There is a place to get sheep's pluck


Timonium carryout offers assortment of Scottish food

May 29, 2002|By Tom Waldron | Tom Waldron,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Every self-respecting city should have at least one place where you can buy haggis, the Scottish specialty made of, ahem, a sheep's pluck (also known as a stomach bag).

Around here, that would be Shepherd's Pies of Scotland, a small Timonium carryout that does everything right and will even whip up a haggis - provided you give 48 hours' advance notice.

Shepherd's Pies, which is named for one of the two owners, has a wide-ranging assortment of lovingly prepared meat and fish pies, quiches and pastries. The entrees are elegant but small - a couple of inches in diameter - so we ordered a sampler.

Our server - co-owner Jane Anne Giffen - carefully stacked an assortment of pies in a white box and even wrote a note on the top to remind us where each was placed so we'd know what we were eating. Bear in mind, Shepherd's Pies' offerings should be reheated for about 10 minutes at home. They were all worth the wait.

A shepherd's pie with lamb ($2) featured a fine thin pastry shell stuffed with lamb meat and sauce, with buttery mashed potatoes and a sprinkling of paprika on top.

The chicken curry pie ($2) included white-meat chicken heavily seasoned with curry, again in a pastry shell. The sausage quiche ($2) was fluffy and yummy, and included sweet chunks of sausage, all covered with a thin layer of cheese.

Slightly less satisfying was the salmon cake ($1.25), which was tasty, but had too much bread crumb and not enough fish.

Shepherd's Pies also makes its own desserts. The miniature Boston cream pie (99 cents) was a sweet, tall tower, drenched in a lovely chocolate sauce. The bonnets (35 cents each) were essentially tiny pieces of extremely sweet vanilla cake - and delicious. The iced raisin scone (99 cents) was perhaps too sweet and included only one lonely raisin.

We washed it all down with some unusual European sodas, one that resembled the taste of Sprite and the other an English ginger beer.

Along with the prepared foods, the clean, cheery eatery offers a small array of Scottish products, including Branston pickle - which is, I'm told, a fine relish - and PG Tips tea.

Shepherd's Pies is in the Padonia Village Shopping Center, just east of York Road on Padonia - a quick shot off Interstate 83. Parking is plentiful.

Shepherd's Pies of Scotland

Food: ***1/2

Service: ****

Waiting room: ***

Parking: ***

Where: 27 E. Padonia Road, Timonium

Phone: 410-628-4045

Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; closed Sunday

Prices: Small pies $2 to $4; credit cards accepted

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