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Crema Coffee Company at the Hollywood Diner

Address:400 E. Saratoga St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

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By Tim Hill | Posted 9/30/2009

Hey clubbers and farmers' market shoppers: the Hollywood recently reopened after an extended hiatus. It's still the same old diner with the fading movie memorabilia and the familiar pink and grey marble, but the offerings and the service have taken a huge leap forward. We stopped in after a recent market trip to discover a menu of smart breakfast paninis, with salads and sandwiches replacing the greasy gobs of scrambled eggs and home fries. And it actually has good coffee. All of this comes thanks to the Crema Coffee Company running the operation--the folks who supply upscale caffeine to the Baltimore campus of the University of Maryland. So we entered and were instructed to order our food then take a seat---a confusing ritual for a diner, more suited to a sandwich counter, really--but whatever. While the Sunday brunch specials looked delicious, we had been munching our way through the market and went for a chorizo, gouda, and egg sandwich on ciabatta ($5.25 and excellent), and an order of scrambled eggs with a couple sweet potato biscuits, also good at $4.25. A couple of OJs and we were done, happy with the pleasant staff and the fact that an old landmark has come back to life.

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