Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name—and sometimes you want to go where everybody wants to know your name. Achieve the latter with today's Groupon. For $10, you get $25 worth of traditional bar fare and drinks at The Diamondback Tavern. Located in Ellicott City, the unpretentious Maryland-style tavern is so Maryland-style that the only thing that could make patrons feel like it was more Maryland-style would be injecting a crab cake directly into a vein.
Diamondback is the brainchild of a group of local guys who wanted a place to eat, drink, and watch TV without the constant chirping of one of their mothers' parakeets. Chef Tom Williams prepares traditional bar foods and game-changing edible items using local meats, fish, produce, and pastries, making the menu so Maryland that if it were a crayon, it would be “Dark Maryland.”
Diamondback's clean, simplistic dining room lets the food speak loudly with an unclassifiable accent. For appetizers, Diamondback cooks up crab and corn fritters, with lump crab meat and Old Bay–roasted corn, sided with homemade sweet hot mustard sauce ($9) and the tender, full-pound order of Diamondback wings ($9.50). Heartier food heapings include the Diamondback house salad, with mixed greens, Roma tomatoes, sliced red onion, carrots, garlic croutons, and a basil vinaigrette ($6.50); signature sandwiches such as the Maryland corn-and-crab dog that piles fried lump crab meat and Old Bay–roasted corn onto a lobster-roll bun with lettuce, tomato, and homemade sweet hot mustard ($10.50); and the pub classic shepherd's pie, with fresh ground beef and veggies topped with garlic mashed potatoes and melted cheddar ($15.25). Diamondback also offers a Sunday brunch that serves up $2 Bloody Marys, mimosas, and draft beers.
- Diamondback Tavern...actually has the ability to satisfy four different kinds of customers: there’s a bar area that serves the full menu, a subdued and chic (decorated with photos by local art students) dining room for date night or family time, a sports bar upstairs, and even a stately venue room complete with working brick fireplace...you’ll immediately taste what a difference homemade makes. Homemade bar food doesn’t have that overly salty and weirdly greasy taste. Diamondback Tavern has all your favorites – fried oysters, fries with gravy, wings. But if you’re in the mood for something different, you MUST try the Scotch eggs! – Tamar Alexia Fleishman, Baltimore Examiner
- The menu was clearly designed to reflect a wide range of foods that a wide range of people consider comfort fare, whether it be all-American/pubby or a reflection of ethnic origins. In general, the food was freshly prepared and coordination between the kitchen and our table seemed well paced. Service was friendly and efficient. – Donna Ellis, Howard
- The true surprise was how interesting the menu was- nothing seemed 'ordinary'. Even standard items like wings were slow cooked and tasty. Loved my rockfish and the hubby liked his Shepards Pie. Service was great and prices were reasonable. – gabrielleharris, Citysearch
- Some really amazing food. The wings melt in your mouth (I recommend the Thai Chili) and the Maryland microbrews are fun to try. Great neighborhood hangout! – RipkenMurray, Citysearch
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.
3733 Old Columbia Pike
Ellicott City, Maryland 21043Get Directions