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Good Sunday Breakfast in Baltimore?

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We'll be in town for a wedding at the end of the month and are staying at a hotel in the inner harbor.

Suggestions for a good breakfast place on Sunday, a place with authentic character, a place that might have home-made hash, biscuits or the like, will be much appreciated.

Also, at the risk of being boring beyond belief, is having crabs at Obrycki's a mistake. Is Mama's or another place significantly better and worth the cab trek?

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  1. There's nothing wrong with having crabs at Obrycki's. Yes, they cater to tourists, but that's not so bad when you are indeed a tourist. They do use an older style of seasoning (black pepper based) that isn't the current fashion (Old Bay or the like based), but it's just different, not bad.

    Mama's doesn't sell steamed crabs, but if it's crabcakes you want instead that would be a good choice.

    For breakfast, I might suggest Jimmy's in Fells Point, or Sip and Bite in Canton. Or maybe Burke's downtown, although that might be a bit too high a character/food quality ratio.

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    1. re: Hal Laurent

      I've been to Jimmy's, and thought it was fine for diner food. I found Sip & Bite just awful though. Am I missing something? Ordering wrong? You can't beat the price though.

      1. re: JonParker

        I tend to to agree with JP on both counts. The best breakfast in the area is Blue Moon on Aliceanna but it's not the old-time breakfast joint category that the OP seems to want.

        1. re: JonParker

          I haven't been to Sip and Bite since the ownership change (a son took over from his father, or something like that)...perhaps it's gone downhill. What I always liked best about Sip and Bite was that they had really good ham, not the stuff from pigs with rectangular legs that most breakfast places have.

      2. I've heard raves about the brunch buffet at the Hyatt. Never been myself tho.

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        1. re: meimei

          first edition near patterson park. great and extensive omelette choices, swell baked goods and low prices. service is dicey and not too friendly, but the food is worth it.

          1. re: flmx

            That would be Morning Edition (N. Patterson Park Ave. at E. Fairmount Ave.)

            Don't go there if you're in a hurry. The service there seems to approach glacial speeds.

            1. re: Hal Laurent

              Whole heartedly agree. If you have three hours to kill and a slow building appetite, then go to Morning Edition, otherwise, run, the food takes FOREVER.

              I'm a fan of Harvest Table myself, not only bc i love thier selection of breakfast food but also because the view is somewhat different being on the 'other' side of the harbour. Seeing Fells Point and the IH from the other side is a nice perspective on downtown. If you don't want to walk then take the water taxi and make a trip out to Fort McHenry while you are there and walk breakfast off - there is a shuttle that will take you to the Fort or you can go straight up Hull Street to Fort Avenue, turn left and keep on walking....Blue Moon seems to always have a long wait for tables and once inside, i find it too hurried and cramped to enjoy myself.

        2. Metropolitan is a small coffee bar/restaurant on Charles street between Henrietta and Wheeling streets - very close to the inner harbor. It has a wonderful and reasonable breakfast menu and a lot of character and charm.

          1. People in my neighborhood really like Harvest Table in Locust Point, a loooong walk or short cab ride, though I've never been.

            1. Miss Shirley's on Cold Spring Lane near Loyola College. Spoons in Federal Hill, get the black forest ham omelet. I like the Sip & Bite, but it can be iffy unless you like scrapple or sausage. I like Blue Moon, too, but my wife doesn't and so I only go there solo on weekdays off.... or before flying somewhere for the rest of the afternoon! Lots of calories.

                1. re: orangecrush

                  Try b in Bolton Hill for Sunday brunch. Very nice room, nice neighborhood. Suggest you make a reservation. No hash or biscuits, but we've always had very good luck with the food. Good egg dishes, French toast is great, a few different sausages to choose from for a side. Fresh OJ. And good coffee.

                2. My favorite place for Sunday breakfast is the Farmer's Market under the JFX. There's a breakfast stand that makes omlettes, smoked pulled beef, the best fried trout in town at the Jamaican stand, amazing food (like spicy stuffed pockets) at the Curry Shack stand, a crepe-making place, a fresh donut-making stand....pastries, cheeses, breads, sausages, egg rolls...you get my drift. You can make loop after loop having an amazing variety of fare while people watching. Definitely my favorite place for Sunday breakfast. :)

                  Make sure you have the hot lemon ginger tea, mon. I love that stuff.

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                  1. re: venera

                    I'm decidedly NOT a breakfast person, but I do look forward to grazing a bit for my morning meal at the Farmer's Mkt mentioned above. It's really a great place, and I look forward to it weekly. I once had a bunch of people in town, so we found a little table, and then all spread out to search for what we liked best. And, it is GREAT people watching, with an amazing cross section of Charm City's inhabitants.

                    Other than that, I've taken people to breakfast at Sip & Bite, and Jimmy's for a down home-type greasy breakfast orgy. (But, I always tend to order off of the lunch menu!)

                  2. The brunch buffet at the Hull Street Blues Cafe is wonderful. It looks like a whole in the wall but the food is made with really fresh, delicious ingredients. The buffet isn't extensive, but they have most brunch staples: pancakes, French toast, scrambled eggs, a potato of some kind, bacon, ham, toast, and biscuits. They also usually have many fish entree items like smoked blue fish (my favorite), blacken (or Cajun, I'm not sure) catfish, salmon, etc. It's also in Locust Point, so like another post says, either a very long walk or cab ride from the Inner Harbor, but definitely worth it.

                    1. Miss Shirley's has the most decadent brunch menu to be found in Baltimore. You'll find eclectic takes on a number traditionally southern breakfast and lunch dishes. The menu changes depending on seasons. I'm in no way affiliated with the restaurant, I just love the place! Too bad I couldn't take it with me when I moved to DC! www.missshirleys.com

                      Blue Moon is second on my list. Small, cozy, and quite tasty as well. Enjoy!

                      1. Obrycki's is okay. I personally like Mr. Bill's on Eastern Ave. Their crabs are the best and it is not touristy like Obrycki's. They have heavy crabs at great prices.

                        Breakfast I would try Morning Edition by Patterson Park. They have the best breakfast in town and give biscuits before your meal.

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                        1. re: LLL3

                          Miss Shirley's on Cold Spring Lane near Loyola College