Café Poupon225 N. Charles St., (443) 573-4620, patisseriepoupon.net
On a recent visit, the day's quiches ($7) were bacon or spinach, but you'll see mushroom, tomato, asparagus, and leek on alternate days. Then there are the sandwiches. We chose a turkey ($6.95). The crusty bread is key-crunchy on the outside, chewy inside: a real baguette. The rest-fresh greens, tomato, turkey, cheese-it's perfectly serviceable. The café includes Dijon (Grey Poupon?) mustard on the side, a lot of it. The sandwich is made the way they like it. Nobody asked if we wanted lettuce or not. It's not like a Subway, and you won't mind. On another day we got the asparagus quiche, since it's fresh just about now. The counter-person asked if we wanted it heated (we did) and what we got was a beautiful 6-inch personal-pan quiche, the shell flaky and firm, the egg just smooth but neither runny nor rubbery, perfectly seasoned, with nice-sized asparagus bits in it.
The case here contains the same delectable assortment of cakes, éclairs, and-but of course-the trademark tarts ($3.50) as the East Baltimore Street location. We got the apple tart. The shell was flaky and not too sweet; the bottom sticky. Magnifique. Obviously, tart season is just getting underway. Expect blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries in the coming few months, but don't miss that asparagus quiche.