No duds among these spuds

TAKEOUT

December 07, 2005|By SAM SESSA | SAM SESSA,SUN REPORTER

Who needs steak? A baked potato loaded with all the right fixings is a far cry from a lowly side dish -- it's a meal in itself. We ordered spuds from four restaurants around the city, and they varied from place to place. Here are the results.

Capital Grille

500 E. Pratt St. 443-703-4064

Hours --11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday

This monster of a baked potato, $6.25, is big enough to swallow a butter knife. It comes sliced down the middle, no toppings added -- that part's up to you. They include an arsenal: diced scallions, two containers of sour cream and bits of bacon. It's not like the potato needs any extras. It's cooked until the skin starts to puff up and your fork sinks right in.

Bay Cafe

2809 Boston St. -- 410-522-3377

Hours --11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday to Saturday; 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday

The Bay Cafe chopped up a couple of fresh-fried slices of bacon and jammed them in a potato a little bigger than a clenched fist. The cafe didn't have any sour cream, and added a couple of pats of butter on the side. The inside of the baked potato was plenty soft, and with a price of $1.58, it made a decent snack.

Fleming's

720 Aliceanna St. -- 410-332-1666

Hours --4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday; 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday to Saturday

Go for the stuffed double baked potato, $6.95. Fleming's bakes a potato, chops it in half lengthwise, mashes one half and adds garlic, salt, butter, scallions and chunks of real bacon. One half is used as a bed for the mashed mixture, and the whole thing is baked again to brown the top. It's heavy, salty and, oh, so good.

Shula's 2

Wyndham Inner Harbor Hotel, 101 W. Fayette St. -- 410-385-6630

Hours --6:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday to Thursday; 6:30 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday

An order, $5.20, came with two smaller baked potatoes, each stuffed with grated cheddar cheese and bacon crumbs. The potatoes weren't hot enough to make the cheese melt all the way, but otherwise the two taters held their own. Two small cups of sour cream came on the side.

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

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