The American Cafe, known for its trendy sandwiches and salads, is looking for more dinner business. Starting with the Columbia and Tyson's Corner restaurants, the chain is introducing a dozen or so new dinners -- from vegetarian ravioli to prime rib and roast pork. Look for the new menu to come to the Inner Harbor and other locations in the next month or so.
* Here's a quick, inexpensive and unusual supper suggestion when you're downtown for an Orioles game or a visit to Harborplace. The Marriott Inner Harbor Hotel has a pasta bar and an antipasto bar each evening from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Pastas and sauces change daily; numerous condiments and breads are included. The price for the pasta bar is $8.95, with meat ingredients $1 extra. The antipasto bar, which includes various salads, cheeses and meats, is $4.95.
* The biggest seller is the scone from Maine, made from an authentic English recipe, served warm with imported Devon double cream. But the gourmet pastries and the apple crumb cake don't do badly, either. You can get all these good things, along with a few sandwiches and lots of specialty coffee drinks, at the new Odd Cuppa in Columbia, 6955 Oakland Mills Road. While you're there, pick up one of the 23 varieties of coffee on sale.
* Cusack's in Bolton Hill is open again for an early supper. During the winter, the upscale sandwich and gourmet-to-go shop closed at 4 p.m. The new hours are Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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