Steve de Castro adds another eatery to his string


Eats: dining reviews, Table Talk

March 04, 2004|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Add another restaurant to the local scene. And to the number of nosh-eries owned by Steve de Castro. The B-more hotspot honcho can already claim the Ruth's Chris Steakhouses, Havana Club, Eurasian Harbor and Babalu Grill in his fleet of upscale eateries. And as of this week, he's added another. The Blue Sea Grill has just opened in the spot vacated last year by the short-lived Cafe Asia-turned-Red Coral. It's in a convenient spot, tucked between Ruth's Chris and Babalu on Water Street.

The space features seascape paintings on curvy blue walls, with banquettes and tables throughout. In front, you'll find the curves continue in a sleek bar area, where you can watch ice drop from the ceiling onto the raw bar.

Obviously, the theme here is fresh seafood, and lots of it. The raw bar offers several choices of oysters and other shellfish ($6-$19), including stone crab claws($17) and Alaskan king crab legs ($36), when in season. Extensive seafood choices continue into appetizers such as ahi tuna tartare and oysters Rockefeller ($8-$14) and soups ($5-$8). Entrees include seasonal whole fish such as yellowtail snapper or rockfish ($22-$24), a variety of fresh fish fillets and steaks ($17-$26), and specialty items such as bouillabaisse ($21) or flounder imperial ($26). Nonseafood choices include pork chops, filet mignon and roasted chicken ($16-$29).

The Blue Sea Grill, 410-837-7300, is at 614 Water St. Hours are 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. A light-fare menu will be offered in the bar area until 1 a.m. Thursday through Saturday.

Star treatment

Would you believe that some folks here in Baltimore had a better Oscar experience Sunday night than the stars in Hollywood? Well, think about it. If you're a Hollywood type, you get all gussied up, walk down the red carpet to cheers, and then you're wedged into a theater seat for 4 1/2 hours. You don't get food. You don't get drink. You just get wrinkles in those fine duds.

Meanwhile, some 250 locals got the same red-carpet treatment as they arrived at the Baltimore Museum of Industry -- complete with "screaming fans" and announcement of their arrival, a la Army Archerd. But these lucky celebrants had plenty to eat and drink. They also had casino-style games to play as they watched the Oscars on a huge screen. That's because this was Baltimore's only Academy-sanctioned Oscar Night Party and fund-raiser for AIRS (AIDS Interfaith Residential Services).

AIRS board member Tim Thompson says the highlight of the local party came when Red Hot Blue, an a capella group from Goucher College, took the stage and blew the crowd away with several numbers.

The AIRS shindig garnered $20,000.

Plays on plays

So how do you celebrate opening night of a musical about a serial-murdering barber and cannibalism? With a barbershop quartet and karaoke, of course. At least, that's what guests were treated to at the post-show hoedown for Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street at Center Stage last week. Party refreshments even included slight references to the "meat pies" that play prominently in the show. Guests chowed down on modern versions, such as chicken and spinach strudel, tortellini and meat knishes. We didn't ask what kind of meat.

Count on those Center Stage folks to come up with clever plays on their plays. At opening night of the previous show, Moliere's The Miser, local Brown Advisory bigwig Tim Schweizer threw a pre-show dinner there to fete his brother, The Miser director David Schweizer. The invitation was a large facsimile of a $2 bill with David's pic in the center. The back of the bill featured the line, "In David We Trust."

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