Dinner at Your Door in new home


November 15, 2006|By SLOANE BROWN

City dwellers on the go have some new choices for dinner. Federal Hill's Dinner at Your Door not only has a new address -- with more room and a drive-up service -- it's also offering some new meal options.

For the last three years, Dinner at Your Door offered healthful catering and delivered dinners to nearby neighborhoods. However, owner Brooke Hagerty says that when the shop lost its storefront lease at 1106 S. Charles St., she not only found a new place, but the larger space has enabled her to expand the business.

Now located inside the Cross Street Market, Dinner at Your Door has salads, soups and wrap sandwiches available at lunchtime, as well as some brand-new dinner items.

You'll find Dinner at Your Door in the space previously occupied by Kathy's Bakery. Hagerty says the entire space is decorated with graffiti art. The outside of the stall has a big cityscape, the inside a big garden scene. Hagerty says the space has a display case, counter and seating for about 10 to 12 people.

Inside the case, she says, you'll see several lunch choices daily. There are wrap sandwiches and salad choices like Caesar, mixed greens or a daily rice salad ($5 to $7), with your selection of additions such as grilled wild salmon, flank steak, jumbo lump crab meat or grilled fresh vegetables (an additional $2 to $6).

Hagerty says Dinner at Your Door also offers two homemade soups each day -- from butternut squash to beef stew ($5 to $7).

You can eat there or take your lunch to go. While lunch is a new feature at DAYD, it's the dinner options that give the business its "different" status, Hagerty says.

You can go online to dinneratyourdoor.com and check out the dinner menu, then call by 4 p.m. to place your order for that night. Or put it in while you're there for lunch. Then, on your way home, call Dinner at Your Door when you're close, and your meal will be delivered to you at your car outside the market. If you live in the Federal Hill, Locust Point or Otterbein areas, you still can get your dinner delivered.

Hagerty says she's just launched the winter dinner menu. You get your choice of entree and two choices of side dishes. Entrees include seared ahi tuna in Szechwan sauce ($20); blue-cheese-and-cranberry-stuffed filet mignon ($22); lemon-parsley pork chops ($14); artichoke-and-feta stuffed chicken ($15); and linguine in spinach-garlic sauce ($11). Side-dish choices include grilled asparagus, garlic mashed potatoes, chile-roasted sweet potatoes and any of the salads.

There's another brand-new option: the $10 dinner. Each day, Hagerty says, Dinner at Your Door will offer about three to five freshly made complete dinners, such as spaghetti and meatballs, Caesar salad and a bread stick; a meatloaf muffin (a mini-meatloaf made in an extra-large muffin tin) with mashed potatoes and gravy and roasted green beans; or spicy chicken with sweet peppers and basil over spiced rice with grilled asparagus. Just grab one and go.

"You just pop it in your oven for 15 minutes and it's ready. It's better than a TV dinner and healthier," Hagerty says.

Dinner at Your Door, 410-727-4393, is at 1065 S. Charles St., inside the Cross Street Market. It's open 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

If you have information regarding a local restaurant's opening, closing or major changes, please e-mail that information to sloane@sloanebrown.com or fax it to 410-675-3451.

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