Since I worked only a block away from Sascha's, it was only natural to initially drop by to sample the restaurant which had grown from a catering business that went ballistic. The restaurant is just as good with a real difference in styles between daytime and evening dining.
During the day, Sascha's serves cafeteria-style from a long curving buffet that offers fabulous sandwiches made from a lot of homemade ingredients (like an incredible spicy shrimp salad or a chicken salad with grapes and almonds) and even a daily list of paninis that are always inventive and juicy! One day there might be a Cuban-style panini complete with pickle inside, another day it could be a reuben or another day Danish ham with wonderful cheese and mustard, all of them on great bread!
There are the chopped salads with a plethora of choices for your own ingredients - you get to choose a meat and several other elements as well, as your own kind of dressing. It all goes into a large bowl where it is tossed and then dumped on a huge cutting board where a big curved knife chops it into bites of mixed goodness and delivers it into a large ceramic bowl to your table.
In addition, there is always a hot main lunch course as well where you can choose your own side dishes - this can vary from a curry to chicken and dumplings to a stew, or maybe an Asian dish or a chili. There is no end to the imagination of Sascha Wollhandler and her husband Steve who are often there to help with serving, making, anything that needs doing. And friendliness? Through the roof! The clientele is very eclectic with a lot of tourists from the art museum across the street and musicians from the conservatory a half block away. Always an interesting conversation on which to eavesdrop!!
In the evenings, Sacha's becomes a full service restaurant with flowers on the tables, an attentive wait staff and a menu that features the same variety as the daytime offerings, but of course with many more full entrees and small plates. You can go crazy with an Indian appetizer, an Italian salad an an Asian entree!!! The food is very well prepared under Sascha's constant supervision and diverse palate.
I have never walked out disappointed, whether it was a pre-concert dinner or a lunch with colleagues or clients. One of the bright stars in the firmament of Baltimore's best restaurants!!
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