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David and Dad’s Cafe

Photo: Mel Guapo, License: N/A

Mel Guapo

David and Dad’s Cafe

334 N. Charles St., (410) 547-0550,

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This place has been a few blocks down from the City Paper office since 1998 (!), and somehow we never got around to Cheap Eating it. Our bad, because David and Dad’s is delicious. The almost overwhelmingly large menu includes a wide breakfast selection—including Belgian waffles—starting at 6:30 a.m., plus deli salads and meats, gyros, sandwiches, wraps, burgers, salads, paninis, and the like in a load of varieties. A grilled cheese with tomato and bacon ($4.95) was perfectly toasty and buttery; a vegetarian powerhouse wrap ($5.95)—lettuce, tomato, hummus, Muenster cheese, sprouts, and carrots on a honey wheat wrap—was fresh and tasty (and big), with the right balance of all ingredients. A calzone special ($5.95) didn’t quite have that Italian crust down, but came with the right amount of pepperoni and sausage, tasty ricotta, and a thin and spicy red sauce for dipping. Dad himself is known to walk through the place and check up on things; we suspect he finds everything going just fine.

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