Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to midnight and Sunday, noon to 11 p.m.
Price range: Sandwiches $1.50 to $8.25; complete dinners, $3.95 to $7.95.
Credit cards: American Express, VISA, Master Charge. No personal checks accepted.
Reservations: Accepted, except after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Special facilities: Accessible to the handicapped; smoking and non-smoking sections; boosters chairs for children and highchairs provided.
Roy's Place Too, tucked away in Columbia, is the son of the original Roy's Place in Gaithersburg. For persons familiar with the "joys of Roy's," no disappointment is in store when visiting the second location. Just about everything, including the menu, is identical to the Gaithersburg location -- the old-time movie posters, antique paintings of somebody'd great-great uncle and of course the checkered tablecloths.
Those who have never been to Roy's Place should plan on spending a while deciding what to have. The reason being that there are more than 155 sandwiches, plus salad plates, children's dishes and side orders. The first thing the waitress asks is for your drink order (since she knows you haven't decided on your order yet!) and then she leaves you alone for at least 15 minutes to peruse the menu.
The menu is unlike any you've ever seen -- not only filled with delicious sandwiches, but an explanation for each. For example: "The Katherine of Tarragon" (a medieval delight), with special tarragon mayonnaise, broiled Swiss cheese, fresh roasted turkey bosom and tomato.
Souvenir menus are for sale at $1 so you can chuckle in the privacy of your own home. A word of warning -- if you order Number 86, "The Bender Schmender," billed as "the one and only five-decker club," be prepared to be embarrassed. Every Bender Schmender comes complete with the kitchen staff, who will follow the waiter when your sandwich is delivered, and loudly pound on pots and pans to alert the dinner crowd of hearty appetite.
We finally got down to ordering. My 8 year-old son, who thinks of himself as a full-fledged adult most of the time, decided to order a sandwich from the regular menu instead of the section marked for "Little Chicken Eaters" (there's also a section for "Big Chicken Eaters" who can't go the distance on a regular Roy's sandwich). He decided not to be adventurous, and ordered the same thing I had on a previous occasion -- The Pocahontas -- a lucious concoction of ham, lobster salad, swiss cheese and golden sauce, all broiled and melted on rye bread ($5.85 and Number 69 on the menu, by the way).
My husband opted for The Tallulah J. Tondalayo (The "J." is for Jasmine), a club sandwich piled high with crab salad, bacon, blue cheese dressing, avocado, lettuce and tomato ($4.95, Number 125).
I decided to eat "light" and ordered The Flying Floss -- shrimp salad, tomato (smeared with special garlic mayo), covered with Swiss cheese and broiled on rye bread ($4.30, Number 97).
Sandwiches are served on your choice of white, rye, pumpernickel or French bread. Some are grilled, and all come only with a large pickle slice and (and you'll also need a fork to scoop up what drops from the edge). I have had both the cold sandwiches and those that are grilled, and definitely prefer the latter. We also decided on a side order of breaded mushrooms ($1), which was a small order, but delicious.
Desserts, including ice cream, sherbert, cheesecake and pie, range from 75 cents up to $1.50, but it's pretty hard to get dessert in at Roy's. In fact, Roy's Place Too is the only restaurant where my husband will turn down an offer from me to finish off the rest of my meal.
Reservations are not accepted after 6 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, so be prepared to wait outside the door in a line that sometime stretches out to the parking lot. But it's definitely worth the wait.
With two beers each, a "Shirley Temple" for my son, dinner and my son's dessert,our bill came to $22.79.