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Baltimore: first visit b cafe in Bolton Hill

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Baltimore: first visit b cafe in Bolton Hill

Eclectivore | Apr 25, 2003 07:36 AM

b Cafe just opened in the space once occupied by jr. It is run by the same family that own Helmand and Tapas Teatro. We went there for dinner on its second night open, and while the service needs to iron out some kinks, the food was very good and reasonable . The menu is largely Mediterranean-inspired, with some interesting additions and twists (such as a Cuban pork panini and a couple of curry dishes on the lunch menu). They have a large selection of 12" "designer pizzas" that are a bit different: the crust is quite thin, rather like a cross between pita and naan. We had the cheese, arugula, and prosciutto pizza; it was light and tasty. Also had a delicious baby spinach, shaved roasted fennel, red onion and goatcheese salad with a nice balsamic-based dressing: quite one of the best salads I have had anywhere. The main course was random-cut pasta in a light saffron/mushroom cream sauce: very good. There is a fairly large eclectic wine selection at reasonable prices, many by the glass, from a wide range of sources, including a Tempranillo from Spain, a Syrah from California, a Shiraz from Australia, and many others. Cost for large pizza, pasta, salad, and two glasses of wine, including tax and tip: $46; very much worth it. The brunch and lunch menu looked interesting, and we are looking forward to going back. One datum does not a trend make, but this could be well on its way to being our second favorite casual dining spot, after Chameleon Cafe.

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