Miss Shirley's Cafe, Roland Park

★★★★☆
  • 513 W. Cold Spring Ln.

    Baltimore, MD 21210

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  • 410-889-5272

About Miss Shirley's Cafe, Roland Park

Categories
  • Coffeehouses
  • Traditional American Restaurants
  • Diners
Details
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Hours
M-F 7am-3pm, Sa-Su 7:30am-3:30pm

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Stopped in for lunch Jan 5th with my business partner. Had just been next door at Evergreen and grabbed a small coffee in a paper cup about 5 minutes before. My business partner arrived and suggested lunch over at Miss Shirley's. Walked

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★★★★★

Stopped in for lunch Jan 5th with my business partner. Had just been next door at Evergreen and grabbed a small coffee in a paper cup about 5 minutes before. My business partner arrived and suggested lunch over at Miss Shirley's. Walked

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I've been to Miss Shirley's on several occasions and I have to say that I am done with this restaurant. Today I tried to place an order for take out over the phone and was told not only do I have to give a credit card number over the phone to place the order (which is not a problem for me), my card will be charged for the amount and I will not be able to pay cash when I pick up the food, as I intended. I'm sorry, but coming from my previous place of residence, New York City, I'm not used to dealing with such amateurish customer policies. There are plenty of places that I can go to and not have to deal with such foolishness.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been to Miss Shirley's on several occasions and I have to say that I am done with this restaurant. Today I tried to place an order for take out over the phone and was told not only do I have to give a credit card number over the phone to place the order (which is not a problem for me), my card will be charged for the amount and I will not be able to pay cash when I pick up the food, as I intended. I'm sorry, but coming from my previous place of residence, New York City, I'm not used to dealing with such amateurish customer policies. There are plenty of places that I can go to and not have to deal with such foolishness.

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Miss Shirley??s is great! Weather you go with a bunch of your friends or by yourself, this spot is great. My girlfriend and I drove up from Atlanta, GA for the inauguration and stated in Downtown Baltimore, MD. It was snowing on Martin Luther King Day and because I??m from the New York area driving in the snow didn??t bother me. We parked on the street and went in side. The wait was only a minute and we were seated promptly. As we waited for our server the plates of food the servers had for the other patrons was phenomenal. Cinnamon Roll French toast, Crab Benedict and a great selection of pancakes. Our server was great and keep the coffee and tea flowing. When were left the line was out the door.I wish I could pick this place up and bring it to Atlanta, GA. I will make sure I come back here the next time I??m in the Baltimore area.

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★★★★★

Miss Shirley??s is great! Weather you go with a bunch of your friends or by yourself, this spot is great. My girlfriend and I drove up from Atlanta, GA for the inauguration and stated in Downtown Baltimore, MD. It was snowing on Martin Luther King Day and because I??m from the New York area driving in the snow didn??t bother me. We parked on the street and went in side. The wait was only a minute and we were seated promptly. As we waited for our server the plates of food the servers had for the other patrons was phenomenal. Cinnamon Roll French toast, Crab Benedict and a great selection of pancakes. Our server was great and keep the coffee and tea flowing. When were left the line was out the door.I wish I could pick this place up and bring it to Atlanta, GA. I will make sure I come back here the next time I??m in the Baltimore area.

Pros: Everything

Cons: Gets crowded fast!

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I'm not a picky restaurant-goer and certainly not "high maintenance" and I agree with other posters that this restaurant is just "okay". At 1pm on a Tuesday with no one waiting in line the host couldn't be bothered to get off his personal phone call for some time before even acknowledging my presence. When he did he was dismissive and quite rude. The tables were far too close together - I felt like the two of us were at a family table for 8 and that table had to be pulled out for me to sit. The "Irish" oatmeal I ordered was disgusting--try Le Madeleine in Columbia for really wonderful fresh oatmeal. The waitress was nice enough but didn't come back to refill coffee until we flagged her down. Not worth the cost -- there are other places far more pleasant. I was able to park in the back with no problem as it was a weekday and after the lunch crowd.

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★★☆☆☆

I'm not a picky restaurant-goer and certainly not "high maintenance" and I agree with other posters that this restaurant is just "okay". At 1pm on a Tuesday with no one waiting in line the host couldn't be bothered to get off his personal phone call for some time before even acknowledging my presence. When he did he was dismissive and quite rude. The tables were far too close together - I felt like the two of us were at a family table for 8 and that table had to be pulled out for me to sit. The "Irish" oatmeal I ordered was disgusting--try Le Madeleine in Columbia for really wonderful fresh oatmeal. The waitress was nice enough but didn't come back to refill coffee until we flagged her down. Not worth the cost -- there are other places far more pleasant. I was able to park in the back with no problem as it was a weekday and after the lunch crowd.

Pros: Off-street parking in back in this city location.

Cons: Unineterested staff, mediocre food, high prices

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You have to try the sweet potato fries with two dipping sauces. It is worth the wait in line. The grits are also a must have. The menu is full of flavorful options.

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★★★★★

You have to try the sweet potato fries with two dipping sauces. It is worth the wait in line. The grits are also a must have. The menu is full of flavorful options.

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Miss Shirleys is an amazing place for a Sunday brunch (if you're willing to wait the line to get in!). My personal favorite is the Southern Slammer Egg Sandwich which is served with fried green tomatoes! Very creative menu options make the dining experience unlike any other brunch you've had! Great service too.

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★★★★★

Miss Shirleys is an amazing place for a Sunday brunch (if you're willing to wait the line to get in!). My personal favorite is the Southern Slammer Egg Sandwich which is served with fried green tomatoes! Very creative menu options make the dining experience unlike any other brunch you've had! Great service too.

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Miss Shirley's takes breakfast to a whole new level. Every dish is unique and delicious. The Bloody Mary's have enough vegetables to be a salad. A great place to impress a date, the in-laws and your parents.

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★★★★☆

Miss Shirley's takes breakfast to a whole new level. Every dish is unique and delicious. The Bloody Mary's have enough vegetables to be a salad. A great place to impress a date, the in-laws and your parents.

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i agree with the previous poster, any diner who complained about "rude" wait staff and the how long you had to wait are the type of people who i wanted to shove down a flight of steps when i used to be a waitress. there is a reason that this place is packed on the weekends, so yes, don't be suprised if there is a wait. i was just there this past sunday, and when i got there, the wait looked impossibly long, but it was only 20 minutes. i've had longer waits at TGI fridays for food that i HATED! the new location is big, they have flat screen tvs in the small waiting alcove, AND free seattle's best coffee. the wait staff is very friendly, especially for tha amount of commotion that's going on. the food is so good, seriously, you want to sl@p somebody. i'm so sick these self abosrbed pr!cks that think the world revovles around them espeically in the food service industry, it makes me crazy. and for the record, there is no Maitre'd, there is a host, who speaks clearly above the noise and is not rude. and i definately suggest the cinnamon danish waffles...HEAVEN! the next time i go, i'm going to shell out the cash for one of those glorisou looking mimosas...its my mission to try everything on the menu!

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★★★★★

i agree with the previous poster, any diner who complained about "rude" wait staff and the how long you had to wait are the type of people who i wanted to shove down a flight of steps when i used to be a waitress. there is a reason that this place is packed on the weekends, so yes, don't be suprised if there is a wait. i was just there this past sunday, and when i got there, the wait looked impossibly long, but it was only 20 minutes. i've had longer waits at TGI fridays for food that i HATED! the new location is big, they have flat screen tvs in the small waiting alcove, AND free seattle's best coffee. the wait staff is very friendly, especially for tha amount of commotion that's going on. the food is so good, seriously, you want to sl@p somebody. i'm so sick these self abosrbed pr!cks that think the world revovles around them espeically in the food service industry, it makes me crazy. and for the record, there is no Maitre'd, there is a host, who speaks clearly above the noise and is not rude. and i definately suggest the cinnamon danish waffles...HEAVEN! the next time i go, i'm going to shell out the cash for one of those glorisou looking mimosas...its my mission to try everything on the menu!

Pros: the food the food the fooooooood

Cons: the crowd on weekeds...but then again you get to see what everyone else is getting

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As a chef/owner of a popular Baltimore restaurant, I try to visit many local establishments and get to know the other owners as often as I can, and Miss Shirley's is no exception.

My family and I have eaten there many times, and I cannot understand other's comments here except to say that I feel empathy for the Miss Shirley's staff for what they do on Saturday and Sunday, and understand why they make people wait until the whole party is present to be seated: simple economics of the restaurant business tell us to maximize each seat for the most efficient use and profit.

If the matre'd or wait staff was rude, why didn't you say something when the general manager stopped by your table?
I'm sure you were pushy and demanding, but did their staff try to rush you out? I doubt it.
Sure, parking is at a premium.
My suggestion? Go earlier or later in the day, not at noon!

Frankly, I think Miss Shirley's has quite an inventive menu with combinations of items that I wish that I'd dreamed up, would I serve breakfast and lunch.

Finally to all patrons of all restaurants: have some empathy with those who serve you.

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★★★★★

As a chef/owner of a popular Baltimore restaurant, I try to visit many local establishments and get to know the other owners as often as I can, and Miss Shirley's is no exception.

My family and I have eaten there many times, and I cannot understand other's comments here except to say that I feel empathy for the Miss Shirley's staff for what they do on Saturday and Sunday, and understand why they make people wait until the whole party is present to be seated: simple economics of the restaurant business tell us to maximize each seat for the most efficient use and profit.

If the matre'd or wait staff was rude, why didn't you say something when the general manager stopped by your table?
I'm sure you were pushy and demanding, but did their staff try to rush you out? I doubt it.
Sure, parking is at a premium.
My suggestion? Go earlier or later in the day, not at noon!

Frankly, I think Miss Shirley's has quite an inventive menu with combinations of items that I wish that I'd dreamed up, would I serve breakfast and lunch.

Finally to all patrons of all restaurants: have some empathy with those who serve you.

Pros: Great great food

Cons: Pushy patrons who who think they're more important than YOU.

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I can't understand why there are the long waits - the food is seriously just ok. The major issue is the service. Upon arriving the maitre'd didn't even look up from his computer to acknowledge me and just barked out a wait time (45 minutes to an hour) to me and handed me a buzzer. We also had to wait for the final person of our party to arrive in order for them to seat us - we're staring at the table that is open,and ready for at least 10 minutes but the maitre'd refused to seat us until our final person arrived (would have been there when we all arrived but he was driving us and still looking for a place to park!). The wait staff is just as subpar. Miss Shirley's needs to get over itself and its Roland Park attitude.

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★☆☆☆☆

I can't understand why there are the long waits - the food is seriously just ok. The major issue is the service. Upon arriving the maitre'd didn't even look up from his computer to acknowledge me and just barked out a wait time (45 minutes to an hour) to me and handed me a buzzer. We also had to wait for the final person of our party to arrive in order for them to seat us - we're staring at the table that is open,and ready for at least 10 minutes but the maitre'd refused to seat us until our final person arrived (would have been there when we all arrived but he was driving us and still looking for a place to park!). The wait staff is just as subpar. Miss Shirley's needs to get over itself and its Roland Park attitude.

Cons: Parking terrible, can't make reservations

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Save your time and take a skip on Miss Shirley ... she'll only end up breaking your heart. Her wait and host staff are rude, condescending, and incompetent. They act as if you are lucky to be partaking in there mediocre dishes. Our meals arrived to the table in shifts, every four or five minutes some unhappy looking bus boy dropped off a plate or two, the final two plates came out about 15 minutes after the first and were both wrong. Now the quality and taste of the food ... NOT GOOD!!! For a place that tries to pull off a gourmet breakfast thing, this was no better than a Dennys. The bacon and sausage was heavy, cold and extra greasy, the pancakes were on par with bisquick, and the whipped cream was coolwhip. Oh, don't ask for apple juice unless you want a Mott's juice box ... got the point yet? This place does high volume and it seems as though Shirley knows that they will keep comin', as a result you are treated like an inconvenience and served assembly line produced poor quality food. Did I mention there's no parking???

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★☆☆☆☆

Save your time and take a skip on Miss Shirley ... she'll only end up breaking your heart. Her wait and host staff are rude, condescending, and incompetent. They act as if you are lucky to be partaking in there mediocre dishes. Our meals arrived to the table in shifts, every four or five minutes some unhappy looking bus boy dropped off a plate or two, the final two plates came out about 15 minutes after the first and were both wrong. Now the quality and taste of the food ... NOT GOOD!!! For a place that tries to pull off a gourmet breakfast thing, this was no better than a Dennys. The bacon and sausage was heavy, cold and extra greasy, the pancakes were on par with bisquick, and the whipped cream was coolwhip. Oh, don't ask for apple juice unless you want a Mott's juice box ... got the point yet? This place does high volume and it seems as though Shirley knows that they will keep comin', as a result you are treated like an inconvenience and served assembly line produced poor quality food. Did I mention there's no parking???

Pros: I only had to eat there once

Cons: Host, wait staff, no parking, mediocre food

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Miss Shirleys is a great place to go for breakfast or lunch. With both outside and inside seating, it is perfect for whatever mood you are in. They offer an array of menu items for both breakfast and lunch, specializing in non-traditionally flavored pancakes. It tends to be crowded, especially on the weekends, so be sure to call ahead.

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★★★★☆

Miss Shirleys is a great place to go for breakfast or lunch. With both outside and inside seating, it is perfect for whatever mood you are in. They offer an array of menu items for both breakfast and lunch, specializing in non-traditionally flavored pancakes. It tends to be crowded, especially on the weekends, so be sure to call ahead.

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Miss Shirley's is by far the best breakfast I've had since moving to Baltimore. Their prices are a little on the high side for breakfast, but if there is one place worth paying $10 for pancakes alone, it is Miss Shirleys. The oatmeal raisin pancakes are absolutely amazing. The omelets are fresh and tasty. My only complaint is that I wish they were open later so that I could make it more often.

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★★★★★

Miss Shirley's is by far the best breakfast I've had since moving to Baltimore. Their prices are a little on the high side for breakfast, but if there is one place worth paying $10 for pancakes alone, it is Miss Shirleys. The oatmeal raisin pancakes are absolutely amazing. The omelets are fresh and tasty. My only complaint is that I wish they were open later so that I could make it more often.

Pros: excellent food, wide variety of choices, interesting menu

Cons: parking, the wait can be long, close at 3pm

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Some of these reviews need to be looked at closely, mainly, this one.
After eating at Miss Shirley's with my family over 15 times, I can say that we've never had a bad meal. NEVER!
Sure, the staff is a bit haggard on Saturday or Sunday, but YOU try satisfying over 1000 people as you try to keep your cool.

As well, we have had to wait to be seated until our missing person arrives, but think about it if you were a restaurant owner: you're asked to seat a party of six, but only two are present so you put them at a large table. Four of the people don't show up, so the owner loses the review of four diners.

Better yet: you're asked to seat a party of six, but only two are present so you put them at a large table. People in your party dribble in over the next half hour. The server has to come back numerous times to get drink and food orders and also serve your food, not to mention his or her other five tables.
People around you have eaten and left, the table cleared and reseated, but your party is still dribbling in. Two hours go by.
The table beside you has been "turned" twice, but you're still yacking it up. You decide to leave, oh and of course, everybody has separate checks.
The restauranteur has lost tons of money because he couldn't reseat your table.
But hey, you're an important person, aren't you?

Tell you what - work for a while in the restaurant industry, then come back and write a serious review, ok?

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★★★★★

Some of these reviews need to be looked at closely, mainly, this one.
After eating at Miss Shirley's with my family over 15 times, I can say that we've never had a bad meal. NEVER!
Sure, the staff is a bit haggard on Saturday or Sunday, but YOU try satisfying over 1000 people as you try to keep your cool.

As well, we have had to wait to be seated until our missing person arrives, but think about it if you were a restaurant owner: you're asked to seat a party of six, but only two are present so you put them at a large table. Four of the people don't show up, so the owner loses the review of four diners.

Better yet: you're asked to seat a party of six, but only two are present so you put them at a large table. People in your party dribble in over the next half hour. The server has to come back numerous times to get drink and food orders and also serve your food, not to mention his or her other five tables.
People around you have eaten and left, the table cleared and reseated, but your party is still dribbling in. Two hours go by.
The table beside you has been "turned" twice, but you're still yacking it up. You decide to leave, oh and of course, everybody has separate checks.
The restauranteur has lost tons of money because he couldn't reseat your table.
But hey, you're an important person, aren't you?

Tell you what - work for a while in the restaurant industry, then come back and write a serious review, ok?

Pros: New menu items every six months, different from most restaurants.

Cons: parking, weekend wait, some VERY nasty fellow customers

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I have been meaning to try Miss Shirley's much sooner, apparently I have been missing out! If you are an early riser like me, you are in luck. Miss Shirley's opens at 7:30 on the weekend. I was seated immediately, by one of the four people at the podeum, and also met my my waitress immediately at the table. The menu has wonderful variety, and interesting dishes. I could not get past the first thing I saw on the menu, so I ordered it. The soft-shell Shirley-feller was more food than most can handle for breakfast, but the taste combination was an A+. A soft-shell crab perched on a round egg, sitting on onion-y hashbrowns, with a moat of chreamed chipped beef sauce. They also give you a biscuit, but I couldn't touch it. The egg is a little reminiscent of a fast food pre-pack egg - round and unspecial. I would like to try this dish without it. We also ordered the regular belgian waffles, which are four small coasters - I would think you might get more for $7.25, but were fine. My partner & I decided to get a side as an appetizer and chose the sweet potato fries. They are delicious and abundant, but if you order anything off the menu besides the waffles you will not need an appetite buffer. The menu is on the higher priced side, but is also filled with rich, delicious choices which warrant the asking price of $12- $22. The service was excellent, my waitress was "on-it''! She was knowledgeable about the menu, offered recommendations, and was there to refresh beverages at all the right times. I wish I could remember her name! The only weird thing about Miss Shirley's is the hang out area of the wait-staff. Are they overstaffed? All the waiters stand in front of the kitchen and watch you eat. I fortunately had my back to them, but my partner felt uncomfortable with a panel of 5-7 waiters staring at the tables while they cut bites, and chewed. I will definitely be back, and will try another crabby delicious breakfast - they have many to choose from!

2
★★★★☆

I have been meaning to try Miss Shirley's much sooner, apparently I have been missing out! If you are an early riser like me, you are in luck. Miss Shirley's opens at 7:30 on the weekend. I was seated immediately, by one of the four people at the podeum, and also met my my waitress immediately at the table. The menu has wonderful variety, and interesting dishes. I could not get past the first thing I saw on the menu, so I ordered it. The soft-shell Shirley-feller was more food than most can handle for breakfast, but the taste combination was an A+. A soft-shell crab perched on a round egg, sitting on onion-y hashbrowns, with a moat of chreamed chipped beef sauce. They also give you a biscuit, but I couldn't touch it. The egg is a little reminiscent of a fast food pre-pack egg - round and unspecial. I would like to try this dish without it. We also ordered the regular belgian waffles, which are four small coasters - I would think you might get more for $7.25, but were fine. My partner & I decided to get a side as an appetizer and chose the sweet potato fries. They are delicious and abundant, but if you order anything off the menu besides the waffles you will not need an appetite buffer. The menu is on the higher priced side, but is also filled with rich, delicious choices which warrant the asking price of $12- $22. The service was excellent, my waitress was "on-it''! She was knowledgeable about the menu, offered recommendations, and was there to refresh beverages at all the right times. I wish I could remember her name! The only weird thing about Miss Shirley's is the hang out area of the wait-staff. Are they overstaffed? All the waiters stand in front of the kitchen and watch you eat. I fortunately had my back to them, but my partner felt uncomfortable with a panel of 5-7 waiters staring at the tables while they cut bites, and chewed. I will definitely be back, and will try another crabby delicious breakfast - they have many to choose from!

Pros: excellent food, and choices

Cons: staring waiters

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