One of the things I look forward to is my husband taking a vacation day and going out for breakfast and shopping or the movies while the kids are in school. We had the opportunity to do it twice this month, as he had a few days stored up before the end of the year.
Our first stop was Blue Moon Cafe (1621 Aliceanna St. (410) 522-3940). We first discovered this little non-descrip place more than 5 years ago when we moved to the Baltimore area. The first few times we went we went on the weekends which was frustrating as this place is very popular and very small. The kitchen is literally a cook with a hot plate. Let me tell you, there is some serious magic happening back there. My husband would always get the D'Mitris Burritos, or eggs and chorizo and I opt for the "Full Moon" which comes with eggs, pancakes and the best hash browns you will ever eat. It's super cheap, huge portions and seriously some of the best breakfast you will ever eat. Totally worth the wait. It has gained even more popularity as it has been visited by the Food Network's Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. They featured Captain Crunch encrusted french toast and now its one of the most popular dishes on the menu. Don't miss the homemade cinnamon rolls either.
The other restaurant we love to go is Miss Shirley's (513 West Cold Spring Lane,
(410) 889-5272.) It is down by Loyola College. We did some research with our Zagat guide one day and happened along this awesome place in November, 2007. We have been back several times and it never disappoints. It's only open for breakfast and lunch and from what I hear is very crowded on the weekends. We have only been there during the week and it has never been a problem. I have also heard they opened a second location in the Inner Harbor (750 E. Pratt St.) The only problem I have with this place is deciding between breakfast and lunch. The few times I have been there I have had a seafood Cesar salad, the Alonsoville (sandwich with turkey, brie and granny smith apples) and omelettes. They also sport amazing sweet potato fries.
We love breakfast!