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Coffee and breakfast near Intercontinental Harbor Court

Desidero Apr 6, 2011 02:06 PM

I am going to be staying at the Intercontinental Harbor Court and am looking for recommendations for a Saturday breakfast nearby. It doesn't have to be a fancy spot; I'm happy with a classic Baltimore establihsment with solid breakfast fare. I'm also interested to know whether there are any good coffee shops or places I can find a strong cup of Joe in the area.

Many thanks.

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    southbaltimoregirl RE: Desidero Apr 7, 2011 04:21 AM

    Spoons is not far. A lot of people enjoy their coffee. You can get traditional breakfast here--pancakes, eggs, etc.. Google Spoons for more details.

    If you don't mind a walk, a good espresso and great brioche, pastry etc..croissants can be had at Patisserie Poupon, a French bakery, on Baltimore St. If you are comfortable walking around seedier Baltimore, this is a good bet.

    Patisserie Poupon
    1645 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

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      edresner RE: southbaltimoregirl Apr 7, 2011 07:41 AM

      I would agree with both of those two options with Patisserie Poupon being a longer trip, especially on foot, but worth it if you're willing.

      I'd have to ask, though, what part of the walk from the Intercontinental to Patisserie Poupon you would describe as seedy? It would be a nice walk through the harbor and downtown, not sure what part of that trip you wouldn't recommend.

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        southbaltimoregirl RE: edresner Apr 7, 2011 07:53 AM

        I was referring to walking past the Block on Baltimore St. I don't know where the poster is from, if they are familiar with the city, etc... An out-of-towner who picks up a tourist map and takes Baltimore St. over (thinking it's more direct, maybe) might be in for a surprise.
        That's what I meant.

        1. re: southbaltimoregirl
          Desidero RE: southbaltimoregirl Apr 7, 2011 08:55 AM

          Thanks, both these options look like good bets. To answer your question, I am not familiar with Baltimore. To avoid the "seedy" areas, which route should I take to Patisserie Poupon? I'm am undaunted by long walks. How long would the walk be from my hotel?

          Thanks again for all your input.

          Patisserie Poupon
          1645 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

          1. re: Desidero
            WilliamKH RE: Desidero Apr 7, 2011 01:32 PM

            It's about a mile to P.Poupon. Less than half that to Spoons. Honestly, walking past the Block is really no big deal during the day. It's not dangerous (the police station is across the street), and it's really just some strip clubs and adult stores. It could even be fun to walk past, it has a long history.

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              Desidero RE: WilliamKH Apr 8, 2011 07:57 AM

              Thanks. I'm still not clear on which route I should take from the Intercontinental to Patisserie Poupon. Would someone please enlighten me?

              Patisserie Poupon
              1645 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC

              1. re: Desidero
                lawhound RE: Desidero Apr 8, 2011 10:08 AM

                From Harbor Court: North on Light Street (left out of hotel). Turn right (east) on Pratt Street; the road will bend there anyhow. Proceed 5-6 blocks to Presidents Street. Turn left (north) it's a couple of blocks to Baltimore Street. Turn right on Baltimore St, about a block and a half to PP (it's on the LH side of the street). 10-15 mins max.

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                  Desidero RE: lawhound Apr 8, 2011 11:03 AM

                  Thank you so much.

    2. JonParker RE: Desidero Apr 7, 2011 04:56 PM

      How early are you looking for? A lot of places in Federal Hill serve brunch starting at 10.

      Spoons is a decent rec, but if you want true Baltimore, go to Rallo's in SoBo. It's not too often that I wake up with a hangover, but when I do, it's Rallo's I want.

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

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        Hal Laurent RE: JonParker Apr 7, 2011 06:06 PM

        Rollo's (I'm thinking it might actually be Rallos's) would be a bit of a walk from the Intercontinental Harbor Court.

        The one time I went there I felt like I was treated like a non-regular. That might have been a one-time fluke.

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

        Rollo's Restaurant
        838 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230

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          JonParker RE: Hal Laurent Apr 7, 2011 09:32 PM

          I got the name fixed, duh. And yeah, if you're walking it's a bit of a hike, but the OP wasn't clear on that part.

          I've always been treated well, but it's possible I looked hung over enough at the time to seem like a regular.

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          Desidero RE: JonParker Apr 8, 2011 07:59 AM

          I was thinking more along the lines of 9 a.m. I'd prefer to walk to the restaurant than to cab it. Thanks.

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          cheesenmac RE: Desidero Apr 8, 2011 04:21 AM

          Regi's american bistro. Wonderful brunch from 9:30 - 3 on weekends. It's only 0.4 mile from the Harbor Court hotel and it's just great. Omelets, wraps, irresistible blueberry muffins, charming little space, and friendly staff. If you care about such things, portions are quite generous.

          Regi's Bar and Restaurant
          1002 Light St, Baltimore, MD 21230

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            jvanderh RE: Desidero Apr 8, 2011 05:59 AM

            I like Miss Shirley's, which is close by. I'm not such a fan of Regi's.

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

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