Don't call Grille a Marriott's

TABLE TALK

March 01, 2001|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Last Monday Grille 700, the first of the new Marriott Waterfront's restaurants, opened quietly. Director of restaurants Ephraime Getachew insists it's more upscale than the usual hotel eatery; the competition, he says, is places like Charleston.

"We don't want to be called a Marriott restaurant," he says, in spite of the fact that Grille 700 also functions as the hotel's coffee shop, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week.

Grille 700's food has a Mediterranean accent; but most of the dishes are straightforward, like brick-oven roasted red snapper, a grilled veal chop, rotisserie chicken and a crab cake. Other features include a raw bar and brick-oven pizza. Entrees run from $13 to $32.

FOR THE RECORD - In Thursday's LIVE section, the online address for Maryland Community Kitchen contained an inadvertent hyphen. The correct address is www.mdcommunitykitchen.org. The Sun regrets the error.

Meanwhile nothing has been decided about the Marriott's other restaurant. Although a chain like Shula's or Morton's could conceivably move in, most likely, Getachew says, the Marriott will be running the dining room itself.

Eat well and do good

Mark next Thursday, March 8, on your calendar as a good day to eat out. That's the date for Dining Out for Life, when participating restaurants contribute a percentage of their take to Maryland Community Kitchen (formerly Moveable Feast), which feeds people who are homebound with AIDS. Now that nearly 100 local restaurants are taking part, we can no longer list them all. Instead, go to www.mdcommunitykitchen.org and see the complete list. Make your reservations now.

Chefs' choice

Baltimore has a small part in the new book "Chef's Night Out" by Andrew Dornenburg and Karen Page (John Wiley & Sons, 2001). America's top 100 chefs - at least according to the authors - in 26 cities tell us where to eat out and give tips on making the experience more enjoyable.

Baltimore is represented by Jerry Pellegrino of Corks and Cindy Wolf of Charleston. The local highlights are picked by Pellegrino, and include for coffee, One World Cafe; crab cakes, Pierpoint and the Prime Rib; scotch, Birds of a Feather; sushi, Matsuri and Nichiban; and hamburger, Kooper's Tavern and Mother's Federal Hill Grille. His other favorites include Charleston, Maria D's, Ten-O-Six and Vespa; while Wolf's picks for best in Baltimore are Banjara, B.O.P., Corks (what a coincidence), Jimmy's and Tamber's Nifty Fifties Diner. I don't know about you, but some of the places on their lists surprise me.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Table Talk, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore, MD 21278; fax to 410-783-2519; or e-mail to elizabeth.large@baltsun.com.

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