Olney Ale House

American, Vegetarian/Vegan
$$$$ ($15-$24)

Editorial Review

Updated December 2011

For more than 30 years, the Olney Ale House has been a hospitable hangout for all sorts of Montgomery Countians: theatergoers (it's across the highway from the Olney Theatre Center) and Sunday drivers (and motorbikers) alike.

The restaurant serves up stew and chili alongside loaves of hot oatmeal-molasses bread. Sandwiches are a good bet, and they have a variety of burgers. The vinegar-tangy rather than sweet-tomatoey Buffalo wings are a nice surprise, as is the good-if-understuffed quesadilla with fresh salsa.

There are several vegetarian sandwiches, including Boca burgers and the Mighty Shroom, a grilled portabella with grilled onions, melted Swiss and red pepper coulis on the molasses bread.

Frying is a strong point here. The fish 'n' chips go fast and so does the fried catfish. The French fries are sort of double-fried, with a near-batter of their own.

The beer list is good and international, with more than a dozen options on draft and many others by the bottle.

-- Going Out Guide staff