Strolling along Broadway in Fells Point, you could easily pass by Alexander’s Tavern without realizing the opportunities to try some tasty food 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 featuring 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 panini’s ($8-$13 & come with choice of salad, “tots”, fries or cole slaw). Bargain specials which vary nightly got our attention; on a Monday evening, these included “Build your own Tots” ($5), Burgers ($5) and Fish & Chips ($10).
We love bargains so 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 that 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 as well as tasty fries and pickle; the “Fish & Chips” was another winner that included two big pieces of nicely fried cod, some homemade cole slaw and a large mound of delicious fries (Yes, Marty was boldly reaching across the table to steal some fries more than once!).
While portions were generous and we were filled, 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 4 people!).
Alexander’s Tavern 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 (and it’s definitely a place to consider trying when you’re visiting Fells Point!).
FYI – “Tots” are 1/2 priced on Monday evenings and you get $6 Panini sandwiches with a side on Thursday evening!
FACTS: Alexander’sTavern (Fells Point); 710 S. Broadway; 410-522-0000; www.alexanderstavern.com; Open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner; kitchen open til midnight on Saturdays (otherwise mostly 10 pm); brunch on the weekend starting at 10 am; Full bar; veggie options; week night bargain specials. (FYI: Owner Charlie Gjerdes’s brother, Spike Gjerdes, is the owner of the popular Woodberry Kitchen)