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Classic Café Penn Station

Address:1515 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 

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By Wendy Ward | Posted 4/29/2009

For the next month, you can still get Miss Shirley's to go at the Classic Café at Penn Station run by the Crazy Man Restaurant Group (the people behind Miss Shirley's, Alonso's, Loco Hombre, and others) when you're running late. Along with coffee ($1.85 for a short) and bottled bevies (including at last visit, Amstel Light), the café offers huge domes of salad, containers of chicken and tuna salad, turkey sandwiches, and hot paninnis. The ham and Swiss ($6.95) on a Portuguese-style long roll made a nice breakfast sammich (they offer those, too, premade, wrapped in foil, and kept in a Royal Farms-like warmer for $3 and change). The roll was chewy and the thick ham slices and Swiss were not overdone. The Caesar salad with chicken ($7.95) was better than most, with horseradish spicing up the dressing, and moist, flavorful grilled chicken. The harvest spinach salad ($6.95) is a good choice for those looking for a vegetarian option. Pumpkin seeds added crunch to the bed of baby spinach topped with goat cheese, roasted yellow and red beets, roasted shitake and regular mushrooms, and diced red onion. The poppy seed balsamic vinaigrette was a touch sweet. After 17 years running Classic Café and the coffee shop at Penn Station, Crazy Man says good bye to Penn Station in June. Hopefully, the next worthy food vendor to inhabit the space will also offer solid food for hungry travelers and beer for the thirsty. Stay tuned.

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