Baltimore’s Best Breakfast


“If you’re going to travel the world, make it a delicious journey.”

Golden West Cafe

One of the things I love the most about the American Southwest is the breakfast burrito.  I especially adore the tortillas as they are often homemade, their taste and texture superbly better than any tortilla you’ll find at your local grocery store (unless, of course, you live near a Whole Foods in Santa Fe).  Breakfast just tastes better when all of your favorite fillings are wrapped up tightly into one big, chile sauce covered bundle of burrito joy.  It’s a deliciously spicy way to start the day.

Living on the East Coast, my tortillas come packaged and my morning restaurant options are usually limited to the traditional breakfast fare.  Of course, in New Jersey we like to shake up the boring breakfast routine with pork roll, egg, and cheese on freshly baked bagels and hard rolls.  It is what some might call the breakfast sandwich of champions at the Jersey Shore.  While it is quite possible that every state has put their own twist on our “most important meal of the day”, my favorite place to eat breakfast is at a little cafe in Baltimore, Maryland-The Golden West.

I’m a born and raised Jersey Girl who spent the first nine years of my young adult life living in Maryland.  Four years of college on the Eastern Shore and five years of teaching in Baltimore County equals a pretty good understanding of how to feast on crabs and cheer for Raven’s football.  Most importantly, I learned there is only one place you go for breakfast and that’s down on the “The Avenue” in Hampden, hon’ at the Golden West Cafe.

Say hello to my American Southwest in Baltimore.  Take it from me, this is your place for breakfast burritos done right.  Smothered in green or red chile sauce, I adore the vegan burrito with house made faux -rizo.  Complete with potatoes, beans, and salsa fresca, these burritos are packed with flavor and wrapped with love.  They are simply delicious.

Beyond the food, the space is cozy, the staff is super friendly, and the coffee is robust.  Pull up a seat by the window or grab a booth and enjoy what I like to call Baltimore’s best breakfast.



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