Hold the burgers, bring on the stew at Sean Bolan's


November 22, 2001|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

Even the regulars thought that Sean Bolan's at 1236 S. Light St. would be serving wings and burgers when the pub opened its dining room a couple of weeks ago, says owner Ken Krucenski.

Instead, the kitchen produces five Irish specialties: fish and chips, shepherd's pie, Irish stew, bangers and mash (sausage and mashed potatoes) and seafood chowder, each for $8.95. On Friday nights, things get a little fancier, with specials like salmon with a toasted walnut and dill sauce for $13.95.

Sean Bolan's specializes in high-end beers, with 17 drafts on tap. The dining room is open for dinner only Monday through Friday, for lunch and dinner Saturday, and is closed Sunday.

Tapas on Broadway

The success of Tapas Teatro next to the Charles Theatre has obscured the fact that you can get tapas elsewhere in the city. Try Arizona Tapas Bar and Restaurant, which has opened quietly at 25 S. Broadway. Here you can enjoy tapas, those Spanish "small plates" that can end up being a full meal, with a pitcher of sangria or a glass of wine.

Arizona is a full-service restaurant as well, with Tex-Mex, Peruvian, Cuban and Colombian dishes. It's open from noon to midnight Monday through Saturday. No credit cards are accepted.

One World Cafe in Canton

A third One World Cafe has opened in the Can Company in Canton at 2400 Boston St., with a handsome contemporary decor and a fireplace. This is actually a One World Cafe Express: It has a smaller menu than its two siblings. That will change if the owners decide to stay - at the moment they've only committed to three months. Right now, you can get coffee, pastries, lasagna, quiche and croissants with fillings like spinach and feta.

The third World is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and supper.

Fells Point adds a Bayou Blues Cafe

Fells Point is the home of the second Bayou Blues Cafe, at 1636 Thames St. (The first is located in White Marsh.) The food is pub grub and Cajun specialties like jambalaya and etouffe. At the moment, the menu of Bayou Blues Cafe II isn't as extensive as the one in White Marsh, but that should change as the cafe establishes itself.

Bayou Blues, known for its live jazz and blues, is open daily for lunch and dinner.

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