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Special, homestyle breakfast /brunch needed bet. Centerville, VA and Silver Spring, MD area--no Cracker Barrel!

JGS Jun 3, 2010 12:02 PM

We will be heading home to NY on Sunday morning from the Centerville area and would like to stop for a special breakfast on the way. No chains! We are looking for a "real", homemade breakfast. Good pancakes, omelettes, fritatta, quiche, perhaps?

TIA.

  1. Dennis S Jun 3, 2010 02:03 PM

    If you went East on 50 you could get breakfast at Chutzpah!

    There's a decent homestyle place in Herndon (at the KMart center) called Virginia Kitchen.

    If you made it all the way near Baltimore, there's a diner at the 175(?) exit - it's the one just North from 32. Frank's Diner. What you would think from a diner.

    There's a place at Fell's point that is classic blue collar Baltimore. I haven't been in years now, but I think it's called Jimmy's. You can get a beer with your scrapple.
    http://baltimore.about.com/od/neighbo...

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    Frank's Diner
    7395 Cedar Ave, Jessup, MD 20794

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      ivysmom Jun 3, 2010 03:45 PM

      I don't know, we tried Frank's Diner and it really didn't inspire me at all. Nothing special. Sometimes the Trolley Stop in old Ellicott City has yummy weekend specials like crab omlettes, I'd give them the nod. Also we re-tried the Forest Diner across from the Enchanted Forest in Ellicott City. We went a couple years ago and weren't too impressed, we had a great breakfast with really tasty home fries last weekend. Something good changed there. OK coffee at Forest Diner, unfortunately the Trolley Stop has pretty blah coffee for me.

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      Frank's Diner
      7395 Cedar Ave, Jessup, MD 20794

      Forest Diner
      10031 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

      The Trolley Stop
      6 Oella Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043

      1. re: ivysmom
        Dennis S Jun 3, 2010 10:08 PM

        Honestly I'm not trying to nitpick, but does diner food ever inspire? It's diner food. It's diner food but I know what I'm getting. If a diner is bad, THEN let others be forewarned.

        I guess honestly it has been close to 10 months since I've been, but I thought Franks was solid the handful of times I went. Solid diner food.

        From what I remember (and this is further back with more diner experience), Jimmy's wasn't really all that good food wise, but had an experience (both in and out of the store).

        And re-reading my original reply, while the suggestions are laid out geographically, they're actually probably laid out by choice of food. If I had one to pick from it would either be Chutzpah for the food, or Jimmy's for the experience (and a beer!).

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          ivysmom Jun 4, 2010 04:50 PM

          No, I get what you're saying Dennis. But here's the thing. I'm not a great breakfast chef myself, and what I make at home is better than what I got at Franks. For scrambled eggs and toast, that's saying something. I eat at diners a fair amount, I love them, but for breakfast Frank's just didn't make me want to go back. And I live pretty close. I'll head to the Trolley Stop or now, the Forest Diner for my weekend breakfasts out.

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          Forest Diner
          10031 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042

          The Trolley Stop
          6 Oella Ave, Ellicott City, MD 21043

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      DCDeb Jun 3, 2010 04:20 PM

      There is a nice little place called Don Churro Cafe in Chantilly that serves Sunday brunch. It's not typical American brunch but it is delicious.

      http://www.donchurrocafe.com/home.htm

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        Steve Jun 3, 2010 07:53 PM

        You could always try the General Store Post Office Tavern in Silver Spring. Sky high quality, but not a full menu, Sunday brunch there is Waffle-centric with eggs benedict waffles, sausage and gravy waffles, scramble egg and toast 'waffles', etc. Counter order.

        6 Post Office Rd.
        Silver Spring, MD, 20910
        Phone:
        301-562-8787
        Sun: 11:30am - 2:30pm, but I would call first!

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