New place to dine in Reisterstown


August 09, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

Folks who live out Reisterstown way have an alternative to Harryman House or driving down to Baltimore if they want a fine dining experience. That's the purpose behind Reisterstown's newest addition to the eating-out scene, Micho's.

Locals may recognize the name of one the new restaurant's owners, Jesse Issa, who has owned the popular pizzeria Tonino's for years. "I'm 44 years old, and I wanted to have a place for 25-, 26-year-olds and up. I wanted to bring a little bit of downtown here," Issa says.

So he's spent months renovating the historic building that used to house the Lamplight Inn and was expecting to open Micho's - named for his brother and co-owner, Micho Issa - this week.

You'll find two main dining rooms downstairs along with a separate bar - the only room in the place where smoking is allowed. Chef Randy Wyche says there is mostly booth seating in one dining room and mostly tables in another.

He says Jesse Issa's wife, Lisa, did much of the decorating, coming up with brushed-steel accents on the bar mirrors and windows, and a merlot upholstery in the booths. There are terra-cotta, black and maroon tile floors and accents of Brazilian cherry wood. The bar features a galaxy granite top. It's a design that Wyche describes as "very modern, sleek."

There's a lounge upstairs with soft seating, as well as a private dining room that also can be used for overflow. Total seating is about 200, not including a side patio, weather permitting.

In referring to the menu, Jesse Issa says: "Anything that tastes good, we're going to put there." Wyche says many of the flavors lean a little toward the Mediterranean, and there are Baltimore favorites - with a slightly modern presentation.

There's a meza (or small-plates) menu of more than a dozen choices, including marinated chevre with spiced olives and house-made pickles ($6); braised pork shank in a jalapeno-orange glaze with crisp flatbread ($9); and charred rosemary beef with horseradish cream on a grilled baguette ($8).

There are entree options such as apricot-pine-nut-crusted chicken with tagine-style vegetables and couscous ($19); braised veal shank in a cabernet reduction with Yukon gold mashed potatoes and chive oil ($34); and pan-seared rare tuna with a tomato, caper and olive tapenade, glazed shallots and roasted baby artichokes ($25).

Micho's, 410-517-3939, is at 31 Main St. in Reisterstown. It will be open seven days a week. Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday.

A name evolves

A still fairly new teahouse in Fells Point has been renamed. Tea-ology, which opened in November, is now Teavolve. On her Web site, owner Sunni Gilliam says she made the name change because she hopes to open other teahouses in the area but doesn't want them confused with a similarly named Teaology chain in California. The Web site,, lists poetry readings and music performances.

You'll find Teavolve at 1705 Eastern Ave. It's open from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

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

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