Brunch in Baltimore
Have some friends that will be in town on Saturday and Sunday. I would like to take them to a good brunch/ lunch place. I was thinking Helens Garden, Blue Moon cafe, Sobo cafe, Metropolitan, but I have not been to any of them. How are these places? Any other suggestions?
Today we had a nice brunch @ Ze Mean Bean Cafe on Fleet St in FP. Attentive service (filled my coffee cup 4 times!), cozy atmosphere, good food. They have a live Jazz Brunch from 11:30a-3p, so if you want to carry on a conversation ask to be seated upstairs.
Ze Mean Bean Cafe
Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD
Hull Street Blues of Fort Ave in SoBo(Federal Hill) puts out a good brunch..but Sunday only I believe...
SoBo is not open for brunch as far as I know, but lunch is good.
Blue Moon is great, but super crowded, so if you're not going to get there early (before 10am at least) or willing to wait for 30minutes to an hour, than you might want to try someplace else. But if you do go, you should get a cinnamon bun, they're huge and awesome. My favorite breakfast is the Country scramble, smothered in sausage gravy - yummy.
I haven't been to Metropolitan in awhile, but I always really liked their food and it's a big place, so way easier to sit with a group.
In Fed Hill, you could also try Mother's, I think they have great brunch. And Spoons is always reliable. Both get pretty crowded on weekends also.
Helen's has a lovely brunch and a ton of specials each weekend. The owner is always happy to see you and they have made the space into a very cozy and welcoming area.
Miss Shirley's has great food, but it's pricy and the atmosphere borders on chaotic. The wait can also be really long on Sunday.
Morning Edition, I think, has to be the most overrated brunch spot. The wait is upwards of an hour (for pancakes) and after they bring your breakfast, the waitstaff hovers over you trying to speed you along. I'm always surprised when people say they like it there.
Blue Moon – also a long wait on the weekends, has really fun, creative food but I think the waitstaff ruin the experience. The two times we went there, the service was very haphazard, sloppy and generally irritating.
I really like the brunch at Austin Grill in the Can Company – there's never a wait, the food is lots of fun and the waitstaff usually great.