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Strawberry Street Café

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Walking through the doors of the on a recent Saturday night I was filled with nostalgia. I remember so clearly the excitement it generated when the restaurant opened in the late '70s. We checked out the menus and discovered that there were several familiar items — a chicken dish, a soup and a quiche, at the least, that have been on the menu for years. There's something nice about a restaurant that mixes in new stuff but keeps a few oldie goldies around. Bottomless Pitt started with a small bowl of the Chesapeake crab and broccoli soup, "a house specialty since 1978" for $3.95. Steamy, creamy and full of broccoli and crab, the soup will definitely bring B.P. back to Strawberry Street for more. Meanwhile, I helped myself to the famous bathtub salad bar, an extra $3.50 with the entrée I ordered. That salad bar, available by itself for $6.95, offers a great variety of items, including chicken salad, fresh fruit, potato salad, pasta salad, fresh veggies, the soup of the day and every imaginable salad ingredient. B.P. ordered the New York strip ($13.95). Served with roasted red potatoes and delicious fresh green beans, the steak came medium, as ordered, but was a bit unevenly grilled. I chose a slice of crab and Swiss quiche, ($6.95) a generous full quarter of a pie. What I was able to eat was full of the promised ingredients with a light and flaky crust and rich flavor. From sandwiches, salads and soups to meatier entrees, there is something for every imaginable diner and all for less than $15. After all those years, Strawberry Street remains the essence of Fan dining — reasonable, convenient, atmospheric and friendly.

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