Columbia: The Ale House Columbia

I’m always surprised with how much I love The Ale House Columbia because it’s owned by the same people who own Pratt Street Ale House and I did not enjoy it there. I’ve now been to The Ale House Columbia more than just a handful of times and I’ve never had a bad experience. I had plans to meet a friend for dinner who lives near DC so we decided that Howard County would be a good half-way point, and I’m always looking for a good reason to head to my favorite American restaurant in Howard County.

The decor inside resembles an upscale sports bar with plenty of TV’s but it has a nice clean feel.

The Ale House Columbia
The Ale House Columbia

After looking over the menu and realizing everything sounded good, we decided to order some of my favorites because I had been there a few times before. We started the meal with the Onion Ale Soup. It was stewed onions in rich 3 Lions Ale and sherry demi broth, toasted crouton, melted swiss cheese, topped crispy onion straws. The soup had a nice sweet taste to it and plenty of cheesy goodness over the top.

Onion Ale Soup
Onion Ale Soup

Next, we decided to share the Sliders. This is your typical burger topped with cheese with tomatoes, lettuce and onion straws. Sliders are sometimes really hit or miss but The Ale House Columbia does a great job with this dish.


Lastly, we ordered the Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese. The Ale House Columbia has a mac and cheese and you can choose from a few different options what you want to put in it. In the past I’ve tried the short rib & poblano which I throughly enjoyed. The mac & cheese is cavatappi pasta, cheese sauce, buttery breadcrumbs, oven baked and then buffalo chicken is tossed into it. Because the chicken was fried, the breading added some more crumbly texture throughout the dish. This was delicious but I wish there was a little more heat from the buffalo sauce.

Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese
Buffalo Chicken Mac & Cheese

If you’re ever out in Howard County and looking for some quality American food, I’d highly suggest The Ale House Columbia (even though I’d never suggest the Pratt Street Ale House.)

The Ale House Columbia is located at 6480 Dobbin Center WayHoward County.

Know of any other places to get great bar food or restaurants in Howard County or in the surrounding areas that I need to try? Let me know in the comments below!

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