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Jun 5, 2010 06:46 PM

The Imam Fainted at Donna's Cross Keys

The Imam Fainted is the name of a gutsy and fresh Middle Eastern appetizer: small eggplant grilled and split, covered with tomato, onion, lemon and splodges of Greek yogurt and feta. I'm not surprised he had to be revived! With this we had a lamb burger served pink as requested, wrapped in a fluffy pita with spices, cumin sour cream, and a roasted tomato-- a well integrated and yummy dish. Finale was an avocado, onion and orange salad, with a peppery vinaigrette with lots of fresh marjoram.

I don't know who Donna has working there as chef, but they are really talented with flavors, and have a good understanding of other cultures. This collection was way above what I usually expect in Baltimore. Don't compare Cross Keys to Donna's other places: while the service varies (this time was very good), Cross Keys is a serious restaurant for food lovers, with, for me, the bonus of also being informal. Wines and beers are well chosen too

Donna's - Cross Keys
5100 Falls Road, Baltimore, MD 21210

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  1. I am glad to hear this, but surprised. The last two times I was there, the food was disappointing. A chicken/couscous dish was watery and the chicken may not have been fully cooked. A Mediterranean appetizer plate featured middling hummus and downright poor babaghanoush.

    1. I completely agree! I am always impressed by the quality of the food and how amazingly fresh everything is! My personal favorites include the grilled salmon salad with miso vinaigrette, the roasted vegetable salad, and the lamb burger. My one complaint is the cost-- while the food is excellent, it's hard to justify spending nearly $20 for any salad, even if it includes fresh salmon (my favorite salad, the grilled salmon one, costs 17 or 18 dollars before tax).

      1. My wife and I have eaten at Donna's Cross Keys branch as well as at her Columbia location and have always been well-pleased with the service and the food. As a matter of fact, last summer, at Columbia, I had the best Eggplant Parm I ever had and was disappointed when we went back again during the fall or winter and did not find it on the menu.

        Donna's Cross Keys
        40 Village Sq, Baltimore, MD 21210