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Curb Shoppe Bar and Grill

Where thirsty dads go when their wives think they’re at Whole Foods

Photo: Van Smith, License: N/A

Van Smith


Curb Shoppe Bar and Grill

5736 Falls Road, [410] 433-8299, curbshoppe.com

The Slickee Boys and the Alcoholics in 1982 played a BYOL gig in the middle of the day in the middle of Mount Washington, a comforting fact found courtesy of the framed Globe poster at the Curb Shoppe Bar and Grill (5736 Falls Road, [410] 433-8299, curbshoppe.com), the first Falls Road-side bar you’ll come across heading north from Dimitri’s Tavern in Hamdpen. Its reputation as a drop-in center for frantic, thirsty dads purportedly en route to or from the Whole Foods was belied by the dozen or so patrons there for the Super Bowl this year, a possible majority of whom were also there when, during the ice-stormy winter of ’94-95, we often replenished on the Curb Shoppe’s specials—currently including such attractions as $6 burgers with chips and a pickle on Saturday nights, 25-ounce drafts for $4.50 on Thursday nights, and $1.50 Natural Lights all day on Sundays—after sledding at Baltimore Country Club’s nearby “suicide hill” in hockey pads. Purveying since 1934, the place has a certain permanence to it. That wizened capped-and-bearded stalwart, heretofore silent, loudly denouncing the halftime entertainment as “so much horseshit,” is as timeless as that gray-goateed fellow in a fedora extolling Gunther Brown, the Maine-based rockers, with his old, long-lost Towson buddy on lead guitar. No rye here, but the Bulleit-and-sodas with a lime ($5.85 apiece) hit the spot.

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