Pat & Mike's Restaurant, 720 Kenilworth Drive,...


Pat & Mike's Restaurant, 720 Kenilworth Drive, Towson, (410 821-9303. Housed in the former Rusty Scupper next to the Shops at Kenilworth, this is an attractive, casual restaurant with interesting levels and private booths. Unfortunately, neither the service nor the food lived up to the surroundings. We did enjoy the diamond onion chunks ($4.25), batter-dipped and fried rectangles of layered onion slices. It's difficult to eat just one. $$moderate. (Last visited 12/91.)

Quail Ridge Inn, 6212 Ridge Road, Mount Airy, (301) 829-9040Although a cruise down Route 70 is not the most romantic way to spend the pre-dinner hour, the Quail Ridge Inn rewarded our efforts. The eponymous birds are everywhere you look in this friendly, unpretentious place -- except on the menu, which specializes in such hearty, easy-to-like Italian classics as cannelloni, manicotti and shrimp parmigiana. Added pluses are speedy service and lavish homemade desserts. $$moderate. (Last visited 1/91.)

LYNN WILLIAMS McHenry's, Sheraton Inner Harbor Hotel, 300 S. Charles St.(410) 347-1818. The dining room is restful, spacious, vacuumed and featureless, like most rooms required to be many things to many people. We went having seen McHenry's new advertisement: "Samplings Menu -- appetizer-size portions of creative entrees -- A little of this, a little of that . . ." The reality was less intriguing than it sounded: a delicious baked potato and good lamb, beef, olive oil, mushrooms, and cheese; many dishes, however, were dreary. $$$expensive. (Last visited 11/91.)


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