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On the Hill Cafe

Address:1431 John Street
Baltimore, MD 21217

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By Erin Sullivan | Posted 11/26/2008

Seeing how Bolton Hill is populated with so many art students, professors, and young professionals, you'd think places like this would be popping up all over the neighborhood. But they aren't--as far as we know, On the Hill is the only casual coffeehouse/sandwich/hangout joint in the area. Its menu--featuring breakfast, lunch, and light-dinner options--is written on a chalkboard on the wall and you place your order at the tall coffee-bar counter. It was tough to make a decision--as one might expect when your options range from lemon-caper tuna melt on sourdough to curried chicken salad with pecans, grapes, and chutney, to savory ricotta tartlets--but we finally settled on the Rutter burrito ($7.75) with pulled pork. It wasn't as huge as, say, a Chipotle burrito, but it was probably just as heavy--the spinach tortilla wrap was stuffed full of warm rice and beans, super-moist pulled pork, cheese, sour cream, and pico de gallo. And though we do love us a Chipotle burrito, our On the Hill burrito had a nice homemade quality, sort of like what we remember buying from burrito shops back before there were generic burrito makers on every corner. For $3.50, we also indulged in a mini pumpkin pie, which was a pleasantly sweet finish to a simple but satisfying lunch. Next time we go, we plan to hit On the Hill at dinnertime--the evening menu features quesadillas, burgers, corn cakes, and more, all for less than $10 apiece.

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