OK, so I haven't tried the sour beef but someday I hope to. The Parkside is a relatively new place on Harford Road. (www.theparksideonline.com)
My favorite part: $3 Hop Devils on top. Great price for a fantastic beer.
Some mixed food reviews from our 2 visits. The good stuff has been really good. First time we had their special flat bread, salmon and capers. Boy, it should be a menu item. We also had the Mediterranean flatbread, which paled in comparison to the salmon. The risotto cakes were decent but lacked something like a punch of meat. (Hello, bacon anyone?)
The second time we went (yes, to get more inexpensive Hop Devil), we had the gumbo and the smoked trout appetizer. The smoked trout was fabulous. I could've eaten 2 orders of it. Super fresh and refreshing. The lightness was absolutely necessary next to the gumbo. The gumbo heat was too much, and we're not spice wimps.
The kid area is kind of neat and I'm not a kid person. I'm fine with there being an area to contain them. Of course the screaming, joyous voices aren't contained but at least they aren't running through the place. Really, what are you going to do...it's a restaurant, there are bound to be kids.
Looking forward to seeing it evolve. Can't wait to try the brunch, which I hear is scrumptious.
They should be doing more in-house PR by chatting up their customers. Both times we went it was kind of quiet and one of the owners could've easily made a pass through the room to talk to their customers about the deli/market.
We've had enough tasty food to believe there's a recipe for success, once they iron out some of the wrinkles.
I definitely recommend this to others in the area.