Werner's Restaurant, 231 E. Redwood St., 752-3335. The food at Werner's is good -- wholesome, tasty and without pretense. But it is the atmosphere that gives Werner's its real flavor. Opened in 1950, Werner's serves breakfast and lunch only. The breakfast menu is simple: griddle cakes, eggs, omelets, bacon, ham, sausage, toast, English muffins and doughnuts. The lunch menu is more diverse: soups, sandwich and salad platters and daily specials including pot pie ($5.50), chicken Marsala ($5.75) and broiled flounder ($5.50). $$ -- moderate (Last visited 4/92). Garden Cafe, Towson Town Center, Dulaney Valley Road and Goucher Boulevard, (410) 337-6711.This is a pretty little oasis in the middle of the area's hottest new shopping mall, but pretty is as pretty does. Service was slower than I'm happy with when I want to shop as well as eat. The menu seems too ambitious for what the kitchen is actually able to accomplish. Maybe the best bet is to skip the pricey entrees and stick to lighter fare: pizzas, salads, deli sandwiches or hamburgers. $$ -- moderate. (Last visited 4/92).
Martick's Restaurant Francais, 214 W. Mulberry St., (410) 752-5155. Leave your preconceptions about what a French restaurant should be at the door. This may be Baltimore's quirkiest eating place; people love it or hate it. I can promise you, though, that your evening won't be dull. The dining room needs sprucing up, but it has an offbeat charm; and the food is often excellent. Try the blackened lamb or the salmon with pear and beurre blanc, and don't be surprised if your pate is served with Ritz crackers and dill pickles. $$ -- moderate. (Last reviewed 5/92).