Restaurant, Guns & Ammo. Not your typical pairing, but the sign on Main Street Boonsboro is, according to Dick the barber, one of the most photographed in town. A close rival would be romance author Nora Roberts’ Inn BoonsBoro across the street.
I saw the sign for Crawfords, featuring the image of a 19th-century grandmotherly-type woman, a couple of years ago when I was in Boonsboro on another assignment. It was a hot, hot summer day and when I turned the ignition to fire up my van, nothing. Dead battery. While I waited for road assistance (which eventually came from the helpful people at the auto parts store), I popped into Crawfords for a cold drink. It was the kind of place every small town in America once had — with inventory that features a little bit of everything.
On a recent weekday, my husband, Rick, and I drove over to Boonsboro for lunch at Crawfords. The man enjoys a good lunch everyday, but I think it was the guns and ammo part that enticed him to make the drive in the middle of a work day.
Dick the barber has the shop next door. Dick was sitting on the bench in front of the shop. He told us about the photogenic sign, and that he is mentioned on page 12 of the first book in Roberts’ Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy, a fictional series about three brothers who restore an old stone building as an inn in Boonsboro. I snapped a photo of the restaurant sign before we went inside.
To the left are the dry goods — camo hats, corn flakes, coffee, toilet paper, shoe polish, clothes pins, school supplies, peanut butter, soup, knives, jigsaw puzzles, toilet paper, greeting cards orange juice and fishing worms. It’s a bit of a time warp, say 1960s dime store.
The right side is the restaurant. A long laminate counter runs down the side, with a dozen chrome stools that spin and have red-vinyl padded seats. We took a seat in one of the booths that stand in a row down the middle. Country music was playing, and at the neighboring booth about a half-dozen men were eating and making small talk. A large container on the table was labeled as the “cuss jar,” with the promise of a hog maw dinner at a future date.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are on the menu. For breakfast, among other items, you can get two eggs and toast for $2.50; chipped beef gravy and toast for $5.50; funnel cakes, 10 for $10; and a cinnamon bun for $1.75. Dinners are served with french fries, and a vegetable is 75 cents extra. The dinner menu includes hot roast beef and gravy for $5.75, honey-dipped chicken for $6.50, hamburger steak for $7, and salads.
On the lunch side, there’s grilled cheese ($1.75), hamburgers ($2.50), pork barbecue ($3.25), hot dogs ($1.50), egg salad ($2.75), chicken or tuna salad ($3.50) and a variety of subs. Sides include corn nuggets for $2.75 and onion rings ($1.85). The special of the day was hot roast beef and gravy, and noodle soup.
Rick ordered the pork barbecue, with a side of tater tots ($1.85). I had a cheeseburger ($2.75), topped with onion and mustard, and a side of french fries ($1.85). We both had iced tea to drink ($1.85 and no free refills).
The fries and tater tots were fresh-fried — hot and crispy. The burger was dry and topped with a slice of American cheese, onion and mustard on a standard hamburger bun. Rick’s barbecue was tangy and tender. A good choice. So was the iced tea — it tasted like tea. I’m sometimes hesitant to order sweet tea in restaurants, because sometimes the emphasis is on the sweet, not the tea. Our total bill was just over $13.
Milkshakes ($3.25), a banana split ($5.25 with nuts) and sundaes ($3.75 with nuts) are also on the menu, as is fresh baked pie ($2.35).
The wall behind the counter is lined with menu boards and family photos. While we were eating, another out-of-town couple came in, lured by the “restaurant, guns and ammo” sign out front. They stayed for lunch.
Now I can tell people I have eaten at Crawfords Restaurant Guns & Ammo and wait for the reaction.
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Crawfords Restaurant, Guns & Ammo
12 N. Main St., Boonsboro
7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, closed Sundays