Cunningham's Cafe and Bakery[/caption] Lunch crowds yearning for a local, non-Panera option just got two more when Cunningham's Café and Bakery in the Towson City Center and Café Poupon at 225 N. Charles St. in Midtown Baltimore both opened this week Having already successfully navigated the dinner crowd with
, the Bagby Group hopes to carry that success into the daytime with the new café and bakery, which features house made breads from baker John Aversa, pastries from the group's executive pastry chef Angie Lee, and breakfast and lunch options from chef Jason Lear (formerly the chef de cuisine at their high-end sister restaurant
). The plan is to, no shock here, use locally sourced ingredients whenever possible, with the focus being centered on sandwiches, soups, and salads. Meanwhile, a bit closer to home,
, the perennially lauded French pastry shop on Baltimore Street, has expanded to include a café on N. Charles St. that will include not just their well-known macaroons and tarts, but also soups, quiches, sandwiches, and salads. One particular sandwich that has us here at Feedbag anticipating a stop in is their brioche sandwich, which comes with your choice of country pate or duck mousse with cornichons (gherkin pickles), turkey, ham, and brie. Sounds like a French hangover helper to us.