Think of it as the other Bolton Hill restaurant, the one that doesn't get the respect it deserves except from insiders. That may change now that On the Hill Cafe (1431 John St., 410-225-9667, onthehill cafe.com) has decided to stay open for supper until 8 p.m.
The new menu has dishes like a warm Asian peanut-noodle salad with vegetables and fresh-ground corn tamale cakes stuffed with pico de gallo, guacamole, jack cheese and sour cream. The regular lunch menu is also available in the evening. It features sandwiches, salads and daily specials like Vietnamese spring rolls and a quiche of the day.
Up till now the cafe's customers have been mostly Bolton Hill residents, those who work in the area and Maryland Institute College of Art students.
"We are always busy," says co-owner Jessica Dailey, "and there is often a line out the door at breakfast and lunchtime."
On the Hill Cafe's new hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday.
CRUMBS AND TIDBITS --In about a month Dulaney Plaza's Pasta Mista, a popular place for pizza, will be opening a second location in Canton at 3600 Boston St. The name and menu will be the same.
Maybe the business-lunch business isn't being hurt by the economy's woes after all. Kali's Court in Fells Point has decided to open for lunch again from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. (It stopped serving lunch at the beginning of 2006.)
Da Mimmo in Little Italy has launched its new Web site at damimmo.com. Of more interest to many of us, the restaurant - one of the pricier in the neighborhood - now has a number of money-saving specials, such as: Graduates get a free meal if they bring in their 2008 diploma (one per table). The restaurant is offering a Restaurant Week-style lunch Monday through Friday ($20.08 for a three-course meal) and dinner Sunday ($30.08). Friday evenings Da Mimmo has a special selection of wines for less than $30 a bottle.
RA Sushi in Harbor East will have outdoor seating along Lancaster Street for about 35 people, umbrellas included, starting May 1. Weather permitting, of course.
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