I went to Twist and Turn Tavern with my boyfriend and his sister for half-price burger night. First of all, the burgers were really good. I had the mushroom and swiss Angus burger, ordered medium, and it actually CAME medium! I was so pleasantly surprised, as that rarely happens. My boyfriend tried the bison burger, which he loved, and his sister seemed to like her turkey burger as well. The onion rings are obviously made there and definitely have a lot of beer flavor in the batter. Not so sure the sweet potato fries were fresh, but they were good.
Now the bad: the restaurant is obviously new. The table next to us ordered five burgers, but the server only put in the order for four. The guy without food ended up leaving without eating, and they brought out his food in a to-go box later. Here's hoping they comped it, too. Two of our meals came with the sides reversed, which the server acknowledged but made no effort to fix, so we awkwardly picked up our burgers and shuffled plates. It was no big deal, but I was surprised that he didn't offer to take it back to the kitchen to fix.
The place was packed by the time we got our food. It's not super big inside, and the tables are very close together and cramped. Many people came in and ate at the bar since they couldn't get a table. Unfortunately there isn't really any place to stand and wait for a table without being uncomfortably close to someone eating. I think the restaurant would benefit from a vestibule being built on the outside, as some tables are pretty close to the door and I can see it getting really cold in the winter. The restaurant was also VERY noisy--it's all wood inside, so there aren't any sound dampeners. It was nearly impossible to hear our own table for conversation. The service was also very, very slow, but that's to be expected during the first week of service.
We're uncertain if sides are charged or free with burgers--we got two with sweet potato fries and one with onion rings, and only one of the fries was charged ($2). We didn't ask because we were in a rush to get out of there (and, honestly, didn't want to have to pay a few bucks more if they were mistakenly left off the bill. We are bad people.).
That said, the food was pretty great, and for $5.50 a burger on Tuesday nights, I will definitely be back.
Looking forward to hearing others' opinions!
And so am I.
Twist & Turn Tavern
13380 Clarksville Pike (Rte 108)
Highland, MD 20777
NEAR: This is on Rte 108 just north of Rte 216. It's an easy ride from Laurel, Fulton, Clarksville or points west. And easy enough from Columbia. If you go to Highland, check out Boarman's Meat Market at the corner of Rte 108 and Rte 216. They make their own sausage and crab cakes.