Not far from the Myerhoff or the Lyric, Dougherty’s Pub is friendly, attactive and affordable.
While Dougherty’s handsome dark wood bar, high back wooden booths and tile floors might leave some suspecting that it’s an old time pub that has been painstakingly restored, 20 years ago it was a beaten up warehouse which had once housed the “Baltimore Automobile & Manufacturing Co” in 1900.
Around 1994, Bill Dougherty who had been running the “Irish Pub” across the alley from old GLCCB location, bought the building at 223 W. Chase and his brother, Len, a local artist and designer of fine furniture, led the creation of the current Dougherty’s.
Inside, there’s a large room where you’ll find a dozen wooden tables near the windows along Chase. Behind them, 6 booths occupy the wall opposite the bar. The walls feature a changing display of “for sale” works by local artists and there’s another room in back with a couple of pool tables.
The menu offers reasonably priced pub grub (but ask for and consider the “specials”!) Choose from home made soups ($3.50 a Cup); Salads ($8 for Taco or Chicken Caesar), “Munchies” ($4-$9 including Nachos, Wings and Fried Zucchini), Burgers (regular, turkey or veggie – mostly $7 with chips & pickle); platters with Fish & Chips, Fried Shrimp, Hot Roast Beef or Turkey ($8-$10 includes fries & cole slaw) and a couple dozen sandwiches ($6-$9 includes chips & pickle; “made here”fries are a $1 extra)
For starters, Marty enjoyed the Maryland Crab Soup and exclaimed “I can taste the crab!”; John liked his Minnestrone w/Sausage soup (both $3.50/cup – though we wished that they arrived at the table hotter!). Our friends shared the Buffalo Wings (10 for $9.50) and found them meaty and tasty; the blue cheese dip made for a good contrast with the spicy wing sauce.
From the main menu, Marty order a Burger and fries ($7 plus $1 extra for fries) while John tried the Taco Salad ($9). Our friends ordered a Ruben ($7) and a Turkey, Bacon & Cheese Melt ($7). FYI – Sandwiches come with chips; a side of fries will cost you a $1 extra – My buddy Marty thinks spending the extra buck for fries is a good investment! <Wink>) Marty’s thick and juicy hunk of beef and hot fresh fries satisfied his cravings. John’s Taco Salad was good but different – picture a thick burger patty dripping with melted cheddar broken into a pieces laid over a salad surrounded by a ring of taco chips! The Ruben as well as the “Melt” sandwiches arrived with chips and pickle and were a bargain for the price.
The waitresses at Dougherty’s are not only attentive but friendly (Marty didn’t even complain that there weren’t any waiters!) One slow evening, our waitress sat down and joined in a fun conversation about “old” Baltimore and left us feeling we had made a new friend.
The combination of the pleasant atmosphere, tasty “pub grub”, reasonable prices (a cheese burgers with fries in Mt. Vernon for $8?) and friendly, attentive service is definitely a winner.
FACTS: Dougherty’s (Mt. Vernon); 223 W. Chase St; 410-752.4059; www.doughertyspub.com; Open 7 days/week for lunch & dinner; full bar; veggie options; on-street parking; close by to the “light rail” (last DiningOUT Visit: 12/3/2013)