513 West Cold Spring Lane, Baltimore – (410) 889-5272
On Friday morning my friend Mckay and I had a gym date at 11 AM. We went out the night before and although I am an early riser, McKay on the other hand…is not. But she is usually a trooper about about doing things with me (back in the day we used to go to the gym together at 7 in the morning!) but when I called her on Friday morning to make sure she was awake…I got no answer! When she finally called back she told me she was too tired….womp womp :(. 5 minutes later she called back and said she felt bad for bailing and was going to come with me afterall! And thats why she is one of my best friends ladies and gents We had a good workout and it felt great to get in a nice sweat session before a delicious brunch/lunch with the rest of our friends at Miss Shirley’s!!!
Miss Shirley’s Cafe. is right down the street from Loyola (they also have a location downtown) Prior to this year I have only been to Miss Shirley’s a couple of times but nowadays I am going more frequently (probably because they now take our Loyola swipes…which means breakfast/lunch is on my momma…thanks mom! ;)). Anyways… Miss Shirley’s is great… it is not your typical breakfast/lunch joint…most of their dishes have a unique twist to them and all are quite delicious if I do say so myself!
Looking on their website I found the “history” behind Miss Shirley’s:
For more than 30 years, Miss Shirley McDowell did more than just cook—she educated a generation of food professionals that prepare recipes both created and inspired by her. From her days of preparing fresh hand-formed burgers at The Beef Inn in the late sixties to creating her famous Sesame Noodle Salad, Meatloaf, Texas Brisket, Salmon Cakes and Fresh Lemonade for The Classic Catering People, Miss Shirley is also remembered for her love of fresh ingredients. In fact, her favorite sandwich was freshly baked white bread, mayonnaise and thick slices of summer Maryland tomatoes.
Miss Shirley’s Cafe was lovingly created in memory of Miss Shirley’s sassy charm and sheer joy in preparing food for those she loved.
Miss Shirley McDowell 1942-2001
Miss Shirley knew how to cook…that is for sure. Everything here is absolutely delicous…I never tasted anything I didnt like (although I am sure I could find something on the menu that I don’t like haha)…Here is a sample of some of the menu items Miss Shirley’s offers:
We ordered Funky Monkey Bread (Cinnamon-scented pull-apart with bananas, chocolate & pecans) to share with the table. HEAVEN.
I ordered the Garden Omelet: Egg White Omelet with Broccoli, Tomato, Mushrooms, Spinach, Peppadews & Fresh Mozzarella. Mckay and Lauren got an omelet (not sure what kind though!)…
Hillary ordered the Portabella Power sandwich (Portabello Mushroom, Fresh Mozzarella, Sprouts, Cucumber, Bermuda Onions, Tomatoes, Roasted Peppers & Lemon-Herb Aioli on 7 Grain Bread)…bad angle but this sandwich is good!! I would have ordered this but I get it a lot so I decided to shake things up this time.
Anne ordered the Alonsoville sandwhich (Smoked Turkey, Brie, Granny Smith Apples, Sprouts, lettuce, Tomato & Honey Mustard on Ciabatta).
Kaitlyn ordered a cup of the Vegetable Maryland Crab Soup!
with some delicious sweet potato fries. half eaten…
If you are ever in the Baltimore area definitely pay a visit to Miss Shirley’s for breakfast or lunch. It is better to go during the week, though…it gets very crowed on Saturdays and Sundays!