Sunday Funday in Baltimore

Jennifer Waldera

Charm City has experienced quite the dynamic dining scene in 2014, and changes charge on as we round out the latter part of the year. From chef switches to concept and menu modifications, food joints all around town are tossing things up to see what will attract Baltimore’s ever more discerning diners.

 

So what are popular dining destinations doing to bring in more diners? Adding another service, of course. No, we’re not talking about some sort of Taco Bell-style “fourth meal,” but instead, an embrace of Baltimore’s beloved brunch. Whether it’s a classy start to a day with family, a means to suck up the remaining liquid regret of the night before, or a way to kick off Sunday Funday, brunch has quickly risen to the top of the list of favorite weekend activities and these restaurants are some of the newest to add the meal to their menus.

 

Bandito’s

 

Watch out! Chef Cyrus Keefer just recently stepped back into the kitchen at this Federal Hill favorite and the changes thus far have been nothing short of incredible. We were beyond impressed by the new small plates menu on Wednesday nights (zesty rockfish ceviche, perfectly spiced steak tartare with soft boiled eggs, and the most interesting take on savory custard we’ve had to date) and pretty excited by the late night walk up taco window, but now there’s brunch too?

 

From Breakfast Nachos (bacon hash, sunny egg, and queso ranchero) to the Poached Egg Tostada with pork belly, egg salad and hollandaise, Bandito’s has the savory side covered, but there’s plenty of sweetness too. Try the Mexi Waffle with sangria berries and whipped cream or the Tortilla French Toast with cinnamon sugar crema and guajillo maple syrup to satisfy a morning sweet tooth. The only thing that could make brunch any better than this is a glass of sangria; their unique recipe makes it one of the best of its kind in Charm City.

 

Fazzini’s

 

This tiny taverna once occupied a brightly lit small space off Cranbrook Road in Timonium/Cockeysville. For years they served up some of the very best Italian cuisine in the area. Now, in their new, far larger, spot on York Road (a renovated version of the previous Piv’s Pub) this Italian spot is open for a buffet style brunch with Bloody Mary and Mimosa bars as well. Get classy at this spot with Jazz music every Sunday. $19.95 for adults and $9.95 for children. (Mimosa/Bloody Mary bars are at an extra charge.

 

Dooby’s

 

Where else in Mt. Vernon can you choose between menu items as different (yet equally delicious) as a Pork Belly Banh Mi and a Gruyere Quiche? This creative coffee shop is now serving weekend brunch with their signature Asian inspired flare. And brunch without booze is just breakfast, so be sure to check out their cocktail menu - we’re particularly excited about the eggnog with madeira, Jamaican rum, and bourbon.

 

Wit and Wisdom

 

If you’re looking to impress, Wit and Wisdom’s brunch is the place to do it. Recently transformed from an a la carte style menu to a gourmet brunch, the spread for this weekend only event is expansive. Multiple raw bar choices like oysters and shrimp sit aside cheese and charcuterie as well as bites like deviled eggs, smoked salmon carpaccio and vichyssoise.

 

Pop over to the action station for omelets, or hit up the hot food area for savory sausage gravy, biscuits, macaroni and cheese (for breakfast!), and breakfast meats or dive into sweets like waffles and the most gigantic (in diameter) pancakes we have ever seen.

 

There’s also an entire table of Middle Eastern style food choices, and a tiny table for little ones to grab bites like crustless PBJs and other child friendly noshes. Desserts are divine, with tons of small options (so you can try a bunch!). Stay as long as you like between 9 am and 2 pm. Prices are $49 for adults and $19 for children.

 

Cardinal Tavern

 

Cardinal Tavern in Brewer’s Hill has been a popular corner bar since 2011. However, just months ago the cozy two floor tavern began serving hearty and casual Southern style fare to accompany their wide selection of beer and whiskey. There are plenty of sandwiches and egg dishes to choose from, but when the specialty of the house is fried chicken (that is some of the best we’ve had in all of Baltimore), we absolutely have to recommend good ol’ chicken and waffles. If you’re feeling really hungry, add a side of their decadently creamy mac and cheese or perfectly salty and satisfying collard greens. We can think of no better start to a chilly winter weekend.

 

Boathouse Canton


From multiple takes on eggs benedict to shrimp and grits and breakfast flatbreads, this year’s newcomer to the waterfront scene, Boathouse Canton, knows what diners need after a night out on the Square. In addition to breakfast style food, Boathouse rounds out the lunch part of brunch with their uber popular “by your design” salad if you’re aiming for a healthy start to the day, or the Hangover Brunch Burger with gruyere, prosciutto, and a fried egg for a heartier meal. As for drinks, go traditional with Bloody Marys or Mimosas, or try something new with the Angry Orchard Hoppin’ Mad Cider. 


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