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June 24, 2010

Miss Shirley's breakfast of champions

Miss Shirley's pancakesFood Network Magazine -- magazine, who knew? -- names the tastiest breakfast in every state in the July/August issue that hits newsstands next week. 

"Food Network Magazine traveled to every state in the country, looking for the one breakfast you just have to try," says the promo. "Some breakfasts were chosen because they’re classics and others because they’re outrageous. One thing is guaranteed, each one is worth the trip."

The winner in Maryland: Shirley’s Affair with Oscar at Miss Shirley’s Cafe. 

Here are the details on that dish from the restaurant's online menu:

"Two 2-Ounce Beef Fillets, topped with Asparagus, Jumbo Lump Crab Meat & Hollandaise Sauce, on Fried Green Tomatoes & Savory Grits made with Bacon, Dusted with Old Bay."

It will set you back $19.99 at Miss Shirley's two locations, in Roland Park and the Inner Harbor.

The complete state-by-state list from the magazine:

STATE                 BREAKFAST                               RESTAURANT

Alabama              Eggs Mauvila                           Café 615, Mobile   
Alaska                 Reindeer Sausage Omelet        Gwennie’s Old Alaska Restaurant
Arizona                The Over Easy                         Over Easy 
Arkansas              Banana Pancakes                    The Pancake Shop
California             Fantastic French Toast              Marston’s Restaurant
Colorado              Breakfast Burrito                      King’s Chef Diner
Connecticut          The Portuguese Fisherman        Kitchen Little
Delaware              Sausage Sandwich                    Helen’s Famous Sausage House
Florida                 Philadelphia Scrapple                Skyway Jack’s
Georgia                HabersHam and Eggs               B. Matthew’s Eatery
Hawaii                  Ahi Steak and Eggs                  Eggs ‘n Things
Idaho                  Oatmeal Soufflé                       Red Feather Lounge
Illinois                 Vegetarian Scrapple                  Ina’s
Indiana                Paxton’s Potatoes                    Village Deli
Iowa                    Our Famous Pancake                Grove Café
Kansas                 Buenos Dias Frittata                 The Chef
Kentucky               French Toast                           Lynn’s Paradise Café
Louisiana              Got Boudin? Omelet                 Café Des Amis     
Maine                   Fresh Buttermilk Pancakes        Boyton-McKay Food Co.
Maryland               Shirley’s Affair with Oscar          Miss Shirley’s Café
Massachusetts       Doughnut                                Craigie on Main
Michigan               The Cowboy Curtis                    The Fly Trap: A Finer Diner
Minnesota             Pastrami & Egg                         Be’wiched Deli
Mississippi             Beignets                                 Triplett-Day Drug Company Soda Fountain
Missouri                Rooster Slinger                         Rooster
Montana               Haystack                                  Goode’s Q & Bayou Grill
Nebraska              Belgain Waffle                          Petrow’s Restaurant
Nevada                 Cowpoke Quiche                       Dish Café
New Hampshire      Littleton Buckwheat Pancakes     The Littleton Diner
New Jersey            The Slider                                Summit Diner
New Mexico           Atole Piñon Hotcakes                 Tecolote Café
New York              Poached Eggs with Curried          The Breslin
                           Lentils, Yoghurt and Cilantro       
North Carolina       Fried Chicken Biscuit                  Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
North Dakota        Rancher Skillet                          Kroll’s Diner
Ohio                    Cinnamon Rolls                         Omega Artisan Baking
Oklahoma            Steak and Eggs                         Cattlemen’s Steakhouse
Oregon                Triple Berry Toast                      Green Salmon Coffee House
Pennsylvania        Strawberry Hotcakes                   Pamela’s P&G Diner
Rhode Island        Johnnycakes                            Jigger’s Diner
South Carolina      Fried Green Tomatoes and         Marina Variety Store Restaurant
                          Shrimp with Grits       
South Dakota       Buffalo Steak Tips and Eggs        Blue Bell Lodge at Custer State Park Resort   
Tennessee           Tennessee “Jack” Egg Sandwich   The Capital Grille
Texas                  Reggie’s Weekend Special          Torres Taco Haven  
Utah                    Sill’s Famous Scone                   Sill’s Café
Vermont               Penny Cluse                             Penny Cluse Café
Virginia                California Huevos Ranchero         Kuba Kuba
Washington          Corned Beef Mash                     The Braeburn Restaurant
Washington DC     Fried Chicken, Eggs and Waffles  Founding Fathers
West Virginia        He-Man Breakfast                      The Poky Dot Diner
Wisconsin            Swedish Pancakes                      Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant & Butik
Wyoming             Chicken-Fried Steak,                  Sherri’s Place
                          Eggs and Potatoes

Pancakes, another Miss Shirley's breakfast option. Sun photo by Algerina Perna

Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:25 AM | | Comments (6)


I've always wanted to try this but never been hungry enough!!!

Congrats to everyone at Miss Shirley's! I've never had a disappointing breakfast!! I def agree on it winning best breakfast in the state.

My favorite for breakfast or lunch. And, agreed---you must have a big appetite! But once I spotted an Oriole Hall of Famer eating this dish, knew I had to try it.

As DCist noted, they should have double-checked their DC selection. It's Founding Farmers, not Founding Fathers.

Shirley's Affair with Oscar is delicious. A friend and I often split it with an order of sweet potato fries. It's too much for one person.

I would have gone with Crepes Katherine from the Bayside Skillet in OC

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He takes restaurants seriously but not himself, and his favorite restaurant is the one you love, too.

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