The Desert Café

1605 Sulgrave Ave., Baltimore, MD 21209 Directions
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About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African, Coffee
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Website
    thedesertcafe.com
  • Price
    $$$$$
  • Hours
    Sun 4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    Mon Closed
    Tue-Thu 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
    Fri-Sat 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African, Coffee
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Attire
    Casual
  • Alcohol
    Available
  • Parking
    Valet
  • Delivery
    Yes
  • Takeout
    Yes
  • Reservations
    Yes
  • Vegetarian Options
    Yes
  • Catering
    Yes
  • Good For Kids
    Yes
  • Good For Groups
    Yes
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Tips

250
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Report | a month ago
Their coconut, curried pea soup was superb and it was gluten free. The staff were very helpful and polite. Nice ambience. Great local place.
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Report | 2 months ago
Service and food is superb! Bring everyone you know!!
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Report | 2 months ago
Small portions
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Report | 3 months ago
The winter salad is amazing!
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Report | 3 months ago
Much improved from the last couple times I've been there. New owners have livened up the restaurant and greatly improved the menu with more choices and specials.
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Report | 3 months ago
Nice, quiet place to relax. I enjoyed the atmosphere.
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Report | 3 months ago
Food was tasty and nice portions. Staff was very nice.
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Report | 3 months ago
new owner has done a great job with both the food and the decor. service was excellent
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Report | 4 months ago
Nice atmosphere and very tasty food.
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Report | 4 months ago
Our family, including 2 vegetarians, enjoyed our meal very much.
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From Our Editors

Classic Mediterranean food abounds at Desert Cafe, from gardens of crunchy salads to shish kebabs of skewered meat, onions, and peppers. City Paper's review made note of the colorful fabric that decorates the ceiling, forming a vivid canopy above plates of flaky spanakopita or mango curry chicken salad studded with golden raisins. Warm flatbread wraps around gyros made from chicken, falafel, or lamb and served with tzatziki sauce. Diners can also enjoy fresh air with their food on a colorful covered patio, sipping drinks amid strings of party lights and wood painted crimson. The caf? is also home to owner Blake Wollman's lauded Wild Pea hummus, which was voted best hummus of 2012 by Baltimore Magazine.

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Baltimore Restaurant Guide

When it comes to Baltimore dining, the famous blue crabs of the nearby Chesapeake Bay reign supreme. However, there is more to dining in Baltimore than crab, including local favorites such as the humble coddie and the mouth-watering pit beef. In recent years, Baltimore has grown into a rising star in the culinary world. Top chefs from around the world are putting down roots in this small city, creating impressive international cuisine and putting their own spin on classic Baltimore fare.

The popular Baltimore Inner Harbor features quality chain restaurants, but it is the surrounding neighborhoods where one can find Baltimore’s hottest culinary spots. Harbor East is home to the famed Charleston Restaurant, which serves sophisticated American food, such as its melt-in-your-mouth veal tenderloin. Try the fresh fish caught the same day at The Black Olive in Fell’s Point, considered one of the best Greek restaurants in the country.

Classic Baltimore food can be found further in the heart of the city. There is hot debate about where to get the best crab cake, but Faidley Seafood in Lexington Market is always on the list. The coddie, or codfish cake, is another local favorite. Seafood isn’t the only thing on the menu in the city. Baltimore is also known for pit beef: grilled top round that is charred on the outside but rare on the inside and sliced paper thin. Try it with spicy horseradish at Chaps, the most popular joint for pit beef in the city. For dessert, local bakeries sell the city’s famous Berger cookies. These buttery cookies with fudge topping have been around in the city for more than 125 years.

Whether looking for traditional local favorites or more innovative, international cuisine, Baltimore offers much more than one might expect from this small, but thoroughly charming city.

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Sun
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Mon
Closed
Tue-Thu
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Fri-Sat
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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Many people described the Gyro as Good.
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Many people described the Pita as Yummy.
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Many people described the Curry Chicken Salad as Delicious.
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Many people described the Hummus as Amazing.
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Many people described the Desert as Beautiful.
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Many people described the Entrees as Good.
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Many people described the Dessert as Fantastic.
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Many people described the Portions as Large.
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Many people described the Flavor as Traditional. Others thought:
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