The Founding Fathers held their initial meetings in a neighborhood tavern, which explains why the Declaration of Independence’s first draft had a long, rambling subsection devoted to how powdered wigs are a natural icebreaker. Revolt against the tyranny of boredom with today’s Groupon: for $25, yet get a four-course prix fixe dinner for two at The Diamondback Tavern in Ellicott City (up to a $60 total value). The prix fixe dinner includes:
- One shared appetizer (up to a $10.50 value)
- Two soups or salads (up to a $13 value)
- Two main-course entrees (up to a $30.50 value)
- One shared dessert (up to a $6 value)<p>
The traditional bar foods, culled from local meats, fish, and produce, have earned the Diamondback Tavern accolades from the Baltimore Sun and Howard Magazine. For appetizers, diners can flap for a tender order of eight Diamondback wings, or scoop house-made pita chips into dip forged from lump crabmeat and a blend of savory cheeses. The tasty Maryland crustacean takes a new form with a second course of crab soup and fresh veggies in a tasty tomato stock, or diners can opt to imitate a sheet-metal compactor and descend upon the iron stores of leafy salad. Entrees include comforting mouthfuls of irish bangers and mash, which has apple bratwurst served over garlic mashed potatoes, or any one of the eatery’s five half-pound burgers. A shared crème brûlée marks dinners with a conclusion as sweet as a not-guilty verdict in a candy-factory insurance-fraud case. On request, the chef can modify the prix fixe menu to include vegetarian or vegan options.
Dreamed up by a group of friends who wanted to create a casual Maryland-style bar and restaurant, the Diamondback Tavern broadcasts sports games and hosts regular trivia and open-mic nights within modern, minimalist dining areas that let the food speak loudly for itself with an unclassifiable accent.
Built by a group of friends interested in camaraderie, cold drinks, and good food, Diamondback Tavern aims to put a contemporary spin on a traditional Maryland tavern, and its pub menu has earned accolades from the Baltimore Sun and Howard Magazine. Wrangling local meats, seafood, produce, and bread, the staff builds fresh sandwiches filled with garlic-braised pulled pork and caramelized bananas, crab-cake platters loaded with two 5-ounce jumbo lump crab cakes, and veggie risotto topped with grilled portobello.
Behind the bar, chilled local and domestic brews and sangria blended from a family recipe cleanse palates and put out fires after fire-eating competitions gone wrong. Diners enter under a traditional hanging tavern sign emblazoned with a brown diamondback-turtle shell before nestling into a spacious sports bar or dining room. Diamondback Tavern also hosts open-mic nights and screening events around NFL games to keep ears and eyes entertained as mouths gnaw on the minimalist, modern decor.