Monday, April 25, 2011
Valet Parking At A Shopping Center Restaurant -- And Other News From South Of The Border
Facci Ristorante has brought a taste of urban living to the suburbs, and it's a welcome sight considering that more than half of the shopping center at Rte 29 and Johns Hopkins Road will be restaurants -- Facci, Kloby's Smokehouse, La Palapa Too, and more. The lot of fills, which is inconvenient but can also be unpleasant with cars racing for spots or trapped as people maneuver, wait, back up, etc.
Both Facci and Kloby's are in mid-expansion. Peering into the windows on Saturday, they both look weeks away from hosting people in their expanded space, at the bourbon bar (Kloby's), or in the private room (Facci). But construction continues. In fact, Kloby's has applied to expend its liquor license to the new space.
I still need to try Tandoor Grill. Mrs. HowChow was really excited by the lassis, which are fruit and yogurt smoothies. We also thought there were interesting dishes that we hadn't seen on other menus. Pretty strong for a place that clearly needs to depend on takeout.
In other news, Kloby's now sells bottles of its barbecue sauces. I love Kloby's smoked meats, but grilling season has officially begun. So this might be my way to make my first real attempts at grilling my own ribs at home.
Let's be clear. These restaurants are at Rte 29 and Johns Hopkins Road. A little south of Columbia. A little north of Scaggsville and Fulton. But clearly not Laurel -- the mailing address that the Applied Physics Lab apparently wanted decades ago. Inspired by my recent trip to NYC, I want to dub this Triangle Below Columbia -- or Tribeco.