Elizabeth Large's Top 10 Most Promising Restaurants

March 18, 2009|By ELIZABETH LARGE

For something a little different, last week's Top 10 on Dining@Large was a list of the most promising restaurants that have opened recently or are soon to open, and it told why they may be worth a visit.

Of course, I'm not saying when I'll get around to reviewing them.

Here's my list in alphabetical order:

1

Alizee in Homewood. The boutique bistro and wine bar opened recently where the Spice Company used to be in the Inn at the Colonnade. Specialties include fushi, fusion sushi.

2

Cuadrado on North Avenue. The owner of Joe Squared Pizza is planning to open a barbacoa (Mexican barbecue) with meats slow-cooked in banana and agave leaves. It will be across the street from his first place. With major renovations under way, Joe Edwardsen is looking at a fall opening.

3

La Famiglia in Homewood. The northern Italian restaurant has opened where Brasserie Tatin was. The owner and many of the staff came from the now-closed Boccaccio in Little Italy. Expect the same sort of food at slightly lower prices.

4

Hell Point Seafood in Annapolis. Well-known D.C. restaurateur Robert Kinkead is opening a neighborhood seafood place where Phillips' was on the dock. Scheduled to open next month, Hell Point will be more casual than his Washington restaurant, Kinkead's.

5

South American Grill in Cockeysville. Fans of Brazilian food will find authentic dishes here. (The owner's wife is Brazilian, and the two own another restaurant in Brazil.) The South American Grill is small, casual, BYOB and open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

6

Sullivan's Steakhouse in the Inner Harbor. The latest entry in the steakhouse sweepstakes. Sometimes you just need a big hunk o' beef.

7

Talara in Harbor East. This Nuevo Latin tapas bar will specialize in ceviche and have a lively bar scene. It's part of a regional group of restaurants. The opening date is set for late April or early May.

8

Taverna Corvino in Federal Hill. What goes around, comes around. The Juniors space is an Italian restaurant again (when it first opened, it was Vespa) with Christopher Paternotte, formerly of Vin in Towson, as the chef.

9

Ullswater in South Baltimore. The owner of the Bicycle is planning to open an Italian restaurant where Soigne and the Sly Fox Pub were. There will be New American dishes as well. No firm date yet, but when I ate at the Bicycle, plans seemed to be coming along nicely.

10

Volt in Frederick. I've been meaning to get to this relative newcomer, but it's such a hike I've put it off till better weather. The food is high-end Modern American. It's back on my radar now that the James Beard Foundation has named it a semifinalist for this year's Best New Restaurant award.

readers talk back

My wife and I went to Volt on New Year's Eve. (If) you like a restaurant that is expensive and when you leave you are hungry, this is the place for you.

The food, the miniscule amount, is presented artfully. If I wanted art, I would go to a gallery. If I wanted to be fed, I would go some place else.

Posted by: Stuart

I feel you Stuart.

My friend was telling me about a place in the city that has a great new sandwich: hand-cut North Pacific cod lightly panko breaded and served on a fresh Kaiser roll. I wish I could remember the name of the place....

Posted by: Owl Meat Gravy 2 -- Time for Your Semi-Annual Review

If Talara is not opening until late April or early May, how do you know it will have a lively bar scene???

Posted by: shellosh

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