Gallery Sandwich Shoppe
Don't let the snooty, e-on-the-end word "shoppe" fool you. There is nothing pretentious about this tidy lunch spot tucked in the shadow of the Walters Art Museum (nee Gallery). They make an honest sandwich here: straightforward, well-assembled, and decently priced. Since the midday crowds can get little thick and jostling, it's not much of a sit-down kinda place. Though three small tables are provided inside (augmented by additional outdoor sidewalk seating during the clement months), plan on toting your meal out the door.
The chicken cordon bleu sandwich is about as highbrow as the Gallery gets. It's a plump chicken breast cloaked in ham and melted Swiss with a smear of Dijon mayonnaise ($4.25). Their meatball sub is the classic medley of billiard-ball sized meat orbs smothered in marinara and provolone ($3.75). The Gallery usually has at least five kinds of soups bubbling away. The vegetarian chili ($1.85 small, $2.85 large), with its hunks of onion and bell pepper, is a good bet. Add sour cream and cheddar to up its decadence factor. The cream of crab ($2.95 small, $3.95 large) is as thick as paving tar and dappled with wads of tender crab. If you've got room, finish off with an old-school, made-to-order milkshake ($2.35)--a past recipient of a City Paper Best of Baltimore award.