Pete’s Grille in Waverly (3130 Greenmount Ave., 410-467-7698) does breakfast, not brunch; so don’t go there looking for mimosas, goat cheese and spinach quiche, or crêpes. What you will find are good old-fashioned breakfast classics—coffee, eggs, pancakes, waffles, sausage, bacon, and hash browns—prepared simply and deliciously. We tucked into a stack of fluffy, chocolate-chip pancakes ($5.75) and a blueberry short stack ($5.75) during a recent visit. Both were loaded with our filling of choice and so absorbent we needed to reapply syrup and butter several times throughout our meal. A side of turkey sausage and a fried egg were devoured as well. Popular with locals (including Michael Phelps) and interlopers alike, the wait for a seat at Pete’s counter can be long, but the service is brisk and efficient once seated. And no wonder, Pete’s has been slinging hash in one iteration or another since the ’50s. These people know what they’re doing: No muss, no fuss, just breakfast.
This Waverly standby relies on morning basics.
Issue date: August, 2010