Big Sky Bread expands with Moonpenny Cafe


November 13, 2003|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Now you don't have to wait until you get home to enjoy a sandwich on your favorite Big Sky Bread. The popular Roland Park bakery has expanded, recently opening its Moonpenny Cafe.

Owner David Pless has put Chris Hadley in charge as manager. Hadley describes the cafe as modern Mediterranean -- with reds, oranges and blues, and slate tile floors. There are some aluminum and steel accents and soft lighting to give the place a warm feeling. There's currently seating for five, but that will soon expand to seating for 25 to 30.

The menu right now is limited to lunch -- with an emphasis, naturally, on Big Sky Breads. That means a selection of sandwiches such as the Gobbler -- sliced turkey breast on their whole wheat pumpkin bread, sprouts, Havarti cheese and cranberry relish($5.95); the Hampden Commuter -- thick slice of meatloaf on their Wyoming sourdough bread, served with choice of lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup or BBQ sauce ($5.95); and the Bouche's (Hadley's nickname) Chicken Salad Especiale -- white-meat chicken salad with a "hint of the Chesapeake"($5.95).

They're also trying to do hot specials every day. One day last week those offerings included chicken pot pie ($4.95) and an open-face chicken sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy ($5.95).

There are also two homemade soups($3.95 per bowl) every day that rotate among choices like butternut squash with roasted chestnut puree, New Orleans gumbo, chicken and wild rice and oyster stew.

Coming around mid-December: dinner. With a nod toward that Mediterranean theme there, too.

Expect takeout casseroles, stews, cassoulets as well as risottos, pizzas, pastas to take out or eat there. And on Wednesday nights, a guest chef will serve ethnic specialties family style.

You can still come in and pick up a few loaves of your favorite Big Sky Breads. And, now you'll find muffins and pastries, too.

Moonpenny serves a limited breakfast on the weekends.

Moonpenny Cafe @ Big Sky Bread, 410-662-6070, is at 509 W. Cold Spring Lane. It's open 7 a.m.-6 p.m. seven days a week. Check back in a few weeks for the expanded dinner hours.

Obrycki's clientele

B-more's Obrycki's Crab House & Seafood Restaurant has been getting lots of the celebrity treatment lately. Check out the Who's Who who've been ordering out in recent weeks. According to the Cernak family, Obrycki's owners, Sen. Barbara Mikulski picked up some crab cakes to take to Hilary Clinton. Local actor-made-big-time Josh Charles had steamed crabs and crab cakes overnighted to him in Los Angeles for his birthday. And B-more-born H-wood hunk Thomas Jane -- who stars in next summer's movie The Punisher -- had a couple of bushels of steamed crabs sent out for him and wife Patricia Arquette to crack into for his birthday.

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