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July 6, 2000
Where: 804 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum, 410-636-1777 Dining hours: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday; 8 a.m. to midnight, Saturday; 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday Prices: Moderate Credit cards: All major cards Rating: *** Ratings: * culinary wasteland **** culinary heaven
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By Ruth P. Hakulin and Ruth P. Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 5, 2001
Cristoforo's Castle Where: 3720 Potee St., Brooklyn; 410-355-8300 Hours: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday-Saturday; and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday. Entree prices: $6.95-$18.95 Credit cards: All major cards Rating: *** 1/2 Ratings: * culinary wasteland **** culinary heaven The "Castle" is back! For eight years, I've driven past the curious-looking restaurant at 3720 Potee St. twice daily - on my way to and from work. It's a block north of the Anne Arundel County line.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | December 4, 1997
Tucked into a forested, undeveloped corner near Odenton, Kaufmann's Tavern can be easily overlooked -- until you try the food.This relaxed and understated restaurant serves great seafood and hefty portions for reasonable prices.Don't let the wooden shingle exterior fool you. It might look like a quiet ski cabin, but inside it's hopping. The dining room is jammed with a jovial crowd seated at large wooden tables under stained-glass lights.A friend and I tried the place for dinner on a Friday night.
NEWS
July 6, 2000
Where: 804 Hammonds Ferry Road, Linthicum, 410-636-1777 Dining hours: 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 7:30 a.m. to midnight, Friday; 8 a.m. to midnight, Saturday; 8 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Sunday Prices: Moderate Credit cards: All major cards Rating: *** Ratings: * culinary wasteland **** culinary heaven
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By Ruth Hakulin and Ruth Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 2, 1999
Have you ever been to a homey, neighborhood restaurant where you felt welcome as soon as you walked in?If so, you'll recognize the feel of Terry's Place on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park.The charm of the restaurant, owned by George Tragas and Pete Vavaroutsos since 1987, comes in no small measure from its open-armed atmosphere and friendly waitresses.Terry's is downright cozy inside with pine paneling and a four-sided brick fireplace that is especially wonderful in winter. Three rooms of tables allow for families and large groups, but an intimate party of two can find privacy in the high-backed wooden booths.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | March 19, 1998
For what it does, Mangia in Annapolis does it well.A somewhat casual eatery, Mangia serves up tasty Italian favorites without much pomp or circumstance.This is OK, because Main Street has more than enough over-the-top restaurants.Mangia, which opened almost a year ago, boasts a charming takeout delicatessen and pizzeria on the first floor, and an old-fashioned wooden bar on the second. Its dark green tablecloths, laminated menus and brick decor add to the laid-back atmosphere.The food, including gourmet pizza, a dozen pasta dishes, veal dinners and seafood dishes, makes a visit worthwhile.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1998
J. T. Ashley's Grille is not a bad place to grab a meal -- if you don't mind average food and slow service.We found the restaurant almost empty early on a recent Saturday evening and were seated immediately. The decor was a clash between the Miami-style pastel walls -- salmon-pink -- and the grill-house feel of the green marble columns and faux oak tables.The piped-in pop medley featuring The Supremes and Top 40 music created a weird feel and was a little loud.But overall, we got a lot of feeling -- thanks in part to the dim lighting -- and the restaurant was warm and comfortable.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | April 9, 1998
On a recent chilly and foggy night, my father and I trekked to Annapolis hungry and more than a little tired. We wanted great seafood, cozy ambience and a comfortable dining experience.Chart House offered up two of the three -- some of the seafood we had was considerably less than pleasing.We arrived about 9 p.m. and were intrigued with the ambience. The restaurant's interior resembled the inside of a boat, wooden beams and all. And with a table by a window that looked out on boats bobbing in the nearby marina, we felt as if we were peering from a deck and bobbing ourselves.
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By Ruth P. Hakulin and Ruth P. Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 6, 2000
If you have a craving for a Mexican feast but can't afford the trip south-of-the-border, no problem: Just visit El Salto -- in Brooklyn Park -- for a memorable meal and a little excitement for your taste buds. El Salto, which translates as "The Jump," is appropriately named; the place is always jumping. The restaurant opened in August 1995, about a quarter-mile south of the Brooklyn Fire Station, and is owned -- along with another El Salto in Pikesville -- by Silvia Wade and Paul Loza.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1999
O'Learys Seafood has the feel of a secret neighborhood restaurant.You feel as if you're going to a down-home eatery only the locals know about and don't really care to share with outsiders. To some extent, that's true.The restaurant has long been a popular place for good seafood among Eastport residents. About a year ago, new owners bought it and began experimenting with different dishes.Fear not. Offering up a killer combination of succulent, fresh seafood, cozy ambience and excellent service, O'Learys remains a great dinner place.
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By Ruth P. Hakulin and Ruth P. Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 6, 2000
If you have a craving for a Mexican feast but can't afford the trip south-of-the-border, no problem: Just visit El Salto -- in Brooklyn Park -- for a memorable meal and a little excitement for your taste buds. El Salto, which translates as "The Jump," is appropriately named; the place is always jumping. The restaurant opened in August 1995, about a quarter-mile south of the Brooklyn Fire Station, and is owned -- along with another El Salto in Pikesville -- by Silvia Wade and Paul Loza.
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By Ruth P. Hakulin and Ruth P. Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 13, 2000
By now, you have probably thought the hype about the "new millennium" had faded. Not so in Glen Burnie, where the New Millennium Cafe is alive and forging ahead full steam. Opened in August, this deli, restaurant and carryout at 11 Vernon Ave., a half-block off Ritchie Highway, offers new and tasty choices to satisfy the fussiest of appetites. Owned by Sina Ighani and Will Edman, this brightly lighted restaurant has two rooms decorated with oak panels and greenery that make you feel welcome as soon as you enter.
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By Ruth Hakulin and Ruth Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | October 14, 1999
After operating his carryout seafood shop on Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie for almost 20 years, owner Jerry Wood decided six years ago to open a seafood restaurant, also in Glen Burnie. From this first success evolved his second success, the Seaside Restaurant & Crab House.If the sight of brown paper-covered tables pleases you or the sound of cracking crabs is music to your ears, then Seaside is for you. Although I had to wait 20 minutes, it was worth it. In the summer, this restaurant is so popular, the line can be as long as 10 to 20 people.
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By Ruth Hakulin and Ruth Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 2, 1999
Have you ever been to a homey, neighborhood restaurant where you felt welcome as soon as you walked in?If so, you'll recognize the feel of Terry's Place on Ritchie Highway in Brooklyn Park.The charm of the restaurant, owned by George Tragas and Pete Vavaroutsos since 1987, comes in no small measure from its open-armed atmosphere and friendly waitresses.Terry's is downright cozy inside with pine paneling and a four-sided brick fireplace that is especially wonderful in winter. Three rooms of tables allow for families and large groups, but an intimate party of two can find privacy in the high-backed wooden booths.
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By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | July 1, 1999
Fred's Tiffany Room Restaurant in Parole is a cozy neighborhood restaurant that offers a good selection of fairly priced seafood and more kitschy ambience than you probably want for a quiet, romantic dinner.But if you decide to go to Fred's, avoid the steak. My 1/3-inch-thick, way-too-tough "filet mignon" deterred my boyfriend and me from going back unless we have no other dining options.After seeing an ad in the phone book touting the "Best Crab Cake in Annapolis," my partner and I trekked to Fred's one recent rainy weeknight.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | June 24, 1999
The Court of Shanghai in Annapolis is pretty much what you would expect from a building that looks like a remodeled International House of Pancakes: lots of reasonably priced food in huge portions, but nothing that stands out from a dozen other mediocre suburban Chinese restaurants.The other day a friend and I headed out for lunch at the red and brown building with the broad pointy roof at 1971 West St. We were happy to find a big buffet with a choice of two soups, four entrees and plenty of fried egg rolls and chicken and dumplings -- all for $6.95.
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By Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | May 14, 1998
Carrol's Creek Cafe serves what most have come to expect in Annapolis dining: artistically decorated seafood dishes in a marinalike atmosphere.The good thing about Carrol's Creek, which overlooks Annapolis Harbor from the Eastport side, is that the food tastes as good as it looks. The bad thing is that the dishes are somewhat pricey for the portions -- most cost from just under to just over $20 -- and dining experiences can vary.On a recent Saturday night, I arrived with two companions for 9 p.m. reservations, and we were seated about 15 minutes later.
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By Ruth P. Hakulin and Ruth P. Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 13, 2000
By now, you have probably thought the hype about the "new millennium" had faded. Not so in Glen Burnie, where the New Millennium Cafe is alive and forging ahead full steam. Opened in August, this deli, restaurant and carryout at 11 Vernon Ave., a half-block off Ritchie Highway, offers new and tasty choices to satisfy the fussiest of appetites. Owned by Sina Ighani and Will Edman, this brightly lighted restaurant has two rooms decorated with oak panels and greenery that make you feel welcome as soon as you enter.
NEWS
By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1999
O'Learys Seafood has the feel of a secret neighborhood restaurant.You feel as if you're going to a down-home eatery only the locals know about and don't really care to share with outsiders. To some extent, that's true.The restaurant has long been a popular place for good seafood among Eastport residents. About a year ago, new owners bought it and began experimenting with different dishes.Fear not. Offering up a killer combination of succulent, fresh seafood, cozy ambience and excellent service, O'Learys remains a great dinner place.
NEWS
By Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1998
J. T. Ashley's Grille is not a bad place to grab a meal -- if you don't mind average food and slow service.We found the restaurant almost empty early on a recent Saturday evening and were seated immediately. The decor was a clash between the Miami-style pastel walls -- salmon-pink -- and the grill-house feel of the green marble columns and faux oak tables.The piped-in pop medley featuring The Supremes and Top 40 music created a weird feel and was a little loud.But overall, we got a lot of feeling -- thanks in part to the dim lighting -- and the restaurant was warm and comfortable.
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