A new bar-restaurant in Eastport

TABLE TALK

September 13, 2001|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Around the end of the month, the Boatyard Bar and Grill should open in the Eastport section of Annapolis. The new bar-restaurant, located where Patton's Pub used to be at 400 4th St., will have a little bit of the Caribbean, a little bit of the Florida Keys and a lot of the Chesapeake Bay.

Owner Richard Franyo is hoping it will be "a bar with really wonderful food" - that food being dishes like conch fritters, crab cakes, jerk chicken, Angus beef burgers and a vegetable crab soup.

The space has been completely renovated with natural materials and lots of wood, an open beam ceiling, ceiling fans, light colors and a nautical theme. It's reminiscent of a cleaned-up Key West bar.

Open for lunch and dinner daily, the Boatyard will have the same menu for both meals, with entrees running from $6.95 for a hamburger to $19.95 for a New York strip steak or crab cakes.

Continuity and difference

The name is different, but some things have stayed the same. The Blue Pointe Grille, which has replaced Hunters' Lodge at 9445 Baltimore National Pike in Ellicott City, still has the previous owners associated with it. And there's still a Hunters house salad on the menu.

But the menu is more traditional, with lots of Chesapeake Bay seafood, steaks and prime rib. There's a daily list of fresh fish, such as tilapia, mahi mahi and red snapper, as well as the expected salmon and flounder.

The Blue Pointe Grille is open for dinner daily. Entrees are priced from $12.50 for "Flattened Chicken, Garlic Mash, Balsamic Drizzle" to $26 for daily specials like rack of lamb.

Another Peerce's place

Along the lines of where are they now? Peerce Lake, former owner of the now-closed Peerce's Plantation, is now at Peerce's to Go in the Shops at Kenilworth in Towson. Fans of the Plantation will find some of its dishes on the Towson restaurant's menu.

Peerce's to Go is a carryout with a couple of tables. It features soups, sandwiches and a hot-and-cold buffet. It's open daily for lunch and early dinner.

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