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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.
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By Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2000
It happens every summer. With the fervor of pilgrims, they zoom down curvy Forest Beach Road in their SUVs and late-model cars, propelled by a hunger for steamed crabs slathered with Old Bay. But it's also the down-home atmosphere that keeps drawing crowds to Cantler's Riverside Inn, a 25-year-old institution near Annapolis where the thwack of wooden crab mallets against claws is a constant. Some weekend nights Cantler's is so packed that 10 or so cars are waiting to get into the parking lot. So we went on a dreary Thursday night.
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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 Scott Calvert and Scott Calvert,SUN STAFF | August 10, 2000
It happens every summer. With the fervor of pilgrims, they zoom down curvy Forest Beach Road in their SUVs and late-model cars, propelled by a hunger for steamed crabs slathered with Old Bay. But it's also the down-home atmosphere that keeps drawing crowds to Cantler's Riverside Inn, a 25-year-old institution near Annapolis where the thwack of wooden crab mallets against claws is a constant. Some weekend nights Cantler's is so packed that 10 or so cars are waiting to get into the parking lot. So we went on a dreary Thursday night.
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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 | 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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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 Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan and Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan,SUN STAFF | May 4, 2000
If the hip furnishings store Pottery Barn were a restaurant, it probably would look something like Sean Donlon Irish Pub and Restaurant in Annapolis. With Sean Donlon's chic yet functional black chairs and its new but fashionably worn-looking Irish bar mirror, the cozy place on West Street feels like a showroom for the store but better. It has beer and food. Now, if only the food were as consistently pleasing as the decor at the restaurant, which opened in December. On a recent weekday, I showed up at Sean Donlon with two companions just before noon.
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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 P. Hakulin and Ruth P. Hakulin,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | November 18, 1999
Capri Pizza and Sub Express -- don't let the name fool you. Yes, the restaurant makes pizza, but if you ask anyone who has eaten the food, it's more than a pizza place.Nestled in the Southgate Market Place shopping center on Hospital Drive in Glen Burnie since 1990, owners Karen and Joe Misuraca specialize in New York-style Italian food. Joe, a native of Sicily, moved to New York years ago, married and relocated to Glen Burnie in 1990.On most days, there's a line of customers at the register waiting to place or pick up an order.
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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 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 Laura Sullivan and Laura Sullivan,SUN STAFF | January 22, 1998
The Treaty of Paris restaurant hasn't been a landmark in Annapolis for decades without reason. It's easily one of the best restaurants in the Baltimore-Washington corridor.It is pricey, but its small-town, historic atmosphere and superior food could rival any major city's best.Situated beneath the Maryland Inn on Main Street, Treaty of Paris offers a menu that includes local favorites such as stuffed ,, rockfish and unusual items such as Duck Duet Confit, a grilled duck breast covered in dried cherries.
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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 Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | July 15, 1999
As the name suggests, Pete's Restaurant on busy Fort Smallwood Road in Orchard Beach is friendly and unpretentious. In fact, Pete's might define friendly and unpretentious.The neighborhood restaurant offers a decent selection of reasonably priced, basic dishes, from seafood and steaks to burgers and sandwiches.If you want to fit in at Pete's, dress casual. On a recent weekday evening, the few diners in the restaurant and the regulars chatting at the bar wore shorts, T-shirts and jeans. With its dark interior, faux wood paneling and pictures of old and new Baltimore on the walls, the place had the feel of a club basement.
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