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Aug 7, 2012 02:48 PM

Firestone - Frederick MD

Has anyone been to Firestone's Culinary Tavern in Frederick MD? I looked at their website and it looked interesting.

Our 43rd anniversary is on a Friday and we both took the day off. A small road trip for lunch sounded fun. Volt seemed too much - but maybe it is right. But Firestone's menu seemed to be fun but not over the top.

Love to hear if anyone has been. Or other recommendations!

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  1. It's my wife and I's favorite spot in Frederick. We first went for dinner the night after our first dinner at Volt, and were very happy with the choice. The food was first rate, and the service was great.
    I wouldn't say Volt is particularly fussy, but Firestone is definitely more relaxed. You won't find the wow factor of a lot of Volts molecular gee-whiz components, but everything they offer is very well done.
    We really like they're brunch offerings which, on the weekends at least, are available well into the afternoon. Stand-outs there for me have been Shrimp and Grits, watermelon salad, and they have a pot roast hash that is simply perfect.
    From the street view the bar area would seem to indicate a very active bar setting, but there is much much more here.

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    1. re: laststandchili

      Thanks - sounds like a good place. Do you think reservations for a Friday lunch are needed?

      1. re: MarietteB

        It's very LOUD in there. They have a jazz brunch on Sundays, which is pretty mellow until the sports start on TV. Food is decent, but more of a bar scene. Tasting Room is a better dining experience, large and reasonable wine list, great cocktails.

    2. We avoid most restaurants at peak times, so haven't had any issues with noise, or been in when the bar has been particularly busy. I'm not surprised that they do a good business downstairs in the evenings.

      We've also been seated immediately (upstairs) on weekends in the mid afternoon and for early dinners during the week. Reservations might not be bad idea, but I doubt they'd be needed.

      I've seen mixed reviews for the Tasting Room, but it's still on our list of places to try.

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      1. re: laststandchili

        The Tasting Room can get pretty loud as well and you generally need a reservation for dinner. If you like Firestone, you'll love TR.

        1. re: flavrmeistr

          Had lunch there last Friday. It was good, but overall I think I'd prefer Firestone. That being said I reserve judgement until I have a chance to have dinner at TR.

          Friday I had fresh calamari app that was ok, but way over the top in terms of acidity, followed by the burger. Felt bad ordering a burger, but it was awfully impressive. good beef, good bacon, great bun with nicely done peanut oil fries. The wife had the chicken confit special that was very nice. Chicken was just about perfect, and accompanying veggies and whipped potatoes made it a nicely executed expression of classic comfort food.

          Service was ok if not especially warm, and the overall layout was a little claustrophobic for me. Generally I'd opine that the atmosphere is more comfortable, and the food a hair more interesting at Firestone.

          1. re: laststandchili

            Try dinner at TR. I recommend the seared foie gras with a Sauterne to start. Best steak in Frederick.

      2. You may have already celebrated, but if not, the last I heard Volt was no longer serving
        lunch. Let us know where you went and what you thought.

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        1. re: ferventfoodie

          Although Volt isn't serving lunch, Bryan's opened a new restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner called "Family Meal".

          1. re: Vidute

            Family Meal is much more casual in food and decor than the other spots mentioned
            here. "Reviews" have varied greatly and I found a lot of negatives on both of my