"We have the best view on the South River," says Jerry Osuna of his new restaurant, Surfside 7, in Edgewater (48 S. River Road). He also has the former head chef of the luxe Corinthian in Annapolis cooking for him. You could call it Florida cuisine -- Osuna went to school in Miami -- and there's lots of seafood on the menu. But you'll find plenty else, like pastas and meat, and prices that are easy on the pocketbook. Entrees run from $7.95 to $14.95.
Once if you wanted a roasted vegetable sandwich and a cafe latte you had to go downtown to Donna's. But so many of the coffee bars have opened around the area that pretty soon there's going to be a Donna's down the block from you no matter where you live.
The two newest Donna's have both opened in Bibelot bookstores. Donna's in Bel Air is located in the Harford Mall. Donna's in Timonium is in Timonium Crossing, 2080 York Road. Hours for both are Sunday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. to midnight.
Zagat's Top 10 list
The 1997 Zagat survey of Baltimore and Washington restaurants is out; and it's one of the best yet -- best in the sense of being up to date, accurate and fun to read. Besides ratings done by some 3,200 area restaurant goers, the guide lists places cuisine; neighborhood; and special features and appeals.
And, of course, there's the list of the most popular in Baltimore. This year's top 10, in order, are 1) Tio Pepe, 2) Prime Rib, 3) Polo Grill, 4) Linwood's, 5) Milton Inn, 6) Hampton's, 7) M. Gettier, 8) Brass Elephant, 9) Helmand, 10) Haussner's.
Look for Zagat surveys in local bookstores. Priced at $10.95, they make a nice holiday gift for people who like to eat out.