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Café Lattéda

Address:1704 Aliceanna St.
Baltimore, MD 21231

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By Anna Ditkoff | Posted 10/25/2006

The name Café Latte'da's is a bit on the sweet side, and its menu suggests that its food and drinks might overwhelm even the biggest sweet tooth. A blackboard is filled with insulin shock-inducing coffee drinks ($2.75-$3.75) such as the Peanut-Butter Cup and the tiramisu- and vanilla-flavored Night Wish. The sandwich board offers some insanely sweet-sounding concoctions such as the Ham Applewich ($5.25 with chips), with honey ham, apples, walnuts, and maple syrup. But the eggnog-flavored latte, a seasonal special, had a nice noggy flavor without being overwhelming, and that Applewich panino was a perfectly mixed blend of ham and apples with some Dijon mustard to add a much needed kick. (The sandwich is probably even better with cheese, but this lactose-intolerant taster had it without.) The soup of the day, tomato tortellini ($2.25-$3.25), didn't fare quite as well. The tortellini was kind of mushy and the soup base too thick, but the mini jalapeńo cheese muffins that accompanied it were amazing. And all was forgiven after one sip of the hot caramel cider, which tasted like dessert in a cup without being too rich for casual quaffing. With good food, friendly service, free Wi-Fi, and the sort of eclectically comfy ambiance that makes you feel way more laid back and bohemian than you are, Latte'da is definitely, um, sweet.

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