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Nina's Espresso Bar

Address:600 N. Calvert St.
Baltimore, MD 

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By Bret McCabe | Posted 12/9/2009

We like the usual coffee-shop menu as much as the next migrant midtown luncher, but sometimes you wouldn't mind not choosing a sandwich to go with that midday latte. That's where Nina's Espresso Bar comes in. Yes, it offers the familiar breakfast and lunch items--sandwiches of the sausage and egg, BLT, and egg salad types, and more--but also a varied Asian menu. Have a hankering for a soothingly warm bowl of ramen with kimchi, or an affordable maki roll? Step right in. The spicy chicken ($7.00) sounded like the ideal tonic for a cool and overcast Friday afternoon, and it arrived hot and aromatic, not sleeping on the spicy part one bit. Slices of tender chicken breast lightly coated in a fiery sauce sat atop a bed of white rice and came with a nice-sized salad, lightly tossed with a sweet and tangy vinaigrette--all of which were enjoyed in Nina's cozy second-floor dining room. So much better than some deli meat stacked between two slices of bread and a bag of chips.

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