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Belvedere Bagels and Grill

Address:1023 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

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By Jess Harvell | Posted 4/18/2007

Two things we're always down for more of: places to get a good bagel in Baltimore and new places to get lunch in Mount Vernon. While Donna's bagels are always a treat, they're usually gone by 10 a.m., and so when we saw that a long disused space in the Belvedere had finally reopened as a full-service bagel shop and takeout breakfast/lunch joint, it was either that or just move to New York already. While it only offers your coffee-shop standard 10 varieties, the everything bagel we got for our chicken salad sandwich ($5.95) was nicely toasted and chewy, pretty much perfect for a chicken salad that went mercifully light on the mayo, with the salt and garlic in the bagel adding a little extra spice. A cheese-steak wrap ($7.95)--which the affable counter staff advertised as low carb, because that's important when you're eating a friggin' cheese steak--was grilled like a panini and judged unexpectedly good, even if the steak and peppers smelled a little like takeout Chinese. The grilled eggplant and portobello mushroom panini ($6.25) with mozzarella and basil also received a thumbs-up. All came with french fries and serviceably creamy coleslaw and a pickle, all too filling to try one of the eight kinds of omelets on offer or the drool-worthy promise of a freshly made Belgian waffle with two scoops of ice cream. That, and the ability to get a decent bagel after noon, will have us heading back.

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