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Herb and Soul

1702 Yakona Road, Parkville, MD 21234, (410)668-1886

Photo: Athena Towery, License: N/A

Athena Towery

“Locally sourced,” “organic,” and “farm-to-table” are terms usually associated with trendy, high-priced restaurants that have popped up recently. In a stroke of pure genius, Herb and Soul—located in the back of a lotto sign-bedecked convenience store a short hop off of Loch Raven Boulevard—has taken this concept and made it accessible. With offerings like the farm burger ($9.25)—a quarter-pound of grass-fed Angus beef, a fried egg, applewood smoked bacon, and your choice of cheese—or the buttermilk chicken and waffles ($9.50), made with cage-free chicken strips and Belgian sweet potato waffles, we were chomping at the bit to give the place a whirl. The dizzying selection was a bit daunting. But the service was beyond helpful. They’ve got a good thing and they’re proud of it. We chose the crispy eggplant burger ($7.25) with thin slices of deep-fried eggplant layered with mozzarella, onions, peppers, and balsamic reduction served on a potato roll with hand-cut french fries. It was surprisingly meaty, which, for this vegetarian, was perfectly delicious and plentiful. We wanted to try the vegetable pave ($10), but they hadn’t made any that day. So call ahead to see if what you want is available—especially since the menu changes seasonally. It’s also a good idea to call ahead because the wait is a bit long. But while we were waiting, we witnessed a customer coming back into the restaurant to let them know how much she enjoyed her lunch. We concur.

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