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February 28, 2010

Post-brunch emergency

I'm not much for work e-mail on a Sunday morning, but I couldn't ignore one subject lined: "Help!"

A faithful Dining@Large reader writes:

"Where  is a great place to go for 6 at 1:00 pm ish on a Sunday? It's too late for brunch. Something nice. My dad's paying. Sunday after brunch is always a no-man's land for me. Thanks!" 


Posted by Laura Vozzella at 10:38 AM | | Comments (21)


Thanks for the post, LV! Your readers have two hours to help or I might go for Arcos as a backup--a place I've never been.

Thanks, LV!
Commenters--you have 2 hours to help me. Otherwise, I think I might go to Arcos. Never been there before.

Wouldn't recommend Arcos. I've been. There's got to be someplace better

I always like Little Havana or The Rusty Scupper

Thanks N'Arcos--

Although, I was worried this would happen.

What is your favorite place for Sunday lunch, not Brunch?

Let me add to the puzzle: they're "Washingtonians" and one of them (my brother) is a chef, Baltimore International College-braised.

I'd recommend b bistro

Sunday afternoon is prime time in Little Italy. Lots of restaurants do a good after-church crowd from 1-4.

Little Havana is a good call, also try Alexander's in Fells Point. If you can get upstairs, you can have pretty much your own shuffleboard table, and bar.

Little Havana is a good call, also try Alexander's in Fells Point. If you can get upstairs, you can have pretty much your own shuffleboard table, and bar.

Regi's. I ate there the other night and met Alan and had the most delicious piece of fish that I've had in a long time, it reminded me that I really need to eat there more often. The service was great and the food is always consistent. They do a brunch until 3 pm on the weekends.

I like Little Havana for the bottomless mimosas and bloody marys but the service can be so so. I great place to go if you are in for a long haul of day drinking but for a solid brunch, I'd try Regi's.

I recommend Clementine's on Harford Rd. At 1 pm on Sundays, you have a choice of several breakfast or lunch selections.

Not to be a contrarian, but but why is 1:00 too late for brunch? Many brunch places offer a range of options from breakfast (which can actually be a real treat any time of day for people who rarely get a nice breakfast) to more lunch-like options, so it seems to me that's an ideal choice to suit a range of tastes. (But, full disclosure, I'm a big fan of brunch and am happy to have it well into the afternoon.)

If there's not a specific reason to avoid brunch, you might consider Meli or Gertrudes, both of which serve a range of food options during their brunch hours. I've also enjoyed brunch with live music at Ze Mean Bean, but don't remember whether that had many non-breakfast options. It's been a little while since I've brunched at any of these, so I'd check the website for hours and menus to be safe.

Ze Mean Bean cafe definitely has non brunch items on their brunch menu.

Seconding Clementine.

Thanks for the recommendations, everybody.

Joe- Liking ZeMeanBean.
NB: Your pizza is great.

KristenB- I think you're right.I just dont wan't to eat eggs with everything and I see that there are apparently a lot more lunchy brunches out there that I was aware.

MaryAnn- Clementine sounds good too.

I'm taking ZeMeanBean and Clementine to my spouse for the tiebreak.

By the way, Chowhound wasn't very helpful in my personal experience. LV, your readers are the best.

Although they don't generally get my endorsement, The Harryman Grille (or whatever they are calling themselves now) serves brunch late on weekends. Definitely til 2, possibly til 3. They have a nice brunch menu.

Agree with Joyce - just walked in from 'the Grill at Harryman House.' Quite good and I was happy it wasn't a buffet. I simply can't eat $30 worth of eggs, so I appreciate it as a menu event.

ZeMeanBean it was.

Excellent goulash, holuski, pierogi and live jazz. The family loved it. Thanks for all your help, LV!

Faithful Reader

I went to Harryman Grille yesterday, I really like their Sunday brunch and their Bloody Mary's are fantastic! Although I sometimes like buffets, I agree that they have a good selection on the menu.

It's obvs a little late for the OP, but I always have to give a shoutout to my Mt. Vernon mainstays, in no particular order:

City Cafe
Marie Louise Bistro
Owl Bar

Glad I found this post. I will be in Baltimore in August to visit my daughter and it will be nice to be able to suggest some nice places. Makes dad look more worldly - which isn't too tough.

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Richard Gorelick was appointed The Baltimore Sun's restaurant critic in September 2010. Before joining the paper staff fulltime, he contributed freelance criticism and features articles about food to area and regional publications. Along the way, he dispatched for short-distance trucking companies, shilled for cultural non-profits, and assisted in cognitive neurology research – never the subject, always the control.

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