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Saucy Salamander Cafe: Worth The Hunt

| November 29, 2013, 11:42 AM | 0 Comments

photo 4From 1990 to 2007, I worked in the Anne Arundel County building complex on Riva Road, right across the street from the Saucy Salamander Cafe. At the time, it was one of the very few restaurants where there was enough time to enjoy lunch and get back to work within the allotted time. Couple that with a menu where the items were creative, fresh, and healthy – a winner!

Rhonda Falcon is the very personable owner, first known to the Annapolis area when she operated the Crate Café on West Street. I was very familiar with the delicious offerings of the Crate Café because it was closely located to the Arundel Center when I worked there in the 1980’s. Designing your own generous-sized salad or sandwich was the very popular format!

I recently met my former co-workers and friends, Kathy and Carole for lunch at Saucy. Carole still works across the street for Planning and Zoning, and this is her regular lunchtime haunt! When we visit, I always see familiar faces of diners and Rhonda greets us warmly!!

The menu has old favorites from the Crate Café days, like the crate sandwich, the turkey tarragon wrap, and the hearts & sprouts on a wheat pita. Additionally, there are new creations like quiche of the day, the Riva grill, the saucy sub, and the salamander salad. There is also a blackboard of specials, but come early!

photo 2My choice was a mozzarella and cheese panini, the first time I ever noticed it on the menu. It was exactly what I hoped a panini would be – warm, crisp, and toasty on the outside, delicious melted mozzarella and tasty cool tomato, with a touch of basil on the inside! The platter was framed with a pickle, grapes, and crescents of cantalope and honeydew melon. I like that Saucy always provides fruit as the side.

Kathy enjoyed a plate of four small scoops of tuna on a bed of tomatoes and lettuce, also accompanied with fruit and a pickle. Carole selected a soup and half-sandwich combination consisting of a bowl of vegetable crab soup and a turkey and cheddar half on pumpernickel. She opted for more grapes and no melon, her regular.

photo 5The restaurant has cozy booths lining the space, lots of tables, an outdoor eating courtyard for the nicer weather, and a bustling carry-out business. They are open for breakfast (a build-your-own breakfast sandwich sounds wonderful) and lunch Monday through Friday, 8am to 3pm and the address is 2661 Riva Road, Suite 801. Also speak with Rhonda about catering your party or event!

It can be a challenge to find, but well worth the effort!  Here are the directions.

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About the Author - Lois Villemaire

Lois Villemaire, originally from the Philadelphia area, has resided in Annapolis for 40 years. She retired from the AA County Office of Planning and Zoning in 2007, and subsequently worked for several years for the Montgomery County Planning Department. Now that she and her husband are retired, they both enjoy their children and grandchildren, golfing, biking, yoga, reading and exploring around Annapolis. Lois currently serves on the City of Annapolis Planning Commission.

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