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Saturday, July 15, 2006

Mrs. K's Toll House Tavern


Found among the non-photographic items in the box, is this card from Mrs. K's Toll House Tavern. The card is bigger than a business card, but smaller than an index card.

I'm guessing this card came from my dad's oldest sister who lived in the Washington, D.C., area starting in about 1930.

I looked up Mrs. K's, and the place is still in business. From a recent article in the Takoma - Silver Spring Voice, we learn a little about the early history:

The Kreuzberg’s cozy country restaurant was located out in the “wilds” of Montgomery County on the old Ashton, Colesville, and Sligo Turnpike - today’s Colesville Road. The structure had been known during the 1920s simply as the Toll House Tavern. The name acknowledged that a portion of the building had been used as a toll house to collect funds from travelers who used the privately owned road from the mid-1860s to the mid-1910s.

There's much more to the article, including a present day photograph. The place looks quite the same today as it did back in the 30's.

My knowledge of Maryland geography is basically non-existent (how big can the state be, though). But, I wonder if it would be too far to persuade fellow blogger Kem to drive the family down to Mrs. K's for dinner some day and let us know if it's still the "Nation's Best in Food." Eh, Kem? Okay, I vote yay.

Posted by Marie at July 15, 2006 5:54 PM


I know right where it is, Marie. I've passed by it many times. (Although my forays down to Silver Spring and Takoma Park are much less frequent now that I'm no longer a member of the Washington Fencing Club.) The restaurant is situated right on Rt. 29, which is called Colesville Rd. in that part of the country. You can't miss it. I've had people tell me that it's a good place to eat - though "the nation's best food" seems a stretch - but up till now considered it too far to go (40 minutes). I can't promise I'll get there soon but I'll try. It's also not 20 minutes from the White House unless you happen to be in W's helicopter.

Posted by: Kem White at July 16, 2006 11:33 AM

Kem, I had no idea you were a swordsman. I guess I know less about you than I thought I did.

Quite possibly Mrs. K was prone to a little exageration in the self-promotion department (not unlike many restaurants these days).

Standing by for your review, should you go there.

Posted by: Marie at July 16, 2006 5:03 PM

Is this where Toll House Cookies originated?

Posted by: Don Ray at July 17, 2006 12:51 PM