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Guidebook for Food, wine, stuff

Allyson

Guidebook for Food, wine, stuff

Food Scene / Bars
With so many fantastic places to eat in downtown Frederick, I've just listed the places we go to the most. Almost all are within walking distance of each other. (Madrones, Liberty Road Seafood & the Mount Airy suggestions are not downtown)You really cant go wrong eating downtown. Honorable mentions are The Lazy Fish (sushi) , Sumittra Thai Cuisine (YUM) and The Orchard (VEGAN & GLUTEN-FREE options). If you are downtown during First Saturday, make a reservation for sure!
My personal favorite for breakfast and great coffee. An eclectic vibe with great food and a lively bar scene. Their infusion drinks & lattes are fabulous. Live music on weekends and some Thursdays. Outdoor seating in season. Don't miss this one if you love fresh, delicious food and like to be seen in the 'hip' spots in town.
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Cafe Nola
4 East Patrick Street
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My personal favorite for breakfast and great coffee. An eclectic vibe with great food and a lively bar scene. Their infusion drinks & lattes are fabulous. Live music on weekends and some Thursdays. Outdoor seating in season. Don't miss this one if you love fresh, delicious food and like to be seen in the 'hip' spots in town.
Casual place with great food and bar scene. Popular among locals. Outdoor seating in season.
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JoJo's Restaurant & Tap House
16 E Patrick St
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Casual place with great food and bar scene. Popular among locals. Outdoor seating in season.
A great place for a romantic dinner! This is where we celebrate our anniversary. Great food and bar scene. Make a reservation and try to get a seat upstairs by the window.
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Firestone's Culinary Tavern
105 N Market St
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A great place for a romantic dinner! This is where we celebrate our anniversary. Great food and bar scene. Make a reservation and try to get a seat upstairs by the window.
Downtown Mt Airy. Mom & pop breakfast joint where all the locals go. Fifteen minutes away...if you don't want to head to downtown Frederick for breakfast.
Olde Town Restaurant
206 S Main St
Downtown Mt Airy. Mom & pop breakfast joint where all the locals go. Fifteen minutes away...if you don't want to head to downtown Frederick for breakfast.
Another dining option in Mount Airy...again, if you aren't going to head downtown Frederick. The food is very good.
The Mount Airy Inn
1401 S Main St
Another dining option in Mount Airy...again, if you aren't going to head downtown Frederick. The food is very good.
All you can eat seafood menu. This is where the locals go for king crab legs, crabs, etc. Its not for everyone, but if you like all you can eat, you might love it like we do. It gets crowded & noisy, full of families and neighbors....make a reservation for sure.
Liberty Road Seafood & Steak
10524 Liberty Rd
All you can eat seafood menu. This is where the locals go for king crab legs, crabs, etc. Its not for everyone, but if you like all you can eat, you might love it like we do. It gets crowded & noisy, full of families and neighbors....make a reservation for sure.
If you are in the mood for a healthy lunch, this is where you want to go! Its 6 miles down the road in downtown Mount Airy and worth the trip. Their smoothies are fantastic, salads are fresh and veggie wraps delish!
Superfoods Cafe & Market
106 S Main St
If you are in the mood for a healthy lunch, this is where you want to go! Its 6 miles down the road in downtown Mount Airy and worth the trip. Their smoothies are fantastic, salads are fresh and veggie wraps delish!
If you don't want to go downtown, but want great food and a nice bar, this is the pace to go. Fab crab cakes...seriously. Wegmans is right across the parking lot...fyi...and there's a liquor store in the shopping center where this is located.
Madrones Restaurant
7810 Wormans Mill Rd
If you don't want to go downtown, but want great food and a nice bar, this is the pace to go. Fab crab cakes...seriously. Wegmans is right across the parking lot...fyi...and there's a liquor store in the shopping center where this is located.
Don't miss this gem! Its tucked away in the heart of downtown & everything from the 42 taps of craft beer, fab cocktails, fantastic food & a great vibe, is perfect. Another great date night spot. Outdoor seating in season. If you want to eat indoors, ask for a table upstairs. You will definitely need to make a reservation! Another "Hey, I'm cool" spot in town.
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White Rabbit Gastropub
18 Market Space
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Don't miss this gem! Its tucked away in the heart of downtown & everything from the 42 taps of craft beer, fab cocktails, fantastic food & a great vibe, is perfect. Another great date night spot. Outdoor seating in season. If you want to eat indoors, ask for a table upstairs. You will definitely need to make a reservation! Another "Hey, I'm cool" spot in town.
Outdoor seating on the creek- great food and wine. Perfect spot on a warm afternoon to sit outside & people watch. Their flights of wine are fun to try- the wine is fab. In the summer, on Thursdays, you can hear the music from Alive at Five on the creek. We do this a lot...fun fun.
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the Wine Kitchen on the Creek
50 Carroll Creek Way
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Outdoor seating on the creek- great food and wine. Perfect spot on a warm afternoon to sit outside & people watch. Their flights of wine are fun to try- the wine is fab. In the summer, on Thursdays, you can hear the music from Alive at Five on the creek. We do this a lot...fun fun.
Again- a dining option if you don't want to drive to downtown Frederick. (Mt Airy is ten minutes closer in opposite direction) A nice date night spot or lunch spot for outdoor seating on a beautiful day. This place has fantastic...and I'm not kidding...gourmet pizza. Their other offerings are great to. Don't leave without trying their white wine sangria....its to die for. They have outdoor seating in season. Make a reservation.
Laurienzo Brick Oven Cafe
114 South Main Street
Again- a dining option if you don't want to drive to downtown Frederick. (Mt Airy is ten minutes closer in opposite direction) A nice date night spot or lunch spot for outdoor seating on a beautiful day. This place has fantastic...and I'm not kidding...gourmet pizza. Their other offerings are great to. Don't leave without trying their white wine sangria....its to die for. They have outdoor seating in season. Make a reservation.
If you like Cuban food, or think you might, try this spot! Great cuban coffee, cocktails and food. The beef empanadas are to die for, seriously. Outdoor seating in season. Make a reservation if its First Saturday downtown...this goes for anywhere you want to eat on first Saturday.
Sabor De Cuba
9 E Patrick St
If you like Cuban food, or think you might, try this spot! Great cuban coffee, cocktails and food. The beef empanadas are to die for, seriously. Outdoor seating in season. Make a reservation if its First Saturday downtown...this goes for anywhere you want to eat on first Saturday.
A locally sourced menu with vegan and gluten-free offerings. We really love this place! The food is fresh & yummy and they have good beer selections. Get a table by the window for great people watching!
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Orchard Restaurant
45 North Market Street
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A locally sourced menu with vegan and gluten-free offerings. We really love this place! The food is fresh & yummy and they have good beer selections. Get a table by the window for great people watching!
Wineries, Breweries & Nightlife
I have two offerings for bars downtown (& a German beer spot), as a lot of restaurants have a bar. The remainder of recommendations are for local Wineries & Breweries that I have been to. There are a LOT of breweries, wineries & distilleries in Frederick that are not on my list...only because I haven't gone yet.
The downstairs patio seating is the best people watching around! Great food- love the pizza and salads. If you like Orange Crushes- you're welcome in advance! The beers are great too. Young bar scene....great spot to stop in for a drink and/or a meal.
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Brewer's Alley
124 N Market St
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The downstairs patio seating is the best people watching around! Great food- love the pizza and salads. If you like Orange Crushes- you're welcome in advance! The beers are great too. Young bar scene....great spot to stop in for a drink and/or a meal.
Cute and cozy. Stop in for a drink and a quick bite. Young bar scene.
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The Cellar Door
5 East Church Street
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Cute and cozy. Stop in for a drink and a quick bite. Young bar scene.
Its 1.3 miles away and a fabulous winery! Very cozy. There are outside firepits & live music every Friday at 6pm, rain or shine. Fire pit seating is first come, first serve. Get there around 5 if you want to choose a prime spot. The live music in winter-time is also worth the trip...again...get there early. (If you're like me...location is everything!) Check their website for food trucks. They also have a make-ur-own cheese plate area with some delicious local options.
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Black Ankle Vineyards
14463 Black Ankle Road
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Its 1.3 miles away and a fabulous winery! Very cozy. There are outside firepits & live music every Friday at 6pm, rain or shine. Fire pit seating is first come, first serve. Get there around 5 if you want to choose a prime spot. The live music in winter-time is also worth the trip...again...get there early. (If you're like me...location is everything!) Check their website for food trucks. They also have a make-ur-own cheese plate area with some delicious local options.
Make Loew Vineyards one of your 'pits stops'....Yes!...its .8 miles away….yippee! They have an interesting back story, and I encourage you to google them. Its very much a family affair that spans generations.They are open Friday 1pm to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 5 pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm. The tasting room is small with very little seating options...but definatley worth the trip for a tasting. Its too close to us to pass up.
Loew Vineyards
14001 Liberty Rd
Make Loew Vineyards one of your 'pits stops'....Yes!...its .8 miles away….yippee! They have an interesting back story, and I encourage you to google them. Its very much a family affair that spans generations.They are open Friday 1pm to 5pm, Saturday 10am to 5 pm and Sunday 1pm to 5pm. The tasting room is small with very little seating options...but definatley worth the trip for a tasting. Its too close to us to pass up.
before you add them to your itinerary, check their website for events and festivals, as there is a lot going on over there! Not an option if the wine festival is going on and you don't have tickets. Red Shedman is their microbrewery and it is also on the property- so wine & beer lovers have one stop shopping! If you are in town for the wine festival, get there early...and leave early, unless you don't mind sitting in traffic...but we are just down the street. Definitely add Linganore Winecellars to your list of places to go ...its only 4.7 miles away, the wine is fab and its a nice atmosphere.
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Linganore Winecellars
13601 Glissans Mill Road
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before you add them to your itinerary, check their website for events and festivals, as there is a lot going on over there! Not an option if the wine festival is going on and you don't have tickets. Red Shedman is their microbrewery and it is also on the property- so wine & beer lovers have one stop shopping! If you are in town for the wine festival, get there early...and leave early, unless you don't mind sitting in traffic...but we are just down the street. Definitely add Linganore Winecellars to your list of places to go ...its only 4.7 miles away, the wine is fab and its a nice atmosphere.
Another winery literally down the street. Check their website, as they have interesting events, including ' Yoga in the Vines '.They also have live music on Fridays at 6. The outdoor seating is very pleasant and whimsical and a great place to watch live music and sip on wine.
Elk Run Winery
15113 Liberty Rd
Another winery literally down the street. Check their website, as they have interesting events, including ' Yoga in the Vines '.They also have live music on Fridays at 6. The outdoor seating is very pleasant and whimsical and a great place to watch live music and sip on wine.
Hidden Hills is 5 miles down the road. Their tasting room is brand new! Great views and great wine..https://hiddenhillsfarmandvineyard.com/
Hidden Hills Farm and Vineyard
7550 Green Valley Rd
Hidden Hills is 5 miles down the road. Their tasting room is brand new! Great views and great wine..https://hiddenhillsfarmandvineyard.com/
Milkhouse is right around the corner! I HIGHLY recommend this spot, especially if the weather is wonderful. This is THE spot to watch the sunset. For beer lovers, its a must...if beer is not your thing, its still worth the trip to grab a bite to eat (Check for food trucks) and enjoy some of the BEST views around!Check their website for events , live music & food trucks. Look out for their 'star - gazing' nights...where you can view the planets & stars from high powered telescopes. Bring a blanket for a picnic or grab a table. Family owned and operated and a spot where locals go with family & friends all year round.
Milkhouse Brewery
8253 Dollyhyde Rd
Milkhouse is right around the corner! I HIGHLY recommend this spot, especially if the weather is wonderful. This is THE spot to watch the sunset. For beer lovers, its a must...if beer is not your thing, its still worth the trip to grab a bite to eat (Check for food trucks) and enjoy some of the BEST views around!Check their website for events , live music & food trucks. Look out for their 'star - gazing' nights...where you can view the planets & stars from high powered telescopes. Bring a blanket for a picnic or grab a table. Family owned and operated and a spot where locals go with family & friends all year round.
They are right down the street... 2.2 miles. Frey's has great craft beer & amazing cider cocktails. There is a variety of comfy seating, and a pool & foosball table. Check their website for live music & food trucks. Frey's is brand new & does not yet have outdoor seating. If you are a Veteran, mention it and you will get 10% off.
Frey's Brewing Company - Farm Brewery & Tasting Room
8601 Mapleville Rd
They are right down the street... 2.2 miles. Frey's has great craft beer & amazing cider cocktails. There is a variety of comfy seating, and a pool & foosball table. Check their website for live music & food trucks. Frey's is brand new & does not yet have outdoor seating. If you are a Veteran, mention it and you will get 10% off.
This winery a 17 minute drive. Owned by three thirty-something siblings, Old Westminster Winery has some very creative wines & cocktails. Its not your typical winery in that regard. I encourage you to visit their website & read about them. Old Westminster Winery is worth the trip...very comfy tasting room with a wide array of seating options both indoors & out. They have live music & food trucks & cheese plate offerings.
Old Westminster Winery
1550 Old Westminster Rd
This winery a 17 minute drive. Owned by three thirty-something siblings, Old Westminster Winery has some very creative wines & cocktails. Its not your typical winery in that regard. I encourage you to visit their website & read about them. Old Westminster Winery is worth the trip...very comfy tasting room with a wide array of seating options both indoors & out. They have live music & food trucks & cheese plate offerings.
If you are headed to Old Westminster Winery, Serpent Ridge is on the way. Its also worth the trip on its own, as the wines are great and its small & tucked away for a very cozy, laid back, relaxing feel. There are very limited food/snack options here, so keep that in mind when planning your day. This is a definite 'chill' spot.
Serpent Ridge Vineyard
2962 Nicodemus Rd
If you are headed to Old Westminster Winery, Serpent Ridge is on the way. Its also worth the trip on its own, as the wines are great and its small & tucked away for a very cozy, laid back, relaxing feel. There are very limited food/snack options here, so keep that in mind when planning your day. This is a definite 'chill' spot.
GERMAN BEER LOVERS, take heed...you don't want to miss this one. If you're downtown, head to Carroll Creek & have a beer...the food is great too. We like the Doner Box & their version of the gyro. Great people watching at their outdoor seating...and an ice cream shop is next door....cant beat that!
Döner Bistro
50 Carroll Creek Way
GERMAN BEER LOVERS, take heed...you don't want to miss this one. If you're downtown, head to Carroll Creek & have a beer...the food is great too. We like the Doner Box & their version of the gyro. Great people watching at their outdoor seating...and an ice cream shop is next door....cant beat that!
Dont miss this one...located in downtown Frederick...check their website for live music. They have outdoor seating , TVs , darts & food. This is where all the cool locals go...so if you're not cool when you walk in, you soon will be.
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Olde Mother Brewing
911 E Patrick St
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Dont miss this one...located in downtown Frederick...check their website for live music. They have outdoor seating , TVs , darts & food. This is where all the cool locals go...so if you're not cool when you walk in, you soon will be.
Shopping
There are so many places to explore...here's just a few of my favs.
Adorn your home with vintage decor, furniture, and quirky knick-knacks. This barn atmosphere is a unique place to explore. Its just outside the downtown area.
Gathered Goods
1105A E Patrick St
Adorn your home with vintage decor, furniture, and quirky knick-knacks. This barn atmosphere is a unique place to explore. Its just outside the downtown area.
This place has so much "great stuff" they need two locations to hold it all. Thousands of items come from China, England, France, Germany, and Holland, keeping things worldly and interesting.
Great Stuff By Paul
10 N Carroll St
This place has so much "great stuff" they need two locations to hold it all. Thousands of items come from China, England, France, Germany, and Holland, keeping things worldly and interesting.
This place features over 100 dealers, so there's an extensive variety of antique furniture, decor, and more to choose from. You could spend hours here and continue to find treasures around every nook and cranny.
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Emporium Antiques
112 East Patrick Street
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This place features over 100 dealers, so there's an extensive variety of antique furniture, decor, and more to choose from. You could spend hours here and continue to find treasures around every nook and cranny.
Funky, eclectic clothing store. My absolute fav! If you like Free People, Rag Poet , Bed Stu, Splendid , Hudson Denim....you get the picture....you just gotta go. Its right on Market Street, in the heart of everything! Bonus!
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Velvet Lounge
203 North Market Street
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Funky, eclectic clothing store. My absolute fav! If you like Free People, Rag Poet , Bed Stu, Splendid , Hudson Denim....you get the picture....you just gotta go. Its right on Market Street, in the heart of everything! Bonus!
If you like industrial style décor, hit this place up. Its right in the heart of everything, which is always a plus.
Industrial Home Inc.
154 N Market St
If you like industrial style décor, hit this place up. Its right in the heart of everything, which is always a plus.
Food scene- Chocolate!
Zoes has a great back-story and were featured on The Profit on CNBC on July 24, 2017. Fabulous creative chocolates that you wont find anywhere else (except their shop in Waynesboro PA!) in the world. My favorite, you ask? Pinot Noir...YUMS
Zoe's Chocolate Co
121 N Market St
Zoes has a great back-story and were featured on The Profit on CNBC on July 24, 2017. Fabulous creative chocolates that you wont find anywhere else (except their shop in Waynesboro PA!) in the world. My favorite, you ask? Pinot Noir...YUMS