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Captain Bender’s Tavern

November 7, 2018 by jacobrohrbach

If you’re looking for a great local restaurant near the Inn with AMAZING food then Captain Bender’s is the place.

About Captain Bender’s Tavern

Raleigh Bender was born in Sharpsburg in 1873.  Like many townsfolk in Sharpsburg, Raleigh worked on the Chesapeake & Ohio Canal and would become the captain of Canal Boat No. 1.  Bender held several records during his time working on the canal.  He had also worked the longest on the canal, over 36 years; he “held the record of 62 hours for the fastest time for an unloaded boat from Georgetown to Cumberland; and brought the last load of coal from Cumberland through the Paw Paw Tunnel”.  In 1936, Raleigh opened Bender’s Tavern on Main Street in Sharpsburg and “reportedly told many stories about the canal and town”.  Since that time Captain Bender’s Tavern “has fed the hungry, quenched the thirsty, and served loyally, the historic community of Sharpsburg”.

Today, Captain Bender’s Tavern is owned and operated by Steve Kemmett.   Steve wanted the tavern “to be a fun place, a place where everybody can hang out and have fun” so in 2010 he began remodeling.  Steve turned the tavern into our towns version of “Cheers” (the 1980s sitcom where ‘everybody knows your name’).  He said he wanted “a place where customers can feel at home and feel welcome.”

The natural wood wainscoting, a tin ceiling and a long bar sets the atmosphere of a comfortable inviting pub.  The inside restaurant and bar area seat about 50 guests with an added 30-seat beer garden in the rear for outdoor dining and drinking in warmer weather.  Steve also added a dart tournament area and pool room for the Tavern Dart and Pool teams.

 

Unique Menu Items  at Captain Bender’s Tavern

Captain Bender’s has a great menu filled with appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches, entrees and speciality drinks.  We have tried almost everything on the menu, but here are a few of our favorites…

For starters you have to try the Pickle Fries.  If you have never had these you’re in for a treat, cut like french fries they stay really crispy and are served with a zesty dipping sauce.  If pickles aren’t your thing, then go for the Hog Wings.  Yep that’s right, Hog Wings.  Tender pieces of pork smothered in your choice of wing sauce.  YUMMY!   Everyday there is a new soup du jour, our top picks are the cream of crab and the french onion soup.

The Hub City Salad is chopped romaine, garden vegetables, bacon and shredded cheese topped with a blackened chicken breast.   This is served with  Steve’s own amazing honey/lime/pistachio dressing.

One of our ‘go to’ menu items is the Fish & Chips.  This freshly beer battered Tilapia is flash fried and served with coleslaw and some of the best seasoned hand-cut fries we’ve ever had.

The Monument – Tower of Death

The Monument – Tower of Death

If your hungry for a burger, and I mean HUNGRY, you need to order The Monument – Tower of Death
Not one, not two, but three 8 ounce Black Angus burger patties stacked high on a Ciabatta roll with lettuce and tomato.  Then it is layered with chili, cheese, death sauce, fried pickles, onion rings and spicy dipping sauce.   To top it off it is served with a dill pickle spear and cheese fries topped with bacon and sour cream.  The best part is, IF you finish it all in 30 minutes, it’s FREE!

 

While visiting this area and staying at the Inn, we highly recommend stopping in Captain Bender’s.  If you’re able to plan your stay when Steve and his culinary crew are hosting one of their Speciality Dinners you’re definitely in for an incredible treat.  These ticketed events feature a four course dinner paired with some of the finest local wines or spirits.

For more information about Captain Bender’s Tavern, menu items and future events you can check out their Facebook  Page or their Website

 Directions

Walking from the Inn the tavern is just a block past the Town Square on the left.   Driving, Captain Bender’s is along Main Street or MD Route 34.  Parking is available along the street or in a parking lot off N. Mechanic Street. (Click here for Google Maps)

Captain Benders Tavern
111 E. Main Street
Sharpsburg, Maryland

Weekly Events & Specials

On Saturday nights you can stay out for LIVE music or karaoke at Bender’s and if you plan to take a ghost tour with the Sharpsburg Civil War Ghost Tours, your tour begins and ends  at the tavern.

Monday night – Flagship Trivia

Tuesday night  – Crab Cake Dinner: 5 oz Lump Crab Cake served with choice of 2 sides.

Wednesday night – AYCE Wings and Narragansett drafts or Baltimore Martini’s

Friday night – Prime Rib Dinner Special

Saturday night – dinner specials

Sunday all day – Build your burger

 

 

 

 

Nutter’s Ice Cream

April 29, 2018 by jacobrohrbach

After the Antietam National Battlefield, the most visited place in Sharpsburg is Nutter’s Ice Cream.  For over twenty years this iconic ice cream shop has served up scoops of delicious treats to locals, tourists, and our guests.

 

About Nutter’s Ice Cream

Sharpsburg Square, cir. 1930

 

Every since Sharpsburg was founded in 1763, the Square has been a gathering place for residents and visitors. Over the years there have been hotels, stores and markets there.

 

 

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Kretzer’s Market

 

 

For many years Kretzer’s Market was the main attraction on the Square, not only providing all of the grocery needs for Sharpsburg residents but offering a variety of penny candy for children.

 

 

 

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Deb Nutter

 

Shortly after Kretzer’s Market closed, a new shop opened to fill the void. On May 4, 1996 Deb Nutter’s dream of opening an ice cream shop came true.  Keeping the appeal of the old grocery store, she turned the space into a vintage ice cream parlor.  Since then, she has brought smiles to many faces, from Boy Scouts hiking the battlefield, Little League teammates celebrating after a game, or families looking for a treat; visitors and locals can’t say enough about Nutter’s.  It’s no wonder that they consistently receive the Best Ice Cream Shop on the Hagerstown Magazine’s Hot List.

Ordering  At Nutter’s

The first thing you have to decide on is whether you want a cup or a cone?  They have Sugar Cones and Traditional Cake Cones but Nutter’s recommends  (and so do we) getting a cup so you can pile on the toppings like sprinkles, chocolate candies, or cookie crumbles.

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Double Scoop

Next, what size do you want and do you want hand-dipped or soft served?  This is where most first time visitors are just astounded.  The hand-dipped scopes come in four sizes : kiddie-1 scoop, small- 2 scoops, medium- 3 scoops, large- 4 scoops.   The kicker is each scoop is the size of a tennis ball!  The smooth and creamy, soft-served ice cream comes in Vanilla, Chocolate or a Twist and is a similar amount to the scoops.

Of course the real decision you have to make is what flavor do you want? The choices seem endless.  There is Black Cherry, Black Raspberry, Blueberries -n- Cream, Butter Pecan, Cherry Vanilla, Chocolate Almond, Chocolate Chip,…. wait while I catch my breath… Cookie Dough, Chocolate, Chocolate Chip, Chocolate Marshmallow, Coffee, Cookies -n- Cream, French Vanilla, Mint Chocolate Chip, Peach, Peanut Butter Cup, Peanut Butter Ripple, Rainbow Sherbet, Strawberry, and Vanilla… just to name a few.  But my favorite is Muddy Sneakers. (yes, Sneakers, and trust me, it’s yummy!)

If that’s not enough, each season brings special flavors like Apple Pie for fall, Peppermint Stick for winter and Orange Pineapple in the summertime.

Other Treats

If you’re looking for something a little different than just an ice cream, Nutter’s can cover your craving.  They have delicious milkshakes, delightful flurries, delectable sundaes, snowballs and lollipops (which is a combination of your favorite snow-balls and ice cream flavor – perfect for a summertime treat!).

 

sundae

Banana Split

 

For those feeling adventurous, or sharing with several friends, than you’ll want to get a Nutter’s Banana Split.  You get your  choice of 3 flavors!  Each flavor is a scoop and a half.  Then choose 3 toppings; top it with whipped cream, chopped peanuts and a cherry for each mountain of ice cream.

 

 

The BEST thing about Nutter’s is they are open EVERYDAY!   You can stop in to get your favorite treat from 1 pm until to 9 pm.  Remember CASH ONLY and start out small!!

Directions

Nutter’s is just a short block from the Jacob Rohrbach Inn as you walk to the Square.  If you driving to the Inn and want to stop before checking in as you coming on Main Street o Route 34 just turn on East Main Street at the Square and Nutter’s is right there off the corner. (Click here for Google Maps)

Nutter’s Ice Cream
100 E. Main Street
Sharpsburg, Maryland

 

Even Maya & Zoey love Nutters!

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