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Best Breakfast

XS

1307 N. Charles St., (410) 468-0002, www.XSBaltimore.com

Posted 9/21/2005

We love a greasy-spoon, all-hours diner as much as the next cop, and we’re usually up for a $2 fried egg and bacon sandwich to eat in the truck on the way to the construction site. We even dig all those places that are so packed in the morning that you can barely make your way to the counter. But right now, we like XS better. The bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich shades closer to $4 at this tall, trendy midtown bistro, but you can find a table easily here on a weekday morning, and almost as easily on a Sunday. Whether it’s midnight or 7 a.m., coffee and bagels can be had. (The sushi starts at 11:30 a.m.) There are also fluffy omelets, stuffed “Not French” toast, Belgian waffles, and, best of all, fruit salad is served with almost everything, any time of day. Come in bleary-eyed and thrill as your stylish yet Sherpa-like waitperson effortlessly scales flight after flight of oak stairs to smilingly serve your every whim. Enjoy the varied music selections as the 1980s Rick Astley and Air Supply hits of the kitchen staff mix with the top-floor bar’s mod beats. The prices are a bit more XS-ive than some places, but we keep coming back for the 16-ounce cups of fresh-squeezed orange juice. And that’s before we even get into the cocktails.

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Other Awards for Best Breakfast:

Miss Shirley's, 9/16/2009

Jimmy's Restaurant, 9/17/2008

Blue Moon Café, 9/19/2007

Suburban House, 9/20/2006

Pete’s Grille, 9/22/2004

Golden West Café, 9/18/2002

Blue Moon Café, 9/19/2001

Pete's Grille, 9/17/1997

Pete’s Grille, 9/18/1996

All Awards for XS:

Best Hungover Breakfast, 9/22/2004

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