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Nov 6, 2011 06:11 PM

Volt recommendations

We have a gift card to Volt. Should we try to do Table 21 or make tasting menu reservations?

We are both vegetarians (well, husband unit eats fish - not seafood, fish) if that matters.

Table 21 is probably amazing, but I am wondering if it is wasted on vegetarians. If anyone has any recommendations, I would greatly appreciate them.

The one caveat is that my husband really liked watching Bryan on Top Chef.

Lastly - if anyone has made their reservation an overnight trip, if you can recommend a decent place to stay, that would be helpful!

Thank you!

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  1. Is Table 21 even available? It's been booked solid for nearly two years. It seems that the vegetarian tasting menu would be a fine choice. The vegetable dishes I've had there were quite good.

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    1. re: will_5198

      I have called twice and both times they told me they weren't yet taking Table 21 reservations yet for 2012. I am not in a rush, and would wait to go to Table 21 if it is worth it - the gift card does not expire:)

      1. re: Jeserf

        They may still take names for a 'waiting list'. [Would you be a party of two? That or (better) solo dining ups the odds] I've got on to Table 21 through their waiting list before.

    2. I literally just did the tasting menu at Volt on Friday night. Great experience. Someone at the table next to us got the vegetarian option and they seemed very pleased. I don't think they have a vegetarian option for table 21, so I don't think it is a good option for you. Frankly the tasting menu is all the food you need and you are right next to table 21 and have a great view of the kitchen and Bryan. Yes, he was there on Friday. He was very gracious as he came over and signed our copy of his new cookbook and posed for a picture with us in the kitchen.

      228 North Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701

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      1. re: steinre1

        They tell you to note dietary restrictions when you make the reservation - which I would think includes vegetarian?

        But thanks for the review. Was there anything you particularly enjoyed? Did you stay over night?

        We'd get more out of our gift card with the tasting menu, but...when are we going to go back to Frederick?

      2. I recently did Table 21, and it was amazing. One of our party did not eat pork, and they knew in advance and had alternate dishes for her. Double check for the reservation, but I am sure they could accomodate you.

        That said, Bryan was not there the day we dined, and I would say its probably a matter of how much you want to try the "fuss" and expand your palate. As a vegetarian, you may not get as much out of that aspect of it.

        All the food was amazing, some of it was the same as can be found on the tasting menu or a la carte, but some things were completely unique.

        I would probably call the maitre d and ask about vegetarian options for Table 21, making sure that the food will be as varied for you as it is for others, and then take the plunge!

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        1. re: aletnes

          Thanks so much, aletnes. I'll call them and see what they say. I do agree, though, that saying no meat/seafood is probably much more limiting to what can be available through table 21....

        2. There is a decent Holiday Inn right off of 270 behind the FSK Mall, about 3 miles from Volt.

          Holiday Inn
          2004 Greenspring Dr, Lutherville Timonium, MD 21093

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          1. re: drsmoke

            great, thanks - I'm going to try to find a nicer "Inn" or whatever romantic couples do!

            1. re: Jeserf

              There are a few B&Bs downtown. Otherwise, it's Motel 6 or the Comfort Inn over on The Mile.

              1. re: flavrmeistr

                Hill House ( is literally just around the corner. Charming place, urban setting (i.e. no broad country vistas) but there is a small garden and I enjoyed the (limited) nighttime urban view over the rooftops from the balcony upstairs (accesible from two of the rooms) sitting quietly there with a glass of wine the last time I was there. (BYOB; no fridge in room) On-street parking, metered after 9 am, IIRC.

                Hollerstown Hill ( is further south, larger garden, a long walk - about 2/3 mile - from Volt.

                1. re: huiray

                  Fantastic - thanks for the info!!

                  1. re: Jeserf

                    There's also a Travelodge over behind the Costco on 355. I'd keep my socks on.

                  2. re: huiray

                    I live in Frederick, the walk from Hollerstown isn't so bad. This is on a very nice street with many beautifully restored homes and it's right off the main drag, Market Street. The walk along Market to Volt is picturesque (well, a couple of blocks are a bit shady but it's OK) and you will pass through the whole lively downtown on your way to Volt. An enjoyable pre and post meal stroll.

                    1. re: okoboji

                      Yes, it is - I've done it too, but it's a bit more of a walk that I might not always feel like doing and might be so for others too.

            2. In other news, Brian V. is supposed to be doing a book signing at the Williams Sonoma in the Annapolis mall next Tuesday (12/6) evening.