Thai Harbor coming to Light Street

Table Talk

October 01, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic

The Thai Restaurant on Greenmount, Baltimore's first Thai restaurant, was so successful that owner and chef Tussnee Singparu opened a second one, the Mai Thai, in Federal Hill. It never did as well because, says Singparu, she didn't hire the right chef. It closed quietly about six months ago.

Now Singparu plans to reopen the restaurant at 1032 Light St. with a new staff. After some renovation, look for the Thai Harbor to open by the end of November.

Columbia steakhouse

"It's more upscale than an Outback, but the prices will be less than a Morton's or a Ruth's Chris," is how Philip Constantine describes his new steakhouse, Alexander's. The Columbia restaurant should open this month in the spot where Plata Grande used to be (6490 Dobbin Center Way).

The menu will range from an 8-ounce filet to a 50-ounce porterhouse steak. Yes, you read that right. But, Constantine assured me, people will be able to share the giant steak.

Cheap Hard Times

Columbia has its first Hard Times Cafe at 8865 Stanford Blvd., the seventh in a D.C.-Northern Virginia chain. The specialty is chili: Texas-style (coarse chopped beef, no tomatoes), Cincinnati-style (mild, sweet with ground beef, tomatoes, cumin and cinnamon) and vegetarian, the hottest (jalapeno peppers, soy protein, peanuts and other good things). Here's why the Washingtonian voted the Hard Times the Best Cheap Eats award: The most expensive item on the menu is $6.50.

Little Italy sampler

I regularly get calls from people asking me to recommend one Little Italy restaurant over the other. Now you can compare 13 of the neighborhood's eateries for yourself at the Taste of Little Italy this Sunday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The tastings will take place on Da Mimmo's parking lot, rain or shine, at the corner of Stiles, Albemarle and High streets. Participants will get five tasting vouchers for $10. Call 410-727-6876 for more information.

A fan of brown rice

You think you've got it rough in your job? I get anonymous phone messages from a man who's mad at me for not finding out which Chinese restaurants serve brown rice. In his last message, he mentioned that the healthful grain is available at Cafe Zen (438 E. Belvedere Ave.). I checked, and it is, so I'm passing his tip along.

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Pub Date: 10/01/98

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