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Baltimore Dining

Best Cheap Restaurant

Lebanese Taverna

719 S. President St., (410) 244-5533,

If you find yourself hungry and wandering the wind-swept concrete canyons of that alternate Baltimore called Harbor East, the Lebanese Taverna beckons with the promise you won’t be maxing out your credit card as you might at some restaurants around the block. The spacious room, decorated with Moroccan lanterns and suffused with a low, warm light, feels open and intimate at the same time. And the menu is massive, full of typical Mediterranean small-plate fare like schwarma, kibbeh, hummus, and baba ghanouj. Admittedly, we don’t always love everything that’s set on our table, but for the amount we order, and the relatively small bill at the end, we linger over another glass of kamria, the house sangria made with white wine, triple sec, fruit, cinnamon, and basil, and order another plate. We could eat the hummus and fresh pita all day. Bonus when you order from the happy-hour menu, when three plates set you back a whole $12.

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