It is a pretty good bet if MaGerks was around when George Washington and his troops were marching by during the Revolution, they would have stopped in for a sandwich and a beer. The former Bent Elbo Tavern reinvented itself last fall as MaGerks, the third outpost of a Maryland-based restaurant operation run by area natives.
My sister has been singing the praises of MaGerks cheesesteak egg rolls for some months and I’ve heard enough good reports on the place that I’d been meaning to find an excuse to set foot inside the place — I never did when it was the Bent Elbo Tavern.
I was pleased to find the establishment populated but not crowded a half hour before the annual running of the Kentucky Derby, which was on every television in the place. We were seated in a bright room off the main bar area and had a 10 month old with us. They were quick to grab a high chair and offer us crayons. I happily let the waitress know he’d probably eat them instead of coloring anything, but I did appreciate the offer.
A dozen or more draft beers were offered and at least a dozen bottles. Service was attentive without being intrusive and the noise made by our little one was dwarfed by the world’s most annoying obviously single woman in her 40’s who felt the need to share her opinions and comments on life, the universe and everything with not only her 10 companions but the entire room as well.
On to the food…I was excited to see the Creamy Tomato Bisque on the menu because it was described so similarly to the elusive Pizza Soup from the original Hungry Pilgrim restaurant served in a crock with melted provolone over the top. I did not appreciate the soup as much as my mom does (she loves it). I found it to be a bit too rich for my tastes and next time I’d try the French Onion Soup. The Tomato soup was a creamy but not cream base, with bits of tomato mixed in amidst a heavy compliment of crouton bread in the broth baked with provolone cheese on top.
Cheesesteak egg rolls were, as promoted, delicious. Two fresh egg roll wrappings filled with MaGerks cheesesteak filling sliced in 4 pieces and served with a very liquid light marinara sauce. I prefer my cheesesteak with ketchup and that is how I tried these. They were very tasty and not as greasy as other variations I’ve had elsewhere. The waitress offered them with fried onions, mushrooms and peppers inside so they are, as advertised, made to order.
The Prime Rib wrap was reported to be very good, sliced beef with lettuce and tomato and horseradish sauce (which was taken on the side) and cheese.
I had the Godfather Sandwich (appropriate since my Godson was with me). Perfectly seasoned London Broil served open face on a toasted roll with roasted peppers and melted aged provolone. It was delicious. Both sandwiches were served with a pickle and a small bag of chips.
Prices are reasonable, the menu has many sandwich, salad and appetizer choices and I would recommend a return visit.
MaGerks Pub & Grill
582 South Bethlehem Pike
Fort Washington, PA 19034
Some updated pictures from a subsequent visit.
Chicken Corn Chowder was very creamy without being very thick. It was very, very good.
The fish and chips were reported to be “perfectly” prepared.
The house special of the night was a flatbread pepperoni pizza. It wanted to be good, but apart from the edges it was undercooked in the center and the sauce was a little too cheap tasting for my tastes. I would not order it again.