Raffy's set to offer family dining


December 06, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

Perry Hall has a new resident. Raffy's Restaurant is set to open today at Belair and Silver Spring roads. It's the latest restaurant venture of Dr. Jack Gordon, a local orthopedic surgeon, who has long been a partner in the Bayou Cafe at White Marsh.

Gordon's partners this time are Raffaele Mazzone and his grandmother, Yolanda Mazzone. He says the three felt there was a lack of family restaurants in the Perry Hall area and hope their eatery will fill the bill. Built at one end of the Perry Hall Crossing shopping center, Gordon says Raffy's has both an official dining room and a bar/lounge area.

He says the bar area features a large island bar. There are high bar stools along one side. You go up a couple of steps to get to the other side of the bar, where it is more at regular table level, with additional seating. There are also more high-top tables, and booths to bring seating to a total of about 75 to 80.

You'll also see Keno screens and about six TVs in the area. At the back of the lounge is a raw bar with a separate booth for a disc jockey Friday and Saturday nights.

Gordon says the dining room is framed with lots of windows and has seating for about 100.

Raffy's also offers a separate private dining room, available for parties and business meetings, with a complete audiovisual setup.

The food? "Basically, it's just good, traditional American food," he says. There's a fairly fat American menu, courtesy of chef Tim Dore, formerly of Coburn's. The appetizer section has more than a dozen offerings, including coconut shrimp ($9.95), jerk chicken strips ($6.95), slider burgers ($6.95), an 8-ounce meatball ($6.95), crab nachos ($10.95) and a "steak sundae," layers of mashed potatoes and beef gravy, topped with grilled cubes of steak ($9.95).

There are appetizer salads ($4.95 to $6.95) and entree salads ($8.95 to $12.95). There are burgers ($6.95 to $7.95), panini ($8.95) and about 10 choices of other sandwiches and wraps ($7.95 to $8.95).

The dozen entree choices include shrimp angel-hair scampi ($16.95); fish and chips (12.95); pork chops au poivre ($14.95) and grilled salmon ($15.95). Gordon says one of the house specialties is a thin-crust "crispizza" ($6.95 to $9.95).

The menu's back page is titled "The Rules." There you'll find a "notice" that "Raffy's Restaurant is not politically correct." Under the "Substitutions" header, you'll find this explanation: "If you order something that's not on the menu, and we make it for you, we will charge you whatever darn price we want to and you'll thank us for it. If you are not sure what a certain menu item is, then don't order it - we hate complainers. Also, be advised that if you ask us stupid questions, we will be forced to mock you mercilessly."

Raffy's Restaurant, 410-529-4005, is at 8706 Belair Road. It is scheduled to be open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily.

Free burritos

Freebie seekers, take note! The newest Chipotle Mexican Grill is set to officially open Friday in Charles Village. To celebrate, the eatery will offer free burritos and soft drinks the day before. That's tomorrow, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., at 3201 St. Paul St. No kidding. Free.

The regular hours for this Chipotle, 410-662-1701, will be 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.

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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