While I was in Maryland over the holidays, I met up with SP, a friend from Berkeley who recently moved far far away to Austin, Texas. SP was also visiting her family in Maryland so we decided to get together for brunch. Seeing as I’ve only hung out in her hometown of Baltimore a few times, we agreed to meet in her ‘hood.
SP gave me a few options and I thought the Papermoon Diner seemed the most interesting. First, a diner seemed like the appropriate Baltimore choice, given its reputation as a no-frills, blue-collar industrial city. Second, I had just come off of a string of Chinese meals, so good ol’ American cooking sounded great. Third, she said the place had kitschy and strange decor, with the likes of headless Barbie dolls. I don’t know about you, but the perfect side to bacon and eggs might just be random doll body parts strewn here and there.
As I drove to the restaurant, I was a slightly worried about getting lost because the directions from Google Maps seemed to be a little wonky. However, as I saw the bright purple and turquoise building, I knew I was at the right place. As promised, the decor was definitely kitschy but not as macabre as I had imagined. There were so many random things all around that I soon acclimated to the weirdness that is the Papermoon Diner.
I ordered the chocolate chip pancakes topped with bananas (or was it the other way around?), while SP opted for a portabello mushroom omelette with hash browns and toast. Both were decent but not mind-blowing. I think SP thought her omelette was just ok (not flavorful enough? something like that… it’s been 2 months. please forgive me.)
The service was slow, probably because we were there at the peak brunch hour. I got angry at one of the servers who wouldn’t take our photo because he was too busy and said he would tell someone else to stop by, but that never happened. After I left a nasty note on the customer comment card, we found out that it wasn’t his fault after all — the guy the first server asked either forgot or disregarded the request. Oops. All in all, it was an interesting experience but the Papermoon didn’t make my list of places to revisit. At least I had a good time catching up with an old friend!