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Papermoon Diner

227 W. 29th St., (410) 889-4444,

Posted 9/21/2005

There seems to be some debate about this because of the Mason-Dixon line, but look, Baltimore isn’t really in The South. We know this because if you order up some typical breakfast-type action in this town—some eggs, flapjacks, some scrapple, bacon, an omelet, whatever floats your breakfast boat—you have to ask for grits. You don’t have to ask for some dried-out, tasteless “home fries,” no way, home fries show up on your breakfast platter automatically, but some nice grits? Forget it, and that’s assuming a place even serves ‘em. We love grits in all forms, and it turns out Remington, U.S.A.’s kooky-krazee 24-7 Papermoon Diner has grits on the menu, and not just any old grits. For $3 they’ll serve up a substantial, appetite-destroying ice-cream-scooper helping of cheesy, creamy grits studded with red pepper, corn, and onion. They were so grit-tastical that we never thought to reach for the butter or the salt and pepper, but next time we’ll probably fool around with the hot sauce some.

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All Awards for Papermoon Diner:

Best Grilled Cheese, 9/20/2006

Best Kid-Friendly Dining, 9/22/2004

Best Meat Loaf, 9/13/2000

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