Zagat, schmagat. Now, there's Franchot guide to dining

August 08, 2012|By Richard Gorelick | The Baltimore Sun

Who needs a Zagat when you can have a Franchot?

Every so often, Md. Comptroller Peter Franchot will whip out his quill and dash off a Certificate of Recognition for a Maryland restaurant, and on Wednesday morning, the comptroller dropped by Sascha's 527 with such a certificate, which he presented to the restaurants owners Sascha Wolhander and Steve Suser.

The certificate reads, in part: "In celebration of your culinary achievements, serving American cuisine with global touches from Asia to France in a stunning 19th-century atmosphere. With special appreciation for your contributions to the community and gratitude for being a notable Baltimore landmark..."

The comptroller has recently recognized the Ship's Cafe in Catonsville, Parkway Deli in Silver Spring, Market Street Inn in Salisbury and Volt in Frederick.

"The comptroller likes to highlight Maryland businesses that through their customer service, quality food and community involvement have become institutions and treasured establishments in their neighborhoods, towns and cities," a Franchot spokesman said.

The recognition typically comes as a surprise to the restaurant owners, which can make that initial phone call from the comptroller’s office a little scary.

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