Bistro fare with the blues

TABLE TALK

March 27, 2003|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

There's a new restaurant in Eldersburg, and it has something for everyone. Or everything for someone.

Rushing to work? Just call Healing Heart Blues Bistro (410-549-9127) on your cell phone, and your coffee and pastry (or whatever you order) will be waiting for you curbside.

Want a chic place to go for dinner - all brushed stainless steel, maple, subdued lighting and colors? A slightly sophisticated menu appeal to you? Just call 410-549-6000 to make your reservation.

And how about some live blues to finish off your evening at Healing Heart? Stick around until 8 on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, or 9 on Friday and Saturday and you'll get an earful.

That's right, all those things are under one roof - at 1207 Liberty Road, in the Princess Shopping Center.

In the morning (starting at 6), Healing Heart serves as a coffee/espresso carryout and gourmet bakery, complete with a pastry chef on the premises. At 5 p.m., the bar and restaurant open.

Garrett Livzey, who owns the bistro with Daryl Heinz, describes the dinner menu as "American dishes with a twist." On the menu are dishes such as grilled salmon with a seasonal fresh fruit salsa ($17) and a roasted veal chop stuffed with spinach and Gruyere ($22).

Healing Heart Blues Bistro is open until 1 a.m. Wednesday through Monday, with blues acts every night but Monday. Dinner reservations are recommended.

Pasta and pizza

A few weeks back, I wrote about a new Japanese place in Ellicott City. Now I have the word on a new Italian eatery there.

Owner Frank Schiano describes Pastablitz as an "upscale pizzeria." Translated, that means you go up to the counter and order your pizza ($9.95 and up), pasta ($8.95-$11.45), sub or panini sandwich ($4.75-$5.95) or any of a myriad of Italian seafood, chicken or meat dishes ($11.95-$14.95).

You settle in at a table and they bring your order to you. Everything is made in house and from scratch. That includes pizza dough and sauce.

You'll find Pastablitz at 6010 University Blvd. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

A taste of home

The brand-new weekly specials at Howard Street's Cafe Mocha are particularly personal for one of the restaurant's owners.

Kader Camara grew up in France and West Africa. Using that background, he creates a dish every Monday and Friday from one of those regions - or a part of the world that combines the two, some part of the Caribbean, for example. His recent specials have included an African dish of chicken with peanut sauce; jerk chicken; and coq au vin. Tomorrow, it'll be Caribbean curried chicken.

Cafe Mocha also offers coffee, pastries and a few breakfast items, as well as several sandwiches for lunch.

And that art on the wall? That's the personal side of the cafe's other owner: painter Michelle Talibah.

Cafe Mocha is at 859 1/2 N. Howard St. It's open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The closing hour will change to 8 p.m. at the end of April.

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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