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Miss Shirley's Cafe


Our Mission

Miss Shirley's Cafe offers our guests an exceptional award winning culinary experience for breakfast, brunch and lunch. Our specialties are rooted in Southern fundamentals and the abundance of fresh ingredients from the Chesapeake Bay region of Maryland. We pride ourselves in beautifully presented plates, prompt and professional service, as well as clean, comfortable and well-maintained premises for our guests.

Established in 2005 by restaurateur and Baltimore native Eddie Dopkin, Miss Shirley’s Cafe was created as a tribute to an inspirational employee and personal friend, Miss Shirley McDowell. McDowell, a food professional at The Classic Catering People, was known for her sassy charm and sheer joy of preparing dishes for those she loved. Corporate Executive Chef Brigitte Bledsoe and her culinary team craft bold seasonal menus that reflect both McDowell’s southern flare with Bledsoe’s love of fresh Maryland ingredients.

Beginning as a small 42 seat café in Roland Park, Miss Shirley’s Cafe has become a passion for the Dopkin family, including Brandy and David, along with the management team & restaurant staff, who have helped nurture and grow Miss Shirley’s Cafe throughout its relocation to 513 W. Cold Spring Lane, expansion, and into its two other locations at the Inner Harbor and Annapolis.

As a family-friendly, locally owned, upscale-casual restaurant, Miss Shirley’s Café’s décor evokes an energetic and welcoming atmosphere. By providing exceptional service, and preparing award-winning dishes, Miss Shirley’s Café has grown into a Maryland landmark sought out by both locals and visitors alike.

Miss Shirley’s Cafe has gained national press attention from the likes of The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Food Network Magazine, but has maintained its local resonance with consistent praise from Zagat, Baltimore Magazine and What’s Up? Annapolis Magazine, to name a few. Miss Shirley's Cafe was also named Maryland's Favorite Restaurant by the Restaurant Association of Maryland, and has been featured on Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, "Family Legacies" episode, as well as Travel Channel's Food Paradise, "Bun-Believable" episode.

Mission And History