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Monday, May 3, 2010

Anns, Downtown

I love finding new places to eat, of course, so when I came across this tiny and cute sandwich shop on Lexington Street called Anns, I was so excited I stopped right in for lunch. I decided to order the tuna salad sandwich, but at 12:15pm they had already run out (!) so I got the chicken salad instead. The sandwich came with Utz chips and a can of soda for $5.83. A pretty great deal, so I walked back to work with a smile on my face.

When I opened up the sandwich, I immediately noticed the salad was a shade of yellow, so I assumed it was a curried chicken salad. It was not. It was yellow from mustard. Too much mustard. Yuck! In addition to that, the chicken itself had been overly cooked, the bread seemed stale, and I couldn't tell what the mystery ingredient in the salad was. Egg? Pickles? The fact that I couldn't tell, kinda weirds me out. And the actual taste of the chicken salad was nothing I've ever had before, and that's not a good thing.

This was just so incredibly disappointing, especially because I was so certain in my heart I would love this place because of its "cute factor."

I hate judging a place so harshly, especially from only trying one thing on the IF I were to go again, I would probably get something a little less complicated. I think the prices are good - especially sandwiches come with chips and a soda for the same price another deli may charge for JUST a sandwich. For breakfast they have sandwiches that come with either a cup of coffee or orange juice for around $4. Seeing as though you can't really mess up an egg and cheese bagel, this may be a good option if you're in the area.

Anyone ever been here?  It's been around for 3 years, though it doesn't seem that way as there is no website or printed menu....

p.s. Is this area really Downtown, or is it West Baltimore?  It's right by Lexington Market and the University of Maryland Hospital. 

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Jay Zeis said...

I feel bad that I did not know this place existed, I will have to try it the next time I don't bring my food.

Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore said...

I had no idea, either, and I work right around that area!

theminx said...

It's the West Side of Downtown.

I don't know Ann's. I don't walk towards the Market if I can help it.

They have great chicken salad and tuna salad at the hospital cafeteria, and a big sandwich is either $3.50 or $3.95, plus we get a discount when we show our IDs.

Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore said...

Minx - Good to know, I LOOOOOVE tuna salad. And chicken salad. Basically any kind of salad I can put on bread :) That's a great price too!

Anonymous said...

Go there all the time because it is across from the university's admin building where I work. Ann's is really a greasy spoon and the food is hit or miss.

I've had the hamburger there and it was just bland meat. Really gross.

Their grilled chicken salad isn't bad and the breakfast menu is decent.

If you walk by there and never knew they existed, it's because their business hours are all over the place. They open whenever they feel like it.

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