The Glory Days comes to Towson


October 10, 2002|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

These are Towson's glory days. Literally. The Glory Days Grill opened Monday at 1220 E. Joppa Road. It's the 10th restaurant in the chain started in the mid-'90s by Virginians Richard Danker and Jeffrey Newman and Marylander Robert Garner. But it's the first one in the Baltimore area.

Garner says he and his partners came up with the Glory Days concept because of some of the things they share in common. They all are sports fans, are married and have children. They wanted to open a place that catered to sports fans and families.

Each Glory Days Grill is filled with sports memorabilia and loads of televisions. At the Towson location, there are 32 TVs - each showing one of 12 different programs. Every table in the restaurant has an infrared radio, which you can use to tune in the TV of your choice.

Garner says most of the programs are sports-related, but the restaurant usually makes sure the Cartoon Network is running on at least one TV. Great for keeping the peace for the family with children.

The family-friendly menu is filled with American grilled foods. Salads include grilled chicken, shrimp or steak Caesar ($8.99). The sandwich menu includes burgers ($6.69-$7.29) and a crab-cake sandwich (market price). Entrees run the gamut from barbecue ribs ($13.99) and fresh grilled salmon ($12.99) to steaks ($11.99-$13.99) and pastas ($10.99-$12.99). There's also a children's menu that ranges from a hot dog ($2.99) to a child-size portion of ribs ($4.99).

The restaurant - in the new Radio Park office development - seats up to 240. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to midnight Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.

A bit more bistro

At Regi's American Bistro in Federal Hill, it's the menu that has gotten an overhaul.

Tim Issel, who's minding the shop while owner Alan Morstein is on vacation, says that with the new fall and winter menu, the restaurant has gone from classic American to a bit more bistro. That, courtesy of new executive chef John "Tip" Carter, formerly the sous chef at Harbor Court Hotel.

Among the new items are a cedar-planked salmon topped with ginger-pickled cabbage ($16.50); a grilled rib-eye steak with onion demiglace and smashed potatoes ($19.50); and Regi's paella, chicken, shrimp, mussels, crab and andouille sausage in a seafood stock served over saffron rice ($17.95).

Fear not, you can still grab a burger or crab cake there.

Regi's is at 1002 Light St.

Opera on the table

Bravo to the new eating experience being offered by the Baltimore Opera Company. Those who want to do more than just see and hear opera can now try an opera entree.

Two nights during the run of each BOC production this season, you can purchase a $100 to $125 ticket that includes admission to the opera and dinner (appetizer, entree and dessert) at a local restaurant that bears something in common with the opera being performed.

Tomorrow night, you can dine at an Indian restaurant, the Ambassador Dining Room, and then take a shuttle to the Lyric Opera House to watch Lakme - the story of which takes place in 19th-century India.

During the November run of Rigoletto, dinner will be served at the Italian restaurant Sotta Sopra. In December, dig into German food at the Brewer's Art before digging into Die Fledermaus.

In January, it's a Russian meal at the New York Palace, before Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk. And next June, dine at Ixia before hearing Madame Butterfly. Reservations: 410-727-6000.

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