Fusion beats out Italian in Fallston A month and a half...


January 27, 2000|By Elizabeth Large | By Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Fusion beats out Italian in Fallston

A month and a half ago, the Fusion Grille opened at 2402 Pleasantville Road in Fallston. "I decided not to go the Italian route," says owner-chef Michael Matassa, referring to the fact that for the past 30 years restaurants such as Aldo's and Portofino's have been at that location.

Instead he's serving a casual, innovative mix of Southwestern, Asian, Caribbean and Cajun. Signature dishes include blackened tuna with a warm banana salsa and sesame-crusted, roasted red snapper marinated in soy sauce and sauced with plum tomatoes, pancetta and fresh basil.

The Fusion Grille is open every day for lunch and dinner. Prices are moderate, with entrees running from $9.95 to $16.95.

Brazilian steak house

It had to happen. With the incredible popularity of steak houses and the interest in global cuisine, was a chain of Brazilian steak houses far behind? The newest Malibu Grill is scheduled to open this week at 10215 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. (There are two others in Virginia.)

Meals are based around marinated and grilled beef, lamb, pork and chicken, carved at table-side by Brazilian-style "cowboys." The price of $8.95 for lunch and $15.95 for dinner includes all-you-can eat meat and a buffet with salads and hot items like black beans and rice and fried yucca root.

Everybody's a critic

All you would-be critics out there, here's your chance: Zagat is doing a new survey of Baltimore and Annapolis restaurants. If you send a self-addressed, stamped, business-sized envelope to Zagat Survey, 1227 25th St. N.W., Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20037-1198, you'll receive a questionnaire about some 300 area eateries, with space to write in your favorites and little-known finds. If you return the survey by March 17, you'll get a free copy of next year's edition, worth $10.95. You also get the chance to boost your favorite restaurants.

Exceptional bagels

The owners are from Mexico, which isn't exactly the bagel capital of the world. But if the bagels at Towson Hot Bagel (16 Allegheny Ave., Towson) aren't the best in town, they come pretty darn close. You have to like your bagels huge, with a nice crusty-chewy exterior and a soft, warm interior. Well, who doesn't?

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