Operated, Beler has said, as a "joint venture" with the casino's developers, the Baltimore-based Cordish Cos., the new restaurant has been designed with respect for Prime Rib icons like leopard skin carpeting, black-leather booths and Icart prints. But the casino restaurant is not intended as museum replica.
"This is the 'Live' interpretation," said the casino's marketing director Mario Maesano. Notable features of the contemporary version of the classic steakhouse are the greatly increased bar and lounge area and an enclosed outdoor patio — a beauty — that will be used as a both a dining area and lounge.
The casino menu is a close, but not exact, copy of the Baltimore menu. There are a few additions, like an appetizer of artisanal cheese and charcuterie and a porterhouse steak entree, and a few trims — the casino has no escargots.
Also missing at the Prime Rib at Maryland Live is the Piney, but I've been told the signature pineapple-infused vodka concoction is on its way.
The Prime Rib at Maryland Live is at 7002 Arundel Mills Circle. For more information, call 443-445-2970 or go to marylandlivecasino.com/dining/the-prime-rib.
Christmas dining Our annual roundup of Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is almost, but not quite, a repeat of last year.
Eichenkranz (611 Fagley St., 410-563-7577) will be open again on Christmas Day, from 7 a.m. until 9 p.m. The German restaurant in Brewers Hill serves what may be the currently longest-running Christmas dinner in the Baltimore area.
Regi's (1002 Light St., 410-539-7344, regisamericanbistro.com) in Federal Hill is serving a Christmas Day brunch from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sotto Sopra (405 N. Charles St., 410-625-0534, sottosoprainc.com) will be open from noon to 10 p.m.
Wit & Wisdom at the Four Seasons Baltimore Hotel is serving a $75 fixed-price, three-course menu from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Bistro 300 (300 Light St., 410-528-1234) at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore is serving a breakfast buffet from 6:30 a.m. to noon and a lunch/dinner buffet from noon to 8 p.m.
Akbar (823 N. Charles St., 410-539-0308, akbar-restaurant.com) in Mount Vernon and Columbia (9400 Snowden River Parkway, 410-381-3600) and Darbar (1911 Aliceanna St., 410-563-8008, darbarbaltimore.com) in Fells Point are open Christmas Day.
For old-times' sake, Wing Wah (509 Reisterstown Road, 410-653-0606) in Pikesville, China Moon in Reisterstown (100 Chartley Drive, 410-833-3992), Asian Court in Ellicott City (9180 Baltimore National Pike, 410-461-8388, asian-court.com) and Szechuan House (1427 York Road, 410-825-8181, szechuanhouse.net) in Timonium are open regular hours on Christmas Day. Reservations are encouraged.
Scouts tell us that these county restaurants are serving on Christmas Day: Mo's Seafood, Towson, 1528 Joppa Road, 410-823-2200, mosseafood.com); Hunt Valley Grille, Embassy Suites, 213 International Circle, 410-584-1400, embassysuites3.hilton.com); and Jimmy's Famous Seafood, 6526 Holabird Ave., 410-633-4040, jimmysfamousseafood.net).
There are more options for Christmas Eve. Restaurants serving a traditional Feast of the Seven Fishes menu, along with their regular menus, on Christmas Eve include Aldo's (306 S. High St., 410-727-0700, aldositaly.com) and Aida Cafe & Wine Bar (6741 Columbia Gateway Drive, 410-953-0500, aidabistro.com) in Columbia, which will be serving the seven fishes menu on Dec. 23 as well.
Restaurants offering fixed-price menus, usually along with regular menu options, include Pazo (1425 Aliceanna St., 410-534-7296, pazorestaurant.com) and Charleston (1000 Lancaster St., 410-332-7373, charlestonrestaruant.com), both in Harbor East.
Again, one of the most intriguing holiday options this year is Towson's Havana Road (8 W. Pennsylvania Ave., 410-494-8222, havanaroad.com), which will be serving a traditional Cuban Christmas Eve feast, including a whole roasted pig.
Most of the restaurants open on Christmas Day are also open Christmas Eve. Also open are Caesar's Den (223 S. High St., 410-547-0820, caesarsden.com) in Little Italy, Ruth's Chris Steak Houses (serioussteaks.com) and Petit Louis (4800 Roland Ave., 410-366-9393) in Roland Park.