Café on the Square, 11 South Paca between Baltimore and Redwood, is back under the leadership of the hyperactive John Shin. He can seem gruff at times, but the man serves some tasty soups, salads, and sandwiches. I had to tell him today, when I stopped in for a tuna sandwich, that I hadn't eaten there since he sold the place a couple of years ago and only returned because he had; He seemed happy to hear that.
When I got the sandwich back to my office, I was pleasantly surprised to find that the herby bit in my tuna was part of a branch of fresh thyme.
I almost ordered his pasta salad of the day, Neptune's Delight. I normally don't care much for pasta salad at all, but John's are somehow terrific. I especially like the spinach pasta, made with bi-color fettuccine, spinach, pine nuts, currants, Parmesan cheese, and plenty of sautéed garlic. Yum!
If you haven't tried Café on the Square, and you work on or near the University of Maryland campus, I recommend you stop in and try his lunch offerings.