After early the success of its Owings Mill location, the team behind Cilantro has decided to expand to downtown Baltimore. This fast-casual Mediterranean restaurant has drawn praise from critics and social media posters alike for its lightning-fast service, fresh and local ingredients, and tasty and affordable entrees.
The ordering process is a breeze; first, you choose between your basic pita, puffy Israeli lafa bread, a plate of rice, or a salad as your base. On top of that, you can pile chicken or lamb shawarma, beef kebabs, hummus and grilled vegetables, or fluffy house-made falafel. Then, choose from an array of sauces and toppings, like tabbouli, couscous, tzatziki, and jalapeno pepper sauce. If you’re feeling extra hungry, you can add a side salad or dessert (the rice pudding is a popular option) to your order. Regulars report that prices are pretty reasonable, with plenty of options for under $10.