Howard Magazine - Page 18 - Good Eats By Tim Smith

Howard Magazine
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Good Eats By Tim Smith

Attention to detail At Ellicott City’s Mad Chef, little things add up to an enjoyable meal


The only thing that might make you mad while dining at Mad Chef Kitchen & Bar is getting full before you can explore all the items on the vibrant menu that catch your eye.


A recent arrival at Turf Valley Towne Square, Mad Chef has a sister restaurant, Grille 620, across the street, and another, River Hill Grill, in Clarksville. The look of Mad Chef is understated, rustic-chic (I loved all the fancy chandeliers placed inside wire cages). The mood, judging by our memorable weeknight visit, is casual, comfortable and welcoming.


Even before tasting anything, I got a good feeling about the place, thanks to a simple courtesy.


Many’s the time, after encountering an empty host station at a restaurant, that I’ve been ignored by every staffer who passed by while I waited. Not at Mad Chef. A server on his way to tend to a table actually smiled and said, “Someone will be right with you” (and someone was). As the old song goes, little things mean a lot. And when I balked at initially being seated next to a kitchen passageway, we were quickly relocated to another table by very amiable staff-