Sweet Spot for Breakfast – Simply Marie’s

Written by on February 23, 2011 in Baltimore Bites - 11 Comments

Simply Marie’s is a little breakfast nook tucked away in Canton at 3023 Elliott Street. It specializes in the Most Important Meal of the Day, in all of its diverse and delicious glory, from the simple muffin and coffee to a full-blown ultimate lumberjack’s breakfast of steak and eggs and everything in-between.

Marie Branch, owner, manager, head chef and greeter, says the line, when she opens for business at 2 a.m., can go out the front door even in the coldest weather. The favorite breakfast of the closing-time crowd is the egg, sausage and cheese croissant with a side order of home fries.

When the door opens, half of her large flattop grill is occupied with sizzling sliced potatoes. “People can wait for almost anything but not the home fries,” she laughs.
A progression of people comes in through the night as Marie dishes up eggs, pancakes, waffles, bacon, scrapple and other breakfast necessities to neighborhood folk, truckers, construction crews, insomniacs, travelers and others who find themselves up early. She is open Tuesdays through Sundays, 2 a.m.-12:30 p.m. She says she takes on extra help weekends for the opening rush and Sunday brunch.

We wandered in at 10 a.m. or so on a Friday morning to the small, spotless storefront eatery. The decor is spare and comfortable. People who want to eat in sit at a counter that runs on both sides of the room. There is a serve-yourself retro Coke cooler on the south wall, and the order counter is in back, with the kitchen behind it. It’s an open kitchen, so Marie can chat as she cooks.

Here is what we learned while we feasted on an excellent omelette ($7.50 for a platter) and Belgian waffles ($5.50):

1. Marie makes an excellent omelette and Belgian waffles. The omelette is soft and perfectly cooked with a big wedge of melty Cheddar inside, and the waffles are crisp outside and lovely and soft inside. The grits that come with the omelette are quite loose and slathered in butter in the Southern fashion. With a dollop of blueberry pie filling and lots of whipped cream, the waffles are heavenly.

You can order your omelette with all kinds of add-ins from peppers, feta cheese, mushrooms, spinach, crabmeat, shrimp, you name it.
2. Marie makes excellent coffee, strong and black without being bitter.

3. Marie is strong her ownself. When the Patterson Park Community Development Corp. went bankrupt, vaporizing her down payment on a former bakery near the Patterson Park library, she picked herself up, dusted herself off and started all over again.”I have never seen a penny of my money again,” she says, “but you can’t let that stop you.”

She found another former bakery on Elliott Street, scrubbed and rehabbed it with the help of family who are in the business, and opened up a month ago. She already has a line going out the door on weekends.

4. People who still mourn for Sham Da’nai, the chicken-and-waffle place in Greektown, take note: Simply Marie’s serves chicken and waffles as an occasional special.

5. Vegetarians, celebrate! Simply Marie’s sells vegan bacon and vegan sausage, Egg Beater omelettes, fresh fruit salad, soy milk and other New-Age treats.

6. For carnivores, there’s corned beef hash, sausage and gravy on homemade biscuits, SOS and eggs Benedict. For the grab-a-coffee-and-go crowd, there are homemade Texas-sized muffins, enormous iced cinnamon rolls, danish, homemade flaky biscuits and faux super-sized Hostess Ding Dongs. You can’t beat that for breakfast.

by Jacqueline Watts

11 Comments on "Sweet Spot for Breakfast – Simply Marie’s"

  1. Sabrina Johnson March 22, 2013 at 10:50 am · Reply

    Marie just happens to be one of my closest friends she always inspire you to be the best that you can be, she has an upbeat personality, great chef very fun to be around. I love her so much!

  2. Dr Lisa R Thomas Stone February 27, 2012 at 7:40 pm · Reply

    Marie and Robbie
    Jay and I love your food. The french toast, omlettes, gritts, pancakes, bacon etc and the list goes on and on. is simply good!. Our service is always great! .. May God continue to bless your business!

    J and L

  3. Tat June 2, 2011 at 3:41 pm · Reply

    They have no bathroom, awful customer service & the food goes right along with it. I ordered Belgian waffles, they were tough & nasty. My fountain juice drink tastes like juice & tap water. When I want to eat out I want the food that I pay for to taste better than my own. They did not deliver. Only some one drunk coming at the wee hours of the morning could only appreciate this place.

  4. Sonya March 26, 2011 at 6:32 pm · Reply

    Hi Marie!!!! I’m so excited about your new spot. My daughter and I will be in there very soon. Also congrats on the rave reviews!!! God is GREAT!!!! Peace and Blessings and continuous success.

  5. Felicia March 24, 2011 at 8:33 am · Reply

    Food was delicious, so good i had to come back the next day.

  6. maurissa March 8, 2011 at 10:19 am · Reply

    OMG – I live right across the street from this place and never have been in. This location has had several owners in the past few years. I learned of this from a post on Facebook. Now you can bet your bread that I will be in for breakfast. It’s great to hear that you also serve veggie bacon and sausage.

    Are you open on the weekends?


  7. SPIRITURALBLESSED HAYNES February 28, 2011 at 12:05 pm · Reply

    MARIE congrads… to you…. GOD HAS BLESSED YOU….. I SEE YOU SOON IN THE A.M.

  8. tina t February 24, 2011 at 7:53 am · Reply

    Food so good u kiss the cook must make to her spot asap, I am her number 1 fan!!

  9. dana riceel February 24, 2011 at 5:14 am · Reply

    Marie has worked diligently to open her business. We are so proud of her and will continue to support her! She puts so much love in her dishes and it is a pleasure to patronize her business.

  10. KAREN JONES February 23, 2011 at 3:04 pm · Reply


  11. Shelley Evans February 23, 2011 at 11:21 am · Reply

    Delicious food, generous portions, great personality! Marie, you found a need and filled it – thanks!

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