A SUNDAY AFTERNOON TREAT: Lunch at Drummer’s Cafe
I love everything about the Atlantic Hotel. The sweeping porch. The architectural detail over the windows. The cool iron fence. The period interior decor. Romantic dinners in Drummer’s Cafe. The location. I mean what’s not to love. So it may come as a surprise, that I have never eaten lunch there or eaten on the porch. I have walked by as people sat eating on the porch and on the front lawn and I thought, ooh that looks fun, but I never did it because it seemed like such a tourist thing to do and I was really trying to feel like I really lived in Berlin. (This all despite the fact that I know my neighbors head over there for happy hour.)
Well a couple of Sunday’s ago that all changed and I am so glad it did! It was a perfect warm fall afternoon and we had a great seat on the screened in porch. We had had a busy weekend of entertaining and I was ready to relax and be waited on! So I was happy before I even looked at the menu. Then I looked at the menu and I was ecstatic!! There were so many things that looked good to me, I had trouble deciding and the prices were reasonable too. You can see the menu by clicking here.
After much debate, I decided on the Bistro Steak Salad. Brad had the fish tacos. And because I couldn’t resist, we also got a hummus platter. The hummus had a nice spicy, garlicky flavor and came with pita and avocado tortilla chips. Yum, yum, yum. We had never had avocado tortilla chips. Now it has moved to the top of my list of favorite snack foods. Who invented that?! Genius points to them, wherever they are.
Both my salad and Brad’s fish tacos were very fresh and delicious. There was a generous amount of very tender steak in my salad and it was perfectly dressed. It was also very large. Hard as I tried, I couldn’t finish it all.
When ordering the fish tacos, you can choose either two or three tacos. Brad chose three, but we had to take one home. The tacos were served with pico de gallo and some of those yummy avocado tortilla chips. The fish was firm and mild and was well complemented by the cabbage and cilantro guacamole. The left over taco was still yummy the next day.
As we ate, I saw a few other things go by that I have to go back and try. The table next to us ordered Maryland Crab Soup. They ordered smalls, which were big enough that they questioned if they were actually smalls – they were. It sure looked and smelled good from where I was sitting. Another table close by was served the Salmon BLT and what looked like, a very inviting Bloody Mary. I’m drooling just thinking about it.
A bonus find – vegetarian options on the menu. So we can come back with our vegetarian friends. There are so many other things I want to try, like the seared rare tuna appetizer and the fried green tomato salad. I can’t wait to go back because now I have two more things to love about the Atlantic Hotel, a great lunch menu and friendly service.
True confessions. I know people do it, but I am not yet comfortable, whipping out my phone and taking pictures of my food. So no photos. You’ll just have to go check it out for yourselves.