We’ve recently highlighted the wonderful nearby town Annapolis and its historic district, and of course, we’re always singing the praises of Baltimore. But we wanted to give a little more attention to one of the special things that Annapolis and Baltimore share: Miss Shirley’s. (For more recommendations, check out our free area vacation guide!)
With a location in Annapolis and another on Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, Miss Shirley’s is, put simply, one of the best places to get brunch in all of Maryland.
Miss Shirley’s Cafe combines Southern fundamentals with the Chesapeake in ways that are simply delicious. First opened in 2005 by restaurateur and Baltimore native Eddie Dopkin, Miss Shirley’s Café was created as a tribute to an inspirational employee and personal friend, Miss Shirley McDowell.
Miss Shirley’s Café has gained national press attention from the likes of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Food Network Magazine, but has maintained its local resonance with consistent praise from Zagat, Baltimore Magazine and What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine. Also, named Maryland’s Favorite Restaurant by the Restaurant Association of Maryland, and seen on Food Network’s Diner’s, Drive-Ins & Dives, Family Legacies episode.
Just because it’s morning doesn’t mean it’s too early for a cocktail! The house-made drinks at Miss Shirley’s pair perfectly with brunch.
Specialties include your classic Mimosa; the Spicy Shirley (a cousin to a Bloody Mary); the Bloody Good “Union,” that combines local Golden Ale with vodka, Bloody Mary Mix, two slices of smoked jalapeno bacon, pickled okra, and an Old Bay rim; a Southern Ruby Crush highlighting grapefruit; and a luscious Salted Caramel Apple Cider. If you go before winter’s over, the alcoholic S’mores Hot Chocolate is simply divine.
You can’t call yourself a Southern restaurant without fried green tomatoes. The ones at Miss Shirley’s are served with Chow Chow and Lemon-Herb Aioli—and crab meat if you like!
The Bloody Mary Deviled Eggs are a fresh and spicy take on a classic. The Cone of Sweet Potato Fries will have you feeling like a kid again.
Miss Shirley’s offers comfortable favorites with amazing twists, such as the House Made Hot Tots—tots filled with spinach, shitake mushrooms, and goat cheese. The Cornbread Squares are served with Blackberry Bourbon Jam.
And, of course, the Chesapeake is represented with staples like Fried Buffalo Oysters and the Blackened Shrimp Pimento Skillet.
You simply can’t go wrong with house favorites like Benne Seed Chicken ‘N Waffles, the Sunrise Skillet featuring pulled pork BBQ, and Coconut Cream Filled French Toast.
The next time you find yourself craving brunch, come stay with us at the nearby Wayside Inn. Our historic inn in Ellicott City is convenient to Baltimore, Annapolis, and Washington DC with all the charm of a small historic American town. Our free Howard County vacation guide will help you plan your stay!