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B is for Breakfast

Jimmy's · Blue Moon Café · Golden West Café · Morning Edition Café · Helen's Garden Café · Hull Street Blues Café · Loco Hombre · Weber's on Boston · Suburban House

Jefferson Jackson Steele

Eat Special Issue 1999

Alphabet Soup We know where we like to go for a good burger--and we'll bet you do too. Or a good omelet. Or a good...

A is for Appetizers The Helmand · Café Madrid · Henninger's Tavern · Café Zen · Grand Palace · Morgan Millard · Al Pacino Café · Sarah's Café · Iola Café

B is for Breakfast Jimmy's · Blue Moon Café · Golden West Café · Morning Edition Café · Helen's Garden Café · Hull Street Blues Café · Loco Hombre · Weber's on Boston · Suburban House

C is for Carry-out DiPasquale's · Cosmos · Rotisseria · Chow Mein Charlie's · Chokchai · Thairish · Caribbean Kitchen · Viccino's · Michaelangelo's · The Roost

D is for Dessert Vaccaro's · Cheesecake Factory · Adrian's Book Café · Moxley's · Louie's Bookstore Café · Coney Island

E is for Expensive Charleston · The Black Olive · Milton Inn · Polo Grill · Chart House · Oregon Grille

F is for Frugal Pete's Grill · Trolley Stop · Fazzini's Italian Kitchen · jr. · Rallo's · Mamie's Café · Caribbean Food Carry Out · Silk Road Café · Frisco Burritos · Winterling's · Valley View Inn · Fresh

G is for Guilty Pleasures Anne's Dari-Creme · Howard's Delly · Maria D's · Johnny Rockets · Thrasher's · Steak Out Express · New System Bakery · Krispy Kreme

H is for Happy Hour The Brewer's Art · Mick O'Shea's · Brass Elephant · Speakeasy Saloon · Calvert House · Nick's Inner Harbor Seafood Co.

I is for Incendiary Sushi Café · Ko Hyang · Joung Kak · Thai Landing · Sisson's · Café Tattoo · Austin Grill

J is for Java Needful Things · The Hidden Bean · City Café · Donna's · Empire Café · Xando · The Daily Grind

K is for Kids Friendly Farm · Hacienda Mexican Restaurant · Fuddruckers · Overlea Diner · Funk's Democratic Coffee House and Bistro · Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon

L is for Lunch Women's Industrial Exchange · Sascha's Daily · Mughal Garden · Akbar · Bombay Grill · Nate's and Leon's · Snyder's Cafe and Deli

M is for Meat Prime Rib · Shula's Steakhouse · Ruth's Chris Steak House · Alonso's · The Crease · Bill Bateman's · Lenny's · Attman's · Boomerang Pub

N is for New School Joy America Café · Spike and Charlie's · Sotta Sopra · La Tavola · Opa! · Viccino Bistro · Café Pangea

O is for Old School Haussner's · Tio Pepe's · Ikaros · Acropolis · Bo Brooks · Forest Diner · Angelina's · Kawasaki · Thai Restaurant · Perring Place Restaurant · Sanders Corner · Sabatino's · Matthew's Pizzaria 

P is for Pub Grub Peter's Inn · Simon's Pub · Duda's · Sobo Café · Koco's Pub · Kisling's · McCabe's · Dougherty's Pub · Charles Village Pub

Q is for Quirks Holy Frijoles · Ye Olde Malt Shoppe/Earl's Beauty Inn · Tamber's Nifty Fifties Dining · Captain James Landing

R is for Romantic Corks · Pierpoint · Banjara · Ambassador Dining Room · Tersiguel's

S is for Seafood Gunning's Crab House · Gunning's Seafood Restaurant · Faidley's Seafood · Legal Sea Foods · John Steven Ltd. · Anne Arundel Seafood · G&M Restaurant · Mo's Fisherman's Exchange · Bill's Terrace Inn · Bay Caf

T is for Tourists Waterfront · Hollywood Diner · Café Hon · Obrycki's · Bertha's · Lista's · McCormick and Schmick's · Wharf Rat · Gallery Sandwich Shoppe · Hard Rock Café · Planet Hollywood · ESPN Zone

U is for United Nations Restaurant · Silk Road · Braznell's Caribbean Kitchen · Orchard Market and Café · Ze Mean Bean Café · Saigon · House of Kabob · Desert Café · Restaurante San Luis · Little Havana · Café

V is for Vegetarian Golden Temple · Liquid Earth · One World Café · Wild Mushroom · Puffins · Sin Carne · Village Market

W is for Worth the Drive Captain Billy's · Captain John's · Cantler's Riverside Inn · Gabler's · Baugher's Family Restaurant · Rudy's 2900 · Olney Ale House

X is for XXL New No Da Ji · The Yellow Bowl · Micah's Cafeteria · Cactus Willie's

Y is for Yeast Baltimore Brewing Company · Big Sky Bread Co. · Stone Mill Bakery · Ellicott Mills Brewing Company · Capitol City Brewing Co.

Z is for ZZZ Sip & Bite · Double T Diner · Valentino's · Star Light Diner · Bel-Loc Diner · Gampy's · Nam Kang

Posted 2/24/1999

Homicide put it on national television, and ex-Mayor, ex-Governor, and current state Comptroller William Donald Schaefer has always taken his photo ops there, but there's more to Jimmy's (801 S. Broadway, [410] 327-3273) than its high profile. This Fells Point fixture dishes up the best cheap breakfast in town, and the efficient service will have you fed and happy and in the office on time. On weekend mornings, you can linger with the paper over your fluffy pancakes, cheese-stuffed omelet, or heapin' helpin' of grits, but Jimmy's celebrity status means there's always a line of people waiting for your checker-clothed table.

Come good and hungry to the Blue Moon Café (1621 Aliceanna St., [410] 522-3940). Have a sticky bun for breakfast, but don't attempt it with less than a party of four. The coffee is piping hot, the jams homemade, the biscuits a paragon of lightness, the hash browns made just as they should be, the creamed chipped beef good enough to win converts to the beleaguered dish. If you're not there by 8 a.m. on a weekend be prepared to wait, but even that isn't so bad--just order a fresh-fruit smoothie and ponder the menu. Lunch is good here too, but we don't pay it much mind, because breakfast is served all day.

Winter mornings in Baltimore can be chilly, so why not head where it's warm? Go West, young man (and woman)! Hampden's Golden West Café (842 West 36th St., [410] 889-8891) now delivers its nontraditional, sunshiny breakfast seven days a week, complete with newly instituted table service. Go spartan with a cup of hot coffee and a scrumptious scone, or get decadent with banana-topped french toast, the hearty breakfast burrito, or the plate-dwarfing montuleños.

In these parts, Morning Edition Café (153 N. Patterson Park Ave., [410] 732-5133) has become synonymous with "brunch," offering a warm, cozy oasis on a rather bleak East Baltimore corner. Arrive early or bring a paper: It gets mighty crowded on weekend mornings, and you're likely to end up cooling your heels for a while in the foyer--which also gives you more time to make up your mind about which hefty, hearty, creative spin on eggs Benedict, pancakes, or French toast will start your day off right.

The Canton revival has brought eaters from all over the city to the waterfront neighborhood in search of the latest culinary craze. Helen's Garden Café (2908 O'Donnell St., [410] 276-2233) has cornered the market on cutesy breakfast names--you'll be offered "Tomlettes" with various tasty fillings and "Edds" prepared to order. Before you lose the breakfast you haven't yet eaten, consider Helen's less adorable selections, such as pumpkin pancakes, multigrain toast, and crisp, hearty home fries that don't need ketchup. Call ahead and check on the omelette special--we recommend the mushroom and brie.

Hull Street Blues Café (1222 Hull St., [410] 727-7476) does the morning meal only on Sundays, but does it up very, very well. Hull Street Blues lays on a dee-luxe southern-style buffet--eggs, home fries, seafood, and various breakfast meats--then goes lesser restaurants one better, with sweet treats such as fluffy stacks of blueberry pancakes, made-to-order and brought to your table. Go ahead and order all of them. The servers won't blink an eye, except to ask if you'd like a refill of one of Hull Street's exemplary mimosas or hearty Bloody Marys.

The calling card of Loco Hombre (413 W. Cold Spring Lane, [410] 889-2233; 1777 Reisterstown Road, [410] 486-4800) is its nouveau- Tex-Mex dinner fare, but its trump card is the siesta- inducing brunch, served both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. A sizzling skillet of huevos rancheros (with two kinds of salsa--sweet green and tangy red); a fluffy egg, cheese, and tomato strata; a heaping plate of fruit-topped corn cakes; or banana-stuffed french toast all go down easy when accompanied by a bottomless cup of Starbucks coffee. And best of all, the newly expanded Roland Park flagship seems to have finally retired that worn out Gipsy Kings tape.

Brunch buffets can be impersonal, but the spread at Weber's on Boston (845 S. Montford Ave., [410] 278-0800) tastes like Mama made it herself. Of course, there's a couple of un-Mama-like touches--fried white polenta, mixed greens, subtly spiced muffins--but the bulk of this breakfast is made up of big trays of scrambled eggs, french toast ladled with warm syrup, corned beef hash, biscuits with gravy, and every imaginable variety of breakfast meat. And what the food lacks in sophistication, the restaurant makes up for in atmosphere. Too bad you can't eat every breakfast in such a refined setting.

When most people hear the words "soul food" they think candied yams and gravy-soaked chicken and biscuits. We think of matzo-ball soup. When we need a dose of comfort food, Suburban House (911 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, [410] 484-7775) is where we turn. From Jewish favorites such as blintzes, kugel, and latkes to whitefish, lox, and consistently excellent delicatessen, this family-friendly Pikesville mainstay delivers full bellies and healed souls.

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