French Louisiana Damon Hersh, executive chef of the...


February 03, 2000|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

French Louisiana

Damon Hersh, executive chef of the soon-to-be-opened Louisiana (1708 Aliceanna St.), says he plans "to buy the best ingredients and do a little magic in the kitchen."

What more could you ask? If you want atmosphere, owner John Saki has created a white-tablecloth restaurant on two levels with high ceilings, deep colors, mahogany trim, a wrought-iron spiral staircase, chandeliers and ceiling fans.

The food will be French "with some of the influences of New Orleans," says Hersh, who was last a chef at the Occidental Grill in Washington. "We'll be using some indigenous ingredients like crayfish" and blackening foods, he adds. "We want to incorporate the best of both worlds."

Dinner entrees will be priced from $18 to $30. Louisiana is scheduled to open in mid-February.

Art, music, coffee, tea

StreetFolks, 7403 Liberty Road, is an art gallery and venue for live jazz; but you can also get African coffee, herbal teas, juices and fancy desserts in its coffee bar. On weekends there's a light-fare menu with offerings like ham and cheese croissants, tamale pie and barbecued chicken. Prices range from $3 to $8.

Open in Oxford

I had a good meal last weekend at Latitude 38 in Oxford -- not your typical Eastern Shore restaurant. The menu, which changes every two weeks, features dishes like pork tenderloin and duxelles in puff pastry, orange chipolte strip steak and marinated tuna. Make note of the name, because it's one of the only restaurants, if not the only, open in Oxford this time of year.

Latitude 38 is a casual place, and you'll feel completely comfortable in your jeans, but it isn't inexpensive. Entrees are priced around $18-$20. When you make your reservations, ask for a table by the fire.

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