What an ingenious idea — open a restaurant in the midst of an industrial area. That is exactly what Lisa Honick and Barbara Collurafici did in 2007.
The Gourmet Girls is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 8 a.m. 3 p.m.
The Gourmet Girls offers such amazing breakfast dishes as thick sliced challah French toast with rum-glazed bananas and candied pecans and crispy French toast served with Chantilly cream and fresh berries. The restaurant also offers a variety of breakfast sandwiches like Barb's bagel, which is a toasted bagel with whipped butter, vine ripened tomatoes, sweet Muenster cheese and Vidalia onion. The Gourmet Girls Bagel is a bagel toasted with cream cheese, hand sliced nova lox, Swiss cheese, vine ripened tomatoes, sweet Vidalia onion, capers, cucumber and fresh dill. If you are looking for something a bit lighter for breakfast, how about yogurt with granola, fresh fruit and honey? Of course they serve the usual breakfast fare of butter milkpancakes, bagel with jelly and assorted fresh baked goods.
Lunchtime offers tantalizing combinations of healthy and satisfying choices. The Gourmet Girls also offers a Tuscan salad.
The restaurant serves crab bisque that is the closest thing to heaven on earth you will ever taste. Their Maryland crab soup is equally delicious and both are available in cup or bowl servings. The soup of the day changes from chicken noodle, chicken matzo ball, beef barley, mushroom, beef vegetable, vegetarian vegetable, chicken corn chowder, navy bean with ham and several others. All their soups are homemade.
They offer a line of signature sandwiches. One such delightful sandwich is Lisa B's brisket, which has their own recipe of garlic and pepper encrusted roast beef with melted Swiss cheese, Bermuda onion, tomato, lettuce and horseradish sauce and comes on a toasted ciabatta roll. The Red Run is made of rare roast beef and havarti with horseradish sauce, lettuce, red onion, and red and yellow roasted pepper relish on a ciabatta roll. My favorite, though, is the Moonlight in Vermont. This sandwich has roasted turkey, Vermont cheddar, granny smith apples, cranberries, greens and a Boursin spread and is served on a ciabatta roll. I swear every time I have one of these my taste buds do a happy dance. My second favorite, and only second by a small margin, is the Tonka Club which is oven roasted turkey — yes, the kind served at Thanksgiving tables all over the country — glazed ham, crispy bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo on a toasted ciabatta roll.
They offer deli sandwiches and wraps as well, which range from their homemade chunky chicken salad to a hot pastrami. All options are made to order with the finest ingredients possible.
The Gourmet Girls also offers dinners such as chicken marsala with a mushroom medley, chicken breast stuffed with corn bread and cranberry stuffing, grilled pork chops with rosemary garlic and beef tenderloin with peppercorn sauce.
Honestly, I have only been there for breakfast and lunch but I am sure their dinners are as yummy and fulfilling as their breakfasts and lunches are.
Of course they offer a bevy of delicious desserts.
The Gourmet Girls also offers catering for large and small events.
The Gourmet Girls is located at 1 Easter Court in Owings Mills.
Terry Chaney is a Reisterstown resident and can be reached at email@example.com.