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Help! I need a Fredrick, MD restaurant

Lauren A. Cottone Cherdak Jan 28, 2008 04:14 PM

Help! i am trying to find an upscale restaurant in Fredrick, MD that offers excellent atmosphere, and food. Preferably seafood or steak. Thanks

  1. maoj Feb 2, 2009 03:59 AM

    Dutch's Daughter is very good. I love their Sunday brunch.

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    1. re: maoj
      HAPPYD Mar 5, 2009 05:57 AM

      ew VOLT

      1. re: HAPPYD
        hmrlovr Jan 14, 2010 09:52 AM

        hands down, Volt is the best new restaurant in the Frederick area.Eat there couple times a week and Brian is an extremely inventive chef.It is expensive, but we usually do lunch there, which mitigates the cost. What I really like is that Brian is a localvore and really strives to use ingredients from the many small farms that still manage to dot this once heavily agricultural community. This means his ingredients are always top quality and the meats raised without alll the comercially grown additives.If your going with a small group, try and book the chefs table. Be entertained and informed with your meal.One thing I do worry about is that Brian recently either won or placed second in one of those FoodNetwork channel contests. I'm hoping that this wont mean he doesnt have the time to actually cook in his own establishment or be hands on in the day to day running.
        my other fave is the Tasting Room but that may be because I REALLY LIKE their pineapple infused martini.oh and the food is good and I want to bathe in their lobster bisque!!!

        1. re: hmrlovr
          flavrmeistr Jan 15, 2010 05:51 AM

          Tasting Room also uses local meats and seasonal produce, as do several other restaurants in Frederick County. This is nothing new, by the way, and Frederick, Washington, Carroll and Howard counties are still highly productive agricultural areas, as they have been for the last 250 years.

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      willie 2 Jan 30, 2009 12:22 PM

      Try Old South Mountain Inn in Boonsboro,MD(301-371-5400). The best atmosphere and food combo we've found in the area>

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        foodie0807 Jan 30, 2009 12:06 PM

        Volt just made the Washingtonian's very best list and it's in Frederick. I think it ranked very high. Menu looks fantastic although I've never eaten there. Lots of local produce and a very modern decor in an old building. Neat concept. Check it out.

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        1. re: foodie0807
          flavrmeistr Jan 30, 2009 12:37 PM

          The concept being that you pay a crazy amount of money for a few tiny morsels of food.

          1. re: flavrmeistr
            discojing Jan 31, 2009 10:48 AM

            as is the concept for a large number of great restaurants in dc.
            3 course Price Fixe Menus for $35.09 during Restaurant Week (Feb 16-22)

            1. re: discojing
              flavrmeistr Feb 1, 2009 10:18 AM

              A three-course meal at Volt with a glass of wine is closer to $90. Crazy for Frederick, not much of a deal even in Manhattan (Tokyo, maybe). Depending on the restaurant, there can be some pretty good deals in DC for $35. Hell, for 35 bucks I'd even go back to Volt. The best steak in Frederick is certainly at the Tasting Room, although I did have an excellent veal chop at Il Porto 2 nights ago. Grilled with fresh herbs and olive oil, it was easily 2" thick and absolutely delicious for about 18 bucks.

              1. re: flavrmeistr
                discojing Feb 1, 2009 11:15 AM

                I was referring to Restaurant Week (feb 16-22)

                1. re: discojing
                  flavrmeistr Feb 1, 2009 12:28 PM

                  In DC...got it. But why? How does Restaurant Week in DC relate to Frederick, MD? Are the restaurants up here in on it? If so, they've kept it a secret.

                  1. re: flavrmeistr
                    discojing Feb 1, 2009 01:05 PM

                    Yes, VOLT is on DC's restaurant week.
                    DC restaurant week applies to the DC Metro area, which includes VA and MD.
                    Here's a list of the participants:

                2. re: flavrmeistr
                  chowsearch Mar 5, 2009 08:04 AM

                  what's il porto like?

                  1. re: chowsearch
                    flavrmeistr Mar 5, 2009 10:28 AM

                    Fairly decent Italian food. It's where the old Zest was. They have the usual pasta-veal-seafood dishes, plus daily specials like whole apricot glazed flounder and the afore-mentioned veal chop. They stay busy.

          2. discojing Jan 29, 2009 04:53 PM

            umm.. VOLT!!!

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            1. re: discojing
              ktmoomau Mar 5, 2009 08:09 AM

              I had a really disspointing expensive meal at Volt about a month or two ago. I hope it was an off night. I had duck that was overcooked by just a tad which is easy to do, but things accompanying it on the plate just really weren't good flavor combinations.

            2. j
              JennyHunter Jan 29, 2009 09:59 AM

              I would strongly advise against Mealy's. I went their recently with friends and it was awful. I got a mixed seafood platter and it seemed like frozen stuff they stuck under a broiler and then topped with a ton of butter. And it was expensive. I would have returned the meal, but we were with friends who thought it was delicious and gourmet (they are the least foodie people I know) and I didn't want to embarrass them.

              I would second the Antrim 1884 Inn for a lovely place to go. And right now they are running weeknight specials if you want to spend the night. Top notch food, wine list, service and atmosphere. And G. Hunters has pretty good food, but the atmosphere is a little cold. Something's not quite right about it.

              I would also second the recommendation of the Schmankerl Stube for German in Hagerstown. Best German I've had outside of Bavaria!

              Good Luck.

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              1. re: JennyHunter
                lawhound Jan 29, 2009 11:16 AM

                Schmankerkl Stube in Hagerstown is great, no question about it.

                1. re: JennyHunter
                  LizH Jan 29, 2009 01:37 PM

                  G Hunter's has gone out of business. It closed a week or so ago.

                2. poached Jan 29, 2008 11:55 AM

                  Not Far away at all, I think it's in New Market, is Mealy's it's been around along time has a great rep and the food is really well prepared, classic american food done well
                  I also love the Tasting room if you are looking for something more hip- everything I have had there was beautiful and tasty
                  Isabella's is a Tapas place right in frederick- they have wonderful Sangria and a great ancovy dish- I enjoyed this place and was generally pleased but not my favorite Tapas of all time

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                  1. re: poached
                    Just Visiting Jan 29, 2008 12:49 PM

                    Not in Frederick, but not far...Monocacy Crossing.

                    1. re: Just Visiting
                      BlueRidgePro Jan 29, 2008 04:22 PM

                      Another vote for Monocacy Crossing!

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                    tartuffe Jan 29, 2008 08:55 AM

                    i had a good lunch in Acacia in the Fall. Best place tho is Antrim 1844, about 20 minutes away. Excellent in all respects

                    1. Jamonportodos Jan 29, 2008 08:35 AM

                      The Tasting Room, at least until a couple years ago, was the best that Frederick had to offer.... by far!

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                        lindsay620 Jan 29, 2008 05:22 AM

                        In downtown Frederick, I would recommend Firestone's -they offer both seafood and steak. Dutch's Daughter has great seafood and steak and could easily accommodate a large group. I've heard Henning's has great food, but have not heard great things about there service. Also, check out G. Hunter's. Good luck!

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                        1. re: lindsay620
                          chowsearch Jan 29, 2008 06:14 AM

                          Quynn's Attic just opened in December on Patrick St., east of Market, upstairs above the designer bakery and is supposed to be upscale and sophisticated, no reports yet. Zagat has a bunch of Frederick listings and they're doing their annual survey if you want to vote and get the free book. Isabella's is Spanish and is considered a date place, easier to talk (and less attitude) than Tasting Room.

                          1. re: lindsay620
                            flavrmeistr Jan 29, 2009 12:45 PM

                            Firestone's makes the Tasting Room seem like a library by contrast. Extremely loud.

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                            tubman Jan 29, 2008 03:51 AM

                            I'd give Dutch's Daughter a shot. Great steaks and seafood (especially crabcakes). Atmosphere leans towards more formal (for Frederick)--dark wood, fireplaces--but attitude is never stuffy.

                            Dutch's Daughter
                            581 Himes Ave, Frederick, MD 21703

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                              Lauman Jan 29, 2008 03:37 AM

                              Not sure what your definition of "excellent atmosphere" is, but if it includes being able to converse with your dinner companions, The Tasting Room will make that difficult. The food is very good, but the acoustics are terrible and you pretty much have to shout to be heard. Just a few doors up the street is a restaurant called Acacia that is also upscale with very good food and a much lower decibel level. I much prefer it to The Tasting Room.


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                                ditsyquoin Jan 28, 2008 05:51 PM

                                An afterthought for Frederick recs is Henning's. It's a very authentic German restaurant with a quiet atmosphere, great service and and a wide variety of german beers on tap. They also have a menu on line.

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                                1. re: ditsyquoin
                                  HSBSteveM Jan 28, 2008 07:42 PM

                                  Another German place not far away in Hagerstown with a lot of atmosphere is Schmankerl Stube.

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                                  ditsyquoin Jan 28, 2008 05:14 PM

                                  Check out The Tasting Room. They have a website and probably the most classy place in Frederick. I prefer the Bentz St Bar and Grill for fun. Although they have a sports bar atmosphere, I have never had a bad meal there and it's much cheaper.

                                  To help out your searches...it's Frederick MD.

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                                  1. re: ditsyquoin
                                    Lauren A. Cottone Cherdak Jan 28, 2008 06:18 PM

                                    Thanks for the tips

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