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buntz Feb 19, 2008 07:30 AM

Anyone have any suggestions?

  1. aussiewonder Feb 21, 2008 08:12 PM

    WOW, what a diverse range of answers. I guess bc your post was so general. My 2c?

    For out of town guests i really like Gertrude's @ the BMA - the portions are a good size (base for the day but not too heavy that you don't feel like 'doing ' stuff); the price is right; it feels fancy bc of the white cloths and pretty dining room/outdoor area; good showcase of Baltimore flavours; w/ eggs benedict to pulled pork sandwiches, crabcakes, and a really great crab quiche! there's something for eveyone!
    For totally casual and perhaps more breakfast, I LOVE 'Harvest Table' in Locust Point. Besides fantastic breakfasts w/ great portion size and really wonderful combinations of ingredients it's also such a treat (and oh so romantic) to take a walk along the boardwalk, chill in the hammocks and enjoy the view of Fells from the other side. I'm always amazed at how the city looks.
    My thoughts on the others;
    BlueMoon - crowded, quick and you'll have to wait outside (weather forecast is Cold)
    Morning Addition Cafe - how long does it Take to make an omlette?
    Ambassador Dining Room - love the 'mix your own mimosa bar' idea
    Slainte - Soccer!

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      poached Feb 22, 2008 06:33 AM

      That Harvest Table sounds really interesting-I'm going check that out! Thanks for reporting on that place

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      Jeserf Feb 21, 2008 04:14 AM

      LOVE Blue Moon. In fact, Blue Moon is one of the things I miss about dating someone in Baltimore ;)

      get there early, fantastic coffee, great bacon apple pancakes...just yummy.

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        Suemelk Feb 20, 2008 02:33 PM

        Joey Chiu Greenspring Inn. I went to a very nice brunch here in November. It is a Chinese Restaurant but they have all the usual brunch favorites. It's buffet style with a lot of variety and very good food.

        1. poached Feb 20, 2008 02:08 PM

          I've had good brunch recently in Fells Point at Ale Mary's and Slainte
          B is my favorite brunch- great Benedicts

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            AckAck Feb 20, 2008 10:15 AM

            Koopers has a very good brunch. Huge portions, tasty, comes with fresh fruit, a few interesting omlettes (I had pretty much a standard breakfast so I cant really expound on anything) and big, strong Bloodys.
            Slainte is supposed to have a good brunch too (we were headed there the morning we at at Koopers but it was too crowded, so we went to Koopers).
            Also, in the Irish vein, recently had a fairly decent brunch at James Joyce. Good bangers and black pudding and bloodys.

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              mobtown999 Feb 20, 2008 01:24 PM

              I have found the brunch at the Waterfront to be good, but it gets pretty crowded. Last time I went I ducked out around the corner to Todd Conners, where I enjoyed excellent service and a tasty Cuban sandwich (not on the brunch menu), served with their addictive house made potato chips.

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              ark Feb 20, 2008 06:28 AM

              Has anyone tried the brunch at Abacrombie's? From the menu it sounds pretty good and given Abacrombie's reputation stands a good chance of living up to the best brunch in Baltimore criteria, but I haven't been.

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                amarie30 Feb 20, 2008 05:21 AM

                Michael's Cafe in Timonium is starting a brunch mid-March. It's on Saturday and Sunday. All their food is wonderful so I'm sure it will be excellent as well.
                www.michaelscafe.com ~ 410-252-2022

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                  JonParker Feb 20, 2008 06:58 AM

                  In my experience the food at Michael's is horrible. Salmon topped with crab? Ugh. I've been two or three times and nothing was ever better than edible, and usually worse than that. On my last visit I can't even remember what I had, but ex had this horrible pasta dish that was overcooked pasta with dried out veal smothered with canned spaghetti sauce.

                  I won't return, ever.

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                    MLynch Feb 20, 2008 12:52 PM

                    That is a shock! I've been dining there for years and thats hard to believe. They are mainly known for their seafood and they really have the best crabcake I've ever had. I wouldn't go there for anything Italian but for the record the service is always fantastic and I love the atmosphere. I will definitely join them for brunch!!

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                      sas Feb 20, 2008 02:08 PM

                      Totally agree. Food is just horrible. Friend went their a couple of weeks ago and had to send her crabcake back. The waitress gave her a really hard time..she then came back and apoligized and said the chef tasted it and agreed the crab was bad. She then started with a long excuse how hard it is to get good crabmeat in the winter. Really....I just got some at Wegmans

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                        Bob W Feb 20, 2008 02:40 PM

                        "She then started with a long excuse how hard it is to get good crabmeat in the winter."

                        Duhhhhhhhh, then don't serve crabcakes! My god, what an asinine thing for a server to say. And of course, it's not even true. Just two days ago I was ogling a container of jumbo lump crabmeat at my local Harris-Teeter that was packed in Newport News, Va. (that is, not that Phillips blue swimming crab crap).

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                          nicole11 Feb 21, 2008 05:43 PM

                          I heard numerous of times that Michael's cafe has really good crab cakes. Ive been there about 10 times since i moved to baltimore 5 years ago. My husband always gets the Steak and Cake and I love the Greek Salad chopped! I would give it another try!!! I love brunch and I will give it a shot.

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                    charmedgirl Feb 19, 2008 06:50 PM

                    The usual suspects are Miss Shirley's, Golden West, Blue Moon, Morning Edition, Gertrude's, Hull St. Blues, Jimmy's, Sip and Bite. If you do a search you'll find details on all these and more. Good luck!

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                      enginerd Feb 19, 2008 08:35 AM

                      Mama's on the Half Shell if you like seafood brunch options. They also serve the full lunch menu during brunch after 11am.

                      I would not call it the best brunch in Batimore, but I love the brunch at Ale Mary's. They have excellent Mimosas also.

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