Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Florida Chef Set For Downtown Watertable

IN THE NEWS: The Baltimore Sun's Elizabeth Large gives three and a half stars to Pazo (1425 Aliceanna St., Baltimore) and previews the new Watertable restaurant in the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel downtown, which opened July 26 after a six-month, $3 million renovation. The new executive chef, Dean James Max, created 3030 Ocean Restaurant in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Max will move back and forth between his restaurants, while the day-to-day operation will be overseen by chef de cuisine Garrett Gooch, previously of a California Ritz-Carlton. ... Large also reports the July 26 opening of the new Lime tequila bar (1803 West St.) in Annapolis and the July 29 closing of 30-plus year old Riordan's Saloon in Annapolis and the closing of Gemini (710 S. Broadway) in Fells Point, to be replaced by Alexander's Tavern. ... Dogwood will be closed for all of July and most of August for renovations ... Karen Nitkin reviews the Italian eatery Via Mia's (8 N. Crain Highway, Glen Burnie). baltimoresun.com ... The City Paper's Anisha Jagtap features cupcakes, including Baltimore Cupcake Co. owner and baker Tracy Rice, in business for three years at 1433 E. Fort Ave. in Locust Point. ... Cheap Eats visits Dutch Pot Café (Lexington Market). citypaper.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Three... Shakes Up Ownership, Kitchen

IN THE NEWS: The Baltimore Sun's Elizabeth Large reviews Minato (1013 N. Charles St., Baltimore), visits the new Greek restaurant Grapevine Cafe (20 Church Lane in Cockeysville) and notes the scheduled August opening of Tabrizi's (500 Harborview Drive) and the addition of a second location of Della Rose's Tavern (1501 S. Clinton St. in Canton). ... Large also reports that one of partners in the new restaurant three ..., chef Jack Starr, has parted ways with the other two. Three... closed briefly and reopened July 17 with Peter Livolsi, who opened Pazo, running the kitchen. ... Brent Jones profiles Papermoon Diner, a 24-hour restaurant in Remington. ... Karen Nitkin gives two and a half stars to Two Sisters Grille (127 West 27th St., Baltimore). ... Andrea K. Walker reports on the opening of Greensboro, N.C.-based The Fresh Market, in The Shops at Quarry Lake. baltimoresun.com ... City Paper's Richard Gorelick reviews Pazo (1425 Aliceanna St., Fells Point, Baltimore), while Cheap Eats visits California Tortilla (300 W Pratt St., Baltimore). citypaper.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Ravens Star Ray Lewis in BBQ Brouhaha

IN THE NEWS: Investors in Birmingham, Ala.'s Full Moon Bar-B-Q's first and only out-of-state location are suing the chain's owners for $6 million, the Birmingham Business Journal reports. The case revolves around Ray Lewis' Full Moon Bar-B-Q in Baltimore. The restaurant, which included Baltimore Ravens football star Ray Lewis as an investor, was slated to be the first of a nationwide Full Moon concept involving celebrity athletes. The investors, calling themselves Our House LLC, filed the complaint in U.S. District Court in Maryland in June against Full Moon's owners, brothers Joseph A. Maluff and David M. Maluff and their company Maluff Foods LLC. ... The Sun's Karen Nitkin gives two and a half stars to J&K Jazz Cafe (1800 Belmont Ave., Baltimore), while Elizabeth Large reviews Minato, notes the openings of Eric's Eatery and "Simply Delicious" Carry Out (2334 N. Charles St.), and the planned mid-August arrival of Linda Doolittle and husband Carlos Venegas' Ranazul (8171 Maple Lawn Blvd., Fulton). They also own Sierra's Grill in Beltsville. baltimoresun.com ... BlackCoffeeAndADonut.blogspot.com visits Bonaparte, a French bakery in Fells Point.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Golden Dragon Inn Flies for Critic

IN THE NEWS: The Sun's Karen Nitkin gives two and a half stars in her review of Benny Der's Golden Dragon Inn (8109 Liberty Road, Rockdale, MD). ... Elizabeth Large gives two and a half stars to Patrick's (550 Cranbrook Road, Cockeysville, MD) and blogs about her visit to The Burnt Wood Roadhouse. baltimoresun.com ... City Paper's Richard Gorelick reviews Babalu Grill (32 Market Place Road, Power Plant Live!, Downtown Baltimore), while Cheap Eats visits Mary Mervis (Lexington Market, 400 W. Lexington St., Downtown Baltimore). citypaper.com ... The Baltimore Snacker baltimoresnacker.blogspot.com reviews Perchi's Rotisserie Chicken and More... (103-B N. Crain Hwy, Glen Burnie, MD), The Rose Restaurant (6075 Belle Grove Road, Baltimore) and Regi's in Federal Hill.

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

'SI' Features Boog's BBQ at Camden Yards

Sports Illustrated's sicom July 2 double issue spotlights former sports stars who now run restaurants, in particular barbecue joints. Featured athletes and their eateries include: Robert Porcher (Detroit Lions) Seldom Blues jazz and supper club, Detroit Breakfast House & Grill, and Grand City Grille, Detroit; Nate Thurmond (NBA Hall of Fame center), Big Nate's Barbecue, San Francisco; Randy Jones (San Diego Padres pitcher), Randy Jones' BBQ, Petco Park, San Diego; Sammy Walker (Olympic weightlifter), Sammy Walker's Bar-b-que, Rowlett and Forney, Texas; Billy Sims (Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winning running back), Billy Sims Barbecue, Tulsa, Edmond and Broken Bow, Okla; Larry Shreve (pro wrestler), Abdulla the Butcher's House of Ribs & Chinese Food, Atlanta; Lee Roy Selmon (Tampa Bay Bucs star), Lee Roy Selmon's, seven locations in the Tampa area; Al "Bubba" Baker (pro football player), Bubba's Q, Avon, Ohio; Greg "The Bull" Luzinski (Phillies slugger), Bull's Barbecue, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia; and Boog Powell (Orioles slugger), Boog's BBQ, Camden Yards, Baltimore.

IN THE NEWS: Anne Arundel County officials are trying to keep up with a surge in demand for new liquor license applications from restaurants moving into the fast-growing county's hotels, airport and new shopping centers, the Baltimore Business Journal reports. By the end of June, the county could have more than 500 liquor licenses, a nearly 20 percent increase from the roughly 420 establishments with liquor licenses three years ago, said Victoria Bowen, an administrator at the Anne Arundel County Liquor Board. About a quarter of the new licenses are for restaurants at Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport. Changes in the county's liquor license regulations also have made it easier for chain restaurants to open additional outlets. Chili's Grill & Bar has applied for a liquor license in Linthicum while Outback Steakhouse received approval to hold a liquor license at Arundel Mills. Other new restaurants are opening at new retail centers, such as Annapolis Towne Centre at Parole. Formerly a strip mall known as Parole Town Center, the project is being redeveloped into a retail, office and residential complex by Greenberg Gibbons Commercial of Owings Mills. Restaurants slated for the site include P.F. Chang's China Bistro Inc., Brio Tuscan Grille and Chop House, an upscale steak restaurant. baltimore.bizjournals.com ... The Baltimore Sun's Karen Nitkin gives three stars to Red Parrot Asian Cafe (8874 McGaw Road, Columbia, MD), while the Takeout column looks at rib joints. ... The Sun's Elizabeth Large gives two and a half stars to Petalo's Restaurant (1002 Eastern Ave., Baltimore) and reports: Abacrombie Fine Foods has closed until at least Sept. 1, after the kitchen staff left en masse; Saffron in Mount Vernon was closed effective immediately; Three, the restaurant that replaced Parkside at 2901 E. Baltimore St. near Patterson Park, has opened; Brazilian steakhouse chain Fogo de Chao is getting ready to open a branch in the Inner Harbor this August at 600 E. Pratt St.; and Soto's Grill has opened in the Ellicott City area (8001 Hillsborough Road). baltimoresun.com

Compiled by Pat Embry, WhereTheLocalsEat.com