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Red Emma's Bookstore and Coffeehouse

Address:800 St. Paul St.
Baltimore, MD 21202

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By Wendy Ward | Posted 8/10/2005

Sorry, Red Emma’s, really. We’re not sure what we are apologizing for, but you seem pretty pissed at us. If ordering lunch to go, and quite a tasty one at that, is such a problem, then say, “Hey, no lunch for you.” It woulda been hella nicer than the shit-tay attitude we got along with our fresh black bean and corn salad with red onion and tomato served on a bed of greens with tortilla chips ($3.50), which was yummy—as were the hearty mozzarella, tomato, and pesto bagel ($4) and veggie and hummus bagel ($2.50), although we suggest a lot more hummus and a load less capers on the latter. The mean lady behind the counter acted like everything we asked for was such a pain in her ass that we bought Naked juices ($3) in case requesting iced-coffee drinks pushed her over the edge.

Never one to hold a grudge, we stopped by the next morning for bargain bagels (50 cents), toasted with vegan cream cheese (add 50 cents), and awesome iced chai ($3), with an espresso shot (add 75 cents), prepared by the nice-nice-nice-so-nice guy behind the counter. With options like tofu pâté and PB&J, Red Emma’s is now our favorite place for bagels in Mount Vernon. The menu is small, simple, vegetarian, and cheap—but an anarchist café is no fun when the lunch lady is rude. Cross your fingers and hope the fella’s running the counter.

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