A second Ginza has opened

TABLE TALK

January 09, 2003|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Two years to the day after Ginza Japanese Steak House opened in Cockeysville (Dec. 6, 2000), another Ginza opened, in Owings Mills.

Manager Lily Zhao says customers at the new place have several choices when it comes to seating -- and eating. You can choose to sit in the tableside-cooking section, where chairs are arranged around nine Japanese grills. You can sit at the sushi bar. Or you can sit at regular dining tables. And did we mention the tatami room, where as many as 10 people can sit on floor cushions around a low table?

The menu includes teppan yaki dinners -- cooked on the tableside grills -- which include your choice of meat or fish, along with a shrimp appetizer, house soup, salad, steamed rice and vegetables. Prices range from $14.95 for a chicken dinner to $29.95 for lobster. There's a full sushi menu ($3 to $4.50 for most selections), and there are also several dishes that are made in the kitchen, including chicken or beef teriyaki ($14.95), shrimp tempura ($17.95) and sukiyaki ($18.95).

Ginza Japanese Steak House is at 9616 Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills. It's open daily for lunch and dinner.

Branching out

Three and a half years -- that's how long it took for the Tiburzi brothers to open their Canton eatery, Tiburzi's Cafe, at 902 S. Kenwood Ave.

Now, three and a half months after opening the restaurant, Henry Tiburzi says he and brother Sabatino have just settled on the property next door, so they can expand the business.

"When we purchased this place [in 1998], it was a total dive," Tiburzi says. "Everything we did, we did ourselves, from the floors to the ceiling." The renovation work included installing Italian marble on the exterior of the building and in the bathrooms and building the restaurant's oak bar, back patio deck and even the porch around the building. Ergo, the long time span from purchasing the site to opening the restaurant's doors.

The menu runs the gamut from pub food to Italian pasta dishes to fine-dining entrees.

The expansion plans aren't finalized, but Tiburzi says he's thinking about using the space to expand the restaurant's after-dinner business -- possibly adding a nightclub element. However, he and his brother don't plan on taking as long this time around. They're shooting for a finish date sometime this summer.

Tiburzi's Cafe restaurant hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar is open six days a week until 2 a.m.

No more lunch

More restaurant news from Canton: Birches restaurant, at 641 S. Montford Ave., has decided to table its lunch hours.

Chef/owner Brian Bruso had only begun serving lunch in October. He says he'd planned to discontinue lunch just during the holidays but, after reviewing the numbers, decided to keep lunch on hold. He says he might reconsider when the weather gets warmer and more Canton business folk are willing to walk to lunch again.

Meanwhile, the casual dinner menu is staying put. Selections include entrees, salads, sandwiches, burgers and pizzas, which, Bruso points out, are made with homemade dough and baked in Birches' wood-burning oven.

Birches serves food from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 5 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Table Talk welcomes interesting tidbits of restaurant news. Please send suggestions by fax to Sloane Brown at 410-675-3451, or by e-mail to sloane@livetabletalk.com.

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