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Whenever people ask me what I like about Baltimore, I always mention its great food scene. One of my favorite weekend activities is going out for brunch and spending time with friends. Not only is brunch a fun excuse to dress cute, but also explore different neighborhoods in the city. Read below to learn about my recommendations!   


Barcocina is a popular spot for Loyola students to celebrate special occasions with friends and take in a waterfront view. The contemporary Mexican restaurant in Fell’s Point has a wide menu with both weekday and weekend brunch. Whenever I’ve gone there for brunch, I like the Ancho Cinnamon French Toast. Since Barcocina is often busy, making a reservation is helpful.  


1629 Thames Street, Baltimore, MD 21231   

Miss Shirley’s Café  

Miss Shirley’s serves Southern comfort breakfast and lunch foods all day. Since the restaurant’s Roland Park location is only a short walk from Loyola’s campus, I have been here many times. While my go-to order is the Chocolate and White Chocolate Chip Pancakes with Strawberry Lemonade, I’ve also tried some excellent specials. Miss Shirley’s is also very accommodating of their customers’ dietary restrictions.  


  • 513 W. Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore, MD 21210  
  • 750 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202  
  • 1 Park Place, Annapolis, MD 21401  
  • BWI Airport Concourse A, Baltimore, MD 21240   

Papermoon Diner  

Papermoon Diner’s eclectic atmosphere filled with vintage toys and sculptures is reason enough to check out this restaurant. It has an extensive menu that makes it hard to pick what to get, but you can’t really go wrong. I recommend trying one of the milkshake flavors and a delicious sandwich like the Southern Turkey B.L.T. Papermoon Diner is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays, but is open from 8 a.m. to 7 a.m. the rest of the week.  


227 W. 29th Street, Baltimore, MD 21211  

Blue Moon  

You can find Blue Moon Café in Fell’s Point and Blue Moon Too in Federal Hill, another section of Baltimore. This local staple serves yummy and Instagram-worthy dishes like Captain Crunch French Toast or an Eggs Benedict. I’ve been to both Blue Moon locations and had a pleasant experience. Most recently, I had the Pumpkin Pancakes with fresh apple slices and whipped cream!  


  • Blue Moon Café: 1621 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21231 
  • Blue Moon Too: 1024 Light Street, Baltimore, MD 21230 

Blackwall Hitch  

I tried Blackwall Hitch, located near the Inner Harbor, for the first time this semester and it did not disappoint. The restaurant has several seafood options with traditional American menu items as well. Inspired by London’s Blackwall Port, Blackwall Hitch’s industrial and nautical design is intriguing. I enjoyed the Belgian waffle with Rye toast when I ate there.  


700 E. Pratt Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 

Whether you prefer something sweet or savory, these restaurants will satisfy your taste buds. When I visit Baltimore after graduating from Loyola, I’ll be sure to fit brunch into my visit. Time to start planning your next brunch adventure in Charm City!  

Samantha is a senior and writer for Her Campus at Loyola University Maryland. She's a Communications major specializing in Advertising and Public Relations with a minor in Marketing. During her free time, Samantha loves discovering new music, fashion trends, food, running, and binge-watching Netflix.
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