Cafe fare taste trip in time

Millennium: Glen Burnie restaurant, with dishes named for decades, offers tasty, varied menu.

Restaurant review

Arundel Live

January 13, 2000|By Ruth P. Hakulin | Ruth P. Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

By now, you have probably thought the hype about the "new millennium" had faded.

Not so in Glen Burnie, where the New Millennium Cafe is alive and forging ahead full steam.

Opened in August, this deli, restaurant and carryout at 11 Vernon Ave., a half-block off Ritchie Highway, offers new and tasty choices to satisfy the fussiest of appetites.

Owned by Sina Ighani and Will Edman, this brightly lighted restaurant has two rooms decorated with oak panels and greenery that make you feel welcome as soon as you enter.

The most popular items on the menu are "Mighty Sandwiches" named for years of the 20th century.

Don't order a Ruben, for example, but instead, order the "1910."

Not all the menu items are sandwiches. Appetizers range from $2.50 for zucchini sticks to $6.50 for the breaded combo platter. (I tried this recently and recommend it highly .)

Side dishes from steak fries to onion rings are priced from $1.50 to $2.50.

Also available are Italian and Polish sausage at $2.50 each and soups and salads from $1.50 to $4.95.

Entrees include beef kebabs (marinated filet mignon) at $7.95, chicken kebabs at $5.95 or a combo platter for $10.95, which includes both.

All meats served are fresh, not frozen, and most are marinated, making them super-tender.

Most of the meat and cheese is displayed in a refrigerated unit under glass, so you can see what you've chosen before it's prepared.

And don't forget pizza with toppings of your choice starting with $5.50 for a plain medium.

Drinks include creamy milk shakes, fountain sodas, bottled sodas or various coffees.

I recently enjoyed a great meal. The breaded combo platter to start was deep-fried to perfection. For my entree, I had the "1970" -- marinated New York strip steak done medium well with a baked potato on the side for $8.50.

The steak was almost 10 inches long, an inch thick and tender enough to cut with a fork.

My milkshake was so thick it brought back memories of soda shops I enjoyed as a kid.

The "1980" my husband ordered a chicken Parmesan sandwich on an 8-inch Italian loaf made with marinated chicken that melted in your mouth.

Specials are always available, and the restaurant delivers within a five-mile radius.

New Millennium Cafe

Where: 11 Vernon Ave., Glen Burnie; 410-590-0800

Hours: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 12 midnight Fridays and Saturdays

Prices: Appetizers, $2.50-$6.50; entrees, $5.50-$10.95

Credit cards: All major cards

Rating: ***

Ratings: * culinary wasteland **** culinary heaven

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