If you’re a night owl like I am, brunch is probably the earliest your belly starts growling on the weekends. My tummy usually growls – and occasionally stomps – for a steaming cup of black gold – okay coffee. But if you’re looking for a bit more sustenance, and you happen to be in Baltimore, here are a few brunch favorites to jump start your afternoon.
Miss Shirley’s: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If you’ve never had mango-flavored ketchup, applewood smoked bacon, or creamy goat cheese, then get ready. You’ll taste a story behind every dish of blackened shrimp salad, Cold Spring Lane Hot Brown or Charm City Southern Trio that will pale in comparison to the next option on the menu. Top off any food choice with a Miss Mimosa or a Shirley’s Crush. Named in memory of Baltimore native Shirley McDowell, Miss Shirley’s southern roots and Maryland’s seafood abundance serve up a standing ovation. Fill your belly in one of three locations: Roland Park – 513 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore MD 21210 (410-889-5272); Inner Harbor – 750 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore MD 21202 (410-528-5373) or Annapolis – 1 Park Place, Annapolis, MD 21401 (410- 268-5171). http://www.missshirleys.com.
Teavolve Café: Saturday – 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday – 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
How would you love a Tea-infused sangria to wash down your veggie panini, black bean burger, veggie wrap or hummus plate? Okay I named all the foods I like but they’ve got plenty more. How about a Maryland Crab Cake Eggs Benedict, a frittata, or a Belgian waffle to accompany their smorgasbord of teas? Tea latte anyone? Or perhaps a Fruit Tea Smoothie would whet your appetite in this family-friendly atmosphere. If you’re at the Inner Harbor, the Orange Line Bus located right on Pratt Street in front of the Harbor will take you to Teavolve, located in Harbor East, 1401 Aliceanna Street Baltimore Md 21231. They have other hours as well: Monday 8 a.m.to 10 p.m.; Tuesday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. – 10:30 p.m. http://www.teavolve.com
City Café: Saturday 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Located in Mount Vernon, Baltimore’s theater district, City Café offers delicious cuisine in a convenient location. Perhaps a Hangover Burger will fuel your energy or maybe a Breakfast Burrito stuffed with chick peas, and scrambled eggs? Or if you’d like to get a bit fancier, try one of their Benedict variations: Baltimore, Pulled Pork or the class Eggs Benedict. Embark on an adventure with their “Dark and Stormy” cocktail of black rum and ginger-beer flavor; a champagne and orange juice mimosa, or jump “Between the Sheets” with a Hennessey/Bacardi combo. Sound good? Go visit them at: 1001 Cathedral St, Baltimore MD 21201 (410-539-4252) http://www.citycafebaltimore.com.
Panera Bread: Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Now when you speak of brunch, people normally look for breakfast, lunch foods that serve an alcoholic beverage of some sort. Panera does not serve alcohol, but when it comes to relaxing on a Sunday morning with a cup of coffee, a bagel and my yellow notepad, Panera is my version of a good brunch place.
The sourdough bread bowls, Strawberry and Poppyseed, Chicken Signature Salad, and the Thai Chopped Chicken Salad more than make up for the absence of alcohol. With Wi-Fi and various locations around Baltimore, there is always one available to order up a bagful of everything, jalapeno and cheddar or my favorite cinnamon- flavored bagels. 6301 York Road, Baltimore MD (410-433-9174) http://www.panerabread.com.
Enjoy your weekend!