Donna's of Mount Vernon
A decade and a half ago, before the word “Starbucks” had ever crossed Baltimore's collective lips, the original Donna's in Mount Vernon introduced this town to lattes and machiattos and hazelnut sodas. Donna's also helped make roasted vegetables, bread dipped in olive oil, and mesclun greens into ubiquitous '90s restaurant staples 'round these parts. It can only be a good thing that Donna's has expanded over the years, bringing to various corners of Baltimore a healthy, culinarily savvy menu of interesting salads (like Granny Smith apples, walnuts, and Gorgonzola) and deluxe sandwiches (after all these years we still heart Donna's pan bagna). Not to mention quite possibly the best bread pudding anywhere in the universe.