. (It will continue to be open for lunch every day the Baltimore Museum of Art is open until then.) The space will be closed for renovations until early September, when it will reopen as a Chesapeake Bay seafood restaurant, John Shields at the BMA.

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.largaltsun.com.

Pub Date: 6/25/98

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