The dish: turkey and cheddar wrap
The popular Charles Street mainstay, David and Dad's, has opened a cafe inside the Enoch Pratt Free Library's Southeast Anchor branch in Highlandtown.
The Highlandtown location has nothing like the full menu at the restaurant's 334 N. Charles St. digs or the Express shop at 1 N. Charles St. The library location is stocked with meals prepared at the parent shop and really feels more like what it's meant to be: a quick-stop coffee shop.
Sandwiches come in a clear plastic box. There's no menu. Dig around and find your favorite — in this case, a turkey and cheddar wrap.
The wrap (at $6.95), a bag of Utz chips and a small coffee totaled $8.43 including tax, which makes this David and Dad's an easy under-$10 lunch stop.
The wrap was nice. The fresh, substantial cuts of white meat tasted like good deli slices — as opposed to the watery, compressed, packaged stuff you find in some stores.
Likewise the cheese, a yellow cheddar as mild as it gets. David's puts in dark green lettuce and ripe tomato slices, rounding off the interior with a honey mustard. The honey wheat wrap was supple and bready enough to stand on its own, and the touch of mustard gave the otherwise plain ingredients some zing.
Don't seek adventure here. But a decent grab-and-go lunch? David and Dad's has you covered.
If the wrap wasn't everything it could be, it was everything it should be. And with a setup like David and Dad's Pratt satellite, there's no going back or substituting; if your customers don't go for exotic ingredients, there's no way to alter the order. You can add a few condiments. Otherwise, what you see is what you get.
The big deal here is convenience. If you're hitting the books at the Pratt and hunger overtakes you, David and Dad's sandwich shop can fix you up with a lunch far better, fresher and more healthful than the dreaded vending machine can.
Modest selections of indoor and outdoor seating allow you to hunker down with a reference book or two while you nosh. You can enter from the library interior or from the street. The counter service also offers coffee, pastries, snacks and chips along with its box lunches.
Bright, wide-awake colors and sun-drenched windows keep the ambience light and looking like an exceptionally tidy college campus coffee shop.
Sandwiches are prepared at the main David & Dad's, and deliveries are made daily, according to the counter-person. So you won't be fishing around through yesterday's no-sales.
With this cafe, books aren't the only thing worth checking out at the Southeast Anchor Library.
David & Dad's
Where: 3601 Eastern Ave. Baltimore, inside the Southeast Anchor branch of the Pratt Library
Contact: 410-522-3530, davidanddads.com
Lunch hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays
Lunch entrees: $5-$8