New Orleans bistro opens


April 12, 2001|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

With the closing of Braznell's Caribbean Kitchen (1623 E. Baltimore St.), Baltimore has lost what -- as far as I know -- was its first sit-down Caribbean restaurant. But the good news is that the two-story space has been renovated and reopened as Sydnee De Mar, with a few Caribbean dishes still on the menu.

Mostly, though, the new bistro has a New Orleans flavor, says co-owner Robert Singletary, with dishes like Cajun catfish and seafood ya ya gumbo. Other specialties include Southern fried chicken with honey tomato chutney and collard greens and grilled rockfish Negril over sauteed spinach. Prices range from $8 to $18.

Sydnee De Mar is open Mondays through Fridays for lunch from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursdays through Saturdays for dinner from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Easter dinner

The number of Americans eating out on Easter is up 2 percent since 1996, the National Restaurant Association reports. (Sixteen percent of Americans ate out last Easter.) It doesn't seem like a significant increase to me. I wouldn't be surprised if the number of people eating out on any given day is up 2 percent from five years ago. More interesting is the fact that Easter is the sixth most popular occasion to eat out -- after birthdays, Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Father's Day and New Year's Eve.

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