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.
The clothes are really sexy and the displays are beautiful. They used to sell matching thongs and bras with no underwire for some reason they stopped. Big mistake! The sales people vary - some are very helpful and nice others try to act stuck up so you won't ask them for help while they conduct personal business on their cell phones.The newer clothes are over priced but the clearance racks have great bargains.The last time I went they were still working on the street in front of it so watch your step. It's always a crowd of vendors and people buying from them in front of the shoe store in front of it so be careful navigating through them.
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.