Since moving cater-corner to the old location, Miss Shirley's now has over 150 seats (including outdoors during fair weather), but is still difficult to get into on the weekends. I suggest before 10 or after 1:30 to avoid a wait... Foodwise, it's inventive and they seem to use the very best ingredients. The crab dishes are a bit pricey, but they use MASSIVE chunks of crab that must set them back a piece. Not to be missed are the Fired Green Tomatoes (or any dish containing them), Sweet Potato Fries, or the Spicy Shirley Mary. Great female chef, and a good place to people watch. They update their menu every 6 months, so a trip to their website is probably in order. Parking is at a premium, so try behind the place or their sister restaurants Alonzo's/Loco Hombre, or S'ghetti Eddies. No reservations accepted (EVER!), but space is available for large parties during the week.
Makes you feel like you are literally "Lost in the 50's". The atmosphere is friendly and very family oriented. The menu fits all and that is a plus. If it is not on the menu, they will work with you. I was born in the 50's so this is the place I would go to and feel as if I needed to take a trip "Back to the Past". A definite place to go, the best milk shakes ever!!!! Have you had the chicken soup yet-----well this is the place to warm up the belly when cold sets in and you need a homecooked meal. A definite addtition to my places to visit when in Baltimore!!!!
Yes, I know, it is a a cookie cutter franchise. But at last University of Baltimore students have a nice place to hang out, read, drink coffee, and not have to buy an expensive meal to do it. The people here are genuinely nice. I'm still not a lover of the coffee -- I lean more toward Dunkin Donuts or Folgers perk -- but the broccoli-chedder scones are great -- as are the salads. I'm avoiding desserts right now -- but these are terrific too.