Tasty fare includes basic favorites

June 19, 1994|By Dail Willis | Dail Willis,Ocean City Bureau of The Sun

OCEAN CITY -- On a sunny Saturday afternoon, Fager's Island is a good stop for lunch.

The restaurant offers indoor and outdoor tables overlooking the Isle of Wight Bay, with some tables in the shade and some in full sun.

The menu is basic: salads, sandwiches and appetizers, with dessert available, too, although my dining companion and I found lunch filling enough that no dessert was necessary.

The menu includes several sandwiches: ham and Swiss, turkey, liverwurst, chicken, fish and burgers several ways. Prices range from $4.75 for the liverwurst and onion sandwich to $10.50 for an open-faced tenderloin sandwich.

I chose the shrimp salad platter ($7.95) and my companion opted for the crab cake sandwich ($8.95). Both proved tasty.

The shrimp in the salad was fresh, and the kitchen had wisely avoided using too much mayonnaise or spices. The crab cake sandwich had just the right seasoning -- but, although the menu promised "plenty of garlic," the garlic flavor wasn't overwhelming.

Fager's also has an extensive beer menu, with 107 kinds available. The list includes a respectable group of British and Irish beer and ale, as well as some Maryland brews and plenty of exotics. The service was prompt (although our server forgot our appetizer) and cheerful.

The only problem I saw -- or rather, heard -- was an endless tuneup by the band, Rock House. The drummer seemed to need a lot of practice; then the guitarist had to show his stuff. No actual songs were ever played during our lunch, just a lot of noise that had even the waitresses rolling their eyes.

But intrusive music aside (the band changes several times a week, anyhow), Fager's is well worth a lunch or dinner trip, offering bayside tables and some basic favorites done well.

RESTAURANT REVIEW

Fager's Island

Where: 60th Street and the bay, (410) 524-5500

Hours: light fare menu offered 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; main dining room opens at 5 p.m. A no-smoking area in main dining room

Credit cards: Visa, Master Card, American Express and Diner's Club

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