Brunch in Baltimore

Best Places for Brunch in Baltimore

It's not breakfast, it's not lunch. Brunch is the best of both worlds (bloody marys! mimosas!), and Baltimore is packed with great places for a leisurely Sunday meal. Brunch in Baltimore is a treasure, and these are the places serving the best treats.

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  • 01 of 09

    550 Light St.
    410-234-0550

    Champagne brunch at Brightons in the InterContinental Hotel includes complimentary house champagne, Kir Royale, mimosas and freshly squeezed orange or grapefruit juices. Select an appetizer and entrée, then enjoy the buffet table filled with fresh fruit and cheeses. Finish with a wide selection of creative desserts.

  • 02 of 09

    801 Eastern Ave.
    410-837-5500

    The food is just one of the attractions at this Little Italy restaurant, which pairs brunch with jazz on Sundays. There are breakfast options along with Italian dishes on the a la carte menu.

  • 03 of 09

    **Gertrude's - Charles Village

    10 Art Museum Dr.
    410-889-3399

    Located in the Baltimore Museum of Art, Gertrude's is famed chef John Shields' masterpiece of Maryland food. Served Saturday and Sunday, the a la carte brunch menu features delicious dishes like Eggs Crabette, spicy east-meets-west crab cakes with poached eggs and tomato on a toasted English muffin with a tomato-jalapeno hollandaise sauce. Also great are the Tilghman Island Eggs, single-fry oysters, poached eggs and tomato on a toasted English muffin, hollandaise sauce on top. The food and its beautiful setting inside the museum and outside on a terrace near a reflecting pool make Gertrude's one of my favorite brunch spots in the city.

  • 04 of 09

    Helen's Garden - Canton

    2908 O'Donnell St.
    410-276-2233

    Served on both Saturday and Sunday, the a la carte menu includes omelettes, pancakes, French toast, and bagels. Helen's serves reliably good, inexpensive food in a nice relaxing environment (considerably less crazy than most other Canton Square locales).
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  • 05 of 09

    Hull Street Blues - Locust Point

    1222 Hull St.
    410-727-7476

    The South Baltimore neighborhood bar and restaurant has been garnering praise for its Sunday brunch for years. It features diverse offerings like smoke peppered bluefish and vegetarian red beans and rice in addition to staples like pancakes, French toast and smoked bacon and country sausage. Cost is $16.95 per person, children under 12 are half off.

  • 06 of 09

    1325 Key Highway
    410-837-9903

    One of the liveliest places on my list also is one of the tastiest. The bottomless bloody marys and mimosas tend to draw a younger crowd, but people of all ages enjoy the Cuban-inspired dishes (try the Huevos Mixtos). The outdoor patio overlooking the water can't be beat in the spring and summer. $14.95 per person.

  • 07 of 09

    1201 Shawan Rd.
    410-771-0505

    A lovely country setting and an elegant and diverse brunch menu make this a great place to celebrate an occasion. The a la carte menu is fairly evenly divided between dinner and breakfast fare.

  • 08 of 09

    1710 Thames St.
    410-537-5055

    A Fells Point favorite, Waterfront has a large a la carte menu that includes gems like the Hangover Helper, three pancakes or French toast with three eggs any style. There are also dishes like crab cakes, chicken fried steak and pork chops to go along with traditional breakfast dishes. Bottomless bloody marys or mimosas can be had for $10.

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  • 09 of 09

    **Yellow Dog Cafe - Canton

    700 S. Potomac St.
    410-342-0281

    This cozy Canton corner bistro serves delicious brunch dishes like the Maryland-style benedict, a stack of two poached eggs, sautéed spinach and lump crab meat drizzled with Old Bay hollandaise sauce atop an English muffin. Excellent bloody marys are just $3.