Anyone who was a fan of the now-closed cafe at bluehouse in Harbor East is in luck. Just a few blocks from Wyman Park, nine employees from the cafe opened Charmington's (2601 N. Howard St., 410-235-5004). Their goal is to serve good coffee (Fair Trade from Counter Culture Coffee) and local foods in a comfortable setting. Offerings include homemade soups ($3.50), like cream of spinach and carrot, and sandwiches ($3.50-8.95) from breakfast combos and PB&J to roast beef. On a recent visit, sun poured through the windows while visitors took over cozy chairs and a squishy sofa. Students tapped on laptops, and office workers stopped by for their daily caffeine intake. Coffee aficionados will especially appreciate the beautifully made coffee drinks—with decorative latte art (small, $3; large, $3.50). The patrons are charmed, we're sure.
Comfy new cafe features several staff from bluehouse.
Issue date: March, 2011