Frederick Restaurants

Volt

228 N Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301-696-8658

American


 

$$$
$26.50
 

★★½

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Don Rockwell
 
Bryan Voltaggio's flagship in a former mansion on Frederick's main drag is as good as ever under Scott Muns. Muns comes from Rose's Luxury — perhaps DC's most beloved restaurant. His addition to Voltaggio's team is pushing it back to where it was when it first opened and the former Top Chef contestant was still at the stove full time. Voltaggio now has an empire to run, but chances are you won't miss him.
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Don Rockwell
 
3 Stars (10/7/2015) — Fall Dining Guide 2015
"One of my biggest fears is writing a rave, then watching a restaurant cook on cruise control. Volt hasn’t gone that route. Under Scott Muns, former chef de cuisine of Rose’s Luxury, the restaurant initiated by owner Bryan Voltaggio continues to delight and surprise. … If you can’t score a table in the dining room, sit at the bar, where the whole menu is available a la carte and the amenities — an apple macaron stuffed with foie gras mousse, amazing biscuits and brioche — reflect a delicious fashion sense." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (1/25/2013) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
"[T]his intimate, white-on-white dining room in a repurposed brownstone is [former Top Chef contender Bryan Voltaggio’s] home base." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Originally the best restaurant in Maryland, Volt used to merit a special trip to Frederick, Bryan Voltaggio is now spreading himself dangerously thin." See 2/15/2011 Review…»

Ayşe Meze Lounge

6 N East St.
Frederick, MD 21701
240-651-5155

Greek
Lebanese
Turkish
 

$$
$20.50
 

★★

Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Much like Zaytinya downtown, Ayse's small plates span the culinary traditions of Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon. The renditions here are significantly better than average and a good value.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (1/28/2014) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2014
"Many a Greek restaurant bids to summon the spirit of a taverna overlooking the Aegean. … These small, boldly flavored dishes amount to a colorful culinary tour of Greece, Turkey, and Lebanon—from lively dips to robustly seasoned kebabs." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Middle Eastern Mezze that's a cut above what you normally find, most Turkish dishes in the $5-8 range."

Le Parc Bistro

207 W Patrick St.
Frederick, MD 21701
240-651-3199

French


 

$$$
$26.30
 

★★

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Don Rockwell
 
Le Parc Bistro is chef Jeff Dempsey's French bistro in the former Mick's New American Bistro space on Patrick Street in downtown Frederick. The menu features dependable favorites, like salad nicoise and steak tartare.
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A French Bistro serving traditional French bistro food, in the former Mick's space, open at 11 AM 7 days a week."

Tasting Room

101 N Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
240-379-7772

American


 

$$$
$31.50
 

★★

Poor Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Mike Tauraso's upscale American restaurant has a lively bar that's buzzing most nights, thanks to a good wine and cocktail program and a friendly staff. But the food here is just as buzzworthy. The crowd-pleasing menu is classically American with modern touches, making this a good choice for everyone from foodies to grandma, though the latter might be turned off by the noise at peak times.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (10/17/2004)
"When he launched this corner restaurant …, owner Michael Tauraso's mission was pretty straightforward: He hoped to offer 'a place where people could come for a good plate of food and a good glass of wine.'" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Two meals here have convinced me this is the second best restaurant in Frederick, good wine program, noisy and crowded."

Sardi's

50 N. McCain Dr.
Frederick, MD 21702
301-620-7717

Chicken
Peruvian

 

$
$7.95
 

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Don Rockwell
 
This chain of Peruvian chicken joints has some of the best pollo a la brasa around. Its popularity means the chicken doesn't have time to sit around, so it's usually fresh.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/1/2014)
After numerous visits to the Takoma Park location, I feel confident in saying that this Sardi’s outlet produces some of the best Peruvian chicken around — and some of the most inconsistent. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"A busy restaurant isn’t always a sign that a restaurant is good. In the case of pollo a la brasa, however, the surest indication that you’re in for a terrific meal is a line stretching to the door. What that high volume ensures is that the chickens don’t have time to sit in warming ovens, becoming dry. You can be sure Sardi’s will be swarmed when you arrive, no matter the time of day, which means you can also be sure that a bird will be plucked off the spit while you wait, hot and dripping with juice and carved to order in front of you. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.

Black Hog BBQ

118 S. Market St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-9090

Barbecue


 

$
$14.69
 

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Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Mike Tauraso opened the original Black Hog in 2007, not far from his fancier Tasting Room restaurant. Now there are three, each serving a "greatest hits" menu of barbecue styles from all over the U.S., including smoked beef brisket, smoked pork shoulder, Arkansas brisket, Carolina chopped pork, smoked sausage, pit ham, spare ribs, and chicken. There are also burgers, wings, chili, gumbo and a good selection of traditional sides.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (1/6/2010)
"… The cooking … is mixed. The most memorable of the meats are the snappy, scored pork-and-beef sausage and the finely chopped "Carolina" pork splashed with vinegar. (Customers can choose from among five sauces representing as many barbecue regions.) An order of juicy chicken wings underscores Black Hog's biggest problem: The kitchen has a heavy hand with sugar. … " See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Perhaps the single best bite of barbecue we put in our mouths this year was something called Arkansas beef. Imagine hunks of brisket—meltingly fatty on the inside, ringed with a crusty bark on the outside, and submerged in a thick, crimson sauce that balances spicy, sweet, and tangy. It’s the strongest reason to visit these folksy Frederick-area joints, but not the only one: Finely chopped pork is properly vinegary, and barbecue chicken is infused with an assertive smokiness. And unlike at some barbecue spots, sides get as much attention as the meats …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Black Hog BBQ

221 Shorebird St.
Frederick, MD 21701
301-662-9600

Barbecue


 

$
$14.69
 

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Good Value

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Washington Post
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Don Rockwell
 
Chef Mike Tauraso opened the original Black Hog in 2007, not far from his fancier Tasting Room restaurant. Now there are three, each serving a "greatest hits" menu of barbecue styles from all over the U.S., including smoked beef brisket, smoked pork shoulder, Arkansas brisket, Carolina chopped pork, smoked sausage, pit ham, spare ribs, and chicken. There are also burgers, wings, chili, gumbo and a good selection of traditional sides.
Summary
Washington Post
Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (1/6/2010)
"… The cooking … is mixed. The most memorable of the meats are the snappy, scored pork-and-beef sausage and the finely chopped "Carolina" pork splashed with vinegar. (Customers can choose from among five sauces representing as many barbecue regions.) An order of juicy chicken wings underscores Black Hog's biggest problem: The kitchen has a heavy hand with sugar. … " See Full Review…»
Summary
Washington Post
Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"Perhaps the single best bite of barbecue we put in our mouths this year was something called Arkansas beef. Imagine hunks of brisket—meltingly fatty on the inside, ringed with a crusty bark on the outside, and submerged in a thick, crimson sauce that balances spicy, sweet, and tangy. It’s the strongest reason to visit these folksy Frederick-area joints, but not the only one: Finely chopped pork is properly vinegary, and barbecue chicken is infused with an assertive smokiness. And unlike at some barbecue spots, sides get as much attention as the meats …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.
Ratings Guide:
★★★★ Extraordinary;  ★★★ Excellent;  ★★ Good;  ★ Average
All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
Price Guide:
$$$$$ Unlimited (>$45); $$$$ Very Expensive ($35-$45); $$$ Expensive ($25-$35); $$ Moderate ($15-$25); Inexpensive (<$15)
Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).