March 19

Crown City Cooking | Atwaters Review

Fresh ingredients and a charming atmosphere make Atwaters a can’t miss food destination.

Spent the weekend at a family wedding. Anyone from a big family knows this means good food and a lot of liquor, so it goes without saying I spent my entire Sunday in recovery mode. Once I was functionally able to face the outside again, a friend suggested lunch at Atwaters. For me this means the same lunch every single time I go there, a Turkey Dill Havarti sandwich minus the sliced apples.

For those that don’t know, Atwaters has been a Baltimore staple since 1999, serving incredible edibles from baked goods to fresh sandwiches made with premium ingredients. Currently, there are six locations across the greater Maryland area. For me, it’s the Canton location or bust.

All together it has locally farmed turkey, dill Havarti cheese, basil mayonnaise, horseradish coleslaw and lettuce on Irish brown bread. While Atwaters offers a myriad of food with brunch on the weekends, I’ve stuck with this sandwich for so long because it’s the freshest turkey sandwich I’ve ever eaten. Every ingredient’s flavor is present in every bite, meaning you will finish this sandwich sooner than expected.

Another great meal at one of my favorite local eateries. Get your own if you have the chance or are suffering from a night of drinking, smoking and dancing to the classic hits of the 90s. If lunch isn’t really your thing, they offer breakfast from 8 am to 10 am (something I have yet to experience) or dinner from 5 pm to 8 pm.

-CCC

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February 24

Crown City Cooking | The Real Thing Review

It’s noon on the east coast and while dozens of students and state employees scour the streets for a quick meal, I am sitting comfortably at my favorite sub shop watching it all pass by in a blur. I have very specific wants and needs when craving a cheese steak. Call me a diva if you want, but you can’t just go to any hole in the wall sub shop thinking it’ll work out. No, I need the best of the best and that special somewhere is located right around the corner from my day job.

The Real Thing is run by two foreign gentlemen with big hearts and a passion for creating remarkable carry-out food. Their signature dish: a 8’ cheese steak that will make you reevaluate your life. The secret (in my opinion) to this sub is the way they chop the meat. Pillowy doesn’t even begin to describe how light this cheese steak feels. While I pride myself on dressing my meals with an assortment of condiments, all you really need at The Real Thing is lettuce and a standard amount of mayo, the overall flavor of the beef mixed with fresh provolone does all the heavy lifting. They do offer an assortment of add-ons but all you really need is the meat and cheese.

The Real Thing is open 7 days a week in Towson. If you’re like me and have too much to deal with in your working life, TRT caters to the bar/late night crowd with a 11 am to 3 am schedule Thursdays thru Saturdays. While I’ve seen many random eateries come and go in this part of town, it’s safe to say The Real Thing isn’t going anywhere. Check them out with a friend so you have someone to revel with after finishing an entire sub. Because yes, you really had to eat the whole thing.

-CCC

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