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Eats and Drinks

Best Coffee Bar

A Common Ground

819 W. 36th St., (410) 235-5533

Posted 9/19/2001

Given the proliferation of coffee shops, choosing the best has become a matter of finding the one that feels the least like a chain. It's all about atmosphere--like the feeling of hanging out in a neighborhood tavern. Substitute a cappuccino machine for a back bar full of booze and you've got A Common Ground, Hampden's neighborhood coffee pub. The low-key shop serves up a meet-and-greet for the locals and just a good cup of joe for the rest of us. Besides the usual mochas and lattes, A Common Ground also offers a selection of sandwiches, baked goods, salads, and prepared foods like hot soup and quiche. And the space is genuinely fun and funky: exposed brick walls, small tables, original artwork on the walls, and a surprisingly large selection of globes.

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Other Awards for Best Coffee Bar:

Patterson Perk, 9/22/2004

Daily Grind, 9/17/2003

A Common Ground, 9/18/2002

The Coffee Mill, 9/19/2001

Donna's Charles Village, 9/13/2000

Daily Grind, 9/15/1999

Ze Mean Bean Café, 9/17/1997

City Café, 9/18/1996

The Coffee Mill, 9/18/1996

All Awards for A Common Ground:

Best Cup of Coffee, 9/21/2005

Best Coffee Bar, 9/18/2002

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