Freddie's of Water Street
Freddie's of Water Street, 106 Water St., (410) 752-5757. Except for the fact that it's only open weekdays until 6 p.m., Freddie's is the quintessential coffeehouse. I didn't like the house special, something called Cafesorbetto that tastes like a gritty coffee milkshake; but everything else we tried was good. Freddie's food can be down-home, like the hickory-smoked brisket sandwich with a for-adults-only barbecue sauce, or it can have a touch of elegance, like the curried chicken salad with bright green peas and confetti-size bits of celery and red pepper. Try the excellent seafood bisque when it's the soup of the day and save room for one of the desserts baked on the premises. $ -- inexpensive. (Last reviewed 4/93.)
Ikea Restaurant & Cafe, Ikea, White Marsh Mall.
Ikea Restaurant & Cafe, Ikea, White Marsh Mall. (410) 931-5400. Ikea, the home furnishings store, is known for its inexpensive, high-quality, assemble-it-yourself goods. The same could be said of the Ikea Restaurant & Cafe. It's do-it-yourself in the sense that it's a cafeteria, as excellent a cafeteria as you'll find anywhere. Any of the Swedish dinners is good: Swedish meatballs with lingonberries, baked salmon or strip loin. Plus there are salads, sandwiches, soup and specials. Children will -- be happy, too: Leave them in the wonderful Ball Room to play while you eat. $ -- inexpensive. (Last reviewed 11/92.)