Photo courtesy of Food NetworkJosh Denny (left), host of “Ginormous Foods,” cuts into an oversized stack of pancakes during a conversation with The Breakfast Shoppe’s owner, Jeff Fitchett.
Food Network’s “Ginormous Food” Stops At The Breakfast Shoppe For 30-Pound Pancakes
On any given weekend, a line extends out the door of The Breakfast Shoppe in Severna Park. That’s why regulars like Bill and Paula Schulze of Arnold go before the rush.
The Schulzes have been making the same deliberate choice every weekend: to sit down for a bite at The Breakfast Shoppe and then do their weekly grocery shopping. “We’re known as the grocery store couple,” Schulze said. His wife chimed in with a chuckle, “The grocery store couple.”
Food Network visited The Breakfast Shoppe on a “Ginormous Food” episode called “Baltimore’s Biggest and Baddest,” hosted by Josh Denny. Food Network found The Breakfast Shoppe after scouring the internet for good eats in the Charm City area. The other eateries spotlighted in the Baltimore episode were Jimmy’s Famous Seafood in Baltimore and Champs Pizza & Subs in Glen Burnie. The episode aired January 20, 21, 23, 24 and February 4.
During the episode, The Breakfast Shoppe featured the crowd favorite, backpacker’s pie, an omelet with everything but the kitchen sink — deviled eggs dolloped in three ways (crispy pancetta and fried shallot, crab and shrimp ceviche, and portabella ragout), and, in keeping with the show’s premise, a dish made in colossal portion: fall harvest pancakes, stacking in at 1.5 feet high, 27 inches in diameter and 30 pounds.
During the show’s taping, from 7:00am until 4:00pm, every table was full, reaching the restaurant’s 90-person maximum capacity. The line was even longer than the average weekend, with a one-hour-and-45-minute wait. While The Breakfast Shoppe has been noted in the media before, this was the restaurant’s first national television appearance, putting Severna Park on the map for yet another reason: food.
Scott Ploussard created The Breakfast Shoppe almost 30 years ago. Jeff Fitchett is the restaurant’s third owner; he started in the restaurant business washing pots and pans. He took over the business from his mother-in-law and late father-in-law. While sticking with the basics of real food, Fitchett is also a big believer in innovation, be it social media or a cuisine change.
Fitchett credits his customers for such a longstanding business success story. “Some come every single day. It’s their home away from home,” Fitchett said. And that’s precisely what The Breakfast Shoppe aims to be: a friendly, inviting environment for the whole family. “I want this restaurant to be an oasis,” he added. “It’s a hurried world, met with opposition. I want it to be a break from the everyday crazy. I want people to take a breath.”
It’s a pause from a long workweek that many need and relish. “It starts our Saturday or Sunday out right,” Schulze explained.
It’s a tradition locals have appreciated for decades and the rest of America is now seeing through the Food Network.