Noodles & Company has the world's carb dishes

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November 06, 2003|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Pasta freaks, rejoice! No matter how you like your favorite form of boiled carbs, chances are you'll find it at Pikesville's newest eatery - Noodles & Company - opening any day now in the Centre Court Shopping Center. Do you pine for Italian pasta? It's there on the menu - pesto cavatappi ($5.95) and penne with Roma tomato marinara ($4.95), for instance. Chinese? Then the wok-seared lo mein ($5.50) will fill the bill. Indian? Coconut curry ($5.25). Thai? Pad Thai Noodles ($5.50). How 'bout Hungarian? You betcha - mushroom stroganoff ($4.95). And what about that good ol' American standard, mac and cheese? Of course ($4.75). Not to mention the Japanese and Indonesian entries, as well.

Each of the dishes just listed comes meat-free. You can then order your choice of protein - chicken breast, beef tenderloin, shrimp or organic tofu - for an additional $1.45 to $1.95. You can also toss in additional veggies or cheeses for 75 cents each. Plus, there are a couple of noodle-soup options - Thai curry and chicken noodle ($3.70-$4.95).

If you bring along a friend who happens to be one of those no-carb types - not to worry - there are several salads available ($2.95-$4.95).

Noodles & Company is another one of those "quick casual" restaurants. Translation: Order at the counter, sit down, and your meal will be delivered to you. Or just carry it out.

There are plans to open more Noodles & Company locations in the area next year.

Noodles & Company, 410-580-5886, is at 3755 Old Court Road at Reisterstown Road. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Wednesday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Hampden comfort food

One of the best-kept Hampden dining secrets is now out of the bag - thanks to the recent "A Taste of Hampden" fund-raiser for the Hampden Family Center. Apparently, the homemade beef stew and cream of crab offered by Bobbi Jo's Rooftop Cafe was quite a hit. The restaurant opened on the 15th floor of the St. Mary's Roland View Towers during the summer.

Owner and lifelong Hampdenite Bobbi Jo Fox describes the place as "a mixture of elegance with a hometown touch."

Dishes include homemade meatloaf and gravy ($7.95), liver and onions ($8.95), two coddies ($5.95), spaghetti and meatballs ($7.95), fried shrimp ($11.95) and - of course - crab cakes (market price). There are also daily specials such as beef stew and the homemade chicken potpie every Sunday. That's dinner.

Bobbi Jo's also serves breakfast - all your usual suspects ($1.95-$4.95). And lunch includes sandwiches ($3-$3.25), hamburgers ($4.25-$4.75), subs ($4.75-$4.95) and more than a dozen club sandwiches ($5.75).

The restaurant seats 72, and the atmosphere is casual. The "elegance" refers to the view. And what a view. Fox says all of downtown Baltimore, the Key Bridge, Eastpoint and Towson are visible and that no other B-more eatery can beat it.

Bobby Jo's Rooftop Cafe, 443-524-2555, is at 3838 Roland Ave. It's open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday and 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Wednesday through Friday. Bring your own beer or wine.

Fleming's private dining

If you love the food at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, but you're not crazy about the cavernous dining room, don't worry. The Baltimore restaurant has just opened another private dining room. Operating partner Richard Haskell says the Chesapeake Room seats 50 to 75, and when it's not being used for private parties, customers may dine there.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar, 410-332-1666, is at 720 Aliceanna St. It's open 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. The restaurant isn't open for lunch, but the Chesapeake Room can be used for private luncheons.

Wayne's world

Wayne Brokke, formerly of Wayne's Barbecue at Harborplace, will sign copies of his new cookbook, I Can Cook, You Can Cook! at Coffee Coffee, 7 N. Calvert St., Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can find the cookbook at most local bookstores. Or keep an eye on QVC. Brokke will appear on the network in the next month or so to help sell his tome of Mur-land comfort food recipes and stories about growing up in Baltimore.

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

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