Customers to Home Maid will soon be able to nosh on biscuits and French toast all day when the Federal Hill restaurant opens this spring.
Home Maid is opening at 1400 Key Highway, a space previously occupied by Grille on the Hill and the Sushi Place. The restaurant, owned by brothers Derrick and Justin Faulcon, is relocating from Towson and planning for a late-April opening.
The brothers are also readying a food truck to hit the road around the same time the restaurant opens.
The duo lived in California, where they considered launching a food truck, but they came back to their hometown of Baltimore because they saw more opportunity to establish a breakfast-focused concept here than on the West Coast.
"We always wanted to set the standard for breakfast," Derrick Faulcon said.
They hope to grow their brand in Baltimore through the expanded restaurant and food truck, all while elevating the city's brunch scene.
The menu at Home Maid will include about 15 entrees, including the "Down 'n' Dirty" (creamy grits topped with blackened shrimp and sauteed peppers), the "Fat Albert" (two biscuits with sausage gravy and potatoes) and the "Cinderella" (a Belgian waffle topped with lemon and blueberries). They specialize in biscuits, made with a secret ingredient and paired with homemade jams.
"I don't want to give anyone anything average," said Justin Faulcon, who heads the kitchen.
Both Derrick and Justin will tell you their favorite menu item is blackened salmon served over creamy grits with andouille sausage.
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In addition to hearty breakfast and lunch dishes, Home Maid will serve pour-over coffee from Counter Culture, as well local beer and craft cocktails.
The 56-seat restaurant, which will also seat 16 outdoors, is a big step up from Home Maid's former 16-seat eatery in Towson. The interior has touches like mismatched lights, newsprint wallpaper, chicken wire cabinets and tables made from reclaimed pallets.
"It's going to be really homey," Derrick Faulcon said.