Chef Rudie, now at the Brass Elephant, is carving out a name for himself

Table Talk

August 20, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic

Only a few local chefs get to be known to the general public. Add one more to the list that includes luminaries like Mark Henry of the Oregon Grille and Nancy Longo of Pierpoint.

David Rudie has made a name for himself with stints at the Milton Inn, Troia at the Walters and Weber's when it was Le Bistro Midi. The Hampden resident has now been named restaurant chef at the Brass Elephant under executive chef Randy Stahl.

Diner draws a crowd

The lines are snaking out the door at the newly opened Princess Diner (10055 Baltimore National Pike) in Ellicott City. Designed to look like a '50s diner, it seats 250 and serves everything from burgers and fries to surf and turf.

The owners have some experience in the food business. Michael Stavlas has brought along the famous crab cake recipe from his restaurant Timbuktu in Hanover. Co-owner John Laou also owns the Olive Grove in Linthicum.

Coming attractions

More openings: The new Donna's in the Gallery downtown is a beautiful space, much more of a restaurant than the Donna's coffee bars would lead you to expect. Dishes from the Ruby Lounge and Donna's at the BMA are on the menu, as well as more casual fare.

Across the street in Harborplace (the Pratt Street Pavilion), Baltimore's first California Pizza Kitchen is scheduled to open in a couple of weeks. The national chain's claim to fame is its 25 different hearth-baked pizzas. As far as I know, it invented the barbecued chicken pizza.

Outback, the popular Australian-themed steakhouse chain, is opening a new restaurant across from the Hunt Valley Mall next Tuesday. Nearby a Carrabba's Italian Grill, the Outback's companion restaurant, will be opening as well.

Friends of swordfish

Robert Taylor Jr. of Hamilton's in the Admiral Fell Inn helped launch a local Give Swordfish a Break campaign earlier this month. Chefs who participate pledge not to serve North Atlantic swordfish at their restaurants. So many young fish have been killed before they reach reproductive age that the population has declined dramatically. According to the environmental groups sponsoring the campaign, two juvenile swordfish are killed for every adult caught.

Maryland participants include Angelina's, Cafe Troia, Chameleon, Ciao Bella, the Fishery, Gecko's, Hamilton's, Haussner's, Joy America Cafe, McCafferty's, Margaret's Cafe, Pierpoint and Tapestry.

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Pub Date: 8/20/98

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