Miss Shirley’s Cafe

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Travel is most exciting to me whenever I get to a destination and I can park my car and not go to it again until we are done touring the area. I love not having to utilize my car for the rest of the time because it feels like I really unpacked and am on vacation.

The Inner Harbor allows me this luxury of unpacking one time and then traveling throughout the Inner Harbor for a few days at a time and this is the perfect location to find those perfect dining places.  Day by day I explored the Inner Harbor area and today I came upon one of the most exciting finds: a very Allergen friendly dining place.
Miss Shirley’s Café is an award-winning breakfast brunch and lunch location.  I can testify to the amount of awesome that is being dished up with every meal served!
Indulgent spirited beverages, sandwiches, breakfast foods so many Southern specialties are what we found.  We did not have to worry about cross-contamination or being turned away because we have someone with severe food allergies.  Lavishly live food and travel out loud as we head to Miss Shirley’s Cafe.

Breakfast, Brunch and Lunch

Miss Shirley’s Cafe focuses on breakfast, brunch and lunch and the earlier you get there the better.

My personal tips for dining at Miss Shirley’s for all of those that have not been here:  I would like to go there just enjoy the spirited beverages and the ability to wake up my taste buds.  Starters and beverages early in the morning before you begin touring the Inner Harbor so you’re sure to fuel up perfectly for the day.
Perhaps you just think you’re going to be hungry in the middle of the day but you don’t want to stop? Call ahead make an order pick it up and take it with you there are plenty of great locations to stop while you are touring through Inner Harbor.
If you just have to have breakfast I suggest going on in early when they open during the week at 7 AM and on the weekends at 7:30 or going there later in the day (2’ish) before they close as it does get quite crowded.  It would seem we are not the only ones to know about this Gem in the city!
There is plenty of seating, outdoor and indoor and overflow indoor seating but you want to make sure you get there during those times I listed so that you’re not there with Peak crowds.
Trust me, I’m not the only one that has found Miss Shirley’s Cafe and those that know are devout fans and they travel from far and near to enjoy and indulge  in these delicious award-winning breakfast is brunches  and lunches.

The Story 

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 Miss Shirley’s Cafe was featured on Diners, DRIVE-INS & DIVES “Family Legacies” Episode.  The food is everything that you could imagine it to be and more, as this is truly a DESTINATION not just a place that is in the Inner Harbor.
All meals have a southern tilt to them.  Miss Shirley’s Cafes were established in 2005 by Eddie Dopkin.  The restaurant was created as a tribute to a personal friend of his mother’s: Miss Shirley McDowell.  In fact, Miss Shirley was a food professional and prepared food with love… thus the resulting hashtag we all Miss Shirley Cafe lovers use “#ShirleysLove.”
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Photos taken in Miss Shirley’s E. Pratt Location

The marriage of creative recipes became solidified when Corporate Executive Chef Brigitte Bledsoe created the recipes into a menu that reflects both McDowell’s southern flare with Chef Bledsoe’s love of fresh Maryland ingredients. (the Spicy Shirley exemplifies this)
It is to be noted that the menu does change and it takes months of preparation to present a new menu. Side note: I want on that tasting panel, mmmmmm!

My Personal Thanks

I wanted to take a quick moment and provide a special thanks to Miss Shirley’s Cafe and all of its employees who provided us a most delightful, allergen-friendly dining experience along with an education of how it all began and what makes their brand awesome.
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Fresh ingredients from the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland, mind-blowing plated presentation, and great location create what I consider an upscale, casual restaurant perfect for any couple, family or solo diner.  Don’t miss your chance to dine here!

Allergen friendly 

Before we ever went, I called and made sure that they were Allergen friendly. When we got there I also announced to the hostess, and our server that my son had food allergies and we specifically listed them as we always do.  The staff absolutely catered to his food allergies without question, and notated which food we could not consume. Which leads me to the next person that I met.

Ms Stephanie

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 One of my greatest pleasures on this trip was meeting Ms. Stephanie. She is the district manager and she knows the food inside and out.  Ms. Stephanie and I went through the menu and she highlighted all of the different options that my son with food allergies could dine on. There are so many different ways that they can prepare food and are willing to prepare food that it makes them superstars in the allergen from the dining scene.

Our Server Ms. Ashley

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Ashely is the what’s what of Miss Shirley’s Cafe and has tried pretty much everything on the menu. Ashley had her favorites a few recommendations, and wait til you see what we came up with for our table! Thanks Ashley!

Starters

 There  was no shying away from the Funky Monkey Bread which was a cinnamon scented, pull-apart and loaded with bananas, chocolate and pecans.  Before it made its final landing the Funky Monkey Bread was dusted with powdered sugar and cinnamon.
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Allergen Friendly Twist on Funky Monkey Bread 

The head chef took off the bananas eliminated the pecans and guess what suddenly my son could eat food that he normally couldn’t eat when we would be out. The bread did not contain nuts and there was no honey and they did not use latex and their status meant therefore it was Allergen friendly foodie time!

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This tasted as good as it looks and I wish I could eat more through the screen LOL.
Benne Seed Peach and Goat Cheese, drizzled with honey, Buttermilk Biscuits were something my daughter and I were dying to try.
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These were nothing short of incredible. They’re pretty much no words to describe this awesome taste. I do suggest you try on your own as a starter.

Libations

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 My morning was already so spirited and so happy because I had found Allergen friendly dining for my son I decided just to keep me spirited and going I indulged in a Spicy Shirley.
Who needs a cup of coffee when you can have a little bit of Maryland the glass.
Shirley’s version of the bloody Mary and it included and Old Bay rim. Now what made this drink completely cool looking and it tasted as good as it looked was the deep Eddy citrus vodka that was garnished with the green tomato slice and pickled okra, peppers, jalapeno and the celery inside the drink. On the skewer you will also see peppadew, green olives, and a lemon and lime wedge. Of course I went all out and had 2 ounces of jumbo lump crab meat added and this just sent the drink over the top.
I would rate this drink is one of the top 10 I’ve experienced in my lifetime. I had drank quite a few bloody Mary’s (Canada Caesar’s, when I was up in Alberta, Canada (something they seem to serve a lot of) but this just kick them to the curb.(even though their Worcestershire sauce kicked theirs pretty good as well)
Basically, Miss Shirley’s is like a salad and a glass and if you just got this in an appetizer you would be good to go but of course I trudged on ate more because this foodie loves her food.

Southern Slammer Sandwich

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My daughters experience at Miss Shirley’s was an incredible taste sensation of fried green tomatoes with apple-wood bacon complete with avocado mash, cheddar cheese and then a fried egg which was served on pumpernickel. The delicious didn’t stop here as she chose her side of stone-ground grits with diced bacon.

From the time the plate was delivered to the time the plate was emptied All I heard was “this is so good”

Bay O PO’ boy

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The sandwich was decorated with jumbo lump crab cakes and eight Tabasco bacon onion jam that you would find on the side and dressed with lettuce, red and yellow tomatoes served on a Ciabatta that was dusted with old Bay completing the lavish  taste. There was nothing poor about the sandwich.

Cookies and cream stuffed French toast with a shot of milk

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My oldest son is a connoisseur of French toast and when he heard that they had an Oreo cookie in this he just could not resist. As you can see the dish just turned up the volume on breakfast and brunch dining.

 ALLERGEN FRIENDLY

 

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 You might wonder what the child with food allergies dined on? There was no question that he could eat so many of the foods and that the chef would handle any of the food allergies.  My son ordered mini Belgian  waffles with chocolate chips and dusted with powdered sugar. The smile on his face says it all.

Location

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 At this point I’m sure you’re wondering how you’re going to find this awesome dining location that is not only delicious for breakfast but for brunch and lunch as well. No worries all you have to do is look for the orange umbrellas that are set out on the sidewalk on E. Pratt St. in inner Harbor. They also have other locations in Roland Park and Annapolis. Just use my photo to find Miss Shirley’s Cafe.
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Lavishly live this foodie destination out loud and travel to Miss Shirley’s Cafe while you are Maryland.  Your stomach will thank you!
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Comments

  1. Rosey says

    How wonderful that you had this experience. I love that there was an allergen-free award winning cafe to visit!

  2. Seattle Travel Blogger says

    Neat place. The pictures look great.
    I like the idea of having a Southern Theme to the dishes.

  3. Annemarie LeBlanc says

    My cousin lives in Maryland. I will have to ask her if she and her family has ever dined at Miss Shirley’s cafe. The food photos are so awesome. It makes me want to sample them right now.

  4. Kiwi says

    Look like this place food is made with pure love. Literally I was drooling over almost everything great captures of the food!

  5. Karlaroundtheworld | Karla says

    I’d love to drop by there once I visit Maryland. Scratch that, I’d like to stay there and just fall in line at the soonest morning opening for a taste of that slammer, it looks scrumptious! The same can be said for the other highlights here and I like how the staff addressed your needs, very accommodating.

  6. Chrystal | Nevermore Lane says

    I have actually heard of this place and everything people have said is that it is amazing. One of these days I will have to start on my foodie bucket list.

  7. Liz Mays says

    I’d definitely want to stop at Miss Shirley’s Cafe on a Maryland trip. Those dishes sound great and it’s nice that they can accommodate for food allergies.
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  8. Elizabeth O. says

    That’s all so delightful and I’m glad you were able to come across this restaurant! They cater for your son’s needs and I’m sure he was delighted to be able to eat the food they prepared without having to worry about his allergies!

  9. Nikki Wayne says

    I like tot try the funky monkey bread. This is a nice cafe, I like the ambiance too because it is so cozy!

  10. Pam says

    I love how alley friendly Mrs. Shirley’s is. My daughter has celiac and it can be hard to find places that can cater to her.

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