Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The new restaurant will feature authentic Mexican fare such as tacos al pastor, barbacoa and 100 percent agave margaritas.
With menu items such as flautas de puerco (pulled pork in crispy tortillas with pico de gallo), tacos al pastor and barbacoa enchiladas, it's hard not to get hungry thinking about Xitomate opening in Columbia. And we didn't even mention the $7 agave margaritas. Columbia's newest restaurant will have a soft opening for customers at the former location of Donna's (5850 Waterloo Road) on Wednesday. "We are an authentic Mexican restaurant," said Octavio Moreno, the general manger for Xitomate as well as Columbia's Azul 17. "The food is authentic and we make everything fresh." The new restaurant is owner Julio Soto's latest concept. Soto also owns Azul 17 and Lily's Mexican Market. Moreno said the food and drink offerings at Xitomate will be …
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Peruvian chicken restaurant will have same menu as before, says manager.
The Peurivan chicken restaurant at Hickory Ridge Village Center is set to reopen on Thursday. And it will continue to offer its specialites like whole Peruvian chicken, fried yuca, plantains and papa ala huancaina (Peruvian fried rice). "Things will be pretty much the same," said co-manager James Sena, who was preparing the restaurant for its opening on Wednesday afternoon. The restaurant closed at the beginning of 2012 after the partnership between the two owners broke down, according to Sena. Sena said he couldn't discuss the disagreement because the owners were not legally able to do so. As a result of the disagreement, the restaurant was forced to change its name from Chick'N Pollo to Grille Chick'N Pollo, but will keep most of its …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill is moving into a location off Dobbin Road.
Do you get cravings for handmade pitas and chicken shwarma? Then a new Columbia restaurant may be the place to try. Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill is scheduled to open one of their do-it-yourself style pita restaurants early February 2013 in Dobbin Center, just off Snowden River Parkway, according to Beth Hardy, marketing manager for Garbanzo. Modeled after restaurants such as Chipotle, Garbanzo offers customers a choice of three entrees—pita, laffa, or plate—which can be combined with proteins such as chicken shwarma, steak shwarma, falafel or hummus. Vegetables and sauces can then be chosen to complete the meal. Kabobs are offered as well. Garbanzo was founded in 2007 in Denver and is currently in the midst of an expansion that will …
Friday, August 24, 2012
Who has the best pizza in town? How about the best customer service? Here are your picks for Readers' Choice.
All this summer, you've nominated and voted for your favorite local businesses in categories ranging from Best Burger and Best Under 30 Bar to Best Crabs and Best Consignment Shop. We've tallied all the poll votes, and now it's time to announce the winners. See below for our complete list of Readers' Choice winners: Best Romantic Restaurant Winner: Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant Best Crabs Winner: Shanty Grille Best Burger Winner: Victoria's Gastro Pub Best Vegetarian Winner: Great Sage Restaurant Best Sushi Winner: Sushi Sono Best Sweet Shop Winner: Touche Touchet Bakery and Pastry Shoppe Best Butcher Winner: J.W. Treuth & Sons Best Pizza Winner: Luna Bella Best Takeout Winner: The Canopy Best Ice Cream Winner: Soft Stuff Best …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The lakefront restaurant will be getting its first renovations in 25 years, according to its president.
Clyde's has been a staple of the Columbia lakefront for more than 30 years, which is why Tom Meyer says the location is long overdue for a makeover. Meyer, president of Clyde's Restaurant Group, told Patch the restaurant will be on a new lease and will see several changes from renovations starting in late January. "It has been over 25 years since we were able to renovate the place, and we just needed to do it," Meyer said. The specifics of the renovation have not been finalized, but he gave a hint at what changes are coming. "Basically, we're going to completely redo the men's and women's rooms, we're going to do some work behind the scenes in the kitchen and the floors," Meyer said. "It's going to be very fresh and nice when we re-open." …
Sunday, July 1, 2012
What restaurant in Howard County has the best vegetarian selection?
Do you ever crave a handmade veggie burger? Do gourmet tofu meals make you salivate? Well you're not the only one. The best curry, bean and vegetarian cuisine in your neighborhood could become the favorite in all of Howard County, with your help. From July 23 to Aug. 17, we’re asking readers to vote in our poll for their favorite vegetarian selection in Howard County. Winners will receive the honor of being named the Readers’ Choice winner in their community. Do you think one of the restaurants we've picked is the best? Vote in our poll.
Where do you get your favorite burgers in Howard County?
Beef–it's what's for dinner. Burgers are an art form in Howard County. From fast and fried to grilled and gourmet, where do you go when you're looking for the great American classic? From July 23 to Aug. 17, we’re asking readers to vote in our poll for their favorite burger place in Howard County. Winners will receive the honor of being named the Readers’ Choice winner in their community. Want to help out and tell your friends about the best burgers in Howard County? Vote in our poll.
Monday, May 21, 2012
"It was a big shock," says manager.
Donna's of Columbia closed over the weekend, ending a 10-year run at its location off Snowden River Parkway. The owners decided to close the restaurant after a dispute over the lease, according to Katie Houston, manager of the Columbia location. She said the owners told her on Friday that the restaurant would close on Sunday. "It was a big shock," said Houston. "That's an understatement." She said Donna's would not be reopening elsewhere in Columbia or Howard County. The restaurant opened 10 years ago this month, said Houston. The company, which also has two locations in Baltimore, announced the closing on its website with the following statement: No one answered when Patch called the business office on Monday morning. Local blog HowChow …
Chick N' Friends is a draw in Columbia. No utensils needed.
Fried chicken is a staple of classic American cuisine, and a local couple has been perfecting its homestyle goodness in Columbia for years. Chick-N-Friends at the Long Reach Shopping Center boasts a menu of fried chicken, fish, greens, yams, corn muffins and more. With made-to-order items, this chicken joint is a must for chicken lovers and regular picnic-goers. Rhodney Lloyd, who co-owns the restaurant along with his wife, Cassandra, says what sets his business apart from the fast food establishments like KFC and Popeye's is the freshness of the chicken and the quality of the ingredients, which guarantee a "homestyle" taste. "We don't batch cook [dozens] of pieces and have it sitting under the lamps," Lloyd told Patch. "We're trying to do…
Monday, May 14, 2012
The venue that was formerly Hokkaido has changed ownership and ambience.
Months after Hokkaido opened on Route 1, it has changed owners and image.. Sushi Q Bar and Grill came online at the end of April, according to Daniel Kim of Columbia, who bought the business. He plans to apply for a liquor license, a process he said could take two to three months, and something he hopes will help attract UMBC students and add another nighttime option for the Elkridge community. "We'd like to be here if you're a student or if you live in the community and you want to have a beer and something to eat," said Kim, who told Patch the kitchen would close at 11 p.m. but the sushi bar would remain open until 2 a.m., if and when the liquor license goes through. Howard County's liquor licensing division told Patch it has not …