Tuesday, April 23, 2013
The restaurant re-opened Monday after undergoing $4 million in renovations.
Clyde's of Columbia re-opened Monday after undergoing $4 million in renovations over the past three months. The new space has an updated interior, renovated restrooms and an upgraded kitchen. The restaurant began renovations after announcing a new 10-year lease with Howard Hughes Co. at the location on the Lakefront. Clyde's posted the above photos on the restaurant's Facebook page. Have you been to Clyde's since it re-opened, what do you think of their renovations?
Monday, April 8, 2013
Looking to enjoy the weather and a meal? Here are some of the best outdoor dining locations in Columbia.
Scroll through the photo gallery above to check out the patios of several restaurants in Columbia where you can enjoy a meal and the weather. Find out more about the featured restaurants: Eggspectation - 6010 University Blvd, Ellicott City - Located on the Columbia, Elicott City border, this restaurant boats a patio with outdoor speakers overlooking a stormwater drainage pond. Xitomate - 5850 Waterloo Road - This new Mexican restaurant opened in January. While the restaurant's patio isn't open yet, the manager said Monday they've ordered the patio furniture and expect it to open in mid-April. Victoria Gastro Pub - 8201 Snowden River Parkway - Victoria has a large patio that offers protection from the sun, as well as portable heaters if it …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The restaurant opened March 15.
While east Columbia boasts popular Indian restaurants like Royal Taj and House of India, getting a curry fix can be difficult on the west side. That changed last month when Curry and Kabob opened in Wilde Lake Village Center on March 15. Located next to The Melting Pot and Bagel Bin, the restaurant offers both Indian and Nepalese cuisine. "We've been doing well," said owner Chandra Chhantyal on Wednesday, about the restaurant's first 15 days in business. Business is likely to pick up soon. On Wednesday local food blog HowChow published a review saying, "it's a talented kitchen in a personable restaurant." The restaurant offers Indian signatures like chicken tikka masala ($14.95), lamb curry ($15.95), and garlic naan ($3.50); but also …
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
A Washington Post nightlife critic calls the Columbia bar impressive and "a fine showcase for Oliver Ales."
Washington Post nightlife critic Fritz Hahn made the trip up Route 29 to visit Columbia's newest beer bar—Ale House Columbia—last week. In his review, he described the restaurant which serves beer brewed in Baltimore as "a fine showcase for Oliver Ales, and it's a good place to watch a game with a cold brew in hand." He called the tap list of more than 20 beers impressive and said coupled with "a taco platter or one of the juicy burgers; it's worth the trip." The bar, which opened in December, has been popular enough to cause a parking problem in the main the lot, which is shared with other restaurants, a gym and retail stores. It's a problem the Post critic also pointed out. Read the full review by clicking here. Have you been to Ale …
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
The expansion will add a new dining area, a patio and 20 additional parking spots.
Frisco Tap House and Brewery is in the midst of a major expansion that will add a new dining area, an outdoor patio and 20 additional parking spots to the restaurant. The restaurant, located at 6695 Dobbin Road, has acquired the adjoining space formerly occupied by Columbia Oak, according to General Manager Alex Taylor. Taylor said they're planning to add between 100 to 120 more seats in that area, which he estimated at about 1,200 square feet. The new dining area will feature a central glass-encased fireplace, as well as two drop-down TV displays that will list all the beers the bar has on tap, said Taylor. A door along the main wall in the restaurant will be added to access the new dining area, said Taylor. Outside, along the side …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
According to one study, more than 50 percent of restaurants in the county are fast food. Is that too much?
Howard County was recently named the healthiest in the state by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The county came in first or second healthiest in all but one of six categories - Physical Environment which included percentage of all restaurants that are fast food establishments: 58 percent in Howard County. To be clear, the state average was 60 percent, so relatively, we're not an outlier. But the national benchmark is 27 percent. The data used in the study came from the USDA's Food Environment Atlas, a warehouse of food access statistics. The USDA asserts a correlation between eating out and health risks, as do the National Institutes of Health and many others. So what do you think? Are there too many fast food restaurants in Howard …
Thursday, March 7, 2013
The Colorado-based restaurant chain offers shwarmas, falafel and kabobs.
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill announced earlier this month it will open its new Columbia location on March 13. The restaurant, which is similar in style to Chipotle, offers menu items like shwarma, pitas, falafel and kabobs that can be customized with vegetables and sauces for prices between $5 and $10. The restaurant will open at 6455 Dobbin Road in Dobbin Center, near Panera Bread and Wal-Mart. “I feel our made-from-scratch Mediterranean menu sets us apart and intrigues the many families and business professionals in the area looking for a fast yet fresh and healthy lunch or dinner option," said Scott Black, Garbanzo's director of operations, in a statement. "We are looking forward to establishing ourselves in the Columbia area and …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Beef O'Brady wrote that company officials "have specifically identified Columbia for expansion of the brand."
Beef 'O' Brady's, a Tampa-based chain of family restaurants, is looking to expand into Columbia, according to a news release sent this week by company officials. The restaurant chain currently operates 210 restaurants in 22 states and characterizes itself as a sports bar geared toward families. Each restaurant has a considerable amount of televisions as well as an arcade for kids, according to its website. "Demographic research, brand recognition within the state and other factors make Columbia an ideal market for further expansion of the franchised restaurant concept," wrote the company in a press release. Although named Beef 'O' Brady's, the company is known for its buffalo chicken wings, despite being founded with a number of beef …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Expect a large outdoor patio, 30 draft beers and a main bar with a high ceiling.
An owner of The Ale House Columbia said the 9,000-square-foot beer pub is likely to open before Thanksgiving of this year. The Ale House will serve up higher end pub food, original beers from Oliver Breweries, and a rotating tap list of 30 draft beers, according to owner Justin Dvorkin. "We're really excited about it," said Dvorkin on Wednesday. "It's been a great project so far; we just want to be open for business and rolling." The business will be located at the former location of the Rocky Run Tap and Grill at 6480 Dobbin Center Way. As part of construction for the Ale House, Dvorkin said they have completely redone the outside, added a new roof and fixed parts of the building's plumbing and framing. He said the exterior construction…
Saturday, July 21, 2012
Submit pictures of the food you tried during Howard County's "Farm -2- Table" restaurant weeks.
Howard County's "farm -2- table" restaurant weeks officially kicked off on Wednesday with its fine stable of price-fixed menus from some of the area's best restaurants. We're asking our Patch readers to submit photos and brief descriptions of the food they try during restaurant weeks. Since Patch already has tried some of the food, we've uploaded a few shots of the local chefs' culinary creations. If you're not one to pull out your phone (or camera) while you're eating, that's fine too. Tell us in the comments if you had an enjoyable (or terrible) experience at a local restaurant during restaurant weeks. Howard County restaurant weeks run from July 18 to Aug. 6, 2012. For more information see Patch's guide of area restaurants who are …