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Blue Moon

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There’s a brunch place in Baltimore that ALWAYS has a line of people waiting outside.  We’d been by a couple of times on lazy weekend mornings, but have invariably been told that it would be an hour’s wait. Naturally this would pique our interest (as many establishments are of course aware), so I concocted a clever plan for gaining entry to this eatery.

I usually wake up earlier than planned on eating days, presumably due to hunger. Yesterday was no exception, and so after  my morning routine I sauntered down to the Blue Moon Cafe and put us on the waiting list; as usual the wait was about an hour, and the chatter of my fellow queuers occasionally distracted me from Moby-Dick.

Two thirds of the Mystery Men brunch

The place was small but characterful. A little noisy, and a bit of wait to get the food, but on the other hand not too expensive. We ended up going hogwild and spending $30 apiece, but fifteen dollars would net you a hefty breakfast and as much coffee as you could guzzle. As for the food, it was definitely pretty good. Above average to be sure, though in the final analysis not really worth waiting an hour and a half for. Big portions of mostly typical brunch food, but with some nice variations. Our picks were:

Me: Sausage gravy (Minced sausage in gravy), spicy salsa, eggs and cheddar on (pointless) tortilla wraps, with "hash browns" on the side. More of a giant potato pancake, by my estimation.

Morten: Eggs Benedict, with the same "hash brown" side.

Pete: Eggs, crabmeat and tomato in Hollandaise sauce, stacked on top of the familiar hash browns.

I can only judge the huevos rancheros I had, which were great. Somehow the combination of eggs, chili-esque sausage gravy and spicy salsa just worked. Regular hash browns would have been better though, as the pancake ended up nice on the outside but mushy in the middle.  The others were quite pleased with their choices as well, however. Aside from these “mains”, we picked a couple of extras to share.

Plain old buttermilk pancakes (syrup not shown)

Their trademark Cap'n Crunch French Toast

The pancakes were nothing special, same as anywhere else. And the syrup wasn’t real maple syrup (perhaps because of the amount needed to suffuse the huge pancakes). The chocolate chip variety would have been better. The French toast was pretty good though. It was basically very thick slices of French toast encrusted in Cap’n Crunch cereal, which made it sweet and crunchy. It was topped with some fruit, and the monstrosity that passes for whipped cream in this country. Not bad, though thinner slices would have been better; as it was, the crunchiness was brief, and the bready interior needed syrup to be interesting.

Mind you, each of these dishes was an American sized platter, easily constituting a full meal. Easily above 1500 kcals each, given their caloric density. On my part, I’d had nothing to eat for 36 hours, so I dug in for a while after the others had given up, and ended up eating about two thirds of the extras. In the end, though, the result was the same for each of us: Heat flashes, cold sweat, bellyache… a great need to relieve some tension around the midriff, and a distinct feeling of having just consumed the most unhealthy meal in recent memory.

Was it worth it? Hard to say.


Written by Martin

2010/08/22 at 21:24

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  1. OMG That was a whole lotta food-I know that feeling of over eating-and as I look back on it, it always mars the memory of a good meal.
    Take it from one who just ate half a package of Newmans Hint of Mint Newman-O’s
    Back to reality eating tomorrow!


    2010/08/22 at 22:54

  2. Next time, put something recognizeable next to it. Or bright a kitchenweight!


    2010/08/23 at 10:17

  3. […] the blue moon, and then sometime during the night (when my fasting was over) heading to the Blue Moon Cafe. In the end we never did that last part, on account of not wanting to go and pay for food we […]

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