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Miss Shirley's - worth it?

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Hi there -

Have been perusing the boards in anticipation of our visit to Baltimore at the end of September to watch the Red Sox beat.....ahem, I mean, play the Orioles. We are a family of 6 including 4 boys, ages 9, 7, 4, and an almost 3 y.o. Definitely plan on hitting Lexington Market before the game. My husband and I are huge crab cakes fan but have been disappointed more times than I can count so hoping that Faidleys will make up for that. We are planning a trip to the aquarium and thought we would have lunch at Miss Shirley's but I was a bit taken aback at the prices. Being from Boston, we are definitely use to high prices but even this seems a bit much for lunch. So I thought I would asked all you experienced foodies if it is really worth the visit. We are definitely not opposed for paying a little bit more for a real great dining experience.

Also - should we not bother with Little Italy? We love Italian but I am reading not so positive reviews. Are there any Italian dining places that you would recommend? I have Amicci's on my list as well as La Scala.

We will be staying at Hampton Inn on East Redwood and will not have a car.

Thanks!

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Amiccis
231 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

Miss Shirley's Cafe
513 W Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210

La Scala
1012 Eastern Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21202

Lexington Market
400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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  1. Faidley's is my favorite crab cake. It shouldn't disappoint. Skip Little Italy unless your schedule allows for lunch at Isabella's or dessert at Piedagrotta's. There are lots of good places in Federal Hill -- search the board for them.

    1. My husband and I had brunch at the Miss Shirleys at the inner harbor and loved it. It was not crowded yet, and the service was great as was the food. I went in thinking "UUGGGHHH sssooo touristy!" but left calling my mom to tell her about the great brunch I'd just had (chicken and waffles). Hubby had coconut cream stuff french toast - yeah, I know. We also really enjoyed talking to our table mates.

      The food can most definitely be shared - the chicken and waffles would easily feed two people, and they have items a la carte, I believe.

      While it's very good, the one thing I'll say is that New England does breakfast food really well (the only things I miss from living in NE are breakfast and ice cream. That said, I think the southern twist of Miss Shirleys makes it unique.

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

      1. I agree with skipping Little Italy. For other Italian options, I was in Baltimore recently and had a fantastic meal at Cinghiale. Can't wait to go back again.

        I've only been to Miss Shirley's for breakfast -- it was great! I do agree that entrees there could easily be shared.

        We were at Lexington Market last weekend and I have to admit it's not my favorite atmosphere, but there were lots of food options.

        Hope you have a great trip!

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        Miss Shirley's Cafe
        513 W Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210

        Lexington Market
        400 W Lexington St, Baltimore, MD 21201

        Cinghiale
        822 Lancaster Street, Baltimore, MD 21202

        1. I don't care for Miss Shirleys, but recognize that is (by a small margin) a minority view. I think it is overpriced and the food is good, but not great. If you want to spend money for brunch in the City, I would go to City Cafe in Mt. Vernon or Bistro "B" in Bolton Hill. Both are easily reached via the Circulator (then a short walk to "B").

          If you wanted to spend very little, I would suggest brioche or croissants at Patisserie Poupon on Baltimore Street. I think they have coffee also.

          On Little Italy, don't bother with three exceptions: Cafe Piedigrotta for breafast or lunch; Cafe Gia for lunch (have not been for dinner); Isabella for lunch.

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          Cafe Gia
          410 S High St, Baltimore, MD 21202

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

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          1. re: lawhound

            Lawhound, I'm with you. Went to the original Miss Shirley's and had the chicken and waffles. While not bad, they certainly were not stellar and I didn't think it lived up to the hype. The chicken tenders were fried nice and hard, but the breading was totally flavorless. The waffles were waffles, and their jalapeno honey butter (I think that's what it was) lacked a bit of oomph.

            Thought it was overpriced for what I got. I would have been happier with smaller portions and better food.

            Their bloody mary, however, was AWESOME. Hubba hubba.

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            Miss Shirley's Cafe
            513 W Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210

          2. LOVE Miss Shirley's....when I go to B-more (or Bal-mer as it's called by locals where I grew up), it's on the list...yes to the Chicken & Waffles....but their crab benedict with fried green tomatoes is delicious! Try to go early...or on a weekday!