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Jan 20, 2007 04:00 PM

Any Baltimore-area diners worth the drive?

Where should I go for a diner breakfast in Baltimore or its suburbs? (Or is the landscape now as bleak as Washington's?)

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  1. Papermoon Diner is a good offbeat place:

    It's been a while since I've been, but I remember having a decent breakfast there.

    Then spend the afternoon at the BMA, walk around Charles Village, Getrude's for dinner, would be nice day away from DC.

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    1. re: jdefontes

      the paper moon is easily one of the most nauseating places in baltimore, maybe the planet, both in terms of food and atmosphere.

      go to Jimmy's in Fells Point if you want old school baltimore diner fare. Pete's Grille on Greenmount would be another possibility, or the Wyman Park restaurant on Howard and 25th. Granted, none of these places are real diners, but the food fits.

        1. re: hon

          That makes three. Paper Moon is an open latrine in midsummer. Unworthy of being referred to as "a diner."

          Sip & Bite, Pete's, Bel Loc Diners are the way to go. City Paper is a good start:

          1. re: monkeyrotica

            And the original Double T Diner on Rt. 40 west!

            1. re: monkeyrotica

              Gotta defend Paper Moon. I've never had a bad breakfast or lunch there. Yes, the service and attitude has never been particularly spot-on, but I've had as many friendly servers as indifferent ones. I find it particularly hard to believe that meals at Paper Moon are deemed inferior to the ones at the chrome diners that dot Baltimore... where everything tastes like Sysco to me. I will try Bel-Loc, however, as I've never been there.

              Paper Moon also has excellent iced tea, which I can't say about some of the Chrome diners, either.

              1. re: TKinBaltimore

                75% of the moon's menu consist of us food/sysco MRE

                1. re: curious4food

                  That may be, but the flavor of the food is what differs btwn Paper Moon and the chrome diners. Everything at the chrome diners tastes like breakfast to me, meaning, a heavy overtone of eggs and sausage. Despite what Paper Moon starts with, at least the finished product doesn't leave a film in my mouth.

                  1. re: TKinBaltimore

                    "It doesn't leave a film in my mouth." Well that's damning with faint praise.

                    Paper Moon may be edible, but it's hardly "worth the drive."

                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                      Agreed. I don't know of any diners in Baltimore that are worth the drive from DC. But I do feel that the flavors and combinations at Paper Moon are more interesting than at the chrome diners. That was my poorly-expressed point.

      1. Baltimore is diner-capitol of the world, so if there aren't good diners in B'more, there aren't good diners anywhere.

        That being said, is there anything specific that you're looking for?

        Sip & Bite is another place that's great value and good people-watching too.

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        1. re: atls21231

          I might be a bit offended by this, as a native Jerseyan. NJ is where the diners are at : ) I'm sure Baltimore's are very nice, though.
          I went to PaperMoon before a show at a bar down the street whose name escapes me at the moment and I thought it was good. The decor is definitely unique.
          And I've been to the Double T, but in Annapolis, and enjoyed myself there. Good prices, good food.

        2. I'll second Sip & Bite. The food is actually good there even though it's crazy cheap.

          1. In my experience, Paper Moon is all atmosphere with bad food and bad attitude.

            1. The Bel Loc diner at Loch Raven Blvd and Joppa Road!

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              1. re: hon

                I agree, that's great too. It's always a good bet