Homey, warm and always bustling, the award winning breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, Miss Shirley’s Café, has been a local favorite for over a decade. The restaurant, which is known for its creative, southern-inspired comfort food with a Maryland twist, started with one small location in Roland Park. After outgrowing the original space, Miss Shirley’s moved to a larger Roland Park location and opened two more restaurants – one in the Inner Harbor in 2008, and another in Annapolis in 2011.

Named one of America’s Favorite Family-Friendly Restaurants by FoodNetwork.com, Miss Shirley’s prides themselves on providing warm hospitality, prompt and professional service, and delicious dishes to guest of all ages.  As a local, family-owned and operated establishment, this recent award is especially close to our hearts!

Miss Shirley’s is a first come, first serve restaurant and it’s a popular spot, especially on weekends, so families with hungry children might want to call ahead before arriving. (Pro tip: Families with kids who are early risers have an advantage during the often crowded weekends at Miss Shirley’s; they can arrive early and snag seats before those who sleep later start to pile in!)

Wild About Breakfast and Lunch at Miss Shirley's - (cool) progeny

One of our favorite restaurant features is the kids’ menu, which includes key breakfast and lunch classics, like mini Belgian waffles and silver dollar pancakes, a fried chicken slider and an excellent grilled cheese. These menu items are served with healthy side choices including steamed broccoli or Apple Sauce made with 100% American Grown Apples. Served in souvenir cups to take home, drink options include squeezed fresh juices, Shirley Temples or sustainably sourced whole, skim or chocolate milk from Kreider Farms in Lancaster, PA. The menu favorite is definitely the mini Belgian waffles — with the addition of Chocolate Chips or Fresh Banana, Blackberry, Blueberry Strawberry or Raspberry.

They recently added Dirt and Worms to the dessert menu and we’re predicting that it will be a crowd pleaser with kids AND kids-at-heart!

Kids with bigger appetites will also find a lot to love on the regular menu, which is split between breakfast items packed with flavor (both savory and sweet!) and lunch-ready soups and sandwiches. Kids who get a kick out of limited edition seasonal items will go crazy for the restaurant’s monthly pancake, French toast and omelet specials.

Miss Shirley’s takes food allergies very seriously. The entire restaurant is peanut-free and the menu includes many allergy-friendly options, including numerous gluten-free items.In fact, their allergy policy requires that all servers ask guests “Are there any food allergies at the table?” before any order can be placed. If an allergy is present at the table the server is to alert the manager, who will then work with the guest and chef to accommodate the allergy or dietary restriction.  The goal is to make each guest, child or adult, with an allergy feel comfortable and included with his or her dining experience.

Haven’t experienced Miss Shirley’s? Join us for our Pajama Brunch on July 28th or visit them during Baltimore Restaurant Week!

Miss Shirley’s Cafe

Locations in Roland Park, Inner Harbor, and Annapolis
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Editor’s Note:  All photos by Wendy Hickok, Wendy Hickok Photography.


Baltimore Summer Restaurant Week runs through July 27 – August 5th. Baltimore is a delicious city. Try somewhere new, grab lunch instead of eating at your desk, have a date night (or three). Restaurants aren’t skimping on the food, instead they are showcasing their chefs and menus in hopes of luring you back as a forever customer.  Two-course brunch and lunch menus range from $12-20. Three-course dinner menus range from $20-$35. Reservations are not required to get the deals, but recommended.