Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and nothing beats a hearty helping of eggs and bacon to start the day. Baltimore is packed with a variety of fantastic spots to break the fast, from greasy spoons to gourmet bistros serving hot and hearty fare and freshly brewed coffee. From sticky cinnamon rolls and Captain Crunch French Toast at the Blue Moon Café to morning cocktails and mimosas at Alexander’s Tavern or dried fruit and cream and Pullman toast at the rustic Artifact Coffee – when it comes to tucking into a hearty breakfast, Baltimore has a special spot for everyone.
1.B&O American Brasserie
© B&O American Brasserie
Based in the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the B&O American Brasserie is a chic, upscale restaurant that serves innovative, seasonal small plates and New American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Breakfast is a hearty affair at the B&O American Brasserie and sees dishes prepared by award-winning chefs using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients, including Belgian waffles and buttermilk pancakes, steel-cut oats and yogurt parfaits, sunrise wraps and three-egg omelets. Sip on fresh fruit juices, coconut water or freshly brewed coffee, espresso, latte, or imported teas in a casual yet elegant environment.
2 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: 443-692-6172
2.Miss Shirley's Cafe
© Miss Shirley's Cafe
Established in 2005 by Eddie Dopkin as a tribute to his personal friend, Miss Shirley McDowell, Miss Shirley’s Café offers an exceptional award-winning culinary experience for breakfast, brunch, and lunch. Using only the freshest locally sourced ingredients from the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland, Miss Shirley’s Café serves an innovative menu of healthy cuisine created by Corporate Executive Chef Brigitte Bledsoe and her culinary team. Delicious breakfast dishes include breakfast banana splits, apple cranberry pie oatmeal, farmer’s market skinny quiche, three-egg omelets, pancakes, waffles, French toast and freshly brewed coffee and imported teas.
513 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210, Phone: 410-889-5272
© Alexander's Tavern
Alexander’s Tavern is a friendly neighborhood bar and restaurant located in historic Fells Point that is open for brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. Exuding a warm and welcoming atmosphere and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee, the restaurant offers a brunch menu with classics such as breakfast burritos and bowls, omelets and steak and eggs, waffles, pancakes, and breakfast nachos, as well as unique dishes such as sunrise pizzas, eggs Benedicts, and egg sandwiches. Alexander’s Tavern also serves morning cocktails and mimosas, for those who need more than a caffeine kick, along with freshly brewed coffee, tea, and other hot beverages.
710 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 410-522-0000
© Maggie's Farm
Maggie’s Farm is an intimate bar and restaurant on Hartford Road in Baltimore that serves globally-inspired cuisine and cocktails. Helmed by Chef Matthew Heaton, the restaurant is open for brunch on the weekends and dinner during the week with a creative menu that is served in a casual, laidback environment. The delicious brunch menu includes brunch burgers, chicken sandwiches, breakfast platters of eggs, bacon and biscuits, chilaquiles, fried eggs, fried chicken and buttermilk waffles, and vegetable hash browns. Maggie’s Farm can be rented for private functions and offers an exceptional catering menu of fresh, healthy cuisine.
4341 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214, Phone: 410-254-2376
© Argosy Cafe
Located on the first floor of the Munsey Building, which was named after Frank Munsey, the Argosy Café is an excellent place for a hearty breakfast accompanied by freshly roasted and brewed coffee. The breakfast menu features twirls, wraps, pancakes, build-your-own egg sandwiches, French toast, hash browns, and grits. Freshly squeezed fruit juices and raspberry, lemon, or lavender iced tea are available, along with in-house roasted and brewed coffees, espressos, and cappuccinos. Argosy Café is open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
7 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Phone: 443-869-2942
© Artifact Coffee
Artifact Coffee is a rustic coffeehouse based in a reclaimed factory building that serves locally sourced and seasonal light bites for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner. Located in the restored Union Mills complex across the light rail tracks from Woodberry, the casual stop-in for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner serves a variety of creative and innovative menus. The Morning Kitchen menu features a smorgasbord of breakfast options, such as steel-cut oatmeal with candied pecans and fruit cups, egg sandwiches, grilled cornbread, dried fruit and cream and Pullman toast, toasted English muffins, and split biscuits with Five Seeds honey and homemade jam. Orders are taken at the counter and service is quick and friendly. Artifact Coffee is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner.
1500 Union Ave, Baltimore, MD 21211, Phone: 410-235-1881
7.Blue Moon Cafe
© Blue Moon Cafe
Renowned for serving the most imaginative breakfast in town, the Blue Moon Café is the place to go for an exceptional morning meal. Tucked away in the charming Fells Point neighborhood of Baltimore, the lively and welcoming little restaurant serves a creative menu of morning fares such as golden hash browns, crispy bacon, huevos rancheros, scrambled eggs, traditional potato cakes, various Benedicts including vegan options, pancakes, and French toast. Don’t miss the cinnamon rolls, which are massive, warm, soft, and coated with a sweet frosting, or the famous Captain Crunch French Toast. Blue Moon Café is open for breakfast and brunch, seven days a week.
1621 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 410-522-3940
© City Cafe
The City Café serves an original menu of classic American comfort food in a relaxed, modern
setting. Helmed by Executive Chef James Jennings, the kitchen team produces creative menus of contemporary American cuisine for lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch, using locally sourced ingredients and products. Weekend brunch sees a list of classic favorites such as French toast, apple cinnamon pancakes, breakfast burritos, smoked salmon, omelets, fried chicken and biscuits, and warm bagels. The cuisine is accompanied by freshly squeezed fruit juice, imported tea, and freshly brewed coffee, espresso, cappuccinos, and macchiatos. Things to Do in Baltimore
1001 Cathedral St, Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: 410-539-4252
© Corner Pantry
The Corner Pantry is a relaxed, contemporary restaurant that serves a menu of locally sourced, modern British cuisine. Located in Lake Falls Village, just north of the Mount Washington, the British-inspired Corner Pantry offers high-quality, locally sourced cuisine in a casual setting and is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and also offers grab-and-go fare. Breakfast is served Monday through Friday and features classic dishes such as avocado toast, croque madame, three-egg omelets, pancakes, egg soldiers, scrambled eggs, and quinoa bowls. Healthy options include yoghurt parfaits, smoothies, acacia bowls, and fresh fruit and are accompanied by fresh fruit juices, hot coffee, and imported teas.
6080 Falls Rd, Baltimore, MD 21212, Phone: 667-308-2331
Dooby’s is a Korean-inspired café in Mount Vernon that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a casual, relaxed setting. The restaurant serves breakfast every day until 11:00am and features classic and unusual dishes such as granola and yogurt, omelets, hash browns, chorizo burritos, steak and egg sandwiches, sausage and egg sandwiches, and spicy egg and cheese sandwiches. Brunch specials include challah French toast, pork belly eggs Benedict, and brunch burgers with fries. Seasonal pastries are baked fresh every morning, including muffins, banana nut bread, scones and jam, honey oat granola bars, and there is plenty of freshly brewed coffee and tea.
802 N. Charles St., Baltimore, MD 21201, Phone: 410-609-3162
© Iron Rooster
The Iron Rooster is a made-from-scratch, country kitchen and restaurant that serves an all-day breakfast of traditional and classic dishes in a friendly and inviting atmosphere. Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, the Iron Rooster serves a breakfast menu that features latkes and eggs, breakfast nachos, yogurt parfait, house-made ‘roost,’ a variety of Benedict dishes, spiked corn beef, mac and cheese, pancakes, waffles, and French toast. In addition to delicious fare, friendly service, and legendary hospitality, the Iron Rooster has several locations around the country with two stores in Baltimore.
3721 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21224, Phone: 410-762-2100
12.Jimmy's Mediterranean Grill
© Jimmy's Mediterranean Grill
Jimmy's Mediterranean Grill is a well-established neighborhood diner that serves creative menus of American and Turkish fare. A mainstay near the city's waterfront on South Broadway, Jimmy's Mediterranean Grill serves breakfast and lunch daily with creative breakfast and brunch menus featuring platters of eggs and grits, French toast, pancakes, waffles, hot breakfast sandwiches, omelets, and specialties such as creamed chipped beef, breakfast bowls, and steak and eggs. Beverages include hot coffee and tea, hot chocolate, iced tea, fruit juices, and soft drinks.
801 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 410-327-3273
One of the top dining destinations in Baltimore’s Harbor East neighborhood, Apropoe's provides a fresh take on American comfort food in a stylish setting inspired by legendary figures such as Babe Ruth and Edgar Allan Poe. The restaurant serves modern American cuisine prepared with locally sourced sustainable ingredients and put together by award-winning chefs and includes healthy, gluten-free, and vegan options. Breakfast can be enjoyed from the buffet or the a la carte menu, which feature classics such as eggs Benedict, omelets, bagels, frittatas, French toast, pancakes, waffles, and oatmeal along with fresh fruit juices, freshly brewed coffee, tea, and other hot beverages.
700 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Phone: 410-895-1879
© Pete’s Grille
Pete’s Grille is a casual counter-serve eatery on Greenmount Avenue that serves breakfast and lunch in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Renowned for their large portions of hearty all-American fare, Pete’s Grille serves a variety of dishes for breakfast that include omelets and fried eggs, breakfast sandwiches, egg and meat platters, French toast, hot cakes, Belgian waffles, and specials such as creamed chipped beef with home fries and sausage gravy and biscuits with home fries. Hot beverages include freshly brewed coffee and tea, hot chocolate, fruit juices, and milkshakes.
3130 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218, Phone: 410-467-7698
15.Saturday Morning Cafe
© Saturday Morning Cafe
Located in the Heart of Downtown on 111 Water Street within walking distance from the Inner Harbor, Saturday Morning Café serves a selection of seasonal delicacies and dishes for breakfast and lunch. The veteran-owned and operated restaurant specializes in Southern Scratch Alabama cooking, using only the freshest, locally sourced ingredients and products, which are transformed into hearty dishes that are prepared and created to order. The breakfast menu features freshly baked pastries and cakes, scones and muffins, French toast, bagels with various toppings pancakes, waffles, and egg dishes, along with home roasted and brewed coffee, imported teas, fresh fruit juices, and milkshakes. Saturday Morning Café is open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week.
111 Water Street, Baltimore, MD 21202, Phone: 410-528-7789
© Simply Marie's
Set on Elliott Street in Baltimore, Simply Marie's is a full-service restaurant offering delicious homestyle cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Boasting more than 25 years of culinary experience, Simply Marie's team of chefs and cooks use only the finest and freshest ingredients to produce wholesome, hearty, and healthy fare. Home-cooked breakfasts include chicken and waffles, breakfast platters stacked with eggs, bacon, and grits, French toast, steak, and cream-chipped beef, all of which are accompanied by hot fries and freshly brewed coffee and tea. Conveniently located a block off the main Canton Square and close to many local entertainment hot spots, Simply Marie's promises a delicious and mouthwatering breakfast experience.
3023 Elliott Street Baltimore, MD 21224-5081, Phone: 410-342-0822
17.Sip & Bite
© Sip & Bite
Established in 1948 by Greek-born George Vasiliades, Sip & Bite became a household name for traditional homemade cuisine served in a family-friendly and inviting atmosphere. Today, the neighborhood diner still provides the same friendly service and outstanding cuisine with homemade specials, traditional Greek dishes, and hearty all-day breakfasts. Managed by the original owner George's son Antonios (Tony), the menu features an array of wholesome foods that are prepared fresh daily and served with a smile. Around-the-clock breakfasts include omelets, eggs and bacon, homemade granola and fruit, and breakfast sandwiches and wraps as well as specialty egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, French toast, and more. Sip & Bite is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week.
2200 Boston Street, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 410-675 7077
Located at 1700 Thames Street in Historic Fells Point waterfront neighborhood, Sláinte is a traditional Irish Pub that serves gourmet cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week. Renowned for being the best bar to watch a soccer game in Baltimore, Sláinte boasts a friendly and inviting atmosphere where visitors can enjoy hearty fare and beverages while watching their favorite sports team. Breakfast is served daily from Monday through Sunday and includes traditional dishes such as eggs Benedict, omelets, bacon and grits, waffles, pancakes, and French toast along with specialties such as Scotch eggs, mac-n-cheese, and corned hash beef. The food is accompanied by freshly brewed coffee or signature breakfast drinks, such as bottomless Bloody Marys, screwdrivers, and mimosas.
Historic Fells Point, 1700 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 410-563-6600
© Southside Diner
The Southside Diner is a casual, friendly neighborhood eatery located in the Southside Market Place Shopping Center in Locust Point that serves freshly prepared classic diner fare and specialty Greek dishes. Owned and operated by Greek brothers Nick and Steve, the Southside Diner is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, seven days a week, with creative menus of hearty and healthy fare. Breakfast dishes range from eggs and bacon, omelets, egg and meat platters, bagels, French toast, pancakes, and waffles to specialty dishes such as chipped beef on toast, hot cakes, oatmeal and toast, and blueberry muffins. Breakfast is served with piping hot freshly brewed coffee and tea or a variety of fruit juices and soft drinks.
893 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230, Phone: 410-727-7067
20.Spoons Coffee Roasters and Cafe
© Spoons Coffee Roasters and Cafe
Open for breakfast and lunch, seven days a week, Spoons Coffee Roasters and Café is a friendly neighborhood café that serves a menu of traditional and healthy fare for breakfast and lunch in a warm and welcoming ambiance. Hailed as having the “best biscuits in Maryland,” Spoons offers freshly baked biscuits, muffins, scones, and pastries every morning for breakfast and brunch as well as omelets, breakfast sandwiches, burgers, huevos verdes, fried oysters and grits, and buttermilk pancakes. Also on the menu are waffles, cinnamon roll pancakes, and deep-fried stuffed French toast, along with freshly brewed coffee, tea, and other hot beverages.
24 E. Cross Street Baltimore MD, 21230, Phone: 410-539-8395
21.Teavolve Cafe & Lounge
© Teavolve Cafe & Lounge
Located in the Harbor East section of Baltimore, Teavolve Café & Lounge is a lively neighborhood café that serves over 30 varieties of loose leaf teas and a range of coffee and coffee-based beverages using locally roasted beans as well as house-made sangria and a selection of tasty light meals. Boasting a casual, laidback ambiance and contemporary décor, the quirky cafe serves a delightful menu of hearty and healthy fare such as breakfast sandwiches, omelets, eggs Benedict, Belgian waffles and buttermilk pancakes, French toast, fresh bagels with various toppings, and savory crepes.
1401 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 410-522-1907
22.The Food Market
© The Food Market
Located on W 36th Street in the heart of Hampden, The Food Market is a smartly designed industrial-modern space that focuses on simple, serious comfort food, providing an unparalleled dining experience. Headed up by award-winning Chef Chad Gauss, the restaurant presents value-driven menus for dinner during the week and for brunch over the weekends, focusing on serving sustainable cuisine produced from locally sourced and farm-fresh ingredients. Brunch menus feature delights such as Amish soft pretzels, French toast dippers, red quinoa oatmeal, fried oysters carbonara, avocado and smoked salmon toast, and blueberry pancakes.
1017 W 36th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211, Phone: 410-366-0606
23.The PaperMoon Diner
© The PaperMoon Diner
The PaperMoon Diner is an eccentric, knick-knack laden eatery that that serves delicious vegetarian fare and all-day breakfasts, seven days a week. The quirky diner-style café offers a unique dining experience that can only be described as “comfort food with a twist” with menus that feature dishes like vegan nachos, meatloaf, crab quesadillas, homemade chili, and shrimp and grits. The café’s famous all-day breakfast boasts favorites such as French toast, potato cakes, eggs and fries, eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, breakfast sandwiches, and pancakes.
2905, 227 W 29th St, Baltimore, MD 21211, Phone: 410-889-4444
24.Twist Fells Point
© Twist Fells Point
Twist Fells Point promises a dining experience like no other. Classic, intimate, and stylish, Twist takes diners on a nostalgic journey back in time with outstanding food and wine served in a refined and cozy atmosphere. One of the top restaurants in Fells Point, Twist serves American cuisine with a Mediterranean twist, with delicious, well-executed dishes prepared from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and served with grace and charm. Twist Fells Point is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner with an all-day brunch on Saturdays and Sundays that promises to delight. Tuck into freshly baked scones, muffins, and pastries along with buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast stacked with bacon and maple syrup, and a variety of egg dishes. Diners can also sample the delectable fare from a la carte brunch menu and daily chef specials.
723 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231, Phone: 410-522-4000
25.Village Square Cafe
© Village Square Cafe
The Village Square Café is a laidback café with a large outdoor patio that serves hearty menus of creative cuisine for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Located in the pretty Village of Cross Keys in Roland Park, the casual eatery and neighborhood gathering spot uses fresh, locally sourced ingredients and sustainable products to create delicious and healthy cuisine, which is served by friendly staff in a warm and welcoming setting. The Village Square Café breakfast menu features breakfast burritos and sandwiches, fresh bagels with a variety of toppings, eggs Benedict, omelets and scrambled eggs, buttermilk pancakes, Belgian waffles, French toast, and yogurt parfaits with fresh fruit.
66 Village Square, Baltimore, MD 21210, Phone: 410-433-2233
25 Best Breakfast & Weekend Brunch Spots in Baltimore
- B&O American Brasserie, Photo: B&O American Brasserie
- Miss Shirley's Cafe, Photo: Miss Shirley's Cafe
- Alexander's Tavern, Photo: Alexander's Tavern
- Maggie's Farm, Photo: Maggie's Farm
- Argosy Cafe, Photo: Argosy Cafe
- Artifact Coffee, Photo: Artifact Coffee
- Blue Moon Cafe, Photo: Blue Moon Cafe
- City Cafe, Photo: City Cafe
- Corner Pantry, Photo: Corner Pantry
- Dooby's, Photo: Dooby's
- Iron Rooster, Photo: Iron Rooster
- Jimmy's Mediterranean Grill, Photo: Jimmy's Mediterranean Grill
- Apropoe's, Photo: Apropoe's
- Pete’s Grille, Photo: Pete’s Grille
- Saturday Morning Cafe, Photo: Saturday Morning Cafe
- Simply Marie's, Photo: Simply Marie's
- Sip & Bite, Photo: Sip & Bite
- Slainte, Photo: Slainte
- Southside Diner, Photo: Southside Diner
- Spoons Coffee Roasters and Cafe, Photo: Spoons Coffee Roasters and Cafe
- Teavolve Cafe & Lounge, Photo: Teavolve Cafe & Lounge
- The Food Market, Photo: The Food Market
- The PaperMoon Diner, Photo: The PaperMoon Diner
- Twist Fells Point, Photo: Twist Fells Point
- Village Square Cafe, Photo: Village Square Cafe
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