An unusual mix of disparate ingredients


Take African-American/Southern cuisine, add Jewish deli foods, mix them up with a healthy dose of jazz music, and what do you get? The Heritage and Jazz Delicatessen/Calvin's Supper Club, a new addition to the Linthicum-Glen Burnie area.

If you're wondering how that combo happened, the answer is simple. The name implies the major loves of owner Calvin Thompson: good food and music.

Thompson, who is African-American, lives in Anne Arundel County, but he grew up in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and that means he grew up around Jewish delis.

"Out here [in Anne Arundel County], things they advertise as delis weren't the things I thought of as traditional delis -- with hot corned beef and pastrami," Thompson says.

So, one side of his establishment is just that -- a Jewish-style deli and carryout. You've got a wide range of sandwiches, potato salad, coleslaw and the like, and freshly made soups. There also are the breakfast-all-day options.

The other side of the place is a full-service restaurant, with a menu including specialties such as jambalaya ($10.99), smothered chicken ($8.99) and oxtails and sauerkraut ($8.99). The dessert choices include cake slices, peach cobbler and sweet potato pie.

Thompson stresses that everything on the menu is made fresh every day.

He also points out that jazz is always playing in the background. On some nights the music is live. On Wednesdays, it's a swing band playing Count Basie-era tunes. On Friday and Saturday nights, a quintet plays more contemporary jazz.

Some 200 family photographs and knickknacks decorate both the carryout and restaurant, some dating to the 1940s.

"I want to give a home-cooked meal in a home-type atmosphere," Thompson says.

You'll find Heritage and Jazz Delicatessen/Calvin's Supper Club at 7389 Baltimore Annapolis Blvd. Hours are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, there is a brunch buffet ($9.50 per person) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Heritage and Jazz doesn't yet have a liquor license, so it's BYOB. Call 410-863-8866.

Outback's in town

Glen Burnie now has its own Outback Steakhouse, which opened at 7744 Ritchie Highway this week. The only other Outback in Anne Arundel County is in Annapolis.

The Glen Burnie Outback is open from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Li'l changes at Lil's

A Federal Hill haunt's new owners have started making changes there -- in a small way.

Katie and Tim Buscher didn't want to mess too much with previous owner Tony Guarino's winning ways at Crazy Lil's. So, a month after taking over the restaurant/pub, the only change they're making right now is adding ceiling panels and carpeting to the upstairs area to quiet it down a bit.

Katie Buscher says everything else at Crazy Lil's, including the chef and menu, remains the same. Next change on the agenda: additional lunch hours on Friday and Saturday. Look for that to happen around April.

Crazy Lil's, 27 E. Cross St., is open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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