Sunday Brunch

February 16, 2009

My friends Ramzi and Steph have been raving about Mick’s made-to-order omelettes that he serves up at the Mill Valley General Store up in Hampden. It’s a market open year-round, but they really don’t have much produce in the winter time. We know Mick through our frequent visits to Pickles Pub near the stadium. Little did we know, Mick actually has a whole business called Whiskey Island selling his own spices and he’s even got his own cooking show! Anyway, we made our way up to the market only to discover that Mick had a catering thing that day and wasn’t making his omelettes. So we had to settle for coming back another time. Instead, we headed over to Slainte in Fell’s Point for some brunch.

I ordered the Breakfast Boxtie, which consisted of Irish potato pancakes stuffed with bangers and rashers, topped with Guinness-infused cheddar. I thought it was pretty good. The Guinness-infused cheddar didn’t really taste like cheddar…or Guinness. I don’t really know how to describe it. The “fresh fruit” that came with every order didn’t taste fresh. I think the strawberries tasted like they were soaked in sugar; like what you would use to top a strawberry shortcake.

Afterwards, we stopped by Bonaparte Breads for some coffee and I got an apple tart to go. I usually really like Bonaparte’s pastries, but I actually wasn’t super impressed this time. I didn’t like the tart crust; it was a little burnt. And overall it was too sweet.

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On Friday my boss took the lab out to lunch because two people are leaving for new jobs. We walked up to Lucy’s on Eutaw Street, right aross from the Hippodrome. For lunch, they have a half-sandwich and soup special for $8.50, which. I chose the Turkey and Ham Panino and the crab and corn chowder. There wasn’t too much crab in the chowder, so at first I thought I’d been given the Potato Leek soup (Friday’s Soup du jour) instead. But I found the crab. and the corn. It wasn’t bad for $8.50.

I was never a big fan of Maggie Moore’s, even though it’s right down the street from where I live. I guess they catered more to the Hippodrome/business lunch crowd, so they didn’t offer much in the way of student specials. This is the first time I’ve eaten here since it became Lucy’s. Everything is pretty much the same. I don’t think the menu even changed that much. I probably wouldn’t go for dinner, but for lunch the prices aren’t bad.

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