Louisiana in Fells Point has bought the Full Moon Saloon next door at 1710 Aliceanna St., and renovations are in full swing. The fine-dining New Orleans restaurant plans to open a live jazz and blues club there, which will serve lunch and a light menu at dinnertime.
"Everybody likes to have a meal under 20 bucks," said Louisiana's John Saki. When I asked him what the name of the club will be and when it might open, he said, "I hope you'll ask me some of these questions two weeks down the road."
I will, so stay tuned.
Put some sizzle in your life --For whatever reason, the Sky Room didn't survive in Bel Air, but Neel Kamal isn't fazed. He recently opened Sizzling Bombay in the same spot (2108 Bel Air South Plaza, 410-569-0148). He's from Delhi, so the food is northern Indian, with specialties like chicken tikki masala, grilled salmon tikki and a Bombay kebab platter.
The thing that may set it apart most, though, is the kids' menu. Kamal says children love the honey shrimp, butter chicken and chicken tenders Indian-style.
I'll have mine to go --A new Web resource for parents, lilaguide.com, feels that Baltimore has some of the best kid-friendly restaurants in the country.
Here are the characteristics the parents who write the reviews base them on:
Ample aisle space for strollers
Plenty of noise to drown out noisy babies and kids
Love that last one.
The Web site has reviews of 430 area eating places, and the top three are Chipotle Mexican Grill, 621 E. Pratt St., Bill Bateman's Bistro, 8810 Waltham Woods Road, and the Cheesecake Factory, 201 E. Pratt St.
By popular demand --Next week's Top Ten Tuesday on my blog at baltimoresun.com/diningatlarge will be top cheap eats. If you have filet mignon tastes but a burger budget, you'll want to check it out.
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