Cafe Fili’s Mediterranean food in Mount Vernon deserves your attention – Baltimore Sun

Ziad Maalouf has been a longtime restaurateur in Washington. But after observing Baltimore’s growing culinary scene, he decided to get in on the action here. The result, Cafe Fili, opened in Mount Vernon in July.

“I love the vibe in Baltimore,” said Maalouf, who has owned Cafe Ole in D.C. for 20 years. “I want to be where the customers are.”

The Mediterranean-inspired cafe — a partnership with the Washington-based Somerset Development Co. — is located in the former Milk & Honey Market spot. (That eatery is planning to open a new place in Station North next year.)

Maalouf has turned the space into a cheery, modern bistro with window stools, a counter, minimalist furniture and outdoor seating. It’s open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a liquor license.