Thursday, March 15 2012 22:51

Alexander's Tavern

By  John Cullen with Marty Shayt

Strolling along Broadway in Fell's Point, you could easily pass by Alexander's Tavern without realizing the opportunities to try some tasty food in the pleasant space adjacent to the bar. The large dining room is light and airy with large French doors along the sidewalk, with 18 tables and some great 100-year-old photographs of Baltimore on the walls. A warm and friendly waitress greeted us as soon as we walked in and made us feel immediately welcome.

The menu covers the gamut of casual bar fare with 12+ starters (most $7-11) and some award winning variations of potato tots, soups ($6), and entrée salads (mostly $10). There's also 6+ tavern fare entrees ($9-18), unusual tacos ($8-11), 6+ personal size gourmet pizzas (most $10), and a couple dozen sandwiches, wraps, and paninis ($8-13, with choice of salad, tots, fries, or coleslaw). Bargain specials which vary nightly got our attention: on a Monday evening, these include "build your own tots" ($5), burgers ($5) and fish & chips ($10).

We love bargains so we shared an order of the custom tots as a starter. Marty couldn't resist the lure of a veggie pizza ($9) while John tried to balance the tots with a southwest salad ($10). A couple of our friends opted for bargain burgers and fish & chips. Our tots were hot and good with requested mushrooms, onions, and peppers (but left John wishing we had tried the BBQ sweet potato tots with pulled pork and melted cheese). Marty enjoyed his pizza which had plenty of veggie toppings and cheese. John's salad included shredded chicken, corn salsa, tomatoes, and cheddar cheese over romaine in a tortilla shell; he liked his salad but wished there was more lettuce and that the chicken was a tad spicier. The large thick and juicy burger proved to be a "thumbs-up" bargain which included melted cheddar and sautéed onions on top, plus tasty fries and pickle. The fish & chips was another winner that included two big pieces of nicely fried cod, some homemade coleslaw and a large mound of delicious fries. (Yes, Marty boldly reached across the table to steal some fries more than once!)

While portions were generous and we were full, our attentive waitress tempted us beyond our ability to resist with her description of Alexander's single dessert option: Grandma's Apple Pie Nachos ($7). This "thumbs-up" dessert included a large platter of cinnamon dusted tortilla chips topped by slices of baked apples, caramel sauce and chocolate sauce and lots of whipped cream. Jeez Louize! We all agreed that it was surprisingly yummy (and was easily shared by four people!).

Alexander's Tavern's combination of friendly, attentive service, good food at reasonable prices, and pleasant dining room earned our "thumbs-up," and we're looking forward to returning. It's definitely a place to consider trying when you're visiting Fell's Point!

ALEXANDER'S TAVERN
710 S. Broadway • 410.522.0000
AlexandersTavern.com
Open 7 days for lunch and dinner
10am weekend brunch
Full bar • Vegetarian options
Weeknight bargain specials

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