Baltimore is known for the restaurants that not only have food that permeates through the salty air of the Inner Harbor, but also for the restaurants that fill the bellies of people visiting the outskirts of the Inner Harbor in Baltimore proper. Like seafood? The Inner Harbor has many options for what Baltimore is known for: crabs and crab cakes. However, the outskirts of Baltimore offer their fair share of awesome seafood places. Sadly, Crabby Dick’s closed in 2007 (they’re still in Lewes, Delaware, however!), but there are many great restaurants around Baltimore and Fells Point. Love Southern food, or barbeque? Baltimore has it. Middle Eastern? Baltimore has that too. Italian or French? You bet, Baltimore has it. You can find just about anything in Baltimore as they offer food for every palette.
1Miss Shirley’s Café
I love Miss Shirley’s Café! Located on East Pratt Street, I love visiting Miss Shirley’s Café before I visit the Civil War Museum and the National Aquarium. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming; the wait staff are quick to strike up a conversation. The first time I visited, my waitress mentioned that if I was here a few hours ago, I could have met a few players of the Ravens. I was sad that I missed the opportunity, but maybe next time. I can tell it is a community favorite because Miss Shirley’s Café was a buzz with laughter, conversations, and children’s screams. It wasn’t obnoxiously loud, however.
Miss Shirley’s Café’s fare is Southern Americana. They have the best chicken and waffles, which is a soul food favorite. Chicken and waffles is usually served with fried chicken, butter, and syrup; it is also a dish that is very popular in Baltimore. The way the Café fries the chicken is done just right and has the right amount of spice that isn’t too overpowering. The waffles are light and fluffy. Maybe chicken and waffles aren’t your thing, Miss Shirley’s Café also offers other soul food favorites such as fried green tomatoes, grits, crab cakes, po’boys (traditional sandwich from Louisiana that is almost always consists of meat, which is usually roast beef, fried seafood, or chicken), burgers, and so much more. Miss Shirley’s Café’s prices are also very reasonable—you won’t go broke dining there.