May 1, 1992
Right now you'd be hard pressed to find a better place than the newly opened L&N Seafood for a moderately priced fish dinner. (That's assuming you get over the shock any Baltimorean would feel when he realizes there's no crab on the menu.) Once L&N gets discovered, though, watch out. This place is going to be a zoo.The first L&N Seafood opened in an old L&N train station in Knoxville, Tenn. That was 10 years ago during the World's Fair; since then the chain has been so successful nearly 40 L&Ns have been established from New York to Texas.
December 13, 1990
It is Annapolis old and new. Watermen and Washingtonians. Crab cakes and blackened catfish. Several beers -- but more wines by the glass.So what if Annapolis is several miles away? So what if this ambience may not even exist within the capital city? This is the way it ought to be. The old and the new side by side. A working man's bar replaced by one with fine wood paneled walls, ceiling fans, big windows for "waterfront dining." But a bar where the old customers still come.This is Deep Creek, a restaurant on the Magothy River in Arnold, one of those bedroom communities off Governor Ritchie Highway whose residents each morning relocate to Baltimore, Annapolis or Washington.
July 8, 2004
Eating at Fresh Fresh Seafood is an unusual experience. The restaurant, on York Road in Towson, is small, and the food is slow to arrive, but everything is made from scratch by owners Darlene and Ricky Parker. As Darlene explains, "We just can't let food go out any old way." It has to be just right. Darlene greets you at the door and escorts you to one of several small tables already decked out with plastic utensils and foam cups. You can bring your own wine or beer, and she'll provide extra foam cups for them.
March 17, 1992
". . . and this score just in from the stadium: the Baltimore Concrete Abutments 5, the Cleveland Barcaloungers 3. In a 10-inning thriller. That's three wins in a row for the Butts."There. Congratulations. You have experienced the future. The future of sports. One Hundred Percent Foolproof Team Nicknames Guaranteed Not to Offend Any Person, Vegetable, Mineral, Loyal Family Pet, Chicken Product, Seafood Platter or Member of the Plant Family.". . . and so after three innings it's the Baltimore Magnesium Sulfide 2, Cleveland Impossibly Cute Babies 1."
February 16, 1994
LILLEHAMMER, Norway -- I ate a plate for lunch yesterday.You had a bowl of soup or a salad or maybe a bagel.I bought a sandwich at the Olympic deli and ate the plate it came on.A blue plate special, literally.I also ate half the sandwich, which was stale. The plate was better. It was the best darn plate I ever ate.Especially when I dipped it in sugar, giving new meaning to the phrase "dessert tray."No, I have not gone crackers up here in the cold, white north. I'm just doing the green thing: saving the environment, Olympic style.
September 11, 1997
Dining at the Cheshire Crab reinforces the notion that appearances often can be deceiving.Our object lesson began with the drive to the restaurant. As we turned off Fort Smallwood Road and drove down a series of residential streets, my dinner companions expressed doubts about my navigational skills. However, when the restaurant's well-lighted sign appeared on our right, they immediately became believers.When we walked onto the expansive deck of the restaurant, which overlooks Main Creek and a marina, and saw people in shorts at picnic tables picking at piles of crabs, we had the feeling we were in the wrong place.