Burger Bros. Restaurant Review

April 25, 2008

I first heard about Burger Bros. in the Baltimore Sun “Live” section and I had to go. In the America of national fast food chains (McDonalds) and regional semi-chains (Five Guys), I enjoy going to a one-location restaurant more than the previously listed. As the name tells, it is run by two brothers, Michael and Timothy Murphy and is located on Allegheny Avenue in Towson.

As the name and the staff will surely tell you, the burger is what to get here. In the colorful shop, the menu lists chicken sandwiches, turkey burgers, Portobello mushroom burgers, hot dogs and salads, but as with a restaurant with the word ‘Burger’ in the title, you may know what to get.

The burgers at Burger Bros. unlike Five Guys and other chains, are cooked on a charcoal grill, along with the other entrees. The burgers are sandwiched between Brioche buns, which are a good departure from the standard, white-bread bun. Although, the burgers usually are cooked too much for my liking, they still retain a juicy interior and are not that tough. The fountain drinks, come in two sizes, which doesn’t make much since, as it comes with free refills, which is handy, as you can refill your drink before you leave.

Hamburger ($4.99) and Medium French Fries ($2.79)

Hamburger ($4.99)

As you can see, the burger sits nestled between a Brioche Bun, but the burger was cooked ‘well done’, however, next time I will ask for it to be cooked medium/medium well.

Medium French Fries ($2.79) taste exactly the same as Five Guys fries

I hope Burger Bros. thrives in Towson and expands to other areas of Maryland, as its family-run atmosphere, gives a non-corporate character that is lacking in many modern restaurants.

And did I mention the Brioche Buns!

Burger Bros.
14 Allegheny Ave
Towson, MD 21204
(410) 321-1880


Baltimore Westside Photography- Part One (Howard Street)

February 10, 2008

For a long time up until the 1960’s/1970’s, Howard and Eutaw streets were the main retail and entertainment districts of Baltimore. Filled to the brim with 3 department stores (Hutzlers, Stewart’s, and Brager-Gutman’s), 3 major theatres (the Mayfair, the Maryland (connected to Congress/Kernan Hotel) and the Hippodrome), it attracted travellers from around the country to its glories. Suburbanization and white/wealth flight pulled away its most valuable customers and the stores followed suit into the suburbs. For about 30/40 years, the stores have either layed empty or with low-end stores catering to a lower-income clientele. However, the City of Baltimore as well as the Baltimore Development Corporation and a gaggle of investors are re-investing in the area to create a revitalization similar to that of the Inner Harbor and HarborEast. They hope that pushing out the lower-end stores and rehabbing the storefronts as well as adding new buildings (condominiums, apartments, etc.) will breath new air into the area and revitalize it. However, only time will tell.

Part Two

The following pictures were taken on Howard Street:

St. James Place on the corner of Howard and Franklin streets

Another shot of St. James Place

St. James Place

St. James Place

Last shot of St. James Place with the Congress Hotel peaking out from the right

The Congress Hotel

The Mayfair Theatre

Western High School, now Chesapeake Commons apartments

Another shot of the Chesapeake Commons apartments

Chesapeake Commons Apartments
The Howard Street view of the Chesapeake Common Apartments

Looking east down Centre Street from Howard Street

Martick’s Restaurant Francais on Mulberry Street, 1 block from Howard

A close up of the tile front of Martick’s Restaurant Francais

Another shot of Martick’s Restaurant Francais

Looking west down Saratoga street

The United Optical Center building on the corner of Park avenue and Saratoga street

220-222 Saratoga Street

218 Saratoga Street

Maison Marconi on Saratoga Street, near Cathedral

A closeup of Maison Marconi on Saratoga Street

Looking down W. Saratoga street with the Providence Savings Bank on the left

Providence Savings Bank on Howard Street

Looking south on Howard Street with the Hutzler Brothers department store on the right

The newer addition to the now closed Hutzler Brothers department store

A closeup of the Hutzler Brothers department store entrance

Two buildings that were added to the Hutzler Brothers Complex

A closeup of the Hutzler Brothers department store entrance

The Hutzler Brothers building, which was built before the brick one on the right

Stewart’s department store, now converted into the world headquarters for Catholic Relief Services

Centerpoint Apartments on Howard and Baltimore Streets

An old bank that has been converted into a Kentucky Fried Chicken

Avalon Centerpoint Apartments on Howard and Fairmount Streets

The Baltimore National Trust building from Howard and Lombard streets

Apartments on 8 South Howard Street

Part Two of the Baltimore Westside Photography Set

Baltimore History Book Scans Part Three

February 9, 2008

Part one, Part two

The third part of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned:

The following images were scanned from Baltimore: Charm City by Dan Rodricks and Roger Miller

The White Tower Diner

The interior of the Alex Brown and Sons building

Haussner’s Restaurant

The following pages are scanned from Bygone Baltimore by Jacques Kelly

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad Company building

The interior of a 1880’s Baltimore mansion

The Rennert Hotel

The Rennert Hotel Dining Room (top) and the Congress Hotel (bottom)

The cornerstone laying ceremony for the Southern Hotel (top left page), the Lobby of the Southern Hotel (bottom left page) and the Emerson Hotel (right page)

The Maryland Theatres with the attached Congress/Kernan Hotel

The left page and right page that shows the Crystal Room in the Emerson Hotel

The following scans are from Baltimore: A Picture History by Francis Beirne and Carleton Jones

The Merchants Exchange and the Shot Tower

The Rennert Hotel

A group of female bicyclists and the interior of an Auchentoroly Terrace home in the 1880’s

Part one and Part two of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned

Baltimore History Book Scans Part Two

February 9, 2008

Part one, Part Three

The second page of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned:

These scans are from Lost Baltimore: A Portfolio of Vanished Buildings by Carleton Jones

The Baltimore Exchange and Custom House

The St. James Hotel

The Baltimore-American Building

The Fava Fruit Building

The Farmers and Merchants National Bank

The Rennert Hotel

The Altamont Hotel

The Marburg Tobacco Building

The Baltimore & Ohio Headquarters Building

The Emerson Hotel

The Metropolitan Savings Bank

The Old Sun Building

The Tower Building (Maryland Casualty Insurance)

The Colonial Trust Company

The McCormick & Company Building

This page is scanned from Greetings from Baltimore: Postcard Views of the City by Bert Smith

The McCormick Building and the Recreation Pier

This page is scanned from Baltimore Transitions by Mark Miller

Liberty Street looking north from Lexington Street (1918), notice the Rennert Hotel in the upper right hand corner

These pages are scanned from Baltimore: When She Was What She Used to Be by Marion and Mame Warring

Demolition of the Merchant’s Exchange

The Alex Brown and Sons Building on Baltimore and Calvert Streets

The Altamont Hotel

The Maryland Theatre attached to the Congress Hotel

The Rennert Hotel

Part one and Part Three of the Baltimore History Book scans

Baltimore History Book Scans Part One

February 9, 2008

On Friday, I scanned quite a few (63 to be exact) pages of the following books on Baltimore History: part two, part three

Baltimore: A Picture History by Francis F. Beirne and Carleton Jones
Baltimore: Charm City by Dan Rodricks and Roger Miller
Greetings from Baltimore: Postcard Views of the City by Bert Smith
Baltimore Transitions by Mark Miller
Lost Baltimore: A Portfolio of Vanished Buildings by Carleton Jones
Baltimore: When She Was What She Used to Be by Marion Warren and Mame Warren
A Guide to Baltimore Architecture by John Dorsey and James D. Dilts

These scans are not designed to copy the book for free usage online but to further enlighten Baltimoreans and non-Baltimoreans on the greatness of our city, in its past and present.

The second part and third part of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned.

The first round of scans (26) are from A Guide to Baltimore Architecture by John Dorsey and James D. Dilts

Pennsylvania Station and the Greek Orthodox Church

The Belvedere Hotel and the Automobile Garage (which is now part of the University of Baltimore)

The Winans House

The Bauernschmidt House and the Valve House

The Syracuse Brothers Company Building and the Paca-Pratt Building

The Abell Building and the Bromo-Seltzer (Emerson) Tower

The Baltimore Equitable Society Building and the Eutaw Savings Bank Building

The Hutzler Brothers Complex and the Provident Savings Bank

Kresge’s Department Store

The Furness House, the Chamber of Commerce Building and the United States Custom House

The Tower Building and the Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building

The Old Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Company Building

The Alex Brown and Sons Building and One South Calvert Street

The Equitable Building

The Marburg Tobacco Warehouse

Charles Center South and the Edward A. Garmatz Federal Courthouse

The Hansa Haus and the Savings Bank of Baltimore

The Mercantile Safe Deposit and Trust Building and the Mechanic Theatre

One Charles Center and the Baltimore Gas and Electric Building

The Masonic Temple, Fidelity Building and the Central Savings Bank

The Commercial Credit Company Annex and the Old YMCA Building

The Hamilton Street Row Houses and the First Unitarian Church

The Engineering Center (Club)

The second page of the Engineering Club and the Thomas-Jencks-Gladding House

Brownstone Row and Asbury House

The St. Ignatius/Center Stage Building

The second part and third part of the Baltimore History Books that I scanned.

Little Italy in Baltimore

January 29, 2008

Little Italy in Baltimore has been a staple of Baltimore culture and cuisine, even though it is insulted by foodie critics, it remains one of Baltimoreans and non-Baltimoreans favorite areas of Baltimore, and surprisingly is still inhabited mostly by Italians.

La Tavola restaurant on 248 Albemarle Street

Mama Cellina’s restaurant on the corner of Fawn and Albermarle street, which used to be occupied by the Maria’s “300” restaurant

Vaccaro’s is a dessert/bakery in Little Italy that is a preferred after-dinner stop because of its famous cannolis and other Italian baked goods

Velleggia’s Restaurant located on the corner of Albemarle and Pratt streets

Da Mimmo restaurant located on High Street

Amicci’s restaurant located on High Street

Caesar’s Den located on High Street

Germano’s Trattoria located on High Street

Sabatino’s Italian Restaurant located on Fawn and High Streets

Rocco’s restaurant located on High Street

Chiapparelli’s Restaurant located on High Street

Dalesio’s Restaurant located on Eastern Avenue and High Street, a favorite dining place of Peter Angelos, the owner of the Orioles

Frank Velleggia’s Casa di Pasta, across from Velleggia’s restaurant is the retail location for homemade pasta and sauces served in their restaurant

The Flag House located next to the Reginald F. Lewis African-American museum was where the Star-Spangled Banner was sewn

Looking north, towards the Shot Tower

The Reginald F. Lewis museum and the Flag House

The Reginald F. Lewis museum and the Flag House

Donna’s Cafe in Baltimore

January 13, 2008

Donna’s Cafe in Baltimore

Donna’s Cafe in the Cross Keys center located in the upscale Roland Park neighborhood of north Baltimore goes for two things: first to be chic and hip, while being suitable to all ages. This allows for a casual restaurant with class yet not discriminating anyone due to age. The restaurant has white wood tables, black chairs, brushed metal everywhere and a bar that is suited more for serving coffee-based drinks than the alcoholic variety. Once you enter the door located next to the Red Door Spa, there is a stand where the head waiter takes your name and finds your seat, which placed next to it, is a box filled of delicious cellophane wrapped baked goods. Donna’s is popular with students from the Johns Hopkins University as well as Roland Park residents and office workers in the Cross Keys office complex. I’ve never been there for lunch, which many people say has more young people, but usually has a mix of younger people and 30-40’s year olds trying to be hip. The food is usually inventive modifications of classic cuisine, and i’m sorry for the quality of the pictures as this was a spur-of-the-moment decision and I didn’t have my camera. Just the one on my iPhone.

Hot Chocolate

Kobe Beef Burger


Donna’s Cafe
5100 Falls Road/40 Village Square
Baltimore, MD 21210
Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-10pm
Saturday: 10am-10pm
Sunday: 10am-9pm