Baltimore is neither a southern town nor a northern one. Mid-Atlantic, thank you very much. But when you have a taste for comfort food that only southern cooking can provide, Baltimore has several solid options. Chief among them: Miss Shirley's Cafe.
For years at its Roland Park location, and more recently at its second spot inside the Constellation Energy building downtown (that's the location reviewed here), Miss Shirley's has delivered southern breakfast and lunch staples worthy of acclaim.
- Authentic southern cooking
- Breakfast served for lunch as well
- Friendly, quality service
- Downtown location lacks parking
- Doesn't take reservations, and the line can be long
- Address: 750 E. Pratt St.
- Phone: 410-528-5373
- Hours: Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Prices: Appetizers: $3.49-$9.99; Entrees: $6.99-$16.99
Guide Review - Miss Shirley's Cafe (downtown)
The walls say it all.
Walk into the funky space in the Constellation Energy building downtown occupied by the second Miss Shirely's Cafe, and immediately you'll notice the loads of various "Best of Baltimore" awards the adorn the walls.
For years loyal diners in search of southern comfort cooking have sworn by Miss Shirely's in Roland Park, and now, the downtown location is picking up right where the uptown location, well, still hasn't left off.
Start with the deviled eggs topped with crab. Four half-eggs are obscured on the plate by massive chunks of crab. It's a great way to start off breakfast or lunch. As is the fried okra, perfect round bite-sized pieces of the southern vegetable fried to perfection.
For breakfast, there are a dizzying array of pancake selections, and an equal number of delicious-looking sandwiches. The ingredients of the Southern Slammer, fried Green tomato, applewood-smoked bacon, avocado, white cheddar cheese and egg on pumpernickel, mesh perfectly. It's a breakfast sandwich that's fulfilling without being greasy.
The lunch menu (both breakfast and lunch are available whenever the restaurant is open) is packed full of meat and seafood sandwiches. Hog Wild on a That's How We Roll is a particular favorite. The house-made slow-roasted Carolina pulled pork sandwich is topped with cole slaw. It's sweet, not particularly juicy, but it gets the job done.
Miss Shirley's Cafe might be just another restaurant if it were in Birmingham or Biloxi, but for Baltimore, it's just the right flavor.