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anneinva Jul 17, 2009 06:44 AM

Need some suggestions for a nice breakfast while driving thru the Baltimore area - not a big fan of Cracker Barrell.

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    stangman327 Jul 5, 2010 06:47 PM

    http://www.thebreakfastshoppe.com/

    Located in Severna Park offers a nice breakfast.

    NEW LOCATION (next to Annapolis Seafood
    ) 552 I Ritchie Hwy Severna Park, MD

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      chowsearch Jul 5, 2010 11:01 PM

      Cynthia's old location, RIP.

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        cduftler Jul 7, 2010 03:41 AM

        Rallo's on Fort Ave is an easy on/off from I-95 - standard greasy spoon with good prices and friendly service. Broadway Diner on Eastern Ave is also a great breakfast place (lunch and dinner too) and right off 95.

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        Broadway Diner
        6501 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224

        Rallo's Restaurant
        838 E Fort Ave Ste 1, Baltimore, MD 21230

    2. tatmaker Jul 3, 2010 06:22 PM

      Most of these places offer weekend brunch, but I don't know of a lot of pure breakfast places in Baltimore other than coffee shops, anyway these are not too far from I95, I would suggest Teavolve, Ze Mean Bean, Meli, or Austin Grill.

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      Teavolve
      1705 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231

      Ze Mean Bean Cafe
      Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD

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        Hal Laurent Jul 3, 2010 06:38 PM

        Teavolve? Ze Mean Bean? Meli? Austin Grill? None of those are breakfast places, although some of them have weekend brunch.

        There are plenty of breakfast places in Baltimore, but they aren't easy for an outsider to find (a problem I find whenever I travel). Jimmy's in Fells Point is a good suggestion.

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        Teavolve
        1705 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21231

        Ze Mean Bean Cafe
        Baltimore, MD, Baltimore, MD

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          tatmaker Jul 3, 2010 06:42 PM

          Depends on what the poster is looking for, Jimmy's is just another greasy spoon if you ask me.....

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            Hal Laurent Jul 3, 2010 06:45 PM

            Greasy spoons are great for breakfast if you ask me. But the places you suggested don't serve breakfast at all.

      2. Dennis S Jul 3, 2010 11:34 AM

        Jimmy's in Fells Point? Take in a little slice of Baltimore?

        Have a beer with your scrapple.

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          flavrmeistr Jul 8, 2010 07:49 AM

          Jimmy's is my favorite breakfast spot. No lines, no overly-chirpy waitresses, no cutesy touristy dog-friendly bull****. Sometimes you just want to eat your scrapple and eggs and read your paper and be on your way. Nothing wrong with that.

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          FoiGras Jul 19, 2009 05:01 PM

          Try Dusenberg's on Frederick Road (Catonsville)-- not far off your beaten path. FoiGras

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            kbn Mar 15, 2010 08:44 PM

            Dusenbergs is great for breakfast - the omelettes are huge! I love the beignets but they only serve them until 10:30 :( Great local food but I don't think they are open on Sundays and they close at 3pm. It's a small place but it's worth the trip.

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              CHEFSKI Jun 4, 2010 10:32 AM

              My fiance and I love going to Harryman House in Reisterstown, MD for Brunch on Sunday. In 9 years, I have never had a bad meal there, and almost always the creativity, value, and flavours are off the charts! Plus, it is a beautiful historic Inn, with a log cabin portion that is very romantic.
              Breakfast menu is huge and has lots of variety!

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              Harryman House Catering
              340 Main Street, Reisterstown, MD 21136

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                crowsonguy Jun 4, 2010 10:38 AM

                Great south western burritos and other New Mexican breakfasts at Golden West in Hampden, just off I 83. Also Elvis pancakes.

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                Golden West Cafe
                1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

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                  jorvack Jun 5, 2010 09:12 AM

                  Golden West is great, it has the classics as well.
                  In Hampden Cafe Hon is good for the basics but breakfast stops at 11 I think. Service can be a bit sterile.
                  I have always had a good breakfast at Paper Moon. Extensive menu, fun decore and quick service.

                  People rave about Blue Moon but I have never had a good meal and the service is some of the worst in town. I only gave it three chances though.

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                  Golden West Cafe
                  1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

                  Cafe Hon
                  1002 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD 21211

                  Paper Moon
                  1069 31st St NW, Washington, DC 20007

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                    crowsonguy Jun 5, 2010 07:06 PM

                    re Blue Moon: three chances, three sets of aggravations, is enough to base an opinion on, I think!

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                    Blue Moon Cafe
                    1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231

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                      JRMRJ Jul 2, 2010 03:08 PM

                      My experience with Golden West is that the service has gotten ridiculously bad. I miss some of the food, but the staff is not run well at all.

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                      Golden West Cafe
                      1105 W 36th St, Baltimore, MD

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                        HungryinBmore Jul 2, 2010 10:50 PM

                        Chain, I know. Sonic should be opening up soon on Liberty Road. And Suburban House I thought or think is/was is re-opening soon. Or was there another delay for the SH...still no date eh?

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                          MDicecreamguy Jul 3, 2010 01:16 PM

                          Suburban House should be opening soon in a new location. The owners a re well aware that their old location had some flaws and have worked ver.y hard to correct their image in the new location. That said, for an independent, "chow-type" restaurant, they probably do breakfast better than anyone in Baltimore for a "traditional" no frills , hearty breakfast. I you want something more cutting edge my choice would be Miss Shirleys but expect to pay twice as much than a place like Suburban House. SH is hands down a much better chioce than IHOP

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                          Miss Shirley's
                          750 E Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

                          Suburban House Restaurant
                          911 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208

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                            lawhound Jul 6, 2010 07:53 AM

                            I must respectfully disagree as to SH. The omelets were made by pouring glop from pitchers (which contains eggs, I hope) into the omelet pan, so a three-egg omelet could be 2 1/2 or 4 eggs or who knows; the lox is salty and poorly cut; and the beat goes on. Not a favorite of mine at all.

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                              MDicecreamguy Jul 6, 2010 06:36 PM

                              For what its worth,,,,,,,Suburban House does not say that their Omelettes are 3 eggs...as a matter of fact one of the reasons that Suburban House is known for their omelettes are the size * very large,,,,,more than 3 eggs"....you really get your money's worth.

                              As for the "lox"......if you order "lox" it is salty. Next time at Suburban House or any deli....you should order NOVA...that is smoked...not salty.

                              Hope that helps

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                              Suburban House Restaurant
                              911 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208

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                                lawhound Jul 7, 2010 06:53 AM

                                Sadly I have had the "nova" also, which to my taste was also poorly sliced and salty. I'm not opposed to large omelettes, either -- but the SH ones aren't the least bit fluffy like a good omelette should be -- like they'd been ironed before serving.

                                I say this from bitter experience and dozens of meals at the SH -- before the fire, my friends met every other week for brunch there and no amount of lobbying would dislodge them.

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                                  chowsearch Jul 7, 2010 07:06 AM

                                  This is moot--they're not reopened yet with the new kitchen, hopefully a new staff with a new dedication to cleanliness and good cooking. We should hold off to see if they rise to the low bar of Lenny's and support them if they do a good job.

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              ivysmom Jul 19, 2009 01:35 PM

              We like the Double T diner - the one on Rt. 40 and Rolling Road. They have good French Toast made with challah bread, and some of the omelettes are good (l like the ones made with feta cheese). It's not fancy by a long shot, but you can get a decent breakfast here. We are not as fond of the other Double T on the other end of Rt. 40 in Ellicott CIty. Also in the Ellicott City area, Eggspectations can be nice, but crowded (on Rt. 108, where Snowden River Parkway joins Rt. 100)

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                Jonny Pops Jul 17, 2009 09:44 PM

                Blue Moon - Aliceanna Street in Fells Point does some of the best breakfast in the area. Just be sure to check the website first. They keep very odd, often nocturnal hours.

                Crepe du Jour is another good bet in the Mount Washington area of the city. They keep more normal hours.

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                  Woof Woof Woof Jul 18, 2009 10:51 PM

                  Another recommendation, First Watch in Pikesville has decent omlettes :)

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                    chefdilettante Jul 19, 2009 03:16 PM

                    It's a chain. Not chowhoundish. But not bad.

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                  Woof Woof Woof Jul 17, 2009 09:06 PM

                  Suburban House in Pikesville. Oh wait is it still on fire, lmfao. Thank goodness that place burnt down :) :) :) well IHOP is 3x times better. IHOP on Reisterstown Road in Owings Mills.

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                    Hal Laurent Jul 18, 2009 04:16 PM

                    Your glee about the Suburban House fire is rather ugly.

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                      FoiGras Jul 19, 2009 05:00 PM

                      WHAT!!!!????? the Suburban House suffered through a fire? NO!!! Are you being facetious>

                      No IHOP can be worthwhile to recommend to anyone, especially since "anneinva" specified a "nice breakfast," and doesn't like Cracker Barrel, which IHOP would fall into the same category.

                      And, if it's true about the Suburban House (a place that I don't care for since the time about 20 years ago I saw a roach crawling up the wall--and never went back--but have family and friends who breakfast there on the weekends)--I agree with Hal Laurent--your glee is certainly UGLY. FoiGras

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                        Hal Laurent Jul 19, 2009 05:23 PM

                        The Suburban House fire unfortunately was real. It was in a storage area next to the restaurant, but the restaurant suffered smoke and water damage.

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