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Casual dining between Frederick, MD and I-95?

CindyJ Apr 11, 2008 09:44 AM

We're going to be passing through Frederick, MD tomorrow, heading back to PA from Harper's Ferry, and we'll be looking for a place to have a fairly early dinner. From reading posts here, I know about Monocacy Crossing and the Tasting Room, but we won't be dressed for fine dining, so I'm hoping to find a more casual place. Are there any recommendations not too far off the highways? Thanks.

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    treetop tom Apr 12, 2008 08:19 AM

    If it hasn't closed down and if you want a casual roadfood diner-type place, we love the Barbara Fritchie Candy Stick at 1513 W Patrick St (301) 662-2500. We have been going there since the 1960's but haven't been in probably a year or more. Don't go expecting a four-star meal, but the atmosphere is classic and the food is good and cheap. The desserts are delicious.

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      2stepper Apr 11, 2008 11:51 PM

      I've heard some people think it's inconsistent, but as a casual place I like Barley and Hops which is on MD355 on the south side of I-70 across from the Francis Scott Key Mall. It's been solid for me and the beer's good.

      Otherwise I had a decent pizza at Brewer's Alley downtown. There's also a Bombay Peacock Grill across from there but I don't eat Indian food that often.

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        LizH Apr 11, 2008 07:33 PM

        Monocacy Crossing is the kind of place where one can feel comfortable dressed up or down. It's a great special occasion place but also a very easy going every day place. The servers are all dressed casually and the patrons are in all manner of dress. You would do fine there dressed casually.

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          okoboji Apr 11, 2008 12:01 PM

          I second Brewers alley. If you have jeans you will fit right in. Can get a little crowded, but if you won't have reservations you probably will have a better chance of getting in than at Isabellas. If you can make reservations, do it. That cuban place is not really a restaurant - it is more a take out and very sparse dining area. Since you will be probably going on 15, even though it is a chain, Bonefish grill is not bad, and if you call ahead (their definition of "reservations") , they will move you up to the head of the line when you arrive. Their Lemon Drop Martini is wonderful, the Salmon with Mango salsa is great, and they have a tasty appetizer of seared tuna with several sauces. It's right off 15 at the Ft. Detrick Exit/7th street Exit.

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            nickdanger Apr 11, 2008 10:51 AM

            Brewer's Alley, www.brewers-alley.com, is casual and decent. There is a very casual place called That Cuban Place, also on Market Street is supposed to be good. If you have time check out the website eatinfrederick.com.

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              foodcheck Apr 11, 2008 10:35 AM

              Don't think Crossing is dressy.
              FWIW, I like Isabella's in downtown Frederick for tapas.

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                reiflame Apr 11, 2008 11:34 AM

                I don't eat out up in Frederick often, but Isabella's is pretty good. Food is on par if not a little better than Jaleo, and cheaper. The wine list has some great deals, and is extremely affordibly priced.

                My favorite are the chorizo-stuffed-bacon-wrapped dates with a goat cheese sauce. I've always dressed pretty casually there and fit in fine.

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                  foodcheck Apr 11, 2008 12:30 PM

                  reiflame, I agree 100%. In fcat I think that Isabella's is better than Jaleo, in every way. They also have a great happy hour.
                  Not a big fan of Brewers Alley, except for their draft beers.

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                  CindyJ Apr 11, 2008 01:55 PM

                  I guess I just assumed it was dressy, based on the prices on their dinner menu. Thanks for the clarification.

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