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205 E Alder St, Oakland, MD 21550-1513
+1 301-533-0000
08:30 - 14:30
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Sun 08:30 - 13:30
Mon - Sat 08:30 - 14:30
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Oakland, United States
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is the neatest small town restaurant located in an old drugstore from the 50's. It's since become an antique store and the old lunch counter is now Dottie's restaurant. This place is a blast from the past with the original counters and booths. They cook everything on a grill you can see from every seat. Hamburgers are real beef... More 

Thank David M
Level Contributor
47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016 via mobile

A nostalgic soda counter...located in the back of Englanders Antiques. Still use the old shake blenders, food mostly cooked on grill in front of you. Food is simple but tasty, served quickly. Service is friendly to local regulars and fun to listen to but not too attentive to others. If your looking for fancy, this is not the place. Be... More 

Thank Wicked W
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120 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

When we are in Oakland at lunchtime we go to Englanders. The food is average, but the experience is worth going back in time to those of us born in the 40's when we would go to the soda fountain! They have burgers,hot dogs, chili, egg combos, grilled cheese, and a pretty full menu. Dotty has been running Englanders for... More 

Thank delilah62
Midlothian, Virginia
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145 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

My husband and I were cabin-camping at Herrington Manor State Park, and we drove to Oakland for the day. We came upon Englander's and decided to eat some lunch. It was 3:15, and the lunch counter was closed. A very nice waitress agreed to fix us some drinks. I had a chocolate malted shake, which was delicious. My husband had... More 

Thank Cathy K
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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40 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Behind the antique booths in this former pharmacy is an old soda fountain. You can get a huge breakfast for very little and spend the rest on knick knacks. The buckwheat cakes are favs, but a regular old egg and bacon plate is a real satisfier. I tried the biscuits and gravy, but they weren't sinful enough for me. I... More 

Thank bearbranchgirl
Mount Airy, Maryland
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

If you want a great breakfast with a side helping of nostalgia, do not miss visiting Englanders! It's so great -- classic diner offering the best Buckwheat cakes around. DO NOT miss the cinnamon rolls (wow.). Spend a little time after your meal shopping through the stalls of antiques and knick knacks.

Thank chrisR7969TR
Sterling, Virginia
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365 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 184 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Food is basic fare, prices are good, one cook though and a lot of staff running around. Not the fastest service, but if you want something basic and have an extra couple of minutes, it's doable. Most folks were locals as they didn't need menus and the staff already knew what they would order.

Thank Imzpickle
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213 reviews
146 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Grab breakfast, lunch, or s quick snack around an old time soda fountain luncheonette. Nothing fancy but good food and quick service. Their milkshakes are phenomenal!! Follow your meal w/ a tour thru aisles of memorabilia (for sale).

Thank Traveler1795
Livingston New jersey
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We were a table of 9. I know this is a locals place and we were on vacation but it got good reviews for breakfast so we thought we would try it. The place is weird. You walk into an antique shop but there is a lunch counter and tables in the back. We stood there for a while and... More 

Thank rog2867
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016 via mobile

We were a party of 9. We sat it was not busy. It took half hour to get drinks. After one hour we asked how much longer. We were told there were 3 tickets ahead of us which was impossible. Waiters says if someone comes in and just orders a small item they make that first. Unacceptable. We walked out.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:30 - 13:30
08:30 - 14:30
08:30 - 14:30
08:30 - 14:30
08:30 - 14:30
08:30 - 14:30
08:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 E Alder St, Oakland, MD 21550-1513
  • Location: United States  >  Maryland (MD)  >  Garrett County  >  Oakland
  • Phone Number: +1 301-533-0000

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?