Thursday, June 14, 2012

Finding comfort at Donna's of Cross Keys

With my Mom in town and visiting to help celebrate my twins 1st birthday, we heading out to do some shopping and grab a bite to eat. We decided to give Donna’s of Cross Keys a try.

It was a warm sunny day so we choose to dine on the patio under one of the black umbrellas, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Falls Road. The host was this nice elderly man who was as charming and as sweet as they come. Our waiter was also helpful and attentive.

The menu offered a mouth-watering variety of seasonal salads, sandwiches and small plates.
Since I don’t get to see my mother very often I was in a mood of feeling comfort and what better way to experience that then with an childhood favorite of grilled cheese – but only modernized for a adult palate. I got the grilled cheese with bacon and granny smith apples served with a choice of soup ($13). I choose to get the tomato bisque to complete my “childhood” meal. There is just something with the flavors of butter, cheese, apples and bacon between two slices of bread that will make just about any mouth water. The texture of the melted cheese combined with the crunch or the bacon and apple makes it well balanced. And of course when you dip it in the flavorful bisque what more could my taste buds ask for (no matter the temperature or season).

My mother got Donna’s Roasted Vegetable Panini with provolone, toasted ciabatta, sweet fries and spicy aioli ($11). The serving size of both the fries and sandwich will have most getting a Doggie Bag. The vegetables were fresh and nicely roasted. The spicy aioli had a kick to it – more then I expected it to – but was still tasty.

The only down we experience on this dining experience was that my mother ordered an iced cappuccino ($4.50) and it didn’t arrive till just right before our meal did.

I recommend enjoying a meal on the patio underneath the big black umbrellas and I am looking forward to try one of the enticing items off the dinner menu not only at this location but the Charles Village location.

5100 Falls Rd
Baltimore, MD 21210

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