Those who observe Jewish dietary laws are happy to have a new kosher restaurant, the Brasserie (1700 Reisterstown Road) in Pikesville. Owner Gordon Sugar saw that his kosher Chinese restaurant, Chapps, was doing great while the Brasserie, which served Italian and American food, struggled, so he switched over to a kosher kitchen about a month ago. Business has been booming since the change. Specialties include dishes like rib eye with gourmet mashed potatoes; chicken, eggplant and zucchini over penne; and boneless trout with a mushroom-caper sauce.
If you're looking for a new destination restaurant to try, consider the Restaurant Peninsule (1534 Cedarhurst Road, Shady Side), south of Annapolis. The French country inn is owned by Gerard Balageas, a native of Paris. Wednesday through Sunday evenings he serves dishes like escargots in puff pastry, red pepper bisque, pan-seared salmon with a beet and honey reduction and a rack of lamb in a port wine sauce. Call 410-867-8664 for directions.
Can't bring your own
Last week I wrote about a reader who wanted a list of restaurants where you can bring your own wine even if the place has a liquor license. After it ran I got a call from Tony Foreman, an owner of Charleston in the Inner Harbor, who told me, "When we were at Savannah I used to let customers do that until a regular, who happened to be on the Liquor Board, told me it was illegal."
Sure enough, I checked with the Liquor Board and it is. By state law, you can't bring in your own alcohol if the restaurant has a liquor license.
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Pub Date: 6/18/98