Back when it was small storefront just up the road, the Breakfast Shoppe earned kudos from Buffetbuster, who said it was one of his favorite stops in the area. Given his impeccable taste in Roadfood, we made it a top priority one morning when we left Baltimore heading for the Eastern Shore.
As soon as our butts hit the seats, we knew we were in the right place. One of a staff of super-friendly waitresses descended upon us offering greetings and coffee. When we couldn’t decide which of several dishes to order, she reminded us that pancakes are available as tall stacks (5), normal stacks (3), short stacks (2) and singly; and she noted that the mighty kitchen-sink skillet breakfast known as the Backpacker also is available in a downsized version known as the Knapsacker. The menu offers a page of different Benedicts, plus another page of speculation about the deluxe breakfast dish’s origin.
Alas, we needed to preserve some appetite for the full day of eating that lay ahead, so we did not order chipped beef, a.k.a. S.O.S., about which several clippings on the wall sing hosannas. Arguably a special passion of eaters in this mid-Atlantic region, it is here served on fresh challah bread with fried potatoes on the side.
What’s not to like about this place? Orange juice is squeezed to order in a machine just behind the counter. Buckwheat pancakes are available with regular syrup or molasses. Coffee cups never go empty.