After a delay and hopefully a lot of patience, the Fells Point Fun Festival commences this weekend.
My sincerest hope is that we get some good weather and that the original postponement won’t hinder folks from coming down in the usual masses that we are accustomed to. And the hope is that local businesses and vendors get some great exposure and boost their bottom lines. Many deserve it and many are fantastic people.
Speaking of fantastic, it’s my pleasure to write about what could be my last neighborhood pizza review for the calendar year. A few extra weeks have been fun and I hope I’ve been able to capture some of the essence of this place of wonder and joy.
Ale Mary’s is the quintessential neighborhood bar. It’s a haunt that I wish I frequented more often. The set-up, ambiance, and dim lights are right up mine and many others’ alley.
The times I’ve eaten here have always been pleasant. It’s great bar food that doesn’t pretend to be anything overly pretentious or unapproachable. And more times than not, that’s all we want. It’s just close enough to the commotion and heart of Fells Point, while also a safe house for many that want to avoid that. It’s the perfect balance and especially for this weekend, the perfect pizza.
I was in here over a month ago, and when examining the menu, I never realized they served pizza. Even better, they tout it as personal Bowlin’ Alley Pizzas. An instant light bulb and cheesy television theme music went off in my head. I had to come back and try a pie!
The very likeable bartender suggested the Fresh Veggie with mushrooms added on. How could I say no to that?
I had no idea that there’s parmesan already thrown on top of the pie. And with all the vegetables piled on, it was a splendid addition that enhanced the flavor of my pizza and the vegetables. This is a piece of information I was pleased to discover.
The crust was so crisp and so crunchy, that I had to slow myself down and appreciate what I was having. The melange of cheese, sauce, and the veggies makes this such a charmer. This is a really fun pizza.
I don’t remember what bowling alley pizza tastes like or is supposed to taste like. I don’t recall the last time I’ve had pizza at a bowling alley, if ever. I don’t have that to compare it too, but I do know that this was so enjoyable, I could have had another. This pie was decimated in minutes.
And as always, it paired well my vino.
I’m grateful to have Ale Mary’s as my day of festival post and highly recommend checking them out if you’re in the neighborhood this weekend and looking to venture outside the chaos at Broadway and Thames. The regulars, who always seem so friendly, don’t need to be sold. They’ve appreciated their visits time and time again.
This may be the penultimate post for the neighborhood this year or this might be it. I do have one more place in mind that I really want to talk about. I hope and aspire to get to it.
I’ve really enjoyed visiting some new places, giving some old ones their just due (or justified critiques), and enhancing my love for one of the greatest places I’ve ever had the pleasure of seeing.
Hope to see you this weekend on the cobblestone streets of Fells!