Chart House will relocate in the Power Plant


April 29, 1999|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,Sun Restaurant Critic

The Chart House had been open on the Inner Harbor's Pier 4 since 1979. But no more. It closed last week to make room for a new and improved Chart House, which will open in the Power Plant entertainment complex -- perhaps by the summer of 2000. While details of the project are sketchy at this point, management does promise outdoor seating, updated decor and a brand-new menu.

New at 500 Harborview

The dining room at 500 Harborview Drive is one of those spaces that keeps food critics happy. Every time I need a new restaurant to visit, voila! -- a new one has opened there.

It was last J. Leonard's Waterside, an upscale seafood place. Now, after making extensive renovations, Alex Schleider has opened the South Harbor Tavern, what he calls an "upscale casual restaurant." Entree prices on the mostly American menu run from $11.25 for vegetarian dishes to $18.95 for the Trifecta Kebab: shrimp, steak and scallops over couscous.

Eclectic Zodiac

The recent opening of the Charles Theatre multiplex is good reason to note the reopening of Zodiac, the restaurant across the street at 1726 N. Charles St. (It was closed four months for renovation and regrouping.) The eclectic menu ranges from Tex Mex to Thai and just about everywhere in between. Prices are good, starting at $7 for rice noodles with stir-fried vegetables in a spicy plum-ginger sauce and going to a high of $14 for grilled beef fillet.

Good and cheap

In your search for good Cheap Eats restaurants, don't forget the Mediterranean Palace at 59926 York Road. In spite of the name, it has no atmosphere to speak of; and service proceeds at a snail's pace. But the falafel is fabulous (all the Mideast appetizers are excellent), and the kitchen produces the best lamb kebab I've come across for the price ($9.99). When a reader wrote me recently raving about a meal there, I tried it again and decided it deserved another plug -- particularly as no one ever seems to be there.

Misleading photo

A reader called to complain that it wasn't fair to run a photograph of Tuscany Grill chef Andrew Thomas with last week's Table Talk column without mentioning that he got another job (even before the Tuscany Grill closed). Indeed he did -- running the kitchen of the hottest new restaurant in town, Spike and Charlie Gjerde's Atlantic.

John Komosa, also pictured, e-mailed me to point out that he hadn't been associated with the restaurant since late 1998, although the implication of the caption was that he was still an owner when the Tuscany Grill closed.

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