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Breakfast

Frank Klein
Goldberg's New York Bagels

Eat Special Issue 2009

Cool Comfort EAT: City Paper's annual dining guide

Barbecue and Pit Andy Nelson's Barbecue 11007 York Road, Cockeysville, (410) 527-1226, andynelsonsbbq.com, $-$$ Whe...

Breakfast Blue Moon Café 1621 Aliceanna St., (410) 522-3940, $ For years, Blue Moon has been saving t...

Cafés Atwater's Belvedere Square Market, 529 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-2396; 1425 Clarkview Road, Suit...

Caribbean Judy's Island Grill and Bake Shop 5216 Park Heights Ave., (410) 367-0272, judysislandgrill.com, $-$...

Chinese Grace Garden Chinese Restaurant 1690 Annapolis Road, Odenton, (410) 672-3581, gracegardenchinese.co...

Classic American Burke's Restaurant and Café 36 Light St., (410) 752-4189, burkescafe.com, $$-$$$ Burke's is n...

Contemporary American Abacrombie Fine Food and Accommodations 58 W. Biddle St., (410) 837-3630, abacrombie.net, $$$ Cork...

Delis Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen 1019 E. Lombard St., (410) 563-2666, attmansdeli.com, $ N...

Diners Jimmy's Restaurant 801 S. Broadway, (410) 327-3273, $ A cornerstone of Fells Point, Jimmy's slings ...

Eclectic Golden West Café 1105 W. 36th St., (410) 889-8891, goldenwestcafe.com, $-$$ Baltimore has ple...

Ethiopian Dukem #2 1100 Maryland Ave., (410) 385-0318, dukemrestaurant.com, $-$$ Luckily, pretty much the on...

French Bonaparte Breads 903 S. Ann St., (410) 342-4000, $ This Fells Point bakery boasts a surprisingly e...

Hawaiian Roy's 720 Aliceanna St., (410) 659-0099, roysrestaurant.com, $$$ With so many fabulous local resta...

Indian and Nepalese Akbar 823 N. Charles St., (410) 539-0944, akbar-restaurant.com, $$ Akbar has the feel of a secret ...

Irish James Joyce Irish Pub and Restaurant 616 S. President St., (410) 727-5107, thejamesjoycepub.com, $$...

Italian Aldo's 306 S. High St., (410) 727-0700, aldositaly.com, $$$ "Sophisticated" and Little Italy don't...

Japanese Aloha Sushi 1218 N. Charles St., (443) 759-8531, $-$$ Everything about Aloha Sushi is just right...

Korean Joung Kak 18 W. 20th St., (410) 837-5231, $$ Its partisans will tell you this is the best Korean r...

Latin Arcos Restaurant and Bar 129 S. Broadway, (410) 522-4777, arcosrestaurante.com, $$ Because there's...

Mediterranean Black Olive 814 S. Bond St., (410) 276-7141, theblackolive.com, $$-$$$ Fells Point Greek restauran...

Middle Eastern Amer's Café 7624 Belair Road, Belair Beltway Plaza, Nottingham, (410) 668-5100, amerscafe.com,...

Pizza Angelo's Carry-Out 3600 Keswick Road, (410) 235-2595, angeloshampden.com, $ Best pizza in Hampden ...

Pub Grub Curb Shoppe Bar and Grill 5736 Falls Road, (410) 433-8299, curbshoppe.com, $ This neighborhood pub...

Russian Vernisage 1004 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, (410) 484-7701, $$-$$$ With its glass chandeliers an...

Seafood Blue Sea Grill 614 Water St., (410) 837-7300, blueseagrill.com, $$$ A daily selection of "Fresh ...

Southern Charleston 1000 Lancaster St., (410) 332-7373, charlestonrestaurant.com, $$$ Somewhere along the l...

Spanish Pazo 1425 Aliceanna St., (410) 534-7296, pazorestaurant.com, $$$ If you don't leave Pazo a little ...

Thai Ban Thai 340 N. Charles St., (410) 727-7971, banthai.us, $$ Ban Thai is our favorite place to eave...

Upscale Comfort Food Ale Mary's 1939 Fleet St., (410) 276-2044, alemarys.com, $$ Kudos to Ale Mary's for celebrating th...

Vegetarian Liquid Earth 1626 Aliceanna St., (410) 276-6606, liquidearth.com, $$ We've appreciated the vegetar...

Vietnamese Baltimore Pho 1114 Hollins St., (410) 752-4746, baltimorepho.com, $$ Despite the downtrodden local...

Eat 2009

Posted 3/4/2009

Blue Moon Café

1621 Aliceanna St., (410) 522-3940, $

For years, Blue Moon has been saving the asses of pro imbibers with truly excellent breakfast fare, but after-hours and weekend-mornings customers should be prepared to wait for a seat in the small dining room, and then some more for the tiny kitchen to get through the crush of orders. It's worth the wait to sample homemade sausage, over-the-top omelet and eggs Benedict variations, stellar bacon, and bafflingly good hash browns. Always get the famous "cat's head" biscuits (don't worry, it's just a size reference) and homemade jam. Ingredients are top-notch and portions are startlingly large.

Goldberg's New York Bagels

1498 Reisterstown Road, (410) 415-7001, goldbergsbagels.com, $

This Pikesville institution not only offers the hands-down best New York-style bagels in the area--a full line of chewy, crusty marvels--but its lunch business is nothing to sneeze at either, with soups (mmm, mushroom barley) and salads that make a visit after breakfast has passed pay off.

Greg's Bagels

519 E. Belvedere Ave., (410) 323-9463, $

Most bagel places--at least in this part of the country--are nothing special. The exception is Greg's where the bagels are just about perfect and come in a staggering array of flavors--flax seed pistachio is our current favorite. But what really gets us out of bed and in the door is the blackboard of daily smoked fish offerings, each of which gets the fine-wine treatment, with descriptions of its flavor and body scrawled beside its name. The prices reflect the seriousness with which bagels are taken here, but it's well worth it.

Miss Shirley's Café, Miss Shirley's Downtown

513 W. Cold Spring Lane, (410) 889-5272; 750 E. Pratt St., (410) 528-5373; missshirleys.com, $-$$

A popular brunch spot in Roland Park (and now downtown), Miss Shirley's offers traditional breakfast fare dressed up for company. It doesn't have regular eggs Benedict; it's got sweet corn cakes Benedict. Sure you can get a hot dog wrapped in bacon, but it's applewood smoked bacon, see. Which probably isn't any better for you, but it sure sounds healthier, right?

Spoons Coffee Café and Coffee Roastery

24 E. Cross St., (410) 539-6751, $

Reminiscent of '90s coffeehouses with its mishmash décor of well-worn couches and tables, Spoons does coffee with a wine-aficionado's fervor. A wide variety of organic and exotic beans are roasted on site, and things are usually busy come breakfast time on the weekends. A stack of banana pancakes is a top seller on the simple café menu that includes lunch staples like soups and sandwiches. The real appeal of the spot is in hunkering down with a cup and a book and soaking up the upbeat atmosphere.

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