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John Lindner of the The Baltimore Sun left Banksy’s Café raving about one item in particular: the roast-beef sandwich. After eating the sandwich, which he describes as “stacked so high that, with the curved roll, [it’s] nearly round,” Lindear seemed anxious to try more of what the quaint café had to offer, calling the roast beef “a convincing ambassador for Banksy’s.” Brimming with culinary creativity, the menu of gourmet fare lives up to the hype. Chefs Will and Rob dollop chilled beet soup with tangy greek yogurt, and turn up the heat on a classic caesar salad by first grilling the romaine. Heartier appetites tuck into wild-caught-salmon burgers, turkey sandwiches blanketed by melted muenster, and the SuperNova flatbread pizza, piled with red onions, tomatoes, and capers. A full espresso bar energizes meals with organic and fair-trade coffee drinks from Baltimore Coffee & Tea, while glass display cases stage homemade cookies, cupcakes, and ice cream. As the chefs build meals in the kitchen, the restaurant’s diner-style décor invites visitors to relax and wax nostalgic about a bygone era. In addition to hosting framed art prints, the café’s wall showcases eight clocks to remind enraptured diners of the existence of time.

6080 Falls Rd
Baltimore,
MD
US

Fresh from the oven! Bonjour offers a delicious range of breads, pastries, and treats. The scrumptious array of cakes and cookies is enough to tempt anyone. Bonjour is a fantastic spot to indulge and with no low-fat options, you'll need to save the diet for another day. Need to catch up on some work or the latest news? Get online at Bonjour with their complimentary wifi. Enjoy the beautiful weather while you chow down — with outdoor seating, Bonjour is a great summer destination.

If you're strapped for time, take out food from Bonjour. Through their catering service, Bonjour can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.

Street parking is provided for those dining at the bakery's Falls Rd location.

Prices run about average at Bonjour.

6070 Falls Rd
Baltimore,
MD
US

Pastry chef Ruby blends up batches of vegan organic batter and swirls fluffy vegan buttercream frosting to create cupcakes, mini cupcakes, and cakes. Classic flavors enliven a menu of animal-friendly delights including carrot, apple, and chocolate cake paired with buttercream flavors such as cool mint, vanilla, and peanut butter. Ruby's also offers catering for any special occasion, from weddings to baby showers to July-o-ween, brightening up dessert tables with a colorful range of sugary peaks and icing-filled valleys.

1340 Smith Avenue
Baltimore,
MD
US

The pastry chefs at Gone Cupcaking Across America share a wealth of gourmet cupcake experience with aspiring dessert artisans, in flavors that include whisked buttercream atop classic vanilla, chocolate, and red-velvet cake bases, and more exotic choices such as Grand Marnier or peaches 'n' cream. At lessons, students learn piping techniques, how to make frosting, and how to make iced flowers without the hassle of fertilizing regular flowers with milk and butter.

1340 Smith Avenue
Baltimore,
MD
US

Gathered around Shaquille O’Neal in front of the chalkboard scribbled with the day’s ice cream flavors, the staff of Taharka Bros. is positively beaming. While the visit from a basketball legend brings a crowd of admirers into their shop, Taharka’s ice cream wizards have no problem attracting throngs of fans sans the help of Shaq’s presence. Voted one of Baltimore's "Great Milkshakes" by The Baltimore Sun in 2011, and crowned "Best Ice Cream" by Baltimore Magazine in its Best of Baltimore 2010 edition, devotees are drawn in by the eatery's "irresistible ice-cream menu," which includes decadent flavors such as honey graham and salty caramel. Adding to the draw is its ability to "satisfy [your] ravenous social conscience" with its management training program that "offers the chance for urban youth to get a foothold in the workplace." Throughout the day, the entrepreneurial young staffers hone business skills as they hand-make batches of frozen confections using fresh ingredients such as fruits and magic beanstalk beans plucked from local farms. The sense of community and teamwork that goes into the creation of every scoop reflects Taharka Bros.' support of initiatives that uphold civic involvement, social justice, and cultural exchange through the arts.

1405 Forge Avenue
Baltimore,
MD
US

Located in Crepe Du Jour, Crepe Du Jour's crepes have a gooey inside and crisp outside. Low-fat fare is not available here, so leave some room in your diet. Pair your entree with a glass of wine or draft beer — Crepe Du Jour has a fully-stocked bar to complement your meal. At Crepe Du Jour, kids of all ages are welcome. The patio tables outside of Crepe Du Jour are the perfect spot for a summer meal. Free wireless internet is also available at Crepe Du Jour, so bring your tablet or laptop along.

The dress code at Crepe Du Jour is as relaxed as the ambience, so wear whatever suits you. For the tastes of Crepe Du Jour from the comfort of your next party, the restaurant also offers catering services. For those in a hurry, the restaurant lets you take your grub to go.

You can easily find street parking near Crepe Du Jour or pull up curbside and make use of the valet service.

Meals at Crepe Du Jour are affordable, with the average tab amounting to about $30 per person. The restaurant is known for its showstopper brunch, but they also offer lunch and dinner.

1609 Sulgrave Ave
Baltimore,
MD
US