I feel like we spend many Friday nights trying to find a “non chain” restaurant where we can enjoy both a great meal and will work well for the girls. Well, look no more. Last month, McFaul’s Iron Horse Tavern opened in Parkville. Fans of the old restaurant at Sander’s Corner will recognize the space but everything else has changed. New owners, Glen and Kristen McFaul, Walt Lashno, Matt Remsnyder and Chuck Trunk have managed to maintain much of the history of the old Sanders building while providing modern local fare.

Chef Evan Orser serves “Maryland Cuisine,” traditional local favorites served with locally sourced ingredients. The crabmeat is from Tilghman Island, ice cream from Prigels Creamery, chicken and ground beef from Albright Farms and all produce is grown locally. My favorite is the Seafood Tacos with Mahi Mahi, baja coleslaw and topped with a delicious fruit salsa. Most of the entrees are served with their house made potato chips. I had to ask the waitress to take them away! Seriously, THAT GOOD!

GETTING THERE:
There is ample free parking both across the street, on the side and behind the restaurant. But get there early. Especially on the weekend, this place is hopping and the parking lots fill up quickly!

COST:
Everything on the menu is moderately priced. The portions are generous. I promise you won’t leave hungry!

FAMILY ACCESSIBILITY:
McFaul’s Iron Horse Tavern is very family friendly. There is not a lot of room for strollers, but ample high chairs and booster seats for the kids. On the two different occasions we have eaten here, we have been seated in the Baltimore Room and the Iron Horse Room. Both rooms were spacious and we had plenty of room to spread out. The staff is very accommodating and helpful with menu suggestions and getting food to the table quickly (which is a MUST when you are dining with the littles).

KEEPING THEM HAPPY:
The location is beautiful! The outside porch, which extends off the back of the building, provides a scenic view of the area around the reservoir. It also features a new bar and plenty of space for patrons to enjoy the summer weather and the cooler fall temps. There are tons of options on the kids’ menu, enough to please even the pickiest of palates. The macaroni and cheese can only be described as gourmet and the girls loved the mini hamburgers. Paper tablecloths, INGENIOUS! Preslee, Mason and Finley loved that they were allowed to “write, right on the table.” Overall, a great way to spend a Friday night with the family, cool atmosphere, great food and friendly staff!

McFaul’s Iron Horse Tavern

2260 Cromwell Bridge Road
Baltimore, Maryland 21234
Hours: M-W, 11 AM – 12 AM; Th-S, 11 AM – 1 AM, Sun, 11 AM – 12 AM