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Jul 2, 2008 12:03 PM

Blue Moon Cafe

I have never been to Blue Moon Cafe in Baltimore. Is it worth going there for breakfast? I got scared after hearing about long waits, but after I heard about the Captain Crunch french toast, I thought I would reconsider. Is it good for kids?

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  1. Where are you coming from? I don't think it's a bad place for kids but it is a smaller place.

    I personally think the food is really good and worth a short drive.

    1. SO good.

      Kids, no idea, but since it's a small space and there could be a wait, i'd say go if they're well behaved (and not just in your opinion, either). It it small, so it's easiest to go with no more than 4 people.

      1. Absolutely worth it. Hands down my favorite breakfast in Baltimore and it is kid-friendly. If you can get there before 9am on the weekend, there shouldn't be much of a wait.

        1. I'm guessing I'll get slammed for this but there is a caveat. If you are from here I'm sure you've heard about the gruff (to put it mildly) service and long wait for a table. The apathetic servers are right in line with this place's air of an over inflated sense of entitlement. YOU should feel lucky you are having breakfast there and privileged to give them your money. For breakfast? Service for any meal at any restaurant no matter how well known is just not right, especially these days. It's just good to know what you are getting into before you go. IMO-of course- there are plenty of better breakfasts in Baltimore, especially if you are bringing a child. Miss Shirley's for one.

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          1. re: BaltoPhilFood

            I've always wondered about the not so uncommon denunciation of their service. Admittedly, I rarely go to Blue Moon on the weekends when they're so ridiculously packed. However, when I am there, I usually get adequate to quite pleasant levels of service. I do notice I usually get the same young lady, which I think may be the daughter owner. She's very fun.

            I've had one experience at Blue Moon with poor service and that was on a Sunday. Before heavily chowhounding, I always thought it was a fluke rather than the norm.

            Going back to food: I really enjoy the food there. However, I find both them and Miss Shirley's have their own great niches for breakfast fares. Both are kid friendly imo.

            1. re: Wangus

              Now that I think I remember reading a post you wrote about wanting to avoid Miss Shirley's because of an incident with your parents? I think that's what soured me first with Blue Moon. My parents were in town long ago and I recommended Blue Moon based on reviews. I never read any mention of service or the wait being something out of the ordinary and they were very disappointed with the experience. I have since been there myself several times and realize it just comes with the territory, so I just tell people to be prepared as it may happen to them too. When all is said and done, it's not my first choice, but I will go back. Guess that says something.

              1. re: BaltoPhilFood

                I don't get why people are irritated by a long line. It's a tiny, popular place. If the food and service were always terrible, there wouldn't be long lines, as BMore has some pretty good breakfast places.

                It has a long line outside for a reason. And a long wait for food...I've never experienced it. And even when I waited outside, they'd give me a cup of water or a mug of coffee during the wait.

                1. re: BaltoPhilFood

                  I absolutely understand what you mean, Phil. First impressions are so important when there are so many options available to you.

              2. re: BaltoPhilFood

                I never had poor service, or a long wait for food there, and I frequented Blue Moon when I was a BMore regular....

              3. Easily the worst experience of my eating career occurred at the Blue Moon. After an hour wait, how do you have to wait another hour for a freaking omelette? One of the five dishes we ordered came out though. Eggs benedict with crab. CANNED CRAB. Completely unacceptable considering it's in BALTIMORE.

                We asked how long until the rest of our food was ready, she said they hadn't started it yet. We left a $20 on the table and left. I would sooner go to McDonald's than that over -rated closet.

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                1. re: hotel

                  Bottom line is only take kids on a weekday and they'll like Jimmy's on Broadway better.

                  1. re: chowsearch

                    I'm sorry if I implied I had kids with me. I did not. It was 5 adults and we all agreed it was awful. My brother said he can get better crab in Boulder, CO. I was terribly embarrassed.