Frank and Nic's West End Grille
Here is the skinny on Frank and Nic's West End Grille (511 W. Pratt St., 410-685-6800), the new restaurant which opened on the first floor of the Zenith by Camden Yards, courtesy of Ms. Large's Table Talk column:
"Frank and Nic are Frank Zafonte and Dominic Lascola, and their new restaurant is at the base of the luxury Zenith Apartments. Their place serves as a more upscale alternative to the pubs and sports bars that used to be all that was available around the stadium.
Instead of a burger and beer, you can get American cuisine with Asian accents and selections from an extensive wine list that focuses on California.
Dinner entrees -- such as seared tuna and cuts of steak -- run from $16 to $36 ...
The handsomely appointed, 200-seat space has what Zafonte calls "three dynamic areas": a bar, the main dining room and a private dining room. Outdoor seating will be available when the weather gets better.
You won't be turned away if you're wearing your Ravens shirt, says Zafonte, but you won't feel uncomfortable in a coat and tie, either. The contemporary decor is done in shades of burgundy, silver and gold, with booths and two granite-topped bars. Black-and-white photos of Baltimore scenes line the walls.
The grill is open 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. daily, with a late-night menu served until 1:30 a.m."
Personally, I wonder if a place like this and a place like the new Diamond Tavern in the Hilton can sustain themselves.
Only time will tell.
Only time ... will tell.
(Photos by Amy Davis/Sun photographer)