Nestled between a liquor store, tire shop and fastfood joint is the only place I know where you can get a John Wilkes Booth or Dr. Mudd sandwich. And no, neither is full of baloney.
The Town Mouse Market and Cafe in La Plata, Md. isn’t far from the path Booth used to flee after shooting Abraham Lincoln. It’s maybe 15 minutes from Dr. Mudd’s home, too. Since many Southern Marylanders wore the gray during the War of Northern Aggression, it’s only natural they still remember the notorious pair.
And so you know, I’m related to Booth as a distant cousin on my mother’s side and have known many Mudd family members since I live about five miles from his house. Not endorsing what they did, just passing along the history. In fact, I’m readying a Booth tour soon. Email me at MonumentalThoughts@gmail.com if you’d like more information.
Anyway, those are the only famous monikers sold. No Lincoln salad or Seward soup. The Booth is mesquite smoked turkey with bacon and melted provolone on a pretzel roll with honey mustard, lettuce and onion. The Dr. Mudd is sliced rotisserie chicken, bacon and melted provolone on sourdough with lettuce, tomato and mayo. Both come with chips.
Personally, I like both but will take the Booth first. The cafe also has excellent cream of crab soup (as any proper Southern Maryland eatery should) along with plenty of subs, sandwiches and salads. Let’s just say you’re not leaving hungry and the prices are reasonable.
If you’re making a field trip about 45 minutes south of Washington, stop by the Town Mouse for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Love the Town Mouse! The cream of crab soup is definitely delicious, and a must-order. I haven’t tried the John Wilkes Booth yet but it’s on my list!