|Anthony's New York Pizza & Pasta|
I nod when they say that.
But I honestly don't know how to spot a Chipotle. I can identify a classic Pizza Hut as I drive past, but I'm taking folks' optimism at the Chipotle and hope that we'll get an announcement soon.
I don't see anything official about the other Maple Lawn construction, but talk is about several other restaurants in the works. Maybe a seafood place or a pub near Harris Teeter? Maybe a new breakfast and lunch restaurant in the new office building that they're finishing up on the other side of the development?
Although we're a bit limited these days by toddler bedtimes, we're always looking for new places. Lil' Chow and I hit up Anthony's New York Pizza & Pasta in Clarksville one night when Mrs. HowChow was out of town. Unfortunately, this was before Lil' Chow announced "I don't like sauce." So I ended up eating both our slices and feeding him garlic knots in desperation.
While we're at it, other local food news that built over my hiatus in the comments and emails:
- Taqueria Los Primos has opened a "brick-and-mortar" store on U.S. 1 in Laurel, reports Steve on a comment. This is one of the highlight taco trucks, so I'm eager to get over there. And eager for Lil' Chow to come around to Mexican food more than tortillas.
- That's an influx of new Mexican. Cinco De Mayo is filling the space that Royal Taj vacated when it moved to expanded space in Columbia. Junior Barnes sent me the website link that says Cinco De Mayo will open in "early 2016."
- And BGR the Burger Joint may be come to Rte 108 next to the new Urban BBQ, says Kevlar51. On the same comment threat, SHerrington asked if anyone knows what's going into the retail built at 10000 Old Columbia Road -- visible on the south side of Rte 32 but apparently empty as far as I've seen. Does anyone know?
- Bangkok Delight in Columbia appears to have closed while I was on hiatus. Jim S. left a comment, and Nicole mentioned it on Facebook in November. I'm nostalgic because it was one of the first places that Mrs. HowChow and I went out for dinner. That was back when we lived off Rte 108. I remember really enjoying Bangkok Delight, then feeling like the food changed. Alicyn recommends Little Spice in Hanover as a Thai alternative.
- Also, has one or more of the Bagel Bins closed? Folks were talking in November. Dzoey mentioned a Cafe Bagel on Rte 103. That's new to me. And what about Pisco? That was the Peruvian restaurant near Perfect Pour in Elkridge. Katie reported last week that it was closed.
- 5485 Restaurant appears to have opened in Columbia. This is in the Doubletree Hotel near Rte 29 and Rte 175. The staff says they renovated and changed from Morgan's to 5485. When I called, they said the menu isn't on-line yet. Has anyone tried 5485 yet?
- Starting in January, you'll be able to visit the Manor Hill Brewery on Saturdays to buy cans and growlers of their beer, says MoCo Beer.
- Black Flag Brewing in Columbia has launched a Facebook site so that you can follow the brewery that will open on Snowden River Parkway next year. And you can watch for the web site that they're building now.
- What is Mother's Howard County Grille planned for Elkridge? After figuring out the calendar system to check on the liquor license applications at Wegmans, I'm having fun watching the liquor board web sit.
- Dzoey hit up the new Pie Five on Rte 40 in Ellicott City. Several new chains are opening along Rte 40. Pie Five is in new construction just west of Bean & Burgundy, which Dzoey says still has a good lunch buffet. This is the report:
Pie Five does not take reservations and they do not deliver, but they have a special way of cooking the pizza so that it bakes in 2 minutes and it is ready for you 5 minutes after you order. You can specify your own pizza, choosing from five different crust types and four sauces and a variety of toppings, or you can use one of their pre-arranged combinations.
I tried three (pre-arranged) pizzas: the BBQ pizza, the Buffalo Chicken pizza, and a meat pizza (I forget the name) with one of their thin crusts and two of their thick crusts. I thought the thin crust was good, better than Domino's, not as good as Ledo's, and the thick crust was good as well, better than Pizza hut, not as good as what I've had in Chicago. The BBQ sauce was on the sweet side, with a hint of smoke and went well with the chicken. The meat pizza was good, with a good balance of salt and spice. The buffalo chicken wasn't what I expected, there was not much buffalo sauce, just some jalapeno peppers. It's a pretty crowded market so I wish them well. It's worth trying out.
- And finally, you need to check out VCnearDC's long comment about the best cheesesteak in Howard County. The family did a four-stop taste test. They decided that Philly's Best in Columbia had the best meat and therefore the best sandwich. Now that's on my list to try as well.