Crossroads Pub offers cozy dining

Seafood specialties are featured at Dayton establishment

Restaurant profile

January 25, 2001|By Jody Vilschick | Jody Vilschick,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Located where Ten Oaks, Howard and Green Bridge roads intersect in Dayton, the Crossroads Pub is a cozy, inviting place to stop for a country seafood dinner.

Crabs and other seafood are the house specialty. During the summer, the restaurant offers all-you-can-eat crabs Mondays and Tuesdays.

"Most summer nights, our crab deck is filled," says Bill Green, owner and chef.

The pub's menu also offers hot sandwiches served with seasoned curly fries, thick onion rings, cole slaw, applesauce, three-potato salad or hush puppies. Choose from Philly cheese steak, grilled chicken breast (barbecued, plain or Cajun blackened), Bill's crab cake or filet of flounder.

Dinners include the fried clam platter, Bill's jumbo lump crab cake, shrimp platters (stuffed with crabmeat or breaded and fried) and bay oyster platter.

Seafood lovers might enjoy the Crossroads' Seafood Platter, which includes jumbo lump crab cake, breaded shrimp, flounder, oysters and clams. The menu promises that the shrimp, clam and oysters are breaded by hand on-site.

"I bread our own entrees," Green says. "It helps me ensure good quality."

If turf, and not surf, is your thing, the Porterhouse steak or filet mignon are options.

If you're not in the mood for a hot meal, the shrimp salad - a house specialty - could be your choice. Or order a crisp Caesar salad accompanied by a bowl of Maryland crab or cream of crab soup.

"I prep all day, cook all night," Green says. "I love my job and my customers."

Green came to cooking only recently. "I never even cooked before eight years ago, when we opened a carryout place in Woodbine." Green and his wife, Kathleen, bought the building and opened Crossroads in 1998 after customers encouraged them to run a sit-down restaurant.

The building - a drooping, two-story edifice that looks as if it has seen better years - hails possibly from before the Civil War.

"A customer came in with an old map one day," Green says. "It was dated 1860 and shows a building at this location. I wouldn't be surprised if it's the same. This area is dotted with old, old homes and buildings."

Another regular customer remembers going to the same building with his parents in the 1920s, when it was a general store. His parents bought bread and other groceries there. Since then, it's been a variety of pubs, taverns and bars.

"When we opened, we knew we had to change it from a bar to a restaurant because the previous bar was sometimes a bit wild and smoky," Green says. "People are just now coming around to try it because the reputation's changed."

Crossroads Pub

Where: 4809 Ten Oaks Road, Dayton; 410-531-7485.

Prices: Appetizers: $3.95 to $6.95; entrees: $10.95 to $23.95.

Hours: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday; noon to 11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday.

Credit cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover.

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