Do you remember the line in Coming to America when Eddie Murphy blurted out “I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE”? Well that was me this weekend … literally… like for real. The children were gone for the weekend and after years of trying to make it up to Baltimore to go to Miss Shirley’s Brunch Cafe, I finally made it. I mean when we parked in front of the place I felt like I had made it to the final level of Candy Crush (is there a final level to Candy Crush or do they just keep adding on to enslave us to the game?). So the first thing I say to the hostess is “I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE”? I mean it just rolled out of my mouth. I had no control over it. But to my delight she replied in a very sincere way that matched my enthusiasm “WE ARE VERY HAPPY TO HAVE YOU HERE!” Well alright lets get down to business!!!
Although Miss Shirley’s has 2 additional locations, Baltimore Harbor and Annapolis, I wanted to go to this one as it is the original and most times the original is the best. Also I love old quaint areas. It is situated in the most darling of neighborhoods in Roland Park. You enter and its bright and airy, with families dining, college students, couples, essentially every dynamic. We were immediately seated and were assigned the most attentive of servers.
Now let me tell you the menu at Miss Shirley’s is plum ridiculous with options. Once upon a time not too long ago this would have been ok for me. But because I have been trying to drop baby weight, my poor little belly cannot attack food with the same fervor of yester year. But I still earnestly attempt. We decided to order 2 dishes and share: pancakes and a trio of sliders served with grits made with apple smoked bacon. I know you are probably thinking we could have been more adventurous than pancakes but when I tell you those were the best pancakes ever. Even the husband noted that there was a hint of something magically extra in them but we couldnt place our finger on what. The 3 sliders were House-Made Pulled Pork with local Chesapeake BBQ & Cheddar Cheese; Applewood-Smoked Bacon & Cheddar Cheese; and Spinach, Roasted Red Pepper & Goat Cheese, all with Scrambled Eggs on Mini Challah Rolls. Can You say DELICIOUS!!!!
Below are some of the dishes of the month that we didnt get to try (but we shall):
Sweet Potato Pancakes topped with Mini Marshmallows & Pecans, garnished with Cinnamon drizzle & Powdered Sugar
French Toast of the Month
Thanksgiving Stuffed French Toast; Stuffed with Smoked Turkey, Cornbread Stuffing & Sweet Potato Mash, served with Cranberry Cherry Compote & Gravy
Omelet of the Month
Eggplant Parmigiana Omelet; Grilled Eggplant, Fresh Basil Diced Tomatoes, Mozzarella & Parmesan, garnished with Fresh Mozzarella & Marinara Sauce
There is so much on the menu at Miss Shirley’s that it will take a number of trips for me to try everything. But they say life is not fully enjoyable unless you set goals for yourself so I am going to try my darndest to sample it all!!!!! And i will preface each and every visit with “I AM VERY HAPPY TO BE HERE”!!!
Miss Shirley’s Cafe
513 W. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21210
750 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
Annapolis, MD 21401