The Breakfast Shoppe in Severna Park is a interesting little spot that sits in a sleepy strip mall right off Rt. 2 near Severna Park. Before coming here I did some field research with some folks who live in the area, the reviews were near universally positive so I knew that I had to try this place.
When I arrived to the restaurant I saw a veritable breakfast titan in my midst. My wait was already at least 30 minutes due to the breakfast rush, which is to be expected on a Sunday morning. They do not take reservations so it’s basically first come first serve. This egalitarian approach to dining favors the early risers, but no worries I passed the time by taking a leisurely stroll through the strip mall taking in the breathtaking vistas of the highway and the strip mall.
Once we were seated I began to take in the menu, Breakfast Shoppe fancies itself a cozy home-style dining experience (for breakfast and lunch). They serve all of your favorites and their self proclaimed specialty is chicken and waffles. The latter was the reason I sought out Breakfast Shoppe in the first place, I had to know if they were worthy of a second trip.
We ordered the chicken and waffles, biscuits, and their apple streusel style waffles that I believe were running as a special. The chicken and waffles were good but not spectacular. I was expecting a little more from the waffles, perhaps a more decadent experience, rather it was just your standard issue waffles with some fried chicken pieces.
In contrast to the chicken and waffles, the biscuits were a true delight. The biscuits were perfection personified with a texture that was light, fluffy, and buttery.
We finished up with the waffles, which again were good but nothing spectacular. This was just your standard diner style waffle that was topped with some powdered sugar, apple crisps, and some apple pie filling. Again due to the delicious flavor profile, this was a hard dish to screw up and it tasted fine, but it was nothing out of the ordinary.
Overall the Breakfast Shoppe will not blow you away with its culinary prowess but it wont leave you disappointed either. It’s an unremarkable breakfast restaurant that stays in its lane for the most part without upsetting too many along the way. I can’t grade this place poorly because it wasn’t bad, but I also can’t give it an A because it did nothing that made me want to make the 40 minute drive again.
Final Grade: B-
Food: Solid but not out of this world.