$15 for $30 Worth of New American Cuisine at City Cafe

Mid-Town Belvedere

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In a Nutshell

  • New American cuisine
  • Recent, full renovation
  • Historic 1920s building
  • Great pre- or post-show spot

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Feb 12, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 3 per person, 1 per table. Dine-in only. Valid for lunch and dinner in the restaurant only, not valid in the cafe. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. No cash back. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

In theater-going circles, it is customary to eat at a nearby restaurant before a performance—saving the most throwable portions of your meal for later in case one of the actors gives an unsatisfactory performance. Today’s Groupon will help you observe this basic rule of cultural etiquette: for $15, you get $30 worth of fine New American cuisine and drinks at the recently renovated City Cafe in Baltimore’s cultural district. Your Groupon is valid for dining in the City Cafe's restaurant only.

Your Groupon gets you access to the classic meat and seafood dishes, generous salads, and inventive sandwiches of City Cafe’s New American menu. Executive Chef Chad Gauss uses local and all-natural ingredients whenever possible, whipping up sophisticated takes on classic Americana such as the TV Dinner ($15), a hearty plate of Kobe Salisbury steak, pan gravy, mashed potatoes, veggies, and a chocolate brownie to top it off. Theatre-goers still waiting for William Shatner, Brian Blessed, and Al Pacino to appear on stage together can enjoy something equally hammy with the 3 Little Pigs ($16), a porcine plate of grilled pork loin, West Carolina pulled pork, smoked bacon, potato hash, and spinach. Lite Fare, on the other hand, includes sandwiches such as the hometown favorite Baltimore Club ($19), the salmon BLT ($12), and the exotic Moroccan lamb burger ($13). City Cafe also offers an impressive array of meal-worthy salads, including the beef tenderloin ($17) and seared tuna ($15), all of which are served on plates, and never in wet baskets.

Occupying the entire first floor of a beautiful 1920s building, the cafe underwent a full restoration in 2009. The one-time coffee shop has emerged from its reconstructive chrysalis as a full-fledged restaurant with an ultra-modern décor that blends classic mid-century elegance with contemporary style. The new space boasts bamboo-like floors of woven vinyl, brown leather dining chairs, banquettes upholstered in gold fabric, and several state-of-the-art multilingual butler-droids. Despite all the changes, the cafe maintains the comfortable, friendly vibe of its neighborhood coffee shop incarnation, as well as much of its hard-boiled private-eye clientele.

City Cafe’s prime location near Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Lyric Opera House, and Center Stage Theater also makes it an ideal destination pre- or post-curtain. Grab dinner and some drinks before making your curtain call, or stop by City Cafe after the final back’s been stabbed and the last poisoned lover’s lips kissed to discuss the performance with your surprisingly cultured garbage collector over dessert and coffee.

Reviews

Baltimore magazine loved City Cafe’s renovation, while the Baltimore Sun praised its happy hour.

  • But even with these changes, the critical addition is in the kitchen. After all these years, City Café has a chef. The able and hard-working lineup of cooks has been succeeded by a guy with a vision—and an attitude. – Martha Thomas, Baltimore

City Cafe gets four stars from OpenTable reviewers and a solid 3.5 from Yelpers:

  • Friendly service and great food, who could want more? – Jonathan H., Yelp
  • I had a wonderful dinner for two at City Cafe...The food was spectacular, the waiter made the experience memorable and exciting, and I certainly rank it as one of my favorite dining experiences that I’ve had in Baltimore City. I’d highly recommend City Cafe! – OpenTable user who dined on 1/29/10
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    Mid-Town Belvedere

    1001 Cathedral Street

    Baltimore, Maryland 21201-5442

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