This is the season to be feasting. Dukem Restaurant opened just a week ago on Maryland Avenue south of the Meyerhoff. A brother to D.C.'s popular Ethiopian restaurant of the same name, this Dukem is also owned by brothers Tefera and Getachew Zewdie.
The Zewdies bought the property -- which used to be another Ethiopian joint, Ghion -- a year and a half ago and have remodeled the place. Right now, just the downstairs is open -- with about 25 seats and a bar. Getachew Zewdie describes the place as "cozy and nice," with lots of dark mahogany touches, similar to its elder sibling.
In the next few months, the second-floor dining room will add 50 more seats.
The menu is the same is that in D.C., but the prices are about a buck less here, generally ranging from $8.95 to $15.95. There are various lamb, beef, fish, chicken and vegetarian dishes, as well as combo plates, which will run you a bit more money.
There's doro wot, a chicken stew made with legs or thighs marinated in lemon, sauteed in butter and stewed in a red pepper sauce, flavored with onions, garlic, ginger and cardamom.
The Dukem Kitfo is a mixture of minced beef with homemade cottage cheese, herbal butter and Ethiopian spices. Dukem Special Tibs is a lamb dish marinated in a "secret sauce" and sauteed with onion, rosemary, tomato, garlic and jalapeno.
The complete menu is online at www.dukemrestaurant.com.
Dukem Restaurant (410-385-0318) is at 1100 Maryland Ave. Its hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It will be open New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.
Christopher Daniel II
To expand on last week's description of Timonium's new Christopher Daniel, this is more than just a contemporary steakhouse. It also offers a whole lot of New American entrees. Unlike the a la carte items on the steak side of the menu, each of these is served with a starch and veggie. Examples include: pan-seared yellowfin tuna with charred baby corn salad and avocado wasabi drizzle ($19); roast half chicken with fried herbs, lemon, haricot vert, red skin mash and brown chicken reduction ($16); or Kurobuta pork chop with pecan stuffing, apple chutney and asparagus ($16).
There is also an extensive appetizer and salad menu.
The bar menu has many of the same appetizers and salads, along with a varied sandwich menu and three entrees.
Christopher Daniel, 410-308-1800, is at 106 W. Padonia Road, in the Padonia Park shopping center. Its dining room is open for lunch 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week. Dinner hours are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The bar is open 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. seven days a week, serving food until midnight.
In case you've been unable to find Canton Square's newest pub at 2128 O'Donnell St., that could be because it's not there. You'll find the Portside Tavern at 2821 O'Donnell St.