Waverly gets Darker Than Blue

TABLE TALK

November 07, 2007|By ELIZABETH LARGE

The best news for Waverly since the farmers' market became the chic place to shop may be the opening of Darker Than Blue, a cheerful little cafe at 3034 Waverly St. (443-872-4468). Chef/owner Casey Jenkins is producing what he calls "modern American" food, which ranges from a Darker Than Blue Burger for $10.95 to a Maryland Crab Cake Dinner for $22.50, with comfort dishes like slow-roasted half chicken and baby back ribs.

Jenkins is a Culinary Institute of America graduate who loves jazz and blues. (The restaurant is named after a Curtis Mayfield song.) Right now he's playing CDs, but he plans to open an upstairs dining room in the late spring with live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

Darker Than Blue doesn't have a liquor license, so bring your own or have some of the signature peach-mango tea. The cafe is open for lunch and dinner daily, with an all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch for $17.95.

FOR THE RECORD - The address of the Darker Than Blue Cafe in yesterday's Table Talk column was incorrect. The cafe is at 3034 Greenmount Ave. in Waverly.
The Sun regrets the errors.

FIRST BORN --An "Opening Soon" sign is up at 700 S. Broadway. It turns out that the restaurant's name, Todd Conner's, is also the name of Nikki Popovich and her husband's first son.

"I can't leave out the fact that we have not yet had a son [nor am I pregnant]," she says. "We are `birthing' the restaurant first."

The concept, she adds, is a neighborhood restaurant with "fine food and drink." Her partner is Michael "Reds" Cassidy, who after early retirement from the corporate world took up bartending in Fells Point. TC's, as Popovich refers to the new place, is scheduled to open New Year's Eve.

MORE PIE --Open just a couple of weeks, Py (2917 O'Donnell St., 410-483-8015) in Canton already has attracted a loyal following for its gourmet brick-oven pizza such as the barbecue chicken ($12.50 for a small, $15.50 for a large) and the puttanesca with kalamata olives, smoked mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes ($13.50, $16.50). One can only hope that the competition doesn't decide to open another carryout pizzeria and name it "Pi."

GOBBLE, GOBBLE --Of course, cooking your own is best, but if you have to eat in a restaurant this Thanksgiving, check out my blog, Dining@Large. Yesterday I posted a list of good places to have Thanksgiving dinner out.

HE SAID WHAT? --Whenever my editors complain about something I say in my reviews, I can always refer them to Zagat.com's outtakes. These are comments so outrageous they don't make it into the popular restaurant survey's mini reviews. My current favorites:

"Even their `regulars' have stopped going there."

"I would rather eat sushi from a vending machine."

"The waiter took our order, went outside to smoke, and then waved through the window."

"The valet stole my cell phone and called Brazil 11 times."

Send restaurant news, trends, questions of general interest or observations to me at elizabeth.large@baltsun.com or fax me at 410-783-2519. Snail mail works, too: Elizabeth Large, The Sun, Box 1377, Baltimore 21278.

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