Bill Bateman's Express
Taylor Avenue and Oakleigh Road, Parkville. Hours: Mondays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sundays, noon to 10 p.m. Call (410) 668-7421; fax 668-7461.
I was glad to learn that Bill Bateman opened a carryout near me. HTC Like its sister bar and restaurant on Harford Road, Bill Bateman's Express is known for its burgers, ribs and chicken wings.
The express Bateman's has a variety of buffalo wings, which is a nice change from the standard bar fare chicken wings, which are usually lost in too much hot sauce. I recommend the Pepper Parm Wings -- plain, crispy wings with pepper Parmesan dressing -- or the crab wings seasoned with Old Bay.
Other munchies include mozzarella sticks, potato skins, curly fries and even fried alligator ($4.95). The alligator was served in nugget form, with barbecue sauce for dipping. The first piece was too chewy to swallow, but the rest were tender.
My roommate had the Loyola Burger, named after my alma mater, Loyola College. The thick, 8-ounce burger ($3.50) came with three kinds of cheeses, Cheddar, provolone and Swiss. Many of the burgers are named after local colleges and even the owner's "favorite landlord" (the Leroy Hale burger).
I tried the jerk chicken breast sandwich ($3.25). It was tender and spicy. Bateman's also has jerk chicken wings, which are undoubtedly as spicy as the sandwich. Maybe I'll try them next time -- and some more of those gator nuggets.