This charming Victorian house, built in 1926 and recently bought and refurbished by Lee Travers, was originally a boarding house and a guesthouse for visitors to the Chesapeake Bay in North Beach. It began a new life as Mr. Traver’s restaurant in 2004. The front porch beckons one to come and sit for awhile and upon entering the inn you notice the Victorian era furnishings. There is a bar to the left of the hall that was built with wood from the inn’s doors during reconstruction. On the right is the dining room with tables set in crisp white Linen tablecloths.
Off to one side of the dining room is a stage built for musical performances held on a regular basis. Mr. Travers, a guitarist, who back in the day played with the Mamas and Pappas, Neil Diamond and The Allman Brothers, also performs here on occasion. There are many pictures of Mr. Travers that adorn the walls of the inn with these bands as well as photographs of the old inn from yesteryear. When visiting this inn, be sure take a tour of the rooms and check out the photographs.
Upstairs is a small dining room for private parties or meetings that can accommodate about 20 guests. It is also done with the same motif.
We went to Sunday brunch and were pleasantly surprised. The owner invited us to go ahead and sit at a table while awaiting our guests. The waitress got our drinks and gave us a chance to peruse the brunch menu. It was quite extensive with starters, soup and salads and entrées. We chose the Fried Red Tomato that contained spiced crabmeat, sprinkled between breaded slices of tomatoes with a mustard sauce and a Westlawn Salad, full of cherry tomatoes, dried cherries, candied pecans and feta cheese and topped with orange- thyme vinaigrette as our starters. A great choice to start our meal and both were excellent..
The entrées for our meal consisted of the Westlawn Burger with lettuce, tomato, mustard sauce on a Kaiser roll with French fries. The waitress was asked to serve it without lettuce and tomato and complied. The Grilled Chicken Sandwich was also on a Kaiser roll topped with roasted mushrooms, provolone cheese with an herb aioli sauce. Last but not least we chose the Crab Omelet which was loaded with crabmeat, cherry tomatoes, red onion and served with hash browns. The only negative, the chicken was on the dry, tough side. The other entrées were delicious and got rave reviews.
Lee Travers proved to be quite a nice host, who took the time to visit out table and answer our questions even though the restaurant was busy. He has live music on Saturday nights starting at 8pm with no cover charge and cigar night on Tuesdays on the cigar deck outside. When there check out the wine specials that are offered.
Although it was rumored to be an expensive place to dine, it was really was quite affordable. Attire is comfortable clothes in an upscale atmosphere. It is certainly worth a trip for dining and a piece of history.
9200 Chesapeake Avenue North Beach, Md
Tuesday-Sunday 5PM till Closing
Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express accepted