Dizzy Issie's opens second location

TABLE TALK

December 21, 2005|By SLOANE BROWN

A popular Remington eating institution has taken a second home downtown. You'll now find Dizzy Issie's North Charles on ... well, North Charles. More precisely, in Mount Vernon, above the Grand Central pub at Charles and Eager streets.

"At my other place, we get a lot of people from downtown, and sometimes they would have to wait 40, 45 minutes for a table," says Dizzy Issie's owner Elaine Stevens. When her good friend Don Davis, the owner of Grand Central, invited her to set up shop on the second floor, Stevens says she jumped at the chance.

She says Davis even painted the place in lively purples and reds for her. Those colors are the dominant ones in the front dining room, which is nonsmoking and has about 10 tables. Behind that is a lounge area with four banquettes, a bar and small area with a cushy couch and armchairs.

Stevens says the menu is the same as that at the original Dizzy Issie's. You've got an extensive sandwich menu that includes clubs and burgers ($2.95 to $6.95). There are also hot turkey, roast beef or hamburger platters that come with fries and gravy ($7.50), as well as a couple of pizzas ($4.50 to $5.95), salads ($3 to $6.95) and appetizers like fried clam strips ($3.95) and onion rings ($3.50).

Dizzy Issie's also offers several specials in the appetizer and entree departments. The day we checked it out, those included crab dip ($12.95), steamed shrimp ($8.95 per half pound), chicken scampi over penne ($16.95), marinated filet mignon ($24.95) and jumbo lump crab cakes ($23.95).

If you've missed those late-night munchie runs to Gampy's, a Mount Vernon institution that stayed open until the wee hours and closed a few years ago, you'll love the hours Dizzy Issie's will be keeping. On Friday and Saturdays, the restaurant will open at 11 a.m. and close at 4 a.m. the next day. From Sunday through Thursday, you'll just have to settle for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

By the way, in case you're wondering about the name, Stevens says when she opened the original eatery 16 years ago, she wanted to name it after a friend who had been like a mother to her. Stevens' son, Kyle, who was about 3 at the time, came up with Dizzy Issie's.

You'll find Dizzy Issie's North Charles, 410-244-1105, at 1003 N. Charles St. -- inside Grand Central pub and up the stairs.

If you have information regarding a local restaurant's opening, closing or major changes, please e-mail that information to sloane@sloanebrown.com or fax it to 410-675-3451.

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