Phillips is coming to the Annapolis waterfront

TABLE TALK

June 10, 1999|By ELIZABETH LARGE | ELIZABETH LARGE,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

The Phillips empire should be moving into Annapolis this summer. If all goes well, the seafood chain will take over Vespucci, the Italian restaurant at 7 Dock St., at the end of the month.

With its view of the water, the location is a natural for an eighth Phillips. "It has a beautiful interior," says Honey Konicoff, corporate director of marketing for the chain. "We'll make a few minor adjustments to make it feel more like a Phillips, and then a week later we'll open the doors."

The menu will be much the same as at the other restaurants in the chain -- at least 50 percent crab dishes. Phillips has gone back to more traditional Maryland fare at its Harborplace location, Konicoff says, and that will be true of the new restaurant's menu as well.

Milton Inn for $9.95

Always wanted to eat at the Milton Inn in Sparks but felt it was a bit too rich for your blood? Now one of Baltimore's favorite destination restaurants is offering weekday lunch specials for $9.95 each. The specials include penne carbonara, portobello mushroom Wellington, chicken piccata, steak Diane and smoked turkey club.

Sourdough heaven

If you like sourdough bread, you'll love the new Panera Bakery-Cafe in Towson Marketplace. Even the bagels are made with sourdough starter. Besides all sorts of specialty breads and pastries, the chic little bakery offers sandwiches, soups and salads. Try the chicken salad on nine-grain bread or roast beef on a mini Asiago baguette. Coming in September: a Panera in The Mall in Columbia next to Nordstrom.

The singing waiter

And in The Big City Doesn't Have Everything Department: The Atlantic Hotel in Berlin is known for its elegant dining room, but you probably don't know that it also has a singing waiter. No, not in the elegant dining room. Thirty-five-year-old Todd Crosby of Snow Hill sings while he takes orders in the Drummer's Cafe. (On Friday and Saturday nights he sings full time, accompanied by a piano player.) What's more, I've heard the food is good.

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.large@baltsun.com.

Pub Date: 06/10/99

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