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Woke Up, Got Out of Bed

Pete's Grille · Blue Moon Café and Espresso Bar · Bel-Loc Diner · Suburban House · Golden West Café · Cinnamon House · Jimmy's Restaurant

Tom Chalkley
Sam Holden
Golden West Café

Eat Special Issue 1998

The Hours and the Times A Day in the Life of Baltimore Dining

Woke Up, Got Out of Bed Pete's Grille · Blue Moon Café and Espresso Bar · Bel-Loc Diner · Suburban House · Golden West Café · Cinnamon House · Jimmy's Restaurant

Baltimore, the City that Brunches Morning Edition Café · Weber's on Boston · Loco Hombre · Regi's American Bistro · Louie's Bookstore Café · Mount Vernon Stable and Saloon · Hull Street Blues · Grand Palace

The Noon Whistle Women's Industrial Exchange · Thairish · Silk Road Café · Suzie's Soba · Faidley's Seafood · Caribbean Kitchen · Minato Japanese Restaurant · The Bridge · Silk Road · Troia Bistro at the Walters · Caf

Meet Me at the Trough New No Da Ji · Sushi Chalet · Mughal Garden · Akbar · Bombay Grill · Attman's Authentic New York Delicatessen · The Roost · The Yellow Bowl · Micah's Cafeteria

Not Now, I'm on Break The Daily Grind · Funk's Democratic Coffee Spot · Donna's Coffee Bar · City Café · Java Joe's · One World Café · Strand Cybercafé · Coney Island

Get Happy Brass Elephant · Neon Moon · Globe Brewing Co. · The Brewer's Art · The Wharf Rat · John Steven, Ltd. · Kisling's · J.C.'s Bar and Grill · Nick's Inner Harbour Seafood Co. · Birds of a Feather · Bertha's

The Dinner Bell Breakfast is about responsibility, lunch is about sustenance, but dinner . . . dinner is about oppor...

Old Baltimore Haussner's · Martick's · Sabatino's · Da Mimmo · Palmer House · Gunning's Crab House · Bo Brooks · Obrycki's · Ikaros · Uncle Lee's Szechuan Restaurant · Tony Cheng's Szechuan Restaurant · Jerry's Bel

Road Kill The Fine Art of Dining à la Curb | By Joe MacLeod

New Baltimore Joy American Café · Sotto Sopra · Zodiac · Holy Frijoles · Corks · The Wild Mushroom · Jr. · Ruby Lounge

New Old Baltimore Winterling's · Mamie's Café · The Trolley Stop · Morgan Millard · Bay Breeze · Owl Bar · La Tavola · Opa

Big Night Baltimore The Black Olive · Tersiguel's · Kings Contrivance · Rudy's 2900 · Pierpoint · The Prime Rib · Tio Pepe's

TV Dinners Mediterranean Palace · Sushi Café · Iola Café · Al Pacino Café · Ledo Pizza · Tamber's Nifty Fifties Dining · Banjara/Singh Express · Chokchai

Out-of-Town Baltimore Braznell's Caribbean Kitchen · Saigon Restaurant · Thai Restaurant · Matsuri · Lisa's Cofee House · Ze Mean Bean Café · Blue Nile · Azeb's Ethiopian Restaurant · The Helmand · Ariana Restaurant

Out-of-Towner Baltimore Hard Rock Café · Baltimore Brewing Co. · Waterfront · Lista's · Joe Theismann's · Della Notte · Phillip's

Where Everybody Knows Your Name Café Tattoo · Sisson's Restaurant · Henninger's · Alonso's · Charles Village Pub · Mick O'Shea's · Kelly's · Buddies Pub & Jazz Club · Swallow at the Hollow · Peter's Inn

Cast Party Henry & Jeff's/Arrogant Director · La Tesso Tano · Thai Landing · Café Zen · Spike and Charlie's

Sweet Surrender Cheesecake Factory · Vaccaro's · Café Hon · Riverside Roastery and Espresso

In the Midnight Hour Valentino's · Captain James Landing · Sip & Bite · Double-T Diner · Gampy's · Nam Kang

Posted 2/25/1998

Breakfast is far too important to slough off with some high-fiber nutribar, or a foil-wrapped "bagel," or a cardboard cup of coffee that's as likely to slosh into your lap as to swish into your mouth as you curse the traffic. No, breakfast requires time, and attention, and care lavished upon you and your food. So maybe you don't get to your desk by the stroke of 9. Remind the boss that a full worker is a happy worker, and a happy worker is a productive worker, and all of that productivity will undoubtedly make up for the fact that you're a half-hour late. Cite studies to back you up--you can probably find something quick and dirty on the Internet. Start looking as soon as the boss goes away.

Pete's Grille (3130 Greenmount Ave., [410] 467-7698) is a blue-ribbon diner blessed with both neighborhood charm and terrific food (at, may we add, terrific prices). Breakfast at Pete's means heavenly hash browns, fluffy pancakes, and waffles made from scratch. It means perfect bacon and a coffee cup perpetually filled to the rim. As a matter of fact, we like to say that breaking fast at Pete's is a metaphor for living a successful life: simple, perhaps even old-fashioned pleasures, simply enjoyed. You won't find fancy foods with unpronounceable foreign names at Pete's, but you will find good cheer, community, and one of the best breakfasts anywhere.

The most celestial café in Fells Point, the Blue Moon Café and Espresso Bar (1621 Aliceanna St., [410] 522-3940) is especially notable for its fabulous baked goods (homemade biscuits! cinnamon rolls to die for!) and killer coffee. The cheerful service, homemade jellies on the table, and eclectic, jazzy background music are just so much gravy. The Blue Moon serves an important function in Baltimore's breakfast universe, being the best (and, as far as we know, only) place to get a deluxe breakfast, nay, make that brunch, on a weekday--until 3 p.m. ! And the café's deep indigo lunar-motif décor is a soothing environment in which to break your fast and prepare to face the day . . . even if you day begins at about, say, noon.

The late, great cartoonist B. Kliban advised against eating anything bigger than your head. But then he probably wasn't acquainted with the oversized omelets at the Bel-Loc Diner (Loch Raven Boulevard and Joppa Road, [410] 668-2525) which, depending on the circumference of your noggin, may well fall within this no-eat zone. Cholesterol be damned, these primrose mammoths are tasty, no matter what you choose to stuff 'em with. (Naturally, the Bel serves up every other greasy breakfast staple you can imagine; it's a diner after all.)

Of course, for some people breakfast doesn't mean eggs or spuds or bacon and sausage. Especially not bacon or sausage. At Suburban House (911 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, [410] 484-7775) you can pacify your inner Jew with soul-satisfying servings of bagels, blintzes, chopped liver, and all manner of smoked fish.

Golden West Café (842 W. 36th St., [410] 889-8891) has rendered homemade breakfasts obsolete. On weekends you can enjoy all of this warm, homey atmosphere, golden sunlight, and hearty, tasty food without breaking an egg or cleaning a skillet yourself. The standout breakfast burrito bursts with potatoes, green chiles, and the fluffiest scrambled eggs in Baltimore. Coffee drinkers can get a buzz going and, no matter what tea you choose, you'll drink it from the largest mug you've ever seen. Not a big eater? The sweet, moist chocolate-chip or blueberry muffins are the perfect way to start your day.

We're pretty sure Cinnamon House (Lexington Market, [410] 727-2162) got its name in recognition of the size of its feature product. The soft, warm, sweet, comforting cinnamon buns available at this Market mainstay are big enough for their own zip code, and are available in plain ($1.25), sticky ($1.25), raisin ($1.35), fruit ($1.45), and pecan-laced ($1.50) permutations. Just one of these bad boys can serve four. Induce an insulin-shock coma by requesting a generous ladling of icing, which costs extra only on the sticky bun. Maybe that's a safety feature.

Breakfast at Fells Point's Jimmy's Restaurant (801 S. Broadway, [410] 327-3273) is a longstanding tradition for many Mobtowners, who jockey for position at the checkered-tablecloth tables to soak up the latest headlines (and the latest gossip) along with thick slabs of meaty scrapple, light and fluffy pancakes, perfect eggs, and some of the best home fries in town. Add a cup of OJ, a mug of regular or fancy joe, and a cheerful "Mornin', hon" from one of the waitresses and you've got yourself the quintessential Baltimore breakfast experience.

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