Cool and crisp entrees can be perfect meals during the hot and humid weeks ahead. Here is a sampling of the suburban Maryland restaurants where salad bars are featured. Salad specialties and price ranges are noted.
AE (American Express), DC (Diners Club), CB (Carte Blanche), MC (MasterCard), V (Visa), C (Choice). "Free parking" means the establishment has a lot. "Full bar" means it has a license to sell spirits, beer and wine.
Beefsteak Charlie's, 10257 Old Georgetown Road (in the Wildwood Shopping Center), Bethesda. 530-5300; 6076 Greenbelt Rd. (in the Beltway Plaza Shopping Center), 474-5800. Hours: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 5 to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Price: $9.79 per person in Bethesda and $9.74 in Greenbelt. Includes beer, wine, sangria or soda and shrimp. The salad bar, which in Bethesda usually has nine to 12 selections and in Greenbelt, 24, includes shrimp, pasta and vegetables.
Lee's Restaurant, 2903 Hamilton St., Hyattsville. 559-4900. Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 11:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Price range: $2.95 for lunch and $4.50 for dinner. The salad bar is available at no extra cost for those chosing luncheon and dinner entrees. The salad bar has 25 items, including pasta, vegetables and cheese.
Phineas Restaurant, 1580 Rockville Pike, Rockville. 770-5025. Hours: Lunch, 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; dinner, 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V. Free parking. Full bar. Price range: $4.95 for lunch, $7.95 for dinner. The 75-item salad bar has a variety of fruit, vegetables, pasta, seafood and bread.
Sir Walter Raleigh inns: 11301 Fern St., Wheaton, 946-5597; 8011 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda. 652-4245; 6323 Greenbelt Road, College Park. Tel.: 474-6501 19100 Montgomery Village Ave., 258-0576.
Hours: 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:15 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 11 p.m. Friday; 5 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday. Hours today are 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Full bar. Price range: $4.50 to $6.95 for bar offering fresh fruit, vegetables, cheese, nuts, seeds and hot breads (during the evening only).
Widow Brown's, At rtes. 3 and 450, Crofton. 261-3221. Hours: 5:15 to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday Cards: AE, DC, CB, MC, V, C. Free parking. Full bar. Price: $5.95. The 22-item salad bar includes several varieties of lettuce, as well as spinach and vegetables. The salad bar is included with entrees, which average $11 in price.
Berwyn Cafe (in the Beautiful Day Trading Co.), 5010 Berwyn Road, College Park. 345-2121. Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Cash and checks only. No bar. Price range: $2 to $3. Specialties: vegetables, tabouli (bulgar wheat mixed with vegetables), cheese.