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THE PRIME RIBThe Prime Rib, 1101 N....



The Prime Rib, 1101 N. Calvert St. at Chase, (410) 539-1804. The Prime Rib, long touted as one of Baltimore's premier restaurants, is sophisticated, attractive and bustling. The menu is small and pleasantly uncomplicated with as much seafood as red meat. But the pace is too hurried and the tables too close together for elegant dining. Despite the dim lights, piano music and luxurious atmosphere, the Prime Rib doesn't seem to want people to settle in. We barely had our menus when the waiter came looking for our orders. The food was good, but not great, and there was precious little presentation for the price. The large, golden crab cakes were outstanding. The filet, on the other hand, did not live up to its billing. For the price, everything at the Prime Rib should be prime and, unfortunately, it wasn't. $$$ - expensive. (Last visited 8/92.) Cafe Sophie, opposite Grollman's General Store, Stevensville. (410) 643-8811. Think of Cafe Sophie as an alternative to the various fast food places and motel restaurants along U.S. 50. Just a few minutes detour off the highway, it specializes in decent French country cooking -- nothing fancy, but you may find a croque monsieur more interesting than a Big Mac. Lunch is served Tuesdays to Sundays, dinner Fridays and Saturdays. $$ -- moderate. (Last reviewed 8/92.)

ELIZABETH LARGE Jasper's, 1777 Reisterstown Road, Commercentre, (410) 486-1400. Located where the august Pimlico used to be, Jasper's bright and breezy style, moderate prices and incredible menu are bringing 'em in by the carloads. Too bad the food isn't better. Granted, it's hard to pick representative dishes from a 28-page menu; but the only part of our meal we enjoyed without reservation was a Mexican pizza on a huge, crisp tortilla. $$ -- moderate. (Last reviewed 8/92.)


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