This small cafe feels like it belongs in San Francisco. Firstly, it definitely draws an "earthy" crowd and pocesses a certain charm. There is table service available, but it seems like the kind of place where you would order at the counter and clean up after yourself. The service is nothing to write home about. Most of the food on the menu is Indian and everything is gluten free. There are also plenty of vegetarian options. There were so many items on the menu that we wanted to try, we ordered a whole bunch of dishes to share.
The portions are huge and the price is right. We paid $8 for a side of tofu, which we assumed would be a mini plate because of the price. It was definitely enough food for a main dish. Needless to say, we over-ordered, but everything was delicious!
David and I shared the Indian lentil soup and the coconut curry soup. Both were extremely delicious and tasty. the coconut soup was pretty spicy, and tasted almost like a green curry. The tofu was marinated in a sweet and sour mango sauce and lightly fried in a tempura made of potato starch.
David's favorite part of the meal was the fried fish sandwich on a home-made gluten free bun. He couldn't recall eating breaded fish since before his celiac diagnosis. The fish was served with these outrageous french fries (chips) coated and deep fried in lentil flour tempura. They were super crispy and so addicting!
We also shared a plate of channa masala, spinach and kale sautéed in Indian spices, and yellow basmati rice. The channa masala was pretty much made for me since it was so full of flavor but not spicy at all- my kind of Indian food! The kale was a bit sour, but the spinach was unbelievable.
For dessert, we got to choose from a dozen flavors of gluten free cupcakes! We shared a german chocolate cupcake with a coconut cream frosting. The cupcake was alright, but the cream was really yum!
We came to Baltimore for a wedding, and Miss Shirley's was on the list of recommended eateries from the bride and groom. In is a well-known breakfast place in Baltimore's inner harbor. This is the kind of place that has a line out the door and around the corner for Sunday Brunch, but we went on a Friday morning at 8am, so didn't have a wait. The best part about Miss Shirley's is that they can make any of the pancakes on their menu gluten free. It's fun enough to go to a place that offers one gluten free pancake option, but it's like being a kid in a candy shop when you can order any of them! David ordered the Cinnamon Dutch pancakes served with cinnamon cream cheese, maple syrup and butter. The plate came with a huge stack of pancakes, definitely enough for two people to share. The regular pancakes were fluffy and light, while the gluten free pancakes were bit dense and hard. But the presentation was lovely and they definitely tick the box! We also ordered an omelette served with hash browns and gluten free bread.