Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Baltimore
With so much to do in Baltimore, you’ll need to start the day with a hearty meal. We have just the place.
Baltimore might be best known for its crab cakes, but we promise our brunches are just as good. And sometimes we even combine the two! Tempt your appetite with our round up of tasty options for breakfast or brunch, from grab-and-gshirleyo bites to sit-down dining.
The Avenue Bakery
For those with a serious sweet tooth, The Avenue Bakery is the perfect place to start the day. This popular spot for homemade treats celebrates its African American heritage with memorabilia on the walls and its family recipe for the famous Poppay’s rolls.
Blue Moon Café
Known for playful dishes like its Captain Crunch French toast, Blue Moon is a local favorite, so be sure to come early to beat the crowd (no reservations allowed). Don’t let the colorful murals or funky artwork distract you, though. This is some of the best diner food this city has to offer.
If you’re looking for something quick and easy, this Korean-inspired cafe is a great place for a quick bite. Dooby’s offers standards such as breakfast sandwiches and oatmeal, but the house-made pastries are where the café really shines (Fruity Pebble marshmallow cookie, anyone?). And don’t forget to get your caffeine fix here—espresso, cappuccino, macchiato—Dooby’s takes their coffee seriously.
This unassuming eatery serves up some seriously delicious bites (hello, sticky peach buns!), but owners Cole and Aisha Pew consider it to be more of a community gathering spot than a restaurant. So even if you come for the coffee at Dovecote Cafe, linger awhile to meet the regulars from the surrounding Reservoir Hill neighborhood.
The Food Market
Brunch at The Food Market is the perfect time to try out a new cocktail, like a Bloody Mary with jalapeño-infused vodka or a pancake shot. The menu gives you a generous set of delectable options from across the brunch landscape, from French toast dippers and fried oyster omelettes to shrimp and grits.
Iron Rooster has perfected the art of breakfast. Here you can order breakfast at any time of day and there is no shortage of delicious options. The fried chicken biscuit sandwich is a true southern comfort food, but save room for the house-made poptart with mixed berry filling. You’ll never eat the store-bought kind again, and with two Iron Rooster locations in the city (Canton and Locust Point), you’ll never have to.
Johnny’s brings a little of the West Coast to the East Coast. Think breakfast burritos and omelettes with a kick, accompanied by specialty coffees from Central and South America. And on the weekends, Johnny’s brunch takes it up a notch with a whiskey caramel sauce poured over cinnamon Belgian waffles.
Miss Shirley’s Café
Miss Shirley’s is a renowned, family-friendly favorite, featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives. What started in 2005 as one small café has now grown to two locations in the city and one in nearby Annapolis. Check out the pancake and French toast of the month, made from seasonal flavors such as pumpkin or egg nog. If you tend toward the savory side, you won’t want to miss the Chicken ‘n Cheddar Green Onion Waffles or the eggs benedict with crab cake and fried green tomatoes. Wash it down with a Bloody Mary topped with Old Bay and crab meat.
This longtime Federal Hill favorite serves breakfast all day and is known for its over-the-top comfort foods like The Beast (buttermilk biscuits sandwich with fried chicken, fried eggs, smoked bacon, sausage gravy and cheese) and the 3B breakfast burger. Plus Spoons serves giant cups of house-roasted coffee to help revive you from the food coma that inevitably ensues.
On the weekends, Woodberry Kitchen offers a can’t-miss spread for brunch. You’ll find elaborate combinations of breakfast meats, eggs and vegetables, with the occasional addition of rockfish, blue crab or clams, all of which are all sourced locally. Save room for the house-made baked goods—doughnuts, coffee cake, scones and more.