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“It's the Reason I Live where I Live”
Review of Bean Hollow

Bean Hollow
Ranked #7 of 168 Restaurants in Ellicott City
Certificate of Excellence
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“It's the Reason I Live where I Live”
Reviewed June 27, 2013

As a longtime resident of Catonsville (right up the road), I used to visit this place often...a little too often. Parking in Old Ellicott City can be a challenge, and when the opportunity to move to Old Ellicott City presented itself, I did so. While there were certainly other reasons, Bean Hollow was a big factor. It's that good. I find myself there at least two to three times per week.

The coffee is local and freshly roasted. They are somewhat famous for their monthly coffee specials, incorporating the holidays of the month into delicious caffeinated concoctions. The sandwiches and wraps are quite good as well (definitely try the turkey club on toasted sun dried tomato), and the soups are delicious (when they're available...they tend to run out quickly). In the summer months, the Berger cookie ice cream is unbeatable.

It's a very small place, so sometimes finding a place to sit is a challenge. Also, there's no Wifi either, which is unusual for a coffee shop. I like it, because it prevents some people from just sitting aimlessly all day hogging tables, but I suppose some people consider this a factor. But if you're looking for delicious local coffee, Bean Hollow is the best option.

  • Visited June 2013
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English first
Baltimore, Maryland
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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“great locally roasted coffee”
Reviewed June 22, 2013

This friendly neighborhood hangout is well worth a visit. Great coffee beans. The quality of the specialty coffees varies as the staff changes. I'd stick with regular coffee there and enjoy the sandwiches, salads and desserts.

Visited June 2013
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Maryland
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Quaint, quality, fun!”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

We visit Bean Hollow at least once a month during the winter months. They offer a wide variety of coffee and non-coffee based warm drinks. The selection is nice and they go the extra step to offer some interesting combinations. The selection of desserts is wonderful and they are very tastely. One is always wise to take some home for the next morning. :-) The place can become crowded but the workers do a nice job of minimizing the wait time.

We have had lunch at Bean Hollow as well. They have a reasonable selection of sandwiches which are handmade. They are not huge but are certainly of better quality than any of the big box sandwich shops. The environment at Bean Hollow is perfect. The old building and tight quarters makes for a nice evening of enjoying a warm drink. They also offer snacks to take on the road which are also quite good.

When we get the chance, we always go to Bean Hollow. Old Ellicott City is a very nice place to visit, and Bean Hollow will just add to your positive experience.

  • Visited April 2013
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Washington, DC
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“A great spot for coffee and a treat”
Reviewed May 26, 2013

I always plan to go to this spot for a good cuppa and people watching. Their desserts are excellent although a bit calorific for routines consumption. I inevitably end up there on a weekend morning for a cup of coffee and a bagel.

  • Visited May 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“One of my Favorite Spots in Ellicott City”
Reviewed April 26, 2013

There is something for everyone in this place. It's a small, quaint coffee shop with a lot of charm. The walls feature art that is for sale and it is on the small side, there isn't always a place to sit. They have amazing chai lattes and smoothies. The Northwest Berry smoothies is definitely the best and they always have a list of featured drinks each month. The desserts are really good too. I strongly recommend the apple tarts and the apple streusel cheesecake.

  • Visited March 2013
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