Steve Osmond says he'd love to have a 15-page menu at his new Thirsty Dog Public House (20 E. Cross St.), but he knows his limitations. "I'd rather have 15 great pizzas."
He's satisfied doing one thing and doing it well, so his pub serves a few appetizers - individual pizzas like the Old Yeller (vegetables, chicken and three cheeses) and gourmet salads. Don't, in other words, come here expecting to order a cheeseburger. Draft micro-beers are also a specialty.
The two-story space, which was once Lush's, has been renovated from head to toe, with a fireplace, cozy booths, a mahogany bar and an open kitchen upstairs.
Thirsty Dog is open every night from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Expanded Black Olive
After almost a year, the Black Olive's renovations are complete. The Greek seafood restaurant at 814 S. Bond St. has expanded into the building next door, increasing the dining area and adding a private dining room and a wine cellar. The kitchen has been renovated as well. The seating has been almost doubled, with room now for 140 people.
"All without taking away a degree of intimacy," says owner Stelios Spiliadis.
With the expansion, the Black Olive will be open for lunch every day. Besides the regular menu, the restaurant is offering a three-course lunch for $15. If you request it, Spiliadis says you can be in and out in 45 minutes.
Ellicott City steakhouse
It opened only a month later than it was scheduled to, which is great by restaurant-construction standards. Jordan's Steakhouse (8085 Main St., Ellicott City) is dishing up steaks and chops in a romantic atmosphere. Perhaps the most interesting twist: You can choose your beef in Choice or Prime. (The latter is priced higher, of course.)
Duck and run
Carryout Dish of the Week: Wor shu duck ($11.95) from the new No. 1 Chinese (you have to love the name) at 3998 Roland Ave. The crisp-skinned boneless pieces of duck have a delicate sauce instead of the usual thick brown gravy, and they are accompanied by just-tender Chinese vegetables instead of the usual iceberg lettuce.
Should have said ...
In last week's Table Talk column, I said that Cerando's (8801 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City) is open for lunch and dinner Monday through Friday. I should have said Monday through Saturday. My apologies.
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