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Best lunch in Frederick, Md.?

jme90 Sep 1, 2009 06:48 AM

Headed there on Saturday and since we will only be there for one meal -- lunch -- I'm looking for recommendations near the shops on Market Street. What place shouldn't we miss? And, by the same token, what should we avoid? Open to all cuisines.

  1. ktmoomau Sep 1, 2009 06:49 AM

    If Volt is open I would definitely go there. By far the best cuisine.

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      bobif Sep 1, 2009 07:13 AM

      I would say Volt also - http://www.voltrestaurant.com

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      1. re: bobif
        Gigi007 Sep 1, 2009 07:47 AM

        I third Volt. I was just there for lunch on Sunday, and it was excellent. I posted a review under one of the Restaurant Week threads in case you want to check it out:


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        dutch7798 Sep 1, 2009 07:24 AM

        Cafe Kyoko on W. Patrick St just before the court house. You can see the sign from the street, but the actual entrance is in the alley. They have really good Japanese and Thai food.

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        1. re: dutch7798
          jme90 Sep 1, 2009 08:45 AM

          I'm intrigued by Volt and the Top Chef connection -- too hard to get a table these days?
          What are your thoughts on Cacique, the Tasting Room, Isabella's, and La Paz?

          1. re: jme90
            Transplanted Texan Sep 1, 2009 11:46 AM

            We really enjoy the Tasting Room very much. Excellent food and good service!

            1. re: Transplanted Texan
              Gigi007 Sep 1, 2009 11:49 AM

              What do you order at the Tasting Room? Any stand-out dishes? Thanks.

              1. re: Gigi007
                Trip Klaus Sep 2, 2009 02:10 PM

                Lola, I mean Gigi007 the best dish for lunch at the Tasting Room is the lamb brushcetta and friends swear by the lobster chowder.

                1. re: Trip Klaus
                  Gigi007 Sep 2, 2009 02:30 PM

                  LOL, T.K. Yes, it's me... :) Thanks for the advice and all your great reviews. Thanks to you, I made it to Volt and loved it! :)

                2. re: Gigi007
                  Transplanted Texan Sep 2, 2009 05:34 PM

                  I haven't been there this summer, but last year I really loved their gazpacho. I apologize but I can't remember what else we ate.

                  1. re: Transplanted Texan
                    Gigi007 Sep 2, 2009 07:52 PM

                    Thanks, TT. It's all good, and I love gazpacho!

                  2. re: Gigi007
                    jme90 Sep 9, 2009 10:03 AM

                    Thanks, everyone, for the feedback. We eventually wound up at the Tasting Room, where we had a delicious lunch and some fine wine at the bar. I tackled the yummy lobster chowder and experienced a severe case of order envy when my husband's veal cutlets arrived. After tasting this layered concoction of saffron risotto, breaded veal, and arugula salad, I swore then and there that we'll return to the Tasting Room -- soon.

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                      Gigi007 Sep 9, 2009 03:22 PM

                      Sounds delicious. Glad you enjoyed it! I'm looking forward to trying the Tasting Room.The only thing is that I liked my first meal at Volt so much that I can't wait to go back. It would probably be overdoing it to go to both restaurants in one day! Wish Frederick were closer to DC...

                      1. re: Gigi007
                        jme90 Sep 10, 2009 10:42 AM

                        Trust me, even after the delicious lunch at the Tasting Room, I still want to give Volt a try. Love Top Chef, but after seeing the express lunch menu for the lounge -- pick three for $14 -- I'm even more intrigued.

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                          Gigi007 Sep 10, 2009 10:49 AM

                          jme90, I was at Volt for RW and it was fantastic. I haven't tried the express lunch, but have heard good reports. I'm also interested in Volt's brunch menu and of course, Table 21 although I don't know if I could make it through 21 courses. Hope you make it to Volt soon!

                          P.S. I just saw my first episode of Top Chef recently. Bryan Voltaggio really likes to cook with corn and did a great job. His brother Michael made an awesome-looking gazpacho. Seems like they would be the dream team!

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                            melpy Mar 4, 2012 05:20 AM

                            Each course is only a few bites and if you have any restrictions you can let them know ahead of time. We did Table 21 a couple years ago and it was worth it and you did not leave stuffed.

                3. re: jme90
                  dutch7798 Sep 1, 2009 12:32 PM

                  La Paz is pretty good! The food is great, the atmosphere is nice and the portions are pretty big!

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                    Trip Klaus Sep 2, 2009 02:02 PM

                    During the day it is not difficult to get reservations at Volt and the restaurant was great well before the Top Chef hype. I cannot recommend Isabelle's if you like traditional Spanish tapas this is not the place. Better than La Tasca but that's not saying much. The Tasting Room is definitely a step above most restaurant but not up to Volt's quality but lower priced. Depend's on whether you can get back to Volt for a special dinner if not go.

                  2. re: dutch7798
                    LizH Sep 1, 2009 10:16 AM

                    Cafe Kyoko closed a couple years ago. It's now a restaurant called Quynn's Attic. By the way, it's on East Patrick St. I like Quynn's but have never been for lunch.

                    Cafe Nola on E. Patrick is good for sandwiches. Isabella's is great if you like tapas (get the asparagus!) The Tasting Room is good, but it's very noisy if there are a lot of people there.

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                      dutch7798 Sep 1, 2009 12:30 PM

                      Wow! I guess I don't make it into Frederick as much as I'd want. I'm the only adventurous foodie in my group of friends.

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                    reiflame Sep 1, 2009 01:24 PM

                    i'll n-th the Volt recommendations and add Isabella's - I think it they have some of the best tapas in DC right now. The asparagus fries, goat cheese fritters and stuffed dates are my favorites.

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                    1. re: reiflame
                      Gigi007 Sep 1, 2009 01:27 PM

                      Reiflame, good to know about Isabella's. After our most excellent lunch at Volt Sunday, we passed it and the Tasting Room. I'm now curious about both of them. The stuffed dates sound amazing.

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                      Crocken Sep 7, 2009 12:10 PM

                      the handmade calzones at pretzel and pizza creations are incredible. Honestly, everything at that place is good, they use a sweet eastern european pretzel dough for everything, >drools<.

                      Cafe Nola's sandwiches are lovely, if you can stand a wait.

                      Volt's pick-3/$14 lounge lunch is the best deal ever. I get 2 lamb burgers and the side salad, pure heaven.

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                        dining with doc Sep 9, 2009 10:19 AM

                        had a lovely lunch at the streetside tables at Isabella on saturday. my wife and I shared 7 tapas which were great. would go back in a nanosecond

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                          lawhound Sep 9, 2009 11:05 AM

                          We were also in Frederick for lunch on Saturday and had delicious sandwiches and salads at Julia's Cafe and Market, which is an Italian delicatessan on Church Street, right off market.

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                            jme90 Sep 10, 2009 10:45 AM

                            We found our way to this place, too, but only after we had eaten elsewhere. Another one to add to my list. Did leave with some delicious homemade cannoli and mozarella, though.

                            1. re: jme90
                              drsmoke Sep 16, 2009 10:04 AM

                              Mexicali Cantina on Market on the way out of downtown has terrific food and great Marguaritas

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                          lawhound Mar 5, 2012 06:57 AM

                          Juliet's at 9 East Church Street is excellent for panini, subs, etc.

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                            merg01 Aug 24, 2013 01:46 PM

                            Good heavens...just noticed the date on your request but I'll leave this posting since it's already typed.

                            We had a lovely breakfast (which I believe is served all day) at Family Meal. Our son enjoyed the corned beef hash and my husband had the strata casserole, tomatillo, cilantro, sausage, bacon. The rosemary homefries are even better than the duck fat fries.

                            A lunch at Family Meal included the heirloom carrot-beet salad horseradish, goat cheese, cider dressing which was wonderful as were the Brussel sprouts with bacon.

                            We have also recently enjoyed lunch at That Cuban Place. The Cuban sandwiches are good but I especially like the empanadas....even though they are simply a very spicy finely ground meat in a lovely pastry, I do believe my next lunch will just be 2 empanadas and a beer (or 2). I much prefer them to the guava-cheese pastries. My husband really liked the jerk chicken but I found it a bit salty.

                            City Buffet has recently converted to a Japanese/Korean/Chinese buffet. It's a small buffet but my son says they have an excellent miso soup. Very recently opened is Flaming....a MUCH larger Japanese/Chinese restaurant. While the selection is huge and certainly edible, it's not as flavorful as City Buffet to our tastes. They do have a hibachi grill and a large selection of American food as well as a salad bar, dessert bar and Hershey fudge cycles. Mary Ellen

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                              The Big Crunch Aug 26, 2013 01:48 PM

                              Black Hog makes some damn good barbecue.

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