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Banksy's Café

Phone:410-377-4444
Address:6080 Falls Road
Lake Falls Village
Baltimore, MD 

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By Lee Gardner | Posted 3/10/2010

Amid the usual sandwiches, salads, and soups on the menu at this small, newish Mount Washington spot we spied something we just couldn't not try: the "savory Italian stew" ($8), which was described on the menu as "Zesty Tomato Gravy loaded w/Beef, Sausage, and Ground Meatballs and Crusty Bread for dipping." What Banksy himself (aka Robb Banks) delivered to our table was, as advertised, essentially a bowl of pasta sauce with no pasta and a few hunks of toasted crusty Italian bread on the side. Dense, unbelievably rich, and swimming with tender chunks of meat, it was overkill in the best possible way. The green side salad ($2 extra) we forgot to order might have made it seem less like we were ladling our lunch straight into our arteries. A companion's beef and cheddar sandwich ($7) featured tender medium-rare beef with good marbling but none of the stringy fat you sometimes get, paired with melted cheddar on a potato roll. The sandwich came with "pickles," aka what seemed to be housemade pickled cabbage and cucumber slices, a delicate sweet-sour combo much more appealing than the typical mayo-sodden slaw. A side of Southern-style macaroni salad ($1.99) was serviceable, neither sweet nor spicy. The storefront was bright and bustling and seemed to do a healthy lunch trade from local offices. It's easy to see why.

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