Captain Benders Tavern

111 E Main St
Sharpsburg, 21782
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Fun beer, but most of the bartenders and servers are distracted with their own conversation and the t.v. The food is fair to bad. The location and history are it's only redeeming factors. Unfortunately this is Sharpsburg's best bar. You are better off driving three miles to the west and hitting Shepherdstown.
Our family wanted to take a quick lunch break during our Antietam tour, so Bender's was our one option unless we wanted to feast on ice cream. (Note to readers: are you thinking of opening a small restaurant and catering to a lunch crowd of Civil War interested tourists? There is an open market for such a place in Sharpsburg, MD). "How bad could bar food be in the middle of the day?", we reasoned. Yelp reviews claimed the burgers were great! Despite open front and back doors that encouraged a cross breeze, as we entered we encountered stale cigarette air from the 70s. "We'll be fast", we reasoned further; "The burgers will be good, at least." Once we passed the 8 or so patrons at the bar (who were partial to Michelob Ultra and Bud Light, judging by their empties), we seated ourselves at a table in the back. That was a mistake, as we then watched a parade of people pass by to the restrooms and/or back entrance to smoke. We quickly discovered the bar's smaller patrons: dozens of buzzing flies. Please note, this is no exaggeration: the flies were having their own bender at Bender's. No children's menu was another harbinger of the doom to come, but again we reasoned that as the only restaurant in town, they must be used to kids there for lunch. (Two other families with kids entered during our meal: ready to set up a hot dog stand yet?). In the end, the kids ordered burgers, which were burnt hockey pucks by the time they made it to our table. Others ordered the grilled chicken sandwich (nicely grilled and seasoned, I'll give them that) and the crab cake sandwich (also recommended on Yelp; we give it a resounding "meh"). Service was fast and friendly, which was good because the flies attacked our food over and over and over again. You did read the part where I mentioned the flies, yes? We could not leave there fast enough. $60 for a mediocre lunch (no alcohol ordered). Lesson to be shared with other tourists: pack a lunch or drive the extra 10 minutes to a better place. Or walk around the corner to the ice cream shop and indulge. Just don't bother with here.
this was probably our 15th trip to Captain Bender's. the menu has changed a little over the years but not that much. burgers have always been good but i think they are now over-priced. $10.75 when you add fries is too much for this dive. also i had two Magic hats drafts and was billed $12.81. wow. that is 5 star hotel bar prices. probably will return but will definitely check drink prices next time.

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