Classic American at Milton's Grill

TABLE TALK

October 18, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

You say you're a little tired of "unique" cuisines offered at various restaurants downtown? Good ol' American is what you're in the mood for now? Then you might want to check out a new eatery on North Charles Street.

Milton's Grill has just opened on Charles Street between Mulberry and Pleasant streets, in the space formerly occupied by Cangialosi's.

Brothers and owners Corey Barnes and Shawn Peterson named it after their late grandfather Milton Barnes, who was a cook in the military. They say they wanted to offer a place where "you can get a good variety of American food for a reasonable price."

"It's classic American food that everybody can relate to. You won't look at the menu and say, what is that?" says Peterson.

What you will see on the menu is American with a capital B -- as in barbecue, Milton's specialty. But that's not all.

The appetizer list includes wings your way: mild, hot-and-sassy or backyard barbecue (10 for $5.99); barbecued pork quesadillas ($5.25); grilled shrimp ($5.75); steamed mussels ($7.95); and hot and spicy link sausages with barbecue dipping sauce ($5.95).

Entrees include a half chicken, roasted or barbecue ($10.95); barbecued smoked ribs (full rack $18.95, half rack $14.95); grilled twin pork chops, barbecued, Cajun or plain ($13.95); and crab cakes (market price).

Peterson says they're particularly proud of a couple of entrees -- a 14-ounce Cajun rib-eye steak, marinated in Cajun seasonings for 24 hours and then grilled ($17.50); and salmon marinated for 12 hours in bourbon, brown sugar, pineapple juice and secret ingredients, then grilled ($14.55). All the entrees come with a choice of two sides.

Of course, we can't talk American without saying "burger," which you'll find on the sandwich menu. There's the regular burger ($5.95) and the "Milton's Mega Burger," with barbecue sauce, cheddar, bacon and two onion rings ($6.55). You'll also find pulled pork ($5.25), smoked turkey ($5.95) and shrimp salad ($6.95).

Peterson says Milton's also will offer some weekly specials. Mondays, you can get prime rib for a dollar an ounce. Wednesdays will be "A Buck a Bone" night for the barbecued ribs. And Fridays you can glom onto a 6-ounce filet mignon wrapped in bacon for $14.99.

Peterson says they've warmed up the 2,700-square-foot space with hardwood floors, exposed brick and colors of terra cotta, soft yellow and Capri blue.

Milton's Grill, 443-220-0180, is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. You'll find it at 336 N. Charles St.

La Fiesta Grill

Meanwhile, out Randallstown way, you'll find American with a south-of-the-border twist. After 25 years in the same location, Nino Taco moved from Liberty Road out to Owings Mills. So husband and wife Tim and Angela Diggs have opened La Fiesta Grill in its old locale.

Tim Diggs says it has 24 seats inside, but also does a bang-up carryout business. The menu offers familiar Mexican items like enchiladas ($6.29), burritos ($8.29) and nachos ($1.79-$9.49, depending on size and ingredients).

And then there are American dishes with that twist: 10 honey-glazed wings ($6.39); bandito wings, made with your choice of mild or spicy salsa ($6.39); Mexican burger, seasoned and topped with a "special sauce," nacho cheese, salsa and jalapenos ($8.39); chipotle chicken burger ($8.19); and fiesta paella, made with shrimp, chicken, beef sausage, onions, peppers and spices and served over Mexican rice ($14.99).

La Fiesta Grill, 410-655-7630, is at 9022 Church Lane, at the intersection with Liberty Road. It is open noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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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