Fans of Joe's Peking Duck House at 323 Park Ave. (and I'm one of them) were crushed when it closed because of fire last year, but now it's reopened bigger and better than before - at least judging by the name, which is now Joe's Dim Sum Palace. You can get dim sum, those tasty tidbits that serve as a nibble or a full meal, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. seven days a week.
The restaurant's offerings aren't limited to dim sum, though. Peking duck is still a specialty, and a full menu is available. "We serve the Chinese community so we have real Chinese food," says assistant manager Eric Yan. "But we also have American Chinese."
Joe's Dim Sum Palace accepts Visa and MasterCard credit cards but doesn't have a liquor license, so BYOB.
New Central Asia
The spot where M. Gettier's Orchard Inn used to be at 1528 E. Joppa Road in Towson may become the new home of Central Asia, now a popular carryout at Goucher and Loch Raven boulevards. (The owners of the carryout used to have a sit-down restaurant with the same name in Towson Marketplace.)
Nothing has been finalized yet, but if the deal does go through, the new Central Asia will be essentially the same as the old but with the addition of a sushi bar.
Besides the House of Kabob on Harford Road and the Kabob Hut in Towson, we now have two more skewer-style eateries in the Baltimore area. Parsa Kabob has opened to positive reviews in the Yorktowne Plaza in Cockeysville. The new Habib's Kabob, 1720 Liberty Road, Eldersburg, is also getting good word of mouth. BYOB at both.
Food for less
Cheap Eats Find of the Week: Opa!, the good Greek restaurant at 1911 Aliceanna St., runs a Tuesday-through-Friday special for $9.95 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It includes salad, a choice of entrees and dessert. Eight bottles of wine are discounted to go with it.
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