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11 Best Breakfast Spots in Baltimore

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Baltimore, a city steeped in history and culture, knows how to start the day right with a hearty breakfast. The finest breakfast spots in Baltimore are where locals and visitors alike gather to fuel up with morning delights. From classic diners serving up stacks of fluffy pancakes and sizzling bacon to modern eateries crafting innovative breakfast creations, the options are as diverse as the city itself. Whether you’re in the mood for a traditional eggs benedict, a Southern-inspired biscuit sandwich, or a vegan-friendly smoothie bowl, Baltimore’s breakfast scene has you covered. These spots offer not only delicious food but also a cozy and inviting atmosphere that makes every morning memorable. So, join us on a journey to discover the top breakfast spots that make Charm City’s mornings bright and flavorful.


Miss Shirley’s Cafe

Multiple locations
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Miss Shirley's Cafe Baltimore
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Baltimore’s adoration for Miss Shirley’s in Roland Park prompted the owners to open two more locations in the Inner Harbor and BWI Airport. Each one offers warm hospitality and a menu full of creative concoctions. Miss Shirley’s unique drinks and entrees are the recurring topics of countless publications, including Food Network and Southern Living. If you have a sweet tooth, their award-winning pancakes are a must. My friends and I shared a plate of banana chocolate chip pancakes and weren’t disappointed! If you’re a savory breakfast person, order the flavorful Chicken N’ Cheddar Green Onion Waffles. Wash it all down with a refreshing morning cocktail, like the Summer Crush!


Blue Moon Cafe

1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231
410-522-3940
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Are you looking for a breakfast joint that reflects Baltimore’s spirit? Visit Blue Moon Cafe off Aliceanna Street and South Broadway. Founder Sarah Simington, and her mother, Sherri, teamed up to create a diner that represents their personality, brings people together, and is exciting to visit. The outdoor building is splashed in brazen blue paint while bold rock and roll decor covers the interior, but that’s hardly the best part. Guy Fieri wasn’t exaggerating when he called Blue Moon Cafe the definition of comfort food. Large servings full of flavor cover each plate. Don’t leave without trying the Cap’n Crunch-crusted French Toast. The meal is enough to warrant a return trip to Baltimore.


Spoons

24 E Cross St, Baltimore, MD 21230
43-884-2372
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Spoons is a cozy cafe between Charles and Light Street off East Cross Street. The owners believe in old-fashioned cooking and coffee-brewing, making for a homey environment and taste. It’s honestly one of my favorite places to eat overall in Baltimore. Most visitors are impressed to learn that Spoons hand roasts their coffee and prepares all their food from scratch. The restaurant flaunts creative hot and iced coffees. Opt for a warm Oatmeal Cookie Latte on a cold day and a Sweet Cream Shakerato on a warm day. If you’re a caffeine fiend like me, the sweet four-shot espresso White Lightning drink won’t disappoint! The restaurant is also known for its fluffy homemade biscuits. Locals will wait hours to get their fix, so make sure you arrive early!

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Saturday Morning Cafe

236 S. High Street, 111 Water St, Baltimore, MD 21202
410-244-8249
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Conveniently located in Downtown Baltimore, on President Street between Pratt and Eastern, Saturday Morning Cafe is a lowkey restaurant serving breakfast all day. Regulars describe the cozy spot as upbeat and friendly. Although a mere nook, it’s always busy, so arrive early if you’re in a rush! Once you get there, you may feel overwhelmed by the options. My go-to is the Southern Biscuits with Sausage and Gravy. In true Baltimore fashion, there’s also a highly recommended seafood omelet. Regardless of what you order, one of the diner’s large servings is the fuel you need to peruse the nearby historic district afterward.


Teavolve

1401 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231
410-522-1907
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Teavolve is the perfect spot to relax before a busy day in the city. The breakfast cafe runs on good vibes and quality flavors. Teavolve is best known for its tasty, eye-appeasing specialty drinks, such as its red velvet and Nutella mocha latte. If coffee isn’t your thing, Teavolve also has boba, loose-leaf tea, sangria, daiquiris, and more! Pair one of the unique drinks with a delicious breakfast entree. Every time I visit Baltimore, I indulge in the seafood and am never let down! Teavolve’s crab and egg croissant sandwich certainly maintained my standard.


Broadway Diner

6501 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224
410-631-5666
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If you prefer old-school diners, try Broadway Diner on the southeast corner of Eastern Avenue and Kane Street. The retro-feeling environment is known for its cleanliness, kind staff, and large servings. Sit at the breakfast bar or get cozy in a booth complete with a mini-jukebox. The diner has both sweet and savory options that are enticing. That’s why I ordered the chicken and waffles! My favorite thing about Broadway Diner is that they serve breakfast all day. In the mood for breakfast at dinner? No problem! Be sure to stop by their dessert case on the way out.


David and Dad’s Cafe

115 N Charles St, Baltimore, MD 21201
410-547-0550
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David and Dad’s Cafe is a family-owned American eatery on the corner of Charles and Lexington Street in the Cathedral Hill Historic District. The cafe is inside the old headquarters of the Baltimore Central Savings Bank. Built in 1895, many guests enter out of historical interest but stay for the gourmet coffee, fair prices, and enticing eats. The staff makes all the food from scratch and even prepares a few family recipes. During my visit, I ordered the D&D breakfast bowl and a cappuccino. The restaurant is a nice escape from the busy city and the perfect place to get work done if you’re on a work trip, as they also offer WiFi.

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Pete’s Grille

3130 Greenmount Ave, Baltimore, MD 21218
410-467-7698

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Pete’s Grille has been in business for over 50 years and has been recognized as the Best Breakfast in Baltimore multiple times. The counter setting makes for a friendly, old-fashioned environment hard to find elsewhere. The food is quick, and the service is good. Best of all, you can see the cooks prepare your meal from the counter, ensuring its quality! Olympic athlete Michael Phelps complimented Pete’s Grille on their enormous servings, and he wasn’t lying! I ordered a western omelet and took a blueberry waffle for later. Both were filling and fresh. If you’re looking for a quick but delicious breakfast, Pete’s Grille is the place for you.


Pitango Bakery + Cafe

903 S Ann St, Baltimore, MD 21231
443-676-6447
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Located on the waterfront in the historic Fells Point neighborhood, Pitango Bakery + Cafe is the best spot to delve into Baltimore’s culture. Authentic ingredients and recipes enhance the ideal location. A portion of the city’s beloved Pitango Gelato, Pitango Bakery only offers the highest quality food. Drawing inspiration from traditional Italian bakeries, Pitango bakes fresh bread every day, imports prosciutto from Italy, and hand rolls their croissants. Believe me–you can taste the difference! During my visit, I tried a red sandwich and ordered a chocolate croissant to go. Both warrant endless recommendations!


Sip & Bite

2200 Boston St, Baltimore, MD 21231
410-675-7077
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Featured on “Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives,” Sip & Bite is best known for its crab cakes, but their breakfast is just as worthy. In Business since 1948, the family-owned restaurant serves Greek-inspired food and is widely accepted as a Baltimore landmark. You can find Sip & Bite where Aliceanna meets Boston Street. The staff is warm and primarily concerned with high-quality customer service and taste, so if you’re looking for somewhere that feels like home, this is it! During my visit, I tried the regular-recommended sweet potato pancakes, topped with candied pecans and salted caramel. I balanced out the sugar with a classic bloody mary and left highly satisfied!


Southside Diner

893 E Fort Ave, Baltimore, MD 21230
410-727-7067
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Located inside the Southside Marketplace off east Fort Avenue and Key Highway, Southside Diner is an old-feel breakfast eatery. Run by brother duo Nick and Steve, they prioritize creating a personable and comfortable environment for guests. This makes the diner a perfect change of pace from the bustling city. The menu is simple, reasonably priced, and full of flavorful options. I couldn’t resist trying the crab cake, so I ordered a Chespaeke Benedict and was impressed! During your visit, you’ll find the diner filled with regulars, equally as kind as the staff.

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Why Trust Us?

When it comes to local restaurant recommendations, we pride ourselves on being a reliable and trustworthy resource. Our suggestions are not just based on our personal experiences, ensuring a more authentic and well-rounded perspective, but also on extensive online research. We diligently searched the internet and reviewed 6 credible sites and blogs, including Tripadvisor.com and Baltimore.org. 

We compiled all the findings in one location and sorted them by the frequency of mentions to ensure you receive top-notch recommendations. We strive to present you with a curated list of establishments that truly stand out, allowing you to enjoy the best dining experiences possible. 

Interested in the sources we consulted? Check out the list of all 6 sites we referenced below this paragraph, offering transparency and an opportunity for our readers to explore further. Our commitment is to deliver trustworthy and unparalleled recommendations, helping you make informed decisions on your culinary journeys.

https://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurants-g60811-zfp2-Baltimore_Maryland.html
https://baltimore.org/what-to-do/best-breakfast-and-brunch-spots-in-baltimore/
https://foursquare.com/top-places/baltimore/best-places-breakfast-food
https://www.baltimoremagazine.com/section/fooddrink/best-brunch-spots-baltimore/
https://dctravelmag.com/breakfast-in-baltimore/
https://wanderlog.com/list/geoCategory/10759/best-breakfast-and-brunch-in-baltimore

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Written by Brian Nagele

Brian attended West Virginia University, then started his career in the IT industry before following his passion for marketing and hospitality. He has over 20 years experience in the restaurant and bar industry.

As a former restaurant owner, he knows about running a food business and loves to eat and enjoy cocktails on a regular basis. He constantly travels to new cities tasting and reviewing the most popular spots.

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