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McFaul's Ironhorse Tavern

2260 Cromwell Bridge Rd, Parkville, Parkville, MD 21234
410.828.1625
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Ranked #7 of 77 Restaurants in Parkville
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: American, Seafood, Contemporary
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: "My main goal in building McFaul's IronHorse Tavern is to restore the reputation of the Baltimore County cornerstone restaurant that was located on the east side of the Loch Raven Reservoir. As closely as I can determine, Sander's Corner was built in 1886 as a blacksmith shop. It also housed the Loch Raven post office until 1953. In 1939, the post office and adjoining house were destroyed by a fire. During the two year rebuilding process, the post office occupied a corner near the current building's fireplace. The newly rebuilt structure transitioned into a general store as the need for a blacksmith diminished. The various owners that followed sold sandwiches, ice cream and sundry items. The Maryland National Guard quartered in the basement during World War II. Throughout 1941 and 1942 they kept guard over the Loch Raven dam to ensure the safety of the water supply. The Guard spent the remainder of the war in the white house at the foot of the dam, which is now used as a maintenance depot for Loch Raven watershed staff.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Description: "My main goal in building McFaul's IronHorse Tavern is to restore the reputation of the Baltimore County cornerstone restaurant that was located on the east side of the Loch Raven Reservoir. As closely as I can determine, Sander's Corner was built in 1886 as a blacksmith shop. It also housed the Loch Raven post office until 1953. In 1939, the post office and adjoining house were destroyed by a fire. During the two year rebuilding process, the post office occupied a corner near the current building's fireplace. The newly rebuilt structure transitioned into a general store as the need for a blacksmith diminished. The various owners that followed sold sandwiches, ice cream and sundry items. The Maryland National Guard quartered in the basement during World War II. Throughout 1941 and 1942 they kept guard over the Loch Raven dam to ensure the safety of the water supply. The Guard spent the remainder of the war in the white house at the foot of the dam, which is now used as a maintenance depot for Loch Raven watershed staff.
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New Port Richey, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Situated really close to the loch raven reservoir, this has a quaint appearance, of an old roadside cafe. Going in the first thing I noticed was the filthy hand railing down the stairs to thd outside deck. We ordered food and thought that it would arrive shortly, as hardly anyone was there on a Friday afternoon. We were wrong, it... More

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Ponte Vedra, Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Went to restaurant to check it out and made a reservation with the hostess for the next evening telling her that I was from out of state and meeting a longtime friend. Requested outdoor seating. When my wife and I arrived for our scheduled day and time we were greeted and given the worst table on the outdoor porch. The... More

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Pasadena, Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I'll talk about the bad stuff first. Service was a little slow from our server. Contrasted with the bartender, who served us while we were awaiting seating. He was on the ball. Our waitress seemed not really ... there.... But that's all the bad stuff. There's an indoor bar, there's an outdoor bar. The food is good, though it seems... More

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Zurich, Switzerland
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97 reviews 97 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Two large families met here and let me say we were glad we did. The food was splendid with full variety that handled a teenage vegetarian through seafood and meat lovers. The service was fun and spot on point. We enjoyed great conversations stimulated by a fun atmosphere at a large table where everyone could converse we everyone. The beer... More

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Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went for a get together with 4 other friends I hadn't seen in awhile so we were all excited. I chose round table off to the side near the front door instead of out on the porch because it was very hot today and they were calling for bad storms. I thought we'd be cool. Needless to say it was... More

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usa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A wonderful country location near the Loch Raven Reservoir. A multiple of dining options - outside deck, bar with sports bar and raw bar atmosphere , or cozy inside dining in a knotty pine room. Many local beer and wine offerings. The food ranges from Sunday brunch to oysters on the half shell. A fine presentation of local specialties. The... More

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Baltimore MD
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

had the Eggs Benedict for brunch today. They were ok, not great but not the worst I've ever had. Poaching eggs is sometimes tricky; you must use vinegar in the water and right temp for water. swirl or not you still have to cook them correctly; yolk runny white set. Sorry, you missed the boat on that one. Please don't... More

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Havre de Grace, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Outdoor seating, nice view of the stream. The food was outstanding and well presented. Blackened rockfish was superb. The grilled rockfish was also perfect. Oysters...perfect. The appetizers, wine list, and service were all excellent. Pricey but worth it. Tuesday is 1/2 off bottle of wine night.

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Fallston, Maryland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We met up with some friends for happy hour and had a great time. We ordered their crap dip and tuna and both were excellent. Drinks were great and we will be back.

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Calabash, North Carolina
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

My friend Colleen and I went here for lunch. I am a native Marylander living in another state. I hadn't been here since this restaurant opened under the current name. I had a crab soup that was tasty and up to my standards. We had a crab dip that was served with French bread. All in all it was a... More

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