Interesting and exciting things are happening in the East Patrick/East Street area. Along with the fairly recent openings of (turn your speakers off if you are at work!!) Sabor de Cuba and Sumittra on East Patrick Street, the old Patrick’s at 16 E. Patrick St. has shut down and has a new owner. Opening soon is JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House (no website that I can find yet but here is their Facebook page with pictures of the renovations in progress). What I hear is that the menu will be All-American with steaks, crabcakes, sandwiches etc…but since there is no menu up yet, don’t quote me on that.
At the corner of East and E. Patrick (6 North East St.) where the former Danielle’s/Tauraso’s was, again, opening soon is Ayse Meze, described as “Greek and Mediterranean Turkish” , (Facebook page here, how to pronounce the name of the restaurant here). Owned by the same folks as Brewer’s Alley, Isabella’s and Acacia, Ayse Meze is already scheduled to be a part of the October 2 Downtown Partnership Progressive Dinner.
Ayse Meze Lounge
Meze 4 (combination plate):
Sigara Borek (crispy phyllo-cheese cigars with apricot spoon sweet), Falafel (with tahini sauce and cucumber salsa), Cig Kofte (beef and bulgher tartar, butter sauce and mint), Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves)
Drink Choice: Efes Pilsner or Doluca White Wine
Vegetarian option available
Baby greens with candied carrots, gorgonzola purses, served with a red wine vinaigrette
Drink: Chardonnay, Merlot or Yeungling
Entrée (choose one)
Veal Parmesan (breaded veal, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese baked and served with angel hair pasta)
Shrimp & Crab Risotto (Arborio rice, gulf shrimp, crab meat in a cognac cream bisque sauce, served with crispy zucchini sticks)
Spinach Stuffed Eggplant (Flash fried eggplant, stuffed and rolled with mozzarella, ricotta and tomato sauce, baked and served with angel hair pasta)
Drink: Budweiser, Corona, Heineken or
one of eight featured wines
The Wine Kitchen
Dark chocolate mousse truffle with dulce de leche and rice crispy clusters
Drink: Coffee or Hot Tea
Finally, rumor has it that Michael Tauraso is adding to his list of restaurants that includes The Tasting Room, Freez King and Black Hog (Frederick and Urbana) by taking over the deli that closed on E. Patrick St. last year. It’s early in the morning and I haven’t had my coffee yet so the name has escaped me but it’s the deli at the intersection of Maxwell Ave and E. Patrick St and could possibly have been called Little’s? Or maybe just The Deli.