Eat up and gas up


August 01, 2002|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Along with your pate platter or blackened tuna steak, perhaps you'd care for a little oxygen? Yep. Oxygen is the latest addition to the menu at the popular Mount Vernon lounge/restaurant Spy Club. It's a Maryland first, according to Nathan Beveridge, who along with his wife, Trish, owns Spy Club and its downstairs neighbor, the Midtown Yacht Club.

Beveridge says they installed two oxygen "stations" at the bar in the back of the club about three weeks ago. The gas isn't supplied by tanks; rather, a "futuristic" machine pulls in air, pulls out all the impurities and pumps out a mix of about 95 percent oxygen, which the user inhales through a personalized disposable nosepiece.

Oh, and there are "flavors." The user has a choice of four different ones: tangerine and lavender ("calming," according to Beveridge); chamomile and vanilla ("soothing and replenishing"); mandarin orange ("uplifting and energizing, ... our most popular"); and berry ("invigorating, good for sexual prowess").

"It's oxygen-meets-aromatherapy," Beveridge says. "The combination gives you a great feeling of revitalization."

Ten dollars buys you 10 minutes, and it's a dollar for every minute after.

Beveridge says it generally takes about seven minutes before you start to notice the oxygen's effects. He says most people find 10- to 15-minute sessions are enough.

The oxygen stations are already quite a hit. Beveridge says most nights there's "at least a three- or four-person backup."

Who knew you'd want to go to a restaurant for the gas you'd get?

The Spy Club is at 15 E. Centre St. It's open Wednesday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m.

Breakfast all day long

Everything's sunny-side-up at a new Howard County restaurant.

Egg Spectation Resto-Cafe opened three weeks ago at 6010 University Blvd. in Columbia (near the corner of Route 108 and Snowden River Parkway). Co-owner David Albert says he and partner Jon Hinkle are already getting "regulars."

While the extensive menu offers breakfast all day, including a couple dozen egg dishes, it also has a wide variety of burgers, salads, sandwiches and entrees, such as chicken a l'orange ($11.99), crab cake ($17.99) and filet mignon ($18.99).

Albert describes the decor as better than you'd expect at an all-day breakfast joint - with lots of brick, stone and metalwork sculpture.

For those who like to take their laptops along when they dine out, the restaurant offers eight booths that each have analog ports and electric outlets. There's also a glassed-in meeting room that can seat 40. It features a plasma screen, high-speed Internet connection and DVD/VHS playback capabilities. So, you can have a business lunch, watch a Power Point presentation and chow down on Chesapeake Benedict (two poached eggs on a bed of jumbo lump crab meat with hollandaise sauce, $12.99).

Egg Spectation Resto-Cafe is open Monday through Saturday 6 a.m.-8:30 p.m., Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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