1290 US Highway 206, Montgomery
Hours: Mon–Sat, 11 am–1 am; Sun, 10 am-1 am
Style: An authentic sports bar with solid fare, generous portions, a loud atmosphere and a crowd of regulars. The big and bustling bar area is decked out with posters, faux Tiffany lamps, rustic lanterns, blackboard specials and memorabilia. The smaller dining area, featuring flannel-backed vinyl tablecloths and captain’s chairs, accommodates groups and families of every size.
Don’t Miss: The wings, a meaty local favorite that come either tossed in hot sauce and fried or doused in Cajun spices and grilled ($7.39). Other popular starters include spinach-and-artichoke dip or hot spicy crab dip—a blend of Maryland crabmeat, cream cheese, mayo and secret seasonings, served with French bread for dipping ($9.59). The soups are underrated; try beef chili topped with cheese and diced onions ($3.99/cup, $4.49/bowl) or French onion topped with a garlic crouton and Swiss cheese ($4.79). Although the Tale has an extensive menu featuring steak, fish and pasta, for a no-fail lunch or dinner stick with the simpler stuff, like hot and cold deli sandwiches, grilled chicken sandwiches and burgers. The original Tiger’s Tale chicken sandwich is a local favorite: chicken breast drenched in Cajun spices, grilled, topped with sauteed onions and Jack cheese and served on garlic French bread with lettuce and tomatoes and a side of fries ($9.29). For a lighter option, the chicken Caesar features sliced grilled Cajun chicken ($10.99). To end the meal try the house favorite: hot apple crisp, topped with cinnamon, crumb cake and vanilla ice cream.
Head’s Up: Ask to sign up for the texting program. You’ll receive 10 percent off that day’s meal as well as upcoming drink and food specials via text. The Tale is currently accepting the recently bankrupt Charlie Brown’s Handshake Club points.
The Scoop: The Tiger’s Tale has been Montgomery landmark for more than 25 years. Prepare to wait for a table (on weekends, reservations are accepted only for parties of eight or more) as well as for service (the bar is typically packed, making it difficult for waitresses to squeeze through).