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Brunch in Baltimore

cwizzard Dec 13, 2007 04:50 PM

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?

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    PaulaG RE: cwizzard Dec 13, 2007 05:51 PM

    I highly recommend Miss Shirley's on Coldspring Lane in Roland Park. It's a little pricey but the food is outstanding.

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      cwizzard RE: PaulaG Dec 13, 2007 06:07 PM

      I have been to Miss Shirleys and it is great, but what about something in Fells Point or Canton areas?

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        tennisgal1206 RE: cwizzard Dec 14, 2007 03:08 AM

        Haven't been to Helen's brunch in a few years, but it was really good from what I remember.

        Blue Moon is supposed to be great - also hear great things aboue Morning Addition Cafe (Patterson Park area).

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          Jeserf RE: tennisgal1206 Dec 17, 2007 05:41 AM

          mmm blue moon.

          Probably one of the things I missed most about dating a guy in Baltimore ;) Not the guy, the definately brunch at the Blue Moon.

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          cpfeifer RE: cwizzard Dec 16, 2007 11:45 AM

          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

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        Hue RE: cwizzard Dec 14, 2007 03:52 AM

        Hull Street Blues of Fort Ave in SoBo(Federal Hill) puts out a good brunch..but Sunday only I believe...

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          enginerd RE: cwizzard Dec 14, 2007 05:11 AM

          Haven't been to Blue Moon yet, but I know friends who have. If you don't go early be prepared to wait. The place gets packed.

          I personally love Mama's on the Half Shell for brunch. They have a big menu and yummy drinks.

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            jwiv RE: enginerd Dec 14, 2007 06:02 AM

            Mama's is very good. Great Bloody Mary's and the wife adores their french toast.

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            pigtowner RE: cwizzard Dec 14, 2007 09:08 AM

            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.

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              bmore_flavor RE: pigtowner Dec 14, 2007 09:55 AM

              Little Havana's on Key Highway is supposed to have a good bruch:

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              ktracy RE: cwizzard Dec 14, 2007 07:35 PM

              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.

              Mmmmm... brunch...

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                Jeserf RE: ktracy Dec 17, 2007 05:42 AM

                I never had irritating service at Blue Moon, just to throw that in there.

                I've had to wait a little longer than desired for coffee refills, but that's about it.

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                pmody RE: cwizzard Dec 15, 2007 07:21 AM

                I like the brunch at XS also. Try the french toast!

                The service is notoriously slow, but I'm usually pretty chilled out during brunch, so I don't really mind.

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                  venera RE: cwizzard Dec 17, 2007 05:13 AM

                  Can anyone recommend a buffet brunch with good food? Most of the suggestions given here are for a la carte places. I am dying to find a place that has salads, seafood (i.e., raw bar), and carving stations as well as your traditional breakfast fare. Kind of like what the Rusty Scupper has, but better quality.

                  Has anyone been to the jazz brunch at Della Notte in Little Italy? Is it any good?

                  Thanks for any input you can provide.

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                    bb7 RE: venera Dec 18, 2007 08:00 AM

                    Pisces in the Hyatt on Light street has what you are looking for - about as good as a buffet can be.

                  2. scarlet starlet RE: cwizzard Dec 18, 2007 10:57 AM

                    Let me revise my last post...

                    I just had brunch at Blue Moon this past Sunday and I found it to be very greasy and heavy, leaving me with a very upset stomach. The hollandaise sauce on the eggs benedict wasn't very good, either. Although the huge warm cinnamon bun was great.

                    The only brunches I can recommend so far are Red Star and b. Donna's, City Cafe, Ze Mean Bean, and Golden West have seriously underwhelmed me .

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                      hon RE: cwizzard Dec 18, 2007 12:18 PM

                      Rocket To Venus has Sunday brunch:

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