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Hungry in Hampden? Try Mamie's

When out in Hampden, a historical urban section of an old mill town in Baltimore, make sure you stop in at Mamie's Café on West 36th Street. Mamie's combines food and history like no other place in Hampden. This self-acclaimed 'down-home cooking spot that showcases Hampden's working-class community roots' has history draped

all over its walls. Pictures and signs from when Hampden was founded. An old-time radio filling the restaurant with good music. Old kitchen tables and chairs. Mamie's looks as much like one of Hampden's antique shops as a restaurant.

That atmosphere makes Mamie's a natural gathering spot for Hampdenites. Weekends find the restaurant filled with locals talking about everything from town history and memories to sports. Sunday afternoons slow down as football fans head to neighborhood bars, but after the game it's as busy as ever.

If the atmosphere isn't enough for you, and you're still not impressed, take a peek at the menu. Mamie's Cheese Steak, popular with the locals, comes smothered with mushrooms and green peppers for $4.95. And you get a lot of cheesesteak for the money. Mamie's also offers daily specials through the week. Every Saturdays is dollar day: You can build your own meal from a choice of ingredients all for only $1 each. Wednesday is lobster night, where you get lobsters for $7, and Thursday night seniors get 10% off their checks.

Mamie's also offers free daily delivery between 11a.m. and 10 p.m., and they also have a fax service and email service for their lunch menu.

With good atmosphere and better prices, Mamie's Café is a definite must-try. The City Paper has named it Best Hampden Restaurant each of the past two year. Hampdenites and visitors agree that you can't really experience Baltimore unless you visit Mamie's café.

911 West 36th Street Baltimore, MD 21211 (410) 366-2996.
Café Hours: Mamie's is open everyday.
Monday 7:00 am to 5:00 pm
Tuesday-Friday 7:00 am to 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00 pm
Sunday 9:00 am to 9:00 pm