Looking for bomb new breakfast places in Charm City? Well you’re in luck because we asked our favorite foodies to talk about the best brunch in Baltimore. Keep reading for their go-to spots in our latest roundup post. We hope you’re ready for some serious foodporn, friends!
There’s only one place in Baltimore whipping up Sexy Comfort Cuisine – Water for Chocolate. Start your meal off with the house sangria aka Dope Juice. Then follow in the steps of Queen Latifah who made a surprise visit in 2017 because of the barbecue shrimp and grits. Want even more sexy seafood? Dive into the Charred Octopus and Scallops atop – yup, you guessed it – more grits. Persuade one of your friends to get the Chipotle Maple Salmon so you can snag some of the goat cheese mac that it comes with.
left: sweet potato bread potato || right: charred octopus and scallops
The Upper Fells Point/Butchers Hill corner restaurant packs small – it seats around 20 so be prepared to wait on the weekends – but Executive Chef and Owner Sean Guy plays with big, bold flavors. You might spot Fox 45 anchor Kai Jackson slurping down on a hearty bowl of chicken foot and dumpling soup or Johns Hopkins students stuffing their faces with sweet potato polenta, eggs and a heaping pile of grilled vegetables and goat cheese.
left: sweet potato polenta || right: shrimp and grits
What else will wet your beak at this underrated spot? How about the jerk duck confit with blueberry compote. Chef Sean swaps out the sweet potato polenta cakes for cornbread waffles and bourbon-orange marmalade during brunch for an entree that fits the bill. If you somehow have room for dessert, double down on the yams with sweet potato bread pudding
left: chicken foot and dumplings || right: jerk duck confit
Brunch might be reserved for the weekend, but rest assured that you can cop these dishes during the week. It’s best to Uber to Water for Chocolate, so you can lightly jog back home afterward. Trust me, there’s a reason why it’s one of the best brunches in Baltimore.
GDL Italian by Giada is an Instagram brunch dream! First off, the restaurant décor is stunning – red lacquer light fixtures paired with starburst chandeliers, red plush sofas with cream leather seating all lead to an outdoor patio dining area with views of the city. Of course, they offer bottomless Mimosas, Bloody Marys and Bellinis to go along with classic brunch items such as French Toast, Carbonara Pizza and Maryland Crab Hash.
The restaurant also has a free photo booth for cute pics before or after brunch. The namesake restaurant by Food Network Chef, Giada De Laurentiis definitely has her modern Italian twists on cuisine and ambiance, and it’s definitely the best brunch in Maryland.
Hands down, the best brunch in Fells Point. Located at the corner of Thames and South Anne Street, the Point in Fells is very well known for its harbor views while enjoying delicious American fares and libations galore. The first floor is your classic Fells Point bar setting with TV’s, live music as well as a game room equipped with pool and skeeball. Head upstairs if you’re looking for a more traditional dining area and a separate bar perfect for a brunch date.
New Executive/Consulting Chef John Creger has only been with The Point for a couple weeks now but is changing the way that locals look at their favorite weekend meal. His Brunch Special is traditional with a modern twist and is “on point” pun very much intended ; )
There is something for every palette and appetite on this new menu. If you’re looking for a light Brunch option, the “Tuna Nicoise Salad” is the perfect choice. It comes with a perfectly blackened piece of tuna, baby lettuce, green beans, fingerling potatoes, red onions, cherry tomatoes, green goddess dressing topped with a poached egg.
If you’re looking to cure that hangover and chow down, the “Croque Madame Waffle” is the dish for you! It’s packed with delicious honey ham, swiss cheese and béchamel sandwiched between two waffles topped with a sunny side egg.
My favorite dish off the new Brunch Menu has to be the “Pork Belly Hash.” It’s a good balance between indulging and being good. It comes with braised heritage pork belly, honey chipotle glaze, potato hash, red pepper remoulade topped with a sunny side up egg. But why just enjoy one menu item, when you and your squad can share all three! Brunch in Baltimore like a foodie pro and enjoy family style.
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Don’t get me wrong I enjoy going to a fancy brunch every once in a while with my girls, but honestly I love eating at the local diner. Diners are no fuss. You just show up as you are and enjoy tasty food without the extra hassle of having to make reservations, spend a lot of money, or get dressed up (that’s my favorite part!)
The Lunch Box is one of my favorite diners in Baltimore for sure. All are welcome at this diner. The Lunch Box is modestly priced which allows everyone to enjoy. If you’re looking for an elaborate restaurant with beautiful décor, an array of food options, and bottomless mimosas, then The Lunch Box probably isn’t for you. But if you’re in the mood for a hot cup of joe and good ole’ breakfast food, in a space that has an old unique charm, then you’ll like The Lunch Box.
The Lunch Box is located in Hampden on 36th Street. If you blink, you’ll miss it. I’ve been patronizing the diner for about two year with my boyfriend. We always receive a warm welcome when we visit and the waitresses typically know what we want to eat because we always order the same thing haha.
Two steak and cheese omelets, one without green peppers, two orders of home fries, one coffee (keep the refills coming,) and one apple juice. It never fails; taste amazing every single time. Something about those home fries keep me coming back. SMH. There’s one guy is on the grill (the owner) which probably explains the consistency being there.
I think my boyfriend and I love this diner so much because some of our best conversations have taken place there. We can roll out of bed early, throw sweats on, get to The Lunch Box, sip coffee, eat our favorite breakfast omelet, laugh about the night before that was probably filled with interesting situation, and just enjoy each others company without all the extra “stuff”. We’ve also found ourself at The Lunch Box when we are experiencing a hardship in our relationship. Something about The Lunch Box makes us feel comfortable, which in return helps us open up & talk about our conflicts.
Diners like The Lunch Box are Important to the community. Diners provided accessibility to all. Without them we’d surely be missing out on so much than just food.
Whenever someone asks me to recommend a brunch spot, my go-to is consistently Miss Shirley’s Café. With three locations in Roland Park, downtown Baltimore, and Annapolis, Miss Shirley’s has become a Baltimore staple since its opening in 2005. Miss Shirley’s is well-known for their amazing service, beautiful presentation, and award-winning dishes. Best of all it is both family-friendly and upscale casual, so customers don’t feel like they need to get dressed up.
The elaborate menu can be overwhelming for its abundance of Southern inspired dishes with tastes of local Maryland flavors. All the more reason to keep coming back and try different dishes. The “Funky Monkey Bread” and “Chicken and Waffles” are my top recommendations for newcomers. Don’t forget to always ask for the specialty french toast and pancake, you won’t believe the creations they come up with!
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Sunday brunch has always been one of my meaningful meal experiences. When I lived in New York City, brunch was like a right of passage because once you figured out how and when to get a table (since getting a brunch table in NYC is almost impossible), you finally felt like you belonged in the city rather than on the outside looking in (if you’ve ever lined up for brunch in NYC, you know what this means). Sunday brunch is also the meal I’ve frequently used to catch up with friends, commiserate about the night before and largely try to cure many many hangovers. Usually, brunch consists of hollandaise sauce, maybe a burger but I’m more of the breakfast option guy, runny eggs and lots of carbs.
Sunday brunch also meant a whole different thing growing up Asian. It meant Dim Sum with your family (extended or otherwise). When I was growing up in Toronto, my family and I would always go to Dim Sum brunch after church in a crowded din of other Asians and more importantly, an endless array of carts filled with delicacies. While Dim Sum is a Chinese experience, it was a refuge for my family when we wanted to eat foo with people who looked more like us and flavors that lined up closer to the familiar. I don’t remember the place we used to frequent in Toronto but Chopstix in Rosedale does a pretty good job of creating the same experience.
The Sunday after Night Market, a good bunch of our team decided that Chopstix and Dim Sum was where we were going to commiserate, discuss and just debrief over our first ever Night Market. It doesn’t hurt that the offerings from Dim Sum are delicious. If you’re a novice, you need to get the Har Gow (shrimp dumplings) and Shu Mai (Pork & Shrimp dumplings) just so you get your Dim Sum 101’s out of the way. If you’re practiced then there’s nothing with more umami than chicken feet, the lotus leaf rice will give pause to sharing, anything with fried taro root is a must and my personal favorites are the little rice crepes filled with beef and topped with soy sauce. Part of the joy is just the anticipation of the next cart that approaches your table and not knowing what treasure it hides inside. This used to thrill me as a kid and I may still be a kid because it still thrills me to this day.
So, why not do a change up from your normal brunch routine? Why not give up omelets & lox and hash for one Sunday? Rosedale is a quick drive from Baltimore and I would suggest you get there on the early side otherwise there’s a wait. But, any wait is worth being transported to a different world filled with irresistable smells and amazing food.
Brunch doesn’t have to be all about the bottomless mimosas and bloody Mary’s. To me, brunch is about bringing people together over a delicious meal. There’s something incredibly satisfying about sharing a meal with friends. Pitango Bakery and Cafe is one of my favorite places to do just that. They have all the brunch essentials and more – from pastries, to breakfast sandwiches (my favorite being the Egg Croissant Sandwich), to fresh baked pastries.
Overlooking the water, Pitango gives patrons premium views of the harbor and the Pendry across the way. They have indoor and outdoor seating, perfect for any type of weather any time of year. Pitango is great for the brunchers who want to grab and go or stay a while. Whatever your brunch style is, Pitango will meet your needs! Sunday brunch in Baltimore has never been more delectable.
When brunching, Fells Point Tavern is my #1 spot. They have the only outdoor courtyard in the downtown area facing the water, with a new outdoor bar (with oyster shucking!) and a cozy vibe. Â Imagine bottomless mimosas, bloodys or natty bohs (iconic Bmore brew) while sitting outside with the harbor breeze keeping you cool in the summer heat – yeah that’s brunch at FPT. Oh and don’t forget the Chicken & Waffles, Lamb Hash or the Greek Breakfast Parfait – my top three favorite brunch items to enjoy!
One of the best brunch spots in Baltimore is The Corner Pantry in Mount Washington. Tucked away on Falls Road, this British inspired cafe is home to some of my favorite pastries and breakfast sandwiches with a regularly rotating specials menu. While everything always looks delicious, I always stick to my favorite when I visit – the egg and cheese sandwich. The eggs are custardy and piled high on freshly baked bread of my choosing and I simply can’t resist bite after bite of this perfect breakfast sandwich, that I happily wash down with sips of La Colombe coffee. Oh and I never forget to grab a pastry or two for the road. The chocolate chip cookie is my favorite.
Honestly, my husband and I are not brunch people, because weekends are for sleeping in and wandering around in our jammies all day. There are, however, rare occasions when we’re up and at ‘em before noon with a hankering for eggs benedict but no English muffins and definitely no hollandaise sauce in the house. That’s when it’s time to brunch. But we live in Baltimore County, and sometimes we don’t feel like driving downtown. For sure we don’t feel like paying for parking. Lucky for us, The Oregon Grille in Cockeysville has a fab Sunday brunch…and a big parking lot.
Some might say The Oregon Grille is posh. Certainly, the decor celebrates the restaurant’s location near Maryland’s horse country, and the menu is pretty swellegant. Where else can one find osetra caviar or Hudson Valley foie gras as starters to a stack of buttermilk pancakes? Folks who appreciate savory dishes for brunch will be the happiest at TOG. While pancakes and French toast are on offer, there are more items in the vein of charcuterie platters, seafood towers, crab soup, salads, and sandwiches in addition to multiple variations on the benedict theme, omelettes, and even shrimp and grits. I’m a big fan of the warm lobster salad, and their decadent version of huevos rancheros, and am considering their pork belly BLT for our next visit. What about the bloody marys and mimosas, you ask? They have those, too, but also a full drink menu if you prefer to start your weekend day drinking with a Manhattan or beer.
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