Baltimore is the largest city in Maryland and a bustling seaport that combines historical landmarks with a newly renovated urban feel. Explore it over a tasty brunch; we’ve picked the ten best places to have a late breakfast in this captivating city.
The Food Market is set in a modern industrial kitchen housed in what was once an old grocery store. Chef Chad Gauss has won multiple awards for his gourmet comfort-food cooking here. Try the trio of turkey-sausage tacos which come packed with delicious ingredients, such as chorizo-style ground turkey and whipped avocado. Boasting over four different types of Bloody Marys and a wide variety of champagne cocktails, The Food Market is the perfect place for a deliciously boozy, yet comforting, brunch.
A trendy industrial warehouse-style structure with a brick patio, Langermann’s offers a chic twist on Southern food. Serving low country cuisine, the restaurant offers cooking that is traditionally linked to the South Carolina coastal plain, from Charleston to Savannah. For a unique Baltimore twist on a classic brunch food, try the shrimp and grits or heirloom tomatoes stacked with goat cheese, crumbled bacon, vinaigrette, and field greens; for the more adventurous, they also offer fried green tomatoes and she-crab soup.
A cheerful, family-owned little restaurant in Lauraville, Maggie’s Farm uses locally sourced farm ingredients in order to provide what they call their ‘trademark blend of globally inspired comfort food.’ Brunch specials include the fried chicken and rosemary waffle with organic locally sourced chicken, hangover-remedy chilaquiles, and rotating specials that use ingredients from the weekend dinner menu. Signature brunch cocktails include Matthew’s Bloody MFA, boozy lemonades, a 32 oz mason jar mojito, and more.
Loved by brunch devotees, Wine Market offers a contemporary twist on classic American fare, along with a vast selection of wines from the attached wine shop. The building is spacious and bright, with large windows overlooking the foundry building nearby, and the decór is best described as warehouse-chic. The deconstructed ambience pairs perfectly with retro dishes, such as market fries, which come dusted with cayenne pepper, and a classic mac ‘n’ cheese. Try the infamous fried oysters; not classic brunch fare, but wonderfully addictive.
A renovated old factory, Woodberry Kitchen is a trendy rustic-chic, yet upscale, restaurant that provides a refined twist to classic American fare. Boasting locally sourced ingredients from Chesapeake farmers, the breakfast menu offers the quaintly named bake shop on a board, with a variety of fresh-baked croissants, coffee cakes, muffins, and scones, while the seasonal menu offers traditional brunch dishes, such as the gold potato hash brown spiced up with shiitake mushrooms, patty pan squash, and fish pepper honey. Make sure you make a reservation; Woodberry is well-deservedly popular among locals and tourists alike.
A family-owned pub with a warm, inviting atmosphere, the Victoria Gastro Pub serves sophisticated and innovative twists on classic pub fare, topped off by an eclectic beer and wine list. Brunch items range from the classic English breakfast to the more adventurous lobster and grits. Now in their eighth year of business, the gastropub’s culinary exploits have not gone unnoticed; if you want to be sure of a spot during the weekend rush, make sure to call ahead for a reservation.
Miss Shirley’s Café is an award-winning restaurant that prides itself on its Southern cuisine. Their menu features eclectic Southern-inspired dishes with a Maryland twist, such as the crab cake and fried green tomato Eggs Benedict, an original Miss Shirley’s dish and the benne seed chicken ‘n’ waffles. The locally owned, family-friendly restaurant also offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options, as well as allergy-conscious made-to-order dishes.
If you’re an art fan, make sure to check out Gertrude’s, a classic little restaurant located inside the Baltimore Museum of Art. Enjoy house-made soda flavours, such as blood orange or ruby red grapefruit, while enjoying an internationally renowned collection of 19th century sculpture on a serenely elegant patio. Charming décor and a relaxing ambiance provides the perfect backdrop for upscale Chesapeake cuisine, such as oysters on a half-shell or their renowned cream of crab soup. If you’re coming for breakfast then order the Eggs Gertrude, which includes broiled crab cakes and perfectly poached eggs with hollandaise.
An Inner Harbor landmark that offers a sweeping view of the Baltimore cityscape, Rusty Scupper is an upscale seafood restaurant and the perfect choice for a fine-dining brunch enthusiast. Its brunch consists of a buffet with a variety of fresh seafood items, as well as more traditional breakfast fare. If you’re looking for a raw bar, classic Belgian waffles, and a smoked salmon and whitefish platter all in the same place, look no further.
Located in Baltimore’s Harbor East inside the Four Seasons Hotel, Wit & Wisdom, Michael Mina’s tavern offers a contemporary Eastern seaboard twist on comfort food. Enjoy views of Baltimore’s iconic Inner Harbor while relaxing over handcrafted cocktails and a wine list featuring the vintages from the best American winemakers. The brunch buffet features live music, a carving station with both meat and fish, a make-your-own-omelet station, and a raw bar with a variety of fresh shellfish straight from the Chesapeake Bay including oysters on the half shell topped with a champagne mignonette.