Cafe Hon's `coffee cart' at the Rotunda

TABLE TALK

March 16, 2000|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

With the closing of TCBY and the Charm City Diner in the Rotunda, shoppers and office workers there can no longer conveniently get a sandwich or a cup of coffee. So when the news went around that Denise Whiting, owner of Cafe Hon in Hampden, would be opening a branch of her restaurant in the TCBY space, patrons were overjoyed.

But the original deal fell through, and it looked as if lunch would be limited to a slice of pizza from the Rotunda's Casa Mia or takeout from the Giant's salad bar. Last week, though, Whiting reached an agreement with Manekin Corp., which manages the Rotunda. Within a week or so the building will get a Cafe Hon coffee cart, which will sell homemade chicken salad, turkey and tuna sandwiches; wraps; and salads. "We'll take it from there and see what happens," says Whiting.

Richard Darrell of the Rotunda management adds, "We have a larger plan; we're looking to improve the food quality at the Rotunda." He won't, however, go into details.

Towson Town opens new bistro

Bistro Sensations. It's not the most sophisticated name in the world. But the new eating place in Towson Town Center, part of a New Jersey-based chain, has lots of style. Don't look for it in the food court; you go down the escalators to the very bottom level where the Garden Cafe used to be. There you'll get your freshly made pizza (with selections like sun-dried tomato and chicken), quiche, pasta, salads, crepes and desserts and carry them to a table. Or you could make a meal of homemade soup (white Maryland crab, perhaps, or tomato basil) and foccaccia. It's a pretty space and prices are good, with most things costing between $5 and $7.

On the way to Locust Point

Donald E. Fay wrote to "mildly chastise" me for placing the new Lynn's restaurant in Locust Point. He tells me that the 600 block of E. Fort Ave. is several blocks west of Lawrence Street, which is where Locust Point begins. My apologies.

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Elizabeth Large's reviews of restaurants appear inside the Sunday Home & Family section. This Sunday: Puffins in Pikesville.

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