Delivered right to your car

TAKEOUT

October 26, 2005|BY SAM SESSA | BY SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER

Curbside delivery combines takeout with the roller-skating diner servers from decades ago. Patrons call ahead to order, give the restaurant a description of their car, pull into a special parking spot and waiters bring the food out to them. Many restaurant chains offer the service. Here's howsome compared:

APPLEBEE'S

8610 LaSalle Road, Towson

410-296-7077

HOURS -- 11 a.m. to midnightMonday to Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday

Two can share the Sicilian sirloinmeal, $12.49,which comes with two 5.5-ounce steaks cooked to order. The medium and the medium-rare cuts are equally peppery, but the medium-rarewasmuch more tender. The dish also comes with penne pasta half-covered in marinara sauce, a bowl of zucchini marinara and awedge of garlic toast. Even in the rain, the server came right out to the car.

GLORY DAYS GRILL

7939 Ritchie Highway, Glen Burnie

443-749-4376

HOURS -- 4 p.m. tomidnightMonday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to midnight Friday to Saturday; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday The barbecued ribs and chicken combo, $14.99, is all about themeat. Glory Days pairs a charbroiled chicken breast drippingwith juice and a half rack of barbecued ribs. Hidden underneath the ribs, the soggy fries soaked up toomuch chicken juice. Therewas nowait time for the food.

OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE

4420 Long Gate Parkway, Ellicott City

410-480-0472

HOURS -- 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.Monday to Thursday; 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday; 2 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. SundayRather than smother the potato with butter and sour cream(whichwould be a sloppymess after 15 minutes), Outback keeps the spud's toppings in a small plastic container for patrons to add later.

PIZZERIA UNO

601 Baltimore Pike, Bel Air

410-836-7700

HOURS -- 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.Monday to Thursday; 11 a.m. tomidnight Friday and Saturday; noon to 11 a.m. Sunday

A full-size Numero Uno, $15.72, could easily feed three people. The red and green peppers, onions, sausage, pepperoni,mushrooms and mozzarella are more fillings than toppings- layered into the mix, not placed on the surface. The servers brought the food out to the car a couple of minutes after I pulled up.

Know of a good carryout place? Let us hear about it. Write to sam.sessa@baltsun.com.

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