Overview: Hot sandwiches, soup and crisp specialty salads, along with a bakery and coffee bar. This is truly one of Pikesville's best meeting places, and a nice place to bring the kids after school to catch up on some homework, and munch on a fresh bagel or soup in a breadbowl.
Decor: The kitchen and bakery are the brightest, compared to the mellow, low-lighted dining area. Ambient lighting glows orange, accented by matte gold shutters, for a retro-1960-70s feel. There are comfortable stuffed-vinyl seat cushions on the hard-back wooden chairs. In addition to numerous seating arrangements for small groups of people, there are two family-style tables that seat eight to 10 people.
The Drinks: A wide selection, from caffe mochas ($3.09), four different kinds of coffee or more ($1.09 to $1.39), hot chocolate with whipped cream, soda (Pepsi) and iced tea—both sweetened and unsweetened.
Menu: Breakfast sandwiches, bagels with flavored cream cheeses ($2.05), sandwiches including the Frontega Chicken sandwich — a pulled-chicken panini with cheese, onions and tomatoes. And rotating collection of soups, including black bean and chili and a creamy tomato. Their salads are large and delicious, including the Chicken Cobb, the Fuji apple chicken, and the bbq chopped chicken.
There's a variety of specialty breads, including loaves and pastries, to take home.
Can't decide? Order a pick-two combo—two of the following: soup, salad and sandwich. And don't forget to order a drink. It's not included in the combo price. With the combo, choose a french baguette, potato chips or an apple as a side.
There are kids meals including grilled cheese, peanut butter and jelly, or a kid's deli sandwich for about $4.97.
Service: First, stand in line to order. From there it's deli-style, with the food preparers calling your number (located on your receipt) when your food is ready. Arrive before 11:30 a.m. on weekdays to have hopes of getting a seat. If not then, come at about 1:30 when seats have finally opened up. Even then it can be packed!
Clear your own table. However, staff often helps clear it for you.
During warm weather there is outdoor seating.
Address: 1852 Reisterstown Road, first level of Woodholme Square
Cost: Bagels, 95 cents; sandwiches from $4.99 to $6.49; soup in a sourdough bread bowl: $4.49; salads $4.29 to $6.59. Add in a drink and you often pay in the area of $10 or more. A variety of specialty breads, including loaves and pastries, to take home.