Peerce's Plantation reopens its doors

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October 02, 2003|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Who says you can't go home again? For lots of folks, Peerce's Plantation was like a second home - the place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, bar mitzvahs, weddings. Or just to enjoy dinner out. When Peerce's closed 2 1/2 years ago, many mourned its passing.

Guess what reopened this week?

New owners Eric and Jackson Dott, with the help of general manager Peter Weston, have spent months renovating the old building to bring back the feeling of Peerce's glory days. Weston says they've entirely rebuilt and revamped the structure but kept the basic design the same.

"It was really important that people feel they were coming back home," says Weston, "so it still looks like the old Plantation. People will recognize the same rooms, with the same names." The same, only better.

Improvements include: a better configured bar with more access around it, complete wheelchair access, deluxe restrooms and a covered and carpeted patio - with bandstand and dance floor - that looks over Loch Raven Reservoir.

Weston describes the menu as "traditional Maryland with some European fare."

That means you'll find appetizers like Maryland crab fondue ($10) along with shrimp cocktail ($10) and beef carpaccio ($13). Entrees include crab imperial ($24), pecan crusted halibut ($19), prime rib (16 oz. - $20, 32 oz. - $32), and chicken Baltimore with tomato linguine - pan-seared breast, jumbo lumps of crab, diced ham, scallions and tomato concasse ($17).

And to make sure that feeling of "home" is complete, there's even a "traditional favorites" section on the menu, with offerings like veal Oscar ($23), Chateaubriand for two ($45) and rack of lamb ($20).

Peerce's Plantation, 410-252-3101, is at 12460 Dulaney Valley Road in Phoenix. The restaurant serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday and Tuesday through Friday. On Saturday, dinner will be served until 10:30 p.m., with light fare offered until 11:30 p.m. Reservations are recommended.

Bahama Breeze

If you've wondered about all that construction going on next to Towson Town Center on Joppa Road, you can now see the results. Bahama Breeze opened this week. This is the 35th Caribbean-themed restaurant (the first in Maryland) in the chain owned by Darden Restaurants. Manager Vernal Crooms describes Bahama Breeze as a family-oriented restaurant that offers "Caribbean food, drink and fun." He says the eatery seats about 250, including a large enclosed deck with sliding windows that fully open in nice weather. There's also a large fireplace that about 18 to 20 people can sit around and also see outside. He says there are lots of booths, live trees and plants inside, an open display kitchen and colorful, batik-inspired prints on banquettes.

The menu offers such appetizers as West Indies patties - crisp turnovers with seasoned beef and vegetables served with apple-mango salsa ($6.25), habanero wings ($8.75) and coconut prawns ($8.25). Entrees include ahi tuna with wasabi cream, jasmine rice and grilled asparagus ($19.99) and Jamaican grilled chicken breast with cinnamon yam mash, roasted squash and Cuban black beans ($13.99).

You'll find Bahama Breeze, 410-821-7090, at 100 E. Joppa Road. Crooms says the restaurant offers complimentary valet parking, as well as its own parking area, and call-ahead seating (call them as you're leaving home to have them put your name on the wait list). The restaurant's hours are 4 p.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. In about six months, those hours will extend to include lunch.

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