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Jan 2, 2009 03:20 PM

Traditional American Breakfast B'more

Where do I take visiting family for a traditional pancakes and bacon type breakfast place in Baltimore, preferably downtown, fed hill or fell's point (or similar distance from the center of town).


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  1. Burke's downtown. Jimmy's in Fells Point. Theresa's in Broadway Market (Fells Point) is good, but the limited counter seating may not be the best thing if you're bringing guests.

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    1. re: Hal Laurent

      Hal-glad to know that someone hasn't forgotten a Baltimore tradtional restaurant--Burke's. Haven't been there in many years past, but it was/is truly an old fashioned type of dining establishment.

      I'm actually becoming disenchanted with all of the trendy restaurants that the Chowhound s carry on about. That's not to say that I don't enjoy trying out all of the recent venunes. And, i do appreciate the newest establishments.

      But, I love to visit and revisit the mainstays of "Old Baltimore." Tio Pepe's, Liberatore's, Kali's Court, Sunset Restaurant, snyder's Willow Grove, Oregon Grille, Milton Inn, Linwood's, Harryman House, Captain Harvey's, etc.
      Don't know if any of my recommnendations serve breakfast, but certainly provide very tasty dinners.

      As far as breakfast, Paper moon Diner and so many trendy places offer typical and exceptionally unique breakfast fare. The Chowhounds will guide you to the appropriate place. (I'm not qualified to offer guidance as I don't eat breakfast). Foigras

      1. re: FoiGras

        Kali's Court hardly qualifies as "old Baltimore". It's only been there for 10 or 15 years.

        1. re: Hal Laurent

          Hal--OOPS! you are so right. Kali's Court IS NOT a Baltimore tradition (and doesn't serve breakfast anyhow--not that I know of). I stnad corrected. Also, I don't know what I was thinking, but Liberatore's, Oregon Grill, Linwood's, et al, are not "old" Baltimore traditional restaurants. Thanks for pointing out my faux pas. Happy New Year and many great meals to come. FoiGras

      2. re: Hal Laurent

        Thanks Hal, we went with jimmy's. The family liked it. I don't really like American Breakfast, I need to find a good irish breakfast with soda and potato bread!

      3. Hal's list is very good, and I'd throw Sip & Bite into that mix.

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        1. re: baltoellen

          Sip and Bite is good, but I'm not sure they have any tables that seat more than four people. I haven't been there since they remodeled, though.

        2. Pete's Grill in Waverly is delicious. It's in Waverly, which is a bit north of where you mentioned, but I think it's worth the trip. It is a small lunch counter which could be problematic if you have a crowd. But mmmm hashbrowns.