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The Avenue gets a very well done wine list, along with a very well-turned-out menu of gourmet nibbles, pizzas, and entrees.
This off-the-beaten-path Rotunda counter offers the standard subs and salads options, but we really only hit it consistently for the pizza by the slice. Casa Mia's nice-sized cuts of pie--try the veggie or the spinach and tomato--are perfect pre- or post-movie snacks when hitting the Rotunda Cinemateque or the perfect self-reward for surviving a trip to Giant without having a nervous breakdown from having to navigate the Schylla and Charibdis of the elderly and the collegiate, both equally confused in crowds.
Tea house with a wide complement of teas and coffees. High tea served by reservation.
It's tough to nail down a place as eclectic as Golden West Café. The place where New Mexico meets the Far East has a whole lot of thrift-store paintings on the walls and menus that arrive in old record album covers, with food that ranges from Frito pie to warm Vietnamese noodle salad (aka the Mental Oriental). Weekend breakfast-time waits can be long, but are worth it--the kitchen churns out righteous huevos rancheros and hot cakes (three crucial words: real maple syrup), though our perennial favorite is the blueberry Bismarck. (“If butter offends you, do not order this,” the menu intones.) Lunch and dinner bring burgers, green chile soup, and other Southwestern treats, plus amazing homemade layer cake for dessert. Best of all, the Golden West's addition of a bar means, at long last, margaritas with that quesadilla.
"The pasta bar is a little bit Hampden, a little Napoli, and a whole lotta frantic. Mix and match from among seven pastas and eight sauces (as well as soups, salads, and desserts)."
"King's Pizza was voted Best Pizza 2004 in AOL's DigitalCity guide! They have been proudly serving delicious food in Hampden for over 13 years, and now you can go to the restaurant on the Avenue for free wireless access! Students welcome."
Restaurant and bar which specializes in fresh seafood. Happy hour Mon-Fri 11am-6pm. Lunch specials daily.
Outdoor seating available. Fine dining at an affordable price in a relaxed atmosphere. Dance floor with DJ on Friday and Saturdays!
"A neighborhood favorite returns and picks up more or less where it left off, serving exemplary pub grub faves (e.g. juicy hamburger made from local beef on a brioche-style bun) in a bustling causal environment."
"Retro but not annoyingly so, cool but not overbearingly so, Rocket is a hangout with a smart menu - steak frites, veggie wimpies, and out-of-this-world roasted brussel sprouts. All this, and a contender for world's greatest jukebox."
Baltimore City Paper, 501 N. Calvert Street, P.O. Box 1377, Baltimore, MD 21278
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