More sushi for Towson


March 08, 2001|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Towson got its newest Japanese restaurant with the opening last week of Maki Maki at 22 W. Allegheny Ave. That's the place where a Donna's, the Garden Spot Cafe and then Tomato used to be. Dong Kun Choi and his wife, Jae Im, have taken it over, redecorated and created a sushi bar that also serves noodle dishes and teriyaki.

Just off the top of my head I can think of a surprising number of Japanese restaurants in the immediate area, including San Sushi Too, Nichi Bei Kai and Sushi Hana. Edo Sushi and the new Ginza are just a little farther north. With its concentration of good Japanese restaurants, we ought to start calling Towson Little Japan.

Latin American cuisine

If you like the popular El Azteca Mexican restaurant in Clarksville, you ought to love Senor Tucan's in Ellicott City. One of the owners of El Azteca, Francisca Cortes, has opened her own restaurant at 10291 Baltimore National Pike, and she says it has even more authentic Latin American cuisine than the original place.

Senor Tucan's is open for lunch and dinner every day. It has a full bar and live music Friday nights. Entree prices range from $8.95 to $14.95.

Grille's great service

Douglas Stubbs of Jarrettsville wrote to point out that in a recent review of the Oregon Grille, I said the service, which was a little ragged when the restaurant first opened, couldn't have been better this time round; but I gave it 3 1/2 stars, not 4. He's right - that doesn't make any sense. I'm like the judges at an ice-skating competition; I always want to leave myself a little wiggle room.

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