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April 28, 2010

Tony's Diner opens by arena

Ricardo EspinosaI just caught up with Ricardo Espinosa, and I'm not sure where to start. Hologram nightclub concept? Fitness food restaurant? Downtown diner?

I'll start with Tony’s Diner because that one is up and running. (Tune in later here on the blog for hologram and fitness news.)

Located at 8 Park Avenue, next to First Mariner Arena, Tony's had its "soft" opening Monday. It is owned by Luna del Sea proprietor Tony Assadi. Espinosa is chief operating officer for the restaurant group that owns both, Camden View Inc.

"A small diner with a 21st-century touch," is how Espinosa described Tony's. "It's not just, come and eat a bunch of food on a plate. We’re keeping the [traditional diner] value but we’re giving them a gourmet taste on the plate."

Clams casino, "gourmet" hamburgers, pastas, chicken, shellfish and steaks are on chef Michael Castes' menu. Castes had been executive sous chef at Westin and Doubletree hotels.

Espinosa said the cheapest thing on the menu is the $4.99 BLT. The most expensive, the $24 rib eye steak. Breakfast fare is available all day, all night.

The diner is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner, 7 a.m. to midnight. Eventually, Espinosa said, they hope to keep the place open until 4 a.m. on weekends.

Sun photo of Espinosa by Christopher T. Assaf

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 11:50 AM | | Comments (14)
        

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Finally! A place in Baltimore that serves gourmet burgers. I think we've all waited long enough.

I assume Chris is kidding, Abbey Burgers, on Marshall Street -- an alley off the unit block of East Cross Street -- has a great variety of superb burgers. But somehow I think "gourmet" and "burger" is an oxymoron.

Fed Hill Jim - Yes I was totally kidding. But I agree with you on the oxymoron portion.

Am I the only one who would be nervous eating clams casino during lunch at a diner?

As if it were a warning, my captcha reads: "expect evacuate"

Am I the only one who would be nervous eating clams casino during lunch at a diner?

As if it were a warning, my captcha reads: "expect evacuate"

Yuk..

It's not quite "next" to the Arena, more like across the street, kitty-corner. That location has been 3 or 4 different restaurants in the last few years, and I can't imagine Tony's will outlast any of its predecessors.

Maybe we can all grab a bite there after we finish watching the ladies lingerie football game at the Arena...

...or maybe grab a bite there there before posting negative thoughts/comments?

I had a burger there yesterday. It was delicious, came with excellent fries and cost $6.35. That works for me.

Well, I had to try this place, I started with bathroom, extremely clean, that says a lot about a restaurant. the waitstaff were pleasant and welcoming. we ordered food and within 15 minutes the food arrived ( as it is expecteed). i had a chicken Marsala, Wow, Wow, Wow!!!! even thinking about today, I wish I had orderd one to go, the food was excellent and price was nothing compare to area restaurant. we were group of 8 people and everone enjoyed their meal. not only we will go there again, we will make sure that we plan our parties and event there, I call it a little secret place of ours just as they say in italy Cosa Nostra. I give them high 10 my friend, try this place and you do not need your entire bank account either.
Taxman1

Hooray! Maybe now Kamran "Tony" Assadi can have a SECOND establishment to annoy the patrons of Baltimore City by playing atrocious outdoor music long past when the noise codes allow!!! Luna del Sea isn't quite annoying/horrible/greasy enough... let's hope Tony's can up the ante!

Hooray! Maybe now Kamran "Tony" Assadi can have a SECOND establishment to annoy the patrons of Baltimore City by playing atrocious outdoor music long past when the noise codes allow!!! Luna del Sea isn't quite annoying/horrible/greasy enough... let's hope Tony's can up the ante!

um...
I think everyone needs to go back and try this place again. The waitstaff are completely inept. I had my meal delivered to my table 3 times, by 3 different servers.

There are holes in the wall above wainscoting that has started to fall off.

I was not impressed at all, which is a shame. I only live around the corner.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.
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