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Bouillabaisse Café

Address:316 Park Avenue
Baltimore, Md 

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By Joe MacLeod | Posted 10/10/2007

Lunch and early-dinner options just got better on lower Park Avenue with the arrival of Bouillabaisse Café, deceptively housed behind an Asian-styled façade in what's left of Baltimore's Chinatown, with a friendly, helpful staff offering three--count `em--three different daily soup options. We sampled the chili, chicken dumpling, and ham and bean, and were thoroughly impressed and already looking forward to five other days. All soups served (prices vary between $2.95-$5.45; this day all were $3.50 for a 16-oz. serving) are advertised as made from scratch, and it showed, with large slices of tomato and big chunks of shredded beef in the chili, magical dumplings on the just-right line between doughy and glutinous in the chicken dumpling, and beans we swear were just soaked overnight by grandma in the ham and bean. We wanted to add salt to all of them, but that's preferable to having too much to start with, right? The messy and meaty 10-inch Italian cold cut sub ($5.25) "with everything," in this case oil, mayo, black olives, lettuce, tomato, pickles, red onion, and sweet pickled peppers, was crowded into a crusty roll with ham, salami, and nicely spicy capicola, and it was everything we would ever want in an Italian sub with more than enough left over to share. While we couldn't find bouillabaisse on the menu, Fridays promise "Seafood Gumbo" and "Shrimp Jambalaya."

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