If you hadn’t already gathered from my previous posts, I love food, and I especially love brunch. With the warm weather of summer brings the desire to stretch weekend breakfasts into blissful, hours-long respites in comfortable booths or on intimate patios. Whether it’s eggs Benedict with a view of the Rocky mountains or a big Bloody Mary sitting beachside, I make it a point to visit unique restaurants for brunch. And Baltimore is no exception. Here are five of my favorite brunch spots in the area, presented in alphabetical order. (Try to resist the urge to drool.)
- Eggspectation. At the Eggspectation in Ellicott City, there’s a circus-like energy, highlighted by the performance art of its open kitchen, where patrons can watch a high-speed ballet of egg scrambling and pancake flipping. Yet, for all its noise and exuberance, the kitchen delivers food with balance- not overly sweet, and not too greasy or salty. The must-have dish? The Lobster Benny with large, sweet chunks of claw meat and hollandaise sauce.
- Gertrude’s Restaurant. Located inside the Baltimore Museum of Art, Gertrude’s was named one of the top 100 Best Brunch Restaurants in America by Open Table. Gertrude’s dishes up a sophisticated regional menu of Chesapeake foods using local, organic ingredients. Try the Back Fin Creek quiche, an oven-warm quiche filled with Swiss cheese, onions and delicious backfin crab meat. Aside from the extensive array of food, the experience is unparalleled. The wall of floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the museum’s sculpture garden floods the open and airy dining room with natural light. For the best experience, grab a coveted spot on the patio overlooking the sculpture garden.
- Golden West Cafe. There’s are a handful of very good reasons why Golden West has advanced to the top of Baltimore’s brunch class — the huevos rancheros, the breakfast burrito, the vegan french toast, and my favorite, the Elvis pancakes (yes, with bananas and peanut butter).
- Miss Shirley’s. The food here is decadent, hearty, mouth-watering and any other adjective you can give to award-winning breakfast dishes like the pumpkin cheesecake stuffed french toast, blackened shrimp and grits on fried-green tomatoes, or the cornmeal encrusted oysters.
- Victoria Gastro Pub. The brunch menu that Victoria Gastro Pub in Columbia serves isn’t huge but it’s well curated, pared down to the essential and creative treats like mascarpone stuffed Challah french toast.
Now that I have sufficiently tempted you with all of these scrumptious options, be sure to make a trip to visit Baltimore soon! Don’t forget to stop by for brunch!
Did I miss your favorite Baltimore brunch spot? Be sure to comment!