Bailey's Guide to Blue Moon Cafe
Usually I'm pretty critical of Guy Fieri. I mean, who trusts a middle-aged man who still thinks that bleached, spiked hair and shirts with flames on them are fashionable? But I know for sure, that at least once in his life, he has done something absolutely wonderful. And that act, was featuring Blue Moon Cafe on Diners, Drive ins and Dives.
I still remember the day I first saw Blue Moon Cafe on my television, the moment I watched my favorite cereal combine with my favorite breakfast food, and the realization that this combination was only a few miles away in Fells Point.
Without Guy Fieri it might have been years before I discovered Blue Moon Cafe's Captain Crunch French toast, which is quite possibly the best thing I've ever eaten (definitely in the top five). I might have made it my entire life without knowing what french toast coated in crushed Captain Crunch cereal and topped with whipped cream and fresh fruit tastes like. But I do know, and it is amazing.
Getting breakfast at Blue Moon Cafe is a love/hate relationship.
- Delicious Captain Crunch French Toast
- Cinnamon Buns that give the french toast a run for it's money
- Large portions
- Reasonably priced
- Fun dish names like Sweet Baby Jesus
- Waiting a minimum of 45 minutes for a table almost any day of the week
- Often rude and un-attentive staff
- Uncontrollable mouthwatering, due to the nearness of food but long wait
- Excessive fullness
- Did I mention the long wait?
But as they say, the good things in life are well worth the wait. And I promise you, that the wait is worth it. I've been to Blue Moon several times now, and I've learned a few tricks to optimize the experience.
- Eat a pre-breakfast
Eat something small, something lame, like a piece of toast. This avoids starvation as you stand on Aliceanna St. praying for one of the waiters to call your name.
- Bring a friend
In fact, bring three. This is good not only for entertainment while waiting, but for maximizing your ability to try dishes at Blue Moon. Ultimately I would bring three friends, order one cinnamon roll, two Captain Crunch French Toasts, one biscuits and gravy and one Sweet Baby Jesus (hash browns, eggs benedict and jumbo lump crab meat), and split the meals amongst ourselves.
- Bring something to read
You will probably be waiting awhile. Thankfully there is a Citypaper news stand right outside the restaurant, but there have been times when it is empty and I really wished I had brought something else to do with my time.
- Consider having breakfast for dinner
Blue Moon Cafe is open 24 hours on Friday and Saturday, which means that there is a small window where there's little to no wait. I recommend around 5 p.m. This way you should miss the morning brunch/lunch rush, and the drunk Fells Point bar crawlers. I've been to the Cafe at this time twice and there was no wait. It was amazing.
- Go for a Walk
If your wait is more than 30 minutes take a walk around Fells Point. Just be careful not to be gone too long, people often give up and go somewhere else for breakfast. You don't want to miss your name.
- Be patient
Patience is a virtue, and you will be rewarded.
Blue Moon Cafe is located at 1621 Aliceanna Street, Baltimore, MD 21231. The cafe is open daily from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 24 hours on weekends.