Urban Garden SpotThe name is something of a misnomer...

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August 12, 1999|By ELIZABETH LARGE | ELIZABETH LARGE,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Urban Garden Spot

The name is something of a misnomer, located as the restaurant is on Allegheny Avenue in the middle of Towson. But the new Garden Spot Cafe, where Donna's used to be, is more than just a lunch place catering to workers in the surrounding office buildings.

Owner Paul Resko, who hails from Georgia, is offering plenty of gourmet sandwiches and salads. But there are also entrees like shrimp and saffron linguine and vegetable and watercress tort. Dinner specials might include shrimp with lobster butter sauce or grilled tenderloin. Entrees range in price from $9.95 to $14.95.

The Garden Spot Cafe is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Hours on Sunday are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., on Monday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

New in Ellicott City

Ellicott City has a new trattoria, Fredo's, at 10291 Baltimore National Pike. The family-run business features southern Italian cuisine, with bread as well as pizza produced in the restaurant's brick oven. Entrees run from $7.95 to $14.95.

Fredo's is open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner; Sunday for dinner only.

Calvert House still standing

When it was announced in June that the Calvert House (347 N. Calvert St.) would be sold at auction, no one was quite sure what would happen to the building that has been at various times a bar, a restaurant and a hotel since the turn of the last century.

Business suffered, although the place stayed open.

Reports of the demise of the Calvert House were greatly exaggerated, says Frank Lutzi, the owner until the sale is finalized. Ricardo McCullough, who supposedly was the new owner, planned to keep the restaurant much the same when he took over in a month or so, with extended hours and an expanded menu. It looked as if all would be well. But at the end of last week, the sale was in danger of falling through.

And if it does? "The Calvert House will continue on as it always has," Lutzi says.

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.

Elizabeth Large's reviews of restaurants appear inside the Sunday Home & Family section. This Sunday: Cafe Neon in Canton.

Pub Date: 8/12/99

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