La Cakerie

A friend of mine lives in the building right next to this place – and seems to always take forever to come down and let me in. La Cakerie was calling my name on this particular day.  I think the pastry chef who does the baking does it in Towson and opened the bakery when he won cup cake wars. IMG_2213 I am not exactly sure how or when he joined forces with this Mount Vernon Shop.

I got this lonely little chocolate chip cookie dough cupcake to go.  I asked the helpful clerk about it – it’s a vanilla cake with no egg in the batter, that is stuffed with uncooked cookie dough, and topped with cookie dough icing and a nugget of cookie.  Fantastic.  I liked the texture of the vanilla cake – I can’t bring myself to use that m-word… It was quite flavorful and was like combining chocolate chip cookies with ice cream and cake.  Hooray!!!  I could take or leave that dry crumbly – certainly not fresh-baked cookie on top – but I’d be up for trying one of there 12-15 flavors.

I’m not sure how I feel about this little shop.  I was thinking when I went in it would smell like freshly baked cupcakes.  You know, that sweet smell of sugar and butter melting and caramelizing.  But, alas… This place had a cold and uninviting feel.  I’ll try a few more cupcakes, but I certainly won’t spend much time in the cafe…

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Waterfront Hotel

Contrary to what the name says, this place is not a hotel – it is a bar.  IMG_2209And they make some decent bar food.  I haven’t decided if the WTF Hotel logo is clever or lame; nevertheless it is everywhere.  These guys also do live music overnight starting at 10pm – their website and chalkboard inside lists the bands for the month.

I went on a Tuesday for Charm City Trivia (we came in 4th – not to shabby…).  They don’t seem to have trivia specials, but they do have a decent number of specials.  I chose the Washington Hills Sav Blanc from the two $5 choices.  It was fine – much sweeter than I like.  I eventually switched to the same winery’s Cabernet Sauvignon.

It was taco night – so I went with tacos.  I didn’t get the special ($2 per taco) – although it sounded great, it was a little more breakfasty than I was craving – chorizo and potato. IMG_2210 I went with the pork belly tacos.  Two  white corn tortillas wrapped around a large chunk of slow braised pork belly sitting on top of a bed of lime marinated cabbage.  They add a little sweetness with a house made mango bbq sauce and top the whole thing with some fried onions.  It usually comes with fries, but I have that love hate relationship with fries – so I got the salad instead.  Their house dressing is a slightly creamy citrus vinaigrette.  It was tangy, but sweet and the salad was a winner – mixed greens with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and carrots.  I love it when a bar can make a decent salad.

My friends had the chicken cheesesteak and the burger, both with fries.  I think the black and blue burger one that battle.
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Langermann’s

Brunch, Brunch, Brunch, Brunch.  Wait, have I mentioned how much I like brunch?  Weird, once you type it 5 times, it no longer looks like a word.

It took a while, but Langermann’s has finally come around to offering a normal brunch (as in later than 12) – well sort of – they still play jazz.  But, in the summer it doesn’t much matter, because you can sit outside, get away from the music and still have the wonderful food.  The brunch menu has also been expanded – as in more than 12 things.  I think they actually have 6 types of Benedict’s.

I have been switching up my orders – sometimes the crab cake benny and the sometimes the friend green tomato benny.  I always, always get the grits though.  In fact one morning, I think I only had the grits.  They use an heirloom grit from Georgia.  I didn’t know I like grits until I tried these.  Langermann’s gets them directly from the mill right after they have been stone ground.  If you have ever been on the fence about trying grits – go here, try these.  I like them just as they are, but you can get all sorts of toppings from cheese to brown sugar.

I like Langermann’s – they aren’t my most favorite place for brunch.  Their coffee is a little bitter for me.  Plus, I think they tend to serve a fairly bland plate.  Nevertheless, I have a good friend.  It is her absolutely most favorite spot for brunch.  She loves this place – she always, always orders the Yucatan benny – your normal eggs Benedict with a somewhat spicy sausage patty.  As in, that’s the only thing she has ever ordered in the last 3 years.  It’s kind of funny, because she can be swayed to go our for brunch the moment I mention Langermann’s.

For those who prefer sunday brunch – they also have that – buffet style.  Same menu, but all the bacon, sausage, grits and potatoes you can eat.  Tons of biscuits and house made jelly.  Plus, I think they ditch the loud jazz music.  I feel a little bad, the jazz is good, its just not always what I want on a Saturday or Sunday morning, especially if I had some extra fun on Friday…

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