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
http://www.eatmoreburgers.com/


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


Tiramisu

Donna’s Cafe
5100 Falls Road/40 Village Square
Baltimore, MD 21210
410-532-7611
http://www.donnas.com/
Monday-Thursday: 11am-9pm
Friday: 11am-10pm
Saturday: 10am-10pm
Sunday: 10am-9pm