Angelina's is turning 50

TABLE TALK

January 24, 2002|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN RESTAURANT CRITIC

A classic Baltimore restaurant, Angelina's (7135 Harford Road), will be celebrating its 50th anniversary this Valentine's Day. It's an impressive milestone for an unpretentious neighborhood place -- an Irish pub known for its Italian food and lump crab cake. Everything is made on the premises, including the rolls and desserts.

As for that crab cake, often voted Baltimore's best, Angelina's has signed an agreement (!) with the Maryland Department of Agriculture to use only domestic blue crab. If you're worried you might be eating a Philippine crab cake, not a Maryland crab cake, this is the place to go.

Life, and nightlife, after 29

So many night spots have opened up in Baltimore for twentysomethings lately that Nathan and Patricia Beverage, owners of the Midtown Yacht Club (15 E. Centre St.), decided that the older crowd needed a new place to go. That led to the recent opening of the Spyclub above the Yacht Club.

The lounge is decorated with leather sofas, spy memorabilia and movie posters from the 1950s. There's also a small dance floor.

The Spyclub, open from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesdays through Sundays, serves classic cocktails; light fare like Caesar salad, smoked salmon and a cheese plate; and desserts.

Food and football: It's not just about beef

Just in time for the Super Bowl, a new cookbook has come out with recipes from restaurants in all the cities that have NFL teams. Baltimore's entry -- Maryland crab ravioli with winter-vegetable ragout -- is from chef-owner Nancy Longo of Pierpoint (1822 Aliceanna St.).

I would have assumed that any recipe in a pro-football cookbook would involve enormous amounts of beef. Or maybe taco dip. Shows my prejudice.

The cookbook, Taste of the NFL: Restaurant Guide 2002, costs $19.95. Proceeds go to national hunger-relief charities. To order, call 952-835-7621 or visit www.tasteofthenfl.com.

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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