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Goodfella's Café

31 S. Arlington Ave., 443-869-5941,

Photo: Van Smith, License: N/A, Created: 2010:10:11 11:22:02

Van Smith

 For those who remember the heyday of SoWeBo, that artsy state of mind that took root in the Hollins Market neighborhood in the 1980s and ‘90s, the location of the newly opened Goodfella’s Café will be familiar. It’s where the old Corner Coffee Shop used to be, catty-corner to the eastern entrance of the historic Hollins Market. While the memories were pleasant on a recent lunchtime visit, Goodfella’s fare was decidedly dicey. The turkey and cheddar panini with veggies ($6) sounded delicious, but turned out to be a pink slab of turkey ham drowned in melted cheese pressed between two slices of greasy, grilled multigrain bread; the “veggies” were, in fact, four quarters of a strawberry and five green grapes, both looking a bit past-date. The salmon and crab cake sandwich with veggies ($6) wasn’t much better. It came with a few leaves of wilted romaine lettuce; the veggies this time were five miniature carrots. One good thing about Goodfella’s: It has sturdy, brown-paper carryout bags with twine handles, suitable for reuse.

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