Have you ever gone to a restaurant for the first time and the only thing you can think of is “why did it take me so long to get here?”. I like to call places like that “hidden gems”. Restaurants like this give you a reason to find more restaurants in your neighborhood because you’d be disappointed if you skipped another restaurant you drive past on your way home from work. Maggie’s Farm is one of those restaurants where you would debate your friends, co-workers, and your enemies that your grandmother is in the kitchen cooking. The amount of flavors, originality, and carefulness that is put into each dish would grant me the rights to convince anyone that asked that my grandmother makes every meal that comes out of that kitchen. I reference my grandmother because in my eyes, she’s one of the best cooks ever. When she reads this, I’m sure she’s going to smile, as will you once you visit this restaurant.
Maggie’s Farm is in Baltimore, MD outside of the Hamilton neighborhood. It was awarded one of the 50 Best Restaurants (2014, 2015, and 2016), Best Farm to Table Restaurant (2014, and 2016) and Best Locavore Restaurant. All of the awards that this restaurant was awarded doesn’t give it any justice. Led by owner and hostess (on weekends) Andy Weaver, I was able to have some dishes recommended to us. I’m not always the one that likes dishes recommended to me, as I feel as though I’m being “sold” on a specific dish for them to either push food out the door before it expires or to up sell me. In this case, the recommendation made me fall in love with the food and atmosphere. This restaurant has a “neighborhood friendly” restaurant feel to it, as if you live close to the area I would suspect that this place has “regulars”. The inside is very festive and has a bar feel to it.
I was able to try around four to five dishes ranging from a Cinnamon Roll to a Brisket Hash. Let’s start on the sweet side of the dishes that I was able to indulge. The cinnamon roll was probably ten times better than Cinnabon’s cinnamon roll at your local mall. That says a lot because everyone loves cinnamon rolls from that place. This might be the best cinnamon roll that I’ve ever had in my life. It was nice and warm on the inside and had a buttery exterior. The cinnamon roll was covered with cream cheese and provided a huge amount of flavor. The flavor of the cream cheese was very rich and satisfying. If you have a sweet tooth, then this dish is a great start to have for your day.
The next dish that was ordered were the Crispy Brussel Sprouts which were made with bacon, kimchi vinaigrette and topped with a fried egg. Anyone who knows me knows that I love brussels sprouts. The brussel sprouts were seasoned to perfection and the kimchi slaw added an extra flavor of salt with the dish. If you’re not big on salt then I would caution you on this dish. Brussel sprouts deserve to be seasoned well but mixed with the kimchi vinaigrette maybe a bit much for some. The egg on top of it was the icing on the cake. I love over easy eggs so whenever I have the opportunity to have it with my dish then it’s a must! The brussel sprouts were roasted to perfection as well and had just the right amount of crunch to it. Why not have your vegetables with your brunch?
The third dish that was ordered was the Brisket Hash. This was my absolute favorite dish at this restaurant. The dish consisted of brisket, taters, beets (yes beets), fried egg, and goat cheese cream. The goat cheese cream was absolutely amazing. It was the perfect accompaniment with the taters and beets. It provided a rich cream sauce to go with the smokey brisket and crunchiness of the potatoes. This dish was well presented and provided a good portion amount for it to be a brunch dish. The dish was originally supposed to come with corn but owner Andy explained to me that when beets are available it’s a preferred usage for this dish. I’m happy that I came to this restaurant at the right time because the beets provided a refreshing taste to this dish. The egg was the perfect topping for this dish and if you like eggs as much as I do then I suggest you order an extra egg as they only provide you with one.
The fourth dish that was ordered was the Chilaquiles. If you’re like me you’re wondering what exactly is Chilaquiles? Well it’s a dish that involves braised chicken, tortillas, cilantro, green chile sauce, fried eggs, and aged cheddar. If you’re looking for a dish full of flavor with a little spicy kick to it, then look no further. The chicken was seasoned perfectly and it was presented in a bowl with the consistency and texture of a “pot pie”. It’s a traditional Mexican dish, and the mixture is simmered until the tortilla softens. It’s commonly used with crema and avacado slices but this restaurants puts its own spin to the dish. I’m not the biggest fan of spicy foods because my stomach and mouth can’t fathom it. I feel as though I’m too busy drinking water to actually enjoy the dish if it’s too spicy. I enjoyed this dish, and I’m pretty sure you will too.
Last but not least, the Chik N Biscuit was ordered. Let me start by saying this was one of the softest biscuits I’ve ever had in my life. It was nice and crusty on the outside but in the center it was the softest I’ve ever encountered. The restaurant provides you with one fried chicken breast, pickles, spicy honey, and hash. The spicy honey added the right amount of sweetness to the biscuit and the chicken was perfectly fried. If you’re looking for a dish that doesn’t get you too full so that you can enjoy another dish, this is the right dish for you. The dish of course comes with potatoes, but if you’re not big on potatoes then I’d suggest you order one more dish to go with this one.
Overall : I was thoroughly pleased with this restaurant. The flavors, the originality, and the uniqueness that this restaurant imposes is well worth going to. When you go, let me know how it is.