Tucked into the middle of a strip mall on the 410 highway is Mad Dogs Diner. Doing business at the same place for 13 years, family run, it is a friendly, bright, retro eatery and pub serving good food and drinks. The walls are covered with snapshots of family dogs, (a message on the menu invites to you â€œHang your pet at Mad Dogsâ€) fun to look at, and the black and white tile floor and red booths takes you back to a friendlier time. Alcoholic drinks are served at a long wooden bar separated by a heavy metal rail which adds to the charm of the restaurant. Service was prompt and friendly. This is a nice casual place to stop for a meal.
The extensive breakfast and pub grub menu is served all day, and the portions are large and tasty. We went at lunch time, but sampled the breakfast melt, which was thinly sliced ham, scrambled eggs and American cheese on grilled egg bread, served with home fries or hash browns at $8.75. We also tried the Short Stack of pancakes, two six inch pancakes at $3.99 and the Mushroom Cheeseburger, served open faced with sautÃ©ed mushrooms and melted Swiss Cheese, $9.99.
The pancakes were light and fluffy and came with really good maple syrup, which was nice since they were not too sweet.Â The Breakfast Melt was very good, a large sandwich, with cheese dripping off the edges and lots of ham. The home fries were not greasy and there were a lot of them.Â The Mushroom Cheeseburger was excellent, and was loaded with toppings, which included sautÃ©ed mushrooms under a good helping of Swiss cheese, which helped to keep the mushrooms on the hamburger patty. There was also lettuce, onions, tomato slices, and ketchup.Â Delicious.Â We substituted onion rings for the fries, and they were crisp and uniform in size.Â There was plenty to take home, and we looked forward to having leftovers.
We did not have a shake or malt. But there was a steady stream of customers carrying out these delectable treats while we were there, in spite of the cold rainy weather.Â Draw your own conclusions.
Service dog friendly, accessible bathroom, plenty of parking.