Miss Shirley’s steak dish is picked as the top breakfast in Maryland in Food Network Magazine’s July/August issue, which names the most delicious morning meals in each state throughout the country. The Sun’s intrepid Laura Vozzella got the news before Miss Shirley’s or me (mother of Miss Shirley’s chef). Good work, Laura.
But how did all this happen in the first place? Well, I’m responsible. The Food Network Magazine called me in March and asked me to give them three recommendations for best breakfast places. (Last year, the editor called me for best burgers.)
I recommended Pete’s Grille, Ze Mean Bean (I love their Polish breakfast on weekends), and Miss Shirley’s, which always comes in No. 1 in our breakfast polls. I also let the editor know that I was related to the chef, so there would be no ethical repercussions.
This kind of situation always puts me in an awkward position. I never review Miss Shirley’s because of the personal connection. But, in this case, I didn’t want the restaurant not to get recognition because of the relationship.
And, honestly, even if you took my daughter Brigitte out of the equation, I’d still recommend Miss Shirley’s for it’s Shirley’s Affair with Oscar: two beef fillets with asparagus, lump crab, and hollandaise sauce with fried green tomatoes, grits, and more.
I didn’t even know which Maryland breakfast place Food Network Magazine picked until I saw it on Laura’s blog!
In hindsight, if I could have given the magazine more choices, I would have added Blue Moon Café for its Cap’n Crunch French toast. Chef Sarah at Blue Moon does an awesome job.
Photo of fried green tomatoes courtesy of yelp.com