Irish pubs in Annapolis pTC

TABLE TALK

October 29, 1998|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Pretty soon Annapolis will have more new Irish pubs than Dublin. Castlebay - a pub and restaurant - opened last week at 193A Main St. It features a menu ranging from fish and chips for $8.50 and shepherd's pie for $8.95 to a "rainmaker steak," an individually cooked prime rib, for $25.95.

Other specialties include a pan-seared fillet wrapped in puff pastry with a horseradish-leek salsa, pecan chicken, prime rib, crab cakes and seafood primavera.

Irish-born owner Vincent Quinlan says Castlebay will also be brewing a couple of house ales, although it won't be a full-fledged brew pub.

On the horizon are two other Irish pubs, Galway Bay, which should open on State Circle in the next couple of months, and a not-yet-named restaurant scheduled to open next spring on West Street.

Eating out helps shut-ins

Have lunch or dinner out today and benefit Moveable Feast, the organization that provides meals for homebound AIDS patients. This year more than 50 restaurants in the area are participating in the Dining Out for Life program.

Call 410-366-LIFE for the list of restaurants. Owners donate 10 percent to 30 percent of their day's profits to Moveable Feast's biggest fund-raiser of the year.

A trend to private dining

Linwood Dame, owner of Linwood's and Due in Owings Mills, has seen a trend toward small private dining rooms in the late '90s. "Businesses want to rent them," he says. "I got calls and up till now we didn't have one."

Recently Dame took out the to-go shop between his two restaurants and created a private dining room that seats 30. He's only the latest of many restaurateurs in the area who have added them. Amiccis in Little Italy, for instance, has just opened a new private party room that seats up to 50 guests.

Salut!

Each year around this time the respected Wine Spectator announces the winners of its Award of Excellence, recognizing the quality of a restaurant's wine program. Hamilton's in the Admiral Fell Inn, Della Notte in Little Italy, Lennys Chop House in the Inner Harbor, Liberatore's in Timonium and Lewnes Steak House, Northwoods and Sam's Waterfront Cafe in Annapolis are among Maryland's 11 new award winners. Recipients are listed in the magazine's recently published dining guide.

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 410-752-6049; or e-mail to elizabeth.largaltsun.com.

Pub Date: 10/29/98

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