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Joanne’s Deli

For a quick, dirty bite, Joanne’s got you.

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Laura Dattaro


Joanne’s Deli

6 E. Preston St., (410) 752-5793

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By the time we got back to the office, the grease from our veggie burger ($5.59) had soaked through the wax-paper wrapping, the bag it came in, and the takeout menu we were carrying. It got all over our hands and our napkins and our work. And it was delicious. Topped to order with lettuce, tomato, ketchup, mayo, and a slice of American cheese, the patty itself was a salty, mushy mess of vegetables and something kind of green, all on a sesame-seed bun. Joanne’s does breakfast all day, but a breakfast platter with two eggs sunny-side up, home fries, and toast ($3.79) didn’t please so much. The eggs were eggs—hard to mess up there—but the home fries were nothing more than big chunks of boiled potatoes. A side order of kimchi ($2.99 for a small) similarly displeased, all heat and lacking complexity and sweetness. We think a sandwich might do better, loaded with toppings and more of that grease. Joanne’s also functions as an odd little minimart—you could get a side of ramen and a pair of sunglasses with your meal—and the printed menu is not the same as the one displayed, so ordering is a bit of a mystery, especially since it doesn’t always have everything it offers (no macaroni ‘n’ cheese or potato salad was a big disappointment). But for a quick, dirty bite, Joanne’s got you.

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