Best Café: Patterson Perk

2501 Eastern Ave., (410) 534-1286,

The Perk has long been one of our favorite coffee stops on the east side while we’re strolling around the park. Winner of last year’s Best Coffee Drink, the Perk sports a creative cocktail-style menu of house-invented coffee drinks, such as the peanut butter cup made with real peanut butter and espresso, and the tuxedo with dark and white chocolate and espresso. We kept cool and shaking with its “buzz baby,” four shots of espresso, cinnamon, and ice. It’s staffed usually by one friendly barista and has a small library, a comfy couch, and a great view of the park.

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