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Rita’s Place

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Andrea Appleton

Rita’s Place

2324 N. Charles St., (410) 243-1984

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If you are looking for a perfectly serviceable greasy spoon, Rita’s Place is there to serve. With its low-slung ceiling and buzzing fluorescent lights, it ain’t strong on ambiance. But the service is friendly if brisk, the food decent, and man, is it ever cheap. The BLT ($3) is your standard white or wheat with nicely crisped bacon and a good mayo-to-toast ratio. The tomato was a little pale and sickly for this time of year, but at that price you don’t get to complain. The sukiyaki steak sub ($5.20) might be what would emerge if an egg roll mated with a steak sandwich: It’s full of shreddy bits of meat and cabbage and carrots and onions soaked in soy sauce. Sweet, greasy, filling, and hard to eat with your hands. The onion rings ($2.25) were also greasy and piping hot from the fryer; we ate so many we felt a little queasy afterward. Next time, maybe the day after a serious bender, we’ll try the high-ticket item on the menu: the shrimp steak sub ($6.50). (We were trying to picture what cut of a shrimp would constitute a “steak” until we realized that’s probably not what they mean.)

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