|A Cuban sandwich that doesn't look like a Cuban, but tastes delicious|
The Baltimore bakery chain has a location in Catonsville. I annexed Catonsville a while ago -- along with Sykesville and the AA and PG areas near our Laurel. But I hadn't eaten in Catonsville recently until we stopped again at Home Anthology to nose around for modern furniture.
First lesson of the day: Furniture shopping changes when you bring a toddler. Like, it cuts to 15 minutes and out.
Second lesson: A few blocks north of the store, Atwater's makes delicious sandwiches -- and some jams that would make beautiful holiday gifts.
Atwater's sandwiches stood out even though they were on the wrong bread. Mrs. HowChow and I split a Cuban. We have finally learned that Lil' Chow isn't going to eat much of a grilled cheese sandwich so we each got a slice of that as well.
A traditional Cuban sandwich comes on length of split crusty bread, normally squashed by a hot press to make a crispy top and a heated sandwich. Atwaters substituted slices of their own white bread that were probably pressed on something like a hot skillet. But they made up for variation by hitting it out of the park with the ingredients.
Really good pork loin, ham, cheese and pickles. The menu says pickled jicama. It's a take on a Cuban sandwich, not a Miami local, and I'll take one any day. That was a fresh, meaty sandwich that had the hallmark of "I couldn't do that at home" -- down to the pickles that at least tasted like they were made in house.
Those sandwiches make me confident that the rest of the menu -- from salads to cool-looking "tiffin" lunch combos -- would be worth exploring. Plus, Atwater's is a friendly little joint. Tons of seating upstairs with art by local high school students. Our niece ordered a salad. She complimented the dish, although I didn't take enough notes to remember why.
A few doors down from Atwater's are several dessert options. including a candy store and You Scream Ice cream. I'd always recommend a weekend visit to Home Anthology and then lunch on Frederick Road. You could even go for the food alone.
Seriously, Catonsville is an easy drive from most of Howard County, and it's worth the visit to check out food like Linsy's tacos and Hang Ari's noodle soup. I still haven't had time to shop at the Chinese grocery store Great Wall. Click here for all the Catonsville reviews.
815 Frederick Road
Catonsville, Maryland 21228
NEAR: Atwater's is on Frederick Road just west of I-695. This is downtown Catonsville. There are a few blocks of stores and restaurants to stroll and window shop.