07-01-2021 Howard Mag - Flipbook - Page 24
PROFILES BY MARY CAROLE MCCAULEY AND CHRISTINA TKACIK Howard Magazine
estaurants didn’t have it easy during the pandemic. Yet, many
continued to serve their community. As we emerge from COVID19, chefs and servers are eager to welcome us back and bring
food to our family tables. This year, more than 73,300 people voted
for their favorites in 46 categories, demonstrating that it’s a great time
to be a food lover in Howard County.
Best Breakfast/brunch, Crab cake, Dessert, Late-night dining, Lunch,
New, Outdoor dining, Pandemic MVP, Place to take the kids, Value
10055 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City. 410-750-3300. ecdiner.com
It takes heart — and chutzpah — to start a new business in the middle of a pandemic.
When he opened EC Diner last year, owner John Kanellopoulos said: “This is a gamble
we’re taking, but we love the food business, the people and the town.” Judging from
our readers’ votes, it’s a gamble that paid off.
Readers called EC Diner not only “pandemic MVP” but also named it the top in a
variety of categories: breakfast/brunch, lunch, crab cake, dessert, late-night dining,
new restaurant, outdoor dining, value and place to take the kids. Taking over the
former Double T Diner on Baltimore National Pike, Kanellopoulos and business
partner Spiros Korologos kept the diner’s retro exterior while revamping the inside
décor and menu. The team brought over dishes like lamb chops and “colossal crab
cakes” from a sister restaurant, By the Docks Seafood Restaurant in Middle River.
After any meal, a dessert from the in-house bakery is a must.
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