Crab City is now Mike and Tony's Baltimore Prime


April 28, 2005|By Sloane Brown | Sloane Brown,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

As of last night, Greenspring Station has a brand new restaurant. Kind of. What was City Crab closed Monday, and opened with a new name and theme. In the interim, the space got a bit of a facelift. Walls were refinished in dark burgundies and rich colors, white cloths adorn the tables, and a back conference room has become a wine room for private parties. Voila! Welcome to Mick & Tony's Baltimore Prime.

Chef John Peragine (formerly of D.C.'s Capital Grille) describes the restaurant as a "New York-style steakhouse with a bit of an Italian flair." Appetizers will include prime filet carpaccio - thinly sliced raw beef topped with shaved baby artichokes, arugula and Romano cheese - as well as a wedge salad, mini beef Wellingtons, and a pear and arugula salad.

John says he will offer entrees such as beef short rib osso buco, salmon filet encrusted with horseradish, open face lamb shank ravioli, crab cakes, veal Oscar, mirin-glazed Chilean sea bass, and - of course - steak. While the menu wasn't available at press time, John says most entrees will run to around $20. However, some steaks and the Colorado rack of lamb will be in the $33-$37 range.

Mick & Tony's will also offer lunch with salads, Black Angus burgers and sandwiches.

You'll find Mick & Tony's, 410-339-6300, in Greenspring Station at 2360 Joppa Road. Kitchen hours will be 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Mick & Tony's will also offer a Sunday buffet brunch.

On the rebound

Meanwhile, you know it's a sign that an area is rebounding when restaurants start popping up there. So it is in East Baltimore, where the Brewer's Hill Pub and Grill has just opened in the space where the old Gilligan's Bar used to be.

Owners Melissa Merryman and Christy Kopp renovated the interior and added a kitchen and restaurant. Christy says they've combined a modern look with some of the building's old features. Think granite bar top, cherry wood and brushed nickel alongside exposed brick and a tray ceiling. Eight TVs are scattered throughout the restaurant and bar area. Since many menu items are named after Baltimore sports heroes, we imagine ESPN on most of those screens.

Christy says they offer mainly American food. The Babe Burger is coated with cracked black pepper and A1 Sauce, with melted blue cheese ($6.25), Robinson's Roast Beef is a hot roast beef sandwich with French fries and gravy ($7.95), Mr. Boh's Fra Diablo is spicy marinara over angel hair pasta ($16.95), and Charm City crab cakes ($13). Brewer's Hill Pub and Grill, 410-558-1620, is 3734 Fleet St. Its kitchen hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. seven days a week.

Viva Las Vegas

Lots of local restaurant owners and workers took the night off April 21 for the Restaurant Association of Maryland's annual awards gala. RAM board chairman Wayne Resnick said about 700 folks gathered at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel to meet, greet and eat.

The theme this year was "Viva Las Vegas." More than a dozen Maryland restaurants set up food stations around the ballroom, each one designated as a certain Las Vegas hotel. Wayne said the real eye-catcher was the area manned by staff from the Granary Restaurant and Sassafras Grill. All five dressed up as Elvis.

But the Vegas theme went further. RAM president/CEO Marcia Harris says each year, they always have an area where people can pose for pictures. But this year, they had the backdrop like that of a Vegas wedding chapel, and a wedding bouquet and bridal veil available for those who wanted to wear it.

"And most did!" she says.

Then there was Marcia herself. She decided to come as a showgirl, in a floor-length glittery red dress and a foot-tall headdress of black and red feathers and rhinestones.

"People kept telling me how thin I looked," Marcia noted. "[I guess] it was that I was a foot taller."

Moveable Feast

Today's the day of Moveable Feast's Dining Out for Life. "More than 40 Baltimore-area restaurants will be donating at least 20 percent of today's sales to the nonprofit organization, which helps support local men, women and children with HIV/AIDS. Go online to www.dining to find out which restaurants are participating.

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