They say you eat with your eyes first. If this is true, then you've had a four-course meal before you're even seated at The PaperMoon Diner.
The diner, located in the Baltimore neighborhood of Remington, is covered in children's toys, brilliant colors and mannequins. To call the decor "eclectic" would be an understatement.
There's something a little creepy about the walls of the PaperMoon Diner, I think it has something to do with seeing your favorite childhood toys plastered on lime green mannequins, but I can't say for sure. What I can tell you is that it's definitely not any place I would want to be if I ever get into hallucinogenic drugs... but, if art is meant to make you feel something, then the PaperMoon Diner is definitely art.
The place is covered inside and out with a sundry of peculiar objects. Even the bathroom features a mannequin jutting out from the wall. My favorite spot is the back room, which feels a bit dreamy, with a sailboat and stars making their way across the ceiling.
Once you're able to peel your eyes away from the wall to the menu, my guess is you'll be pleasantly surprised by the selection and the prices. There's a good mix of options: greasy diner foods, vegan and vegetarian dishes, breakfast served all day, about 30 different sandwiches, and an extensive list of milkshakes (including bacon and captain crunch flavors).
I've only been to the diner twice. Both times I was satisfied with my meal. Was I impressed? Not really. The meal was good, but nothing out of the ordinary. To me, the real draw is the look and feel of PaperMoon. It's definitely one of a kind, and the type of place you can find only in Baltimore.
The diner is located at 227 West 29th Street Baltimore, MD 21211, and is open from 7 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday, with hours extended to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.