Lunch Box : Fiddler’s Pub
There’s been a restaurant at the Mayapple Golf Course for a while, but during my eight years in the area, Fiddler’s Pub has been the only one with staying power. In many ways, Fiddler’s is like several other restaurants. The food is basic American. It isn’t trendy; it offers no big flavorful statement. But dishes are tasty, properly prepared, nicely placed, and served by a staff that makes an effort to let you know they appreciate your being there.
If you’re looking for a place that offers a view of something other than the street, you’ve found it here. Seating choices include the window- lined dining room on the eighteenth hole, the sports bar with its spacious booths and multiple TVs, or the patio with its view of the greens by day and sunsets in the evening. For lunch, we chose the dining room where we could gaze at the golf course and beyond to Blue Mountain, shrouded in the haze that gives it its name.
The lunch specials, shrimp bisque and chicken parm either grilled or crispy, sounded interesting, but we decided to try some regular offerings. The lunch menu features soups and salads, a variety of sandwiches ranging from Reuben’s to Philly cheesesteak, to chicken, subs, wraps and seafood; several styles of burgers (cheese, mushroom Swiss, black and blue, bacon cheeseburger), and, for a vegetarian option, a Portabella Mushroom sandwich. All come with a pickle and choice of a side, either cole slaw, fries, or chips.
I ordered the signature crab cake sandwich ($10). This was a bit of a risk; I’ve been spoiled by the eastern Maryland versions, which contain no discernible filler. The one at Fiddler’s was delightful. The crab cake, which was served with lettuce, tomato and tendrils of red onion on a bun with tartar sauce on the side, had almost no filler—just chunks of crab meat and seasonings—and was broiled to perfection. The accompanying cole slaw was creamy, and best savored in small bites. The unsweetened ice tea ($1.50) went well with the sandwich.
The mushroom Swiss burger ($8) was a large flavorful Angus beef patty topped with melted Swiss, sautéed mushrooms, tomato, lettuce, and onion. This burger was thick, juicy, and delicious. A hard roll, rather than the soft Kaiser, would have made this burger even better. The Maui chips had a sweet and spicy tang and were so good I had to beg more from my partner. A glass of Troeg’s Sunshine Pilsner ($4), a crisp, hoppy beer that is one of the current on-tap selections, complemented the meal.
Because the sandwiches were filling, we decided to share a piece of Key Lime pie ($4) for dessert. The pie had a dense custard consistency and was served with dollops of whipped cream surrounded by splashes of raspberry sauce.
When you find a restaurant that is tried and true, and consistent in the freshness and flavor of their food, you know it’s one to return to. We’ve enjoyed dinner as well as lunch here. We’ll be back.
Total cost of the lunches (including two coffees and tax) was $32.09.
Reviewer RD | September 2012