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Foodie Town Favorites

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Black Hog BBQ
221 Shorebird St., Frederick; (301) 662-9600
118 S. Market St., Frederick; (301) 662-9090
100 Middletown Pkwy., Suite 208, Middletown; (240) 490-8147
If you’re in the mood for barbecue, Black Hog can offer a wide array of delicious options. Whether you would like beef, chicken, or pork does not matter because they have it all and can bathe each in tasty barbecue sauces of different styles and origins. Sample your way through the tastes of the American South with St. Louis, Texas, and Carolina-style items and more! They even have a cocktail menu to enhance your barbecue feast even further.  
CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co.
1310 S. Main St., Mt. Airy; (301) 829-2222
CarterQue BBQ & Grilling Co. of Mt. Airy is always ready to provide customers with the atmosphere of a true down-home barbecue joint. Their restaurant is equipped with a patio for outdoor dining, as well as a cozy indoor dining space that is perfect for both going out on date night or enjoying an evening with the whole family. CarterQue takes pride in serving housemade sauces that will have even the most strictly mannered individual licking their fingers.  
Chaps Pit Beef
4969 Westview Dr., Frederick; (301) 682-2124
If you're looking for pit beef, Chaps is the place to go. Chaps is a Maryland-based chain of pit-beef barbecue joints that began in Dundalk. Today, it has a handful of locations across the state and is known for its sandwich menu, which most notably includes their “Famous Pit Beef Sandwich.”
P.I.G.S. BBQ Restaurant
2401 Whittier Dr., Frederick; (240) 629-8001
P.I.G.S. BBQ is dedicated to the art of barbecue. Their meats are smoked on-site and are cooked and spiced to perfection. P.I.G.S. employees prepare the fresh side dishes daily to help provide customers with the best barbecue experience possible.

Breakfast and Brunch

Café Nola
4 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 694-6652
Café Nola is one of Downtown Frederick’s most well-known brunch options. Their menu showcases organic ingredients and a wide array of breakfast choices for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike. Café Nola also has a phenomenal coffee and tea menu as well as a full bar complete with house-infused liquors. Their bloody marys and mimosas, in addition to their hip decor and art displays, help complete the perfect downtown brunch experience.   
Mountain View Diner
1300 W. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 696-1300
There is nowhere better to go for the classic diner breakfast than the Mountain View Diner. They have the classic menu for both breakfast and brunch as well as a newly renovated interior. While you’re there, make sure you check out their dessert menu as well. Nobody can judge you for eating cheesecake early in the morning when it’s just that good!
Airways Inn of Frederick
310 Aviation Way, Frederick; (301) 228-2100
There is no other location in Frederick County quite like the Airways Inn. Located in a historic building at the Frederick Municipal Airport, this quaint eatery overlooks the comings and goings of aircraft of all shapes and sizes. Their staff is always ready with warm smiles and great service, so take a seat, watch an airplane take off, and have a delicious breakfast!
The Derby Restaurant & Bar
83 Old National Pike, New Market; (301) 865-2222
If you’re in the New Market area, venture into the historic district and pay a visit to The Derby. In addition to full lunch and dinner menus, a popular bar, and a full entertainment schedule, The Derby has a delicious breakfast menu on Saturdays and Sundays.
Glory Doughnuts
162 W. Patrick St., Frederick; (240) 651-3467
Located at their newly opened diner on West Patrick Street, Glory Doughnuts is one of Frederick’s only vegan restaurants. They have a well-known menu featuring vegan doughnuts, breakfast entrées, and sustainably sourced coffee. In addition to their delicious food, Glory Doughnuts’s adorably hip decor provides a charming brunch atmosphere like no other in Frederick.
882 N. East St., Frederick; (301) 835-7628
Showroom is a modern American casual restaurant located just on the edge of Downtown Frederick. The restaurant’s decor mixes the modern with a classic, All-American diner feeling, as does its menu, whose delicious items were designed by Top Chef finalist Bryan Voltaggio. It’s impossible to choose the wrong thing when the entire Showroom menu is a hit! The restaurant has plenty of seating space for the whole family, too, so don’t hesitate to make your brunch a family affair.
ZiPani Cafe Bistro
177A Thomas Johnson Dr., Frederick; (301) 620-1932
ZiPani is a Frederick favorite. If its being open for over 20 years doesn’t impress you enough, take a look at their menu. They serve fresh bagels of all varieties as well as breakfast sandwiches, salads, paninis, and coffees. Their upbeat staff always takes pleasure in serving delicious and healthy food in a clean, modern, and comfortable atmosphere.
Dempsey’s Grille
116 W. Main St., Middletown; (301) 371-7400
Dempsey’s Grille in Middletown serves breakfast with a side of local charm. When you visit Dempsey’s, you’re greeted by friendly staff and loyal customers alike. The restaurant is located in the midst of historic Middletown and has a full breakfast menu with almost any classic meal and breakfast combination you can imagine. Also, yes – they have mimosas!


Modern Asia
1306 W. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 732-5193
Modern Asia is a hole-in-the-wall eatery with a menu whose Pan-Asian origins span far and wide. From curry to lo mein and sushi to wonton soup, they have it all! They also have a friendly staff, a wonderfully efficient carry-out service, and an atmospheric dining room.  


Lazy Fish
10 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 695-9656
Lazy Fish is a hidden gem. Located on the second floor of a building in historic Downtown Frederick, this little bistro provides its customers a vibrant hideaway overlooking the quaint shopping street down below. Take a seat in one of their booths and get a delicious cocktail or sit at their cozy bar and watch the mesmerizing construction of hand-rolled sushi. If sushi isn’t your thing, don’t worry – Lazy Fish also has delicious soups, salads, dinner entrées, lunch specials, and more.
20 N. Market St., Frederick; (240) 815-6744
If you’re in the mood for something deliciously different, visit Downtown Frederick’s only Japanese ramen and tapas bar. It was founded out of the desire to deliver Frederick with outstanding and memorable Japanese cuisine and succeeds in doing that and more. Make sure not to overlook their appetizers, rice bowls, and cocktails... They’re just as yummy as the ramen and tapas!
Old Dominion Grill and Sushi
5732 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick; (301) 682-6888
Old Dominion is a casual modern restaurant with a menu of Japanese, Thai, and American standard fare. Their sushi menu is extensive, and their prices are hard to beat. Plus, they have a great bar with lots of beers on tap!
Thai and Vietnamese

Kittiwat Thai Kitchen
5205 Presidents Ct., Frederick; (301) 631-0999
A modern Thai restaurant with an industrial look but cozy feeling that prides itself on serving authentic Thai food. In addition to its outstanding menu, the restaurant also has a delightful happy hour every day from 3:30 until 6:30 pm!
Lucky Corner
5100 Buckeystown Pike, Suite 174, Frederick; (301) 360-5913
Lucky Corner has been a favorite of Frederick foodies since 2006. Their location at Westview provides a clean and contemporary dining room with lots of open space and a lovely bar. Their menu is large and boasts delicious pho noodle soup, a Vietnamese staple food, among other delights. They also have a wide range of other selections from hot pots to fried rice and spring rolls to salads. Every menu item is undeniably fresh and an utter treat for the tastebuds.
Sumittra Thai Cuisine
12 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 668-2302
It’s always a good time for Thai at Sumittra in Downtown Frederick. Not only is the restaurant located on historic East Patrick Street, but it is also home to some of the tastiest food Frederick has to offer. They have traditional Thai dishes as well as curries and more. Watch out – things can get spicy in there!
Wok In Wok Out
211 Shorebird St., Suite D, Frederick; (240) 397-7476
Wok In Wok Out is self-described “fast food for foodies.” Their mission statement is to serve great food without use of unhealthy ingredients such as oil, sugar, salt, and MSG. Their menu combines a fusion of Southeast Asian flavors with delicious modern twists, creating an unforgettable eating experience.


Indian Wok
8415 Woodsboro Pike #J, Walkersville; 21793
Indian Wok is one of Frederick’s tastiest carry-out restaurants. Their impressively extensive menu has a wide array of Indian entrées in addition to Chinese food, as well. Take a look and order to-go today!  


Aleko’s Village Cafe
4304 Old National Pike, Middletown; (301) 371-3500
Located in Middletown, Aleko’s Village Cafe serves up delicious Greek food. They have gyros, platters, salads, tapas, and more at the ready. Visit their well-decorated venue, and you’ll feel like you’re on the coast of the Mediterranean! They’re open Tuesday through Saturday every week.
Analia’s Café
480-A Prospect Blvd., Frederick; (301) 378-8663
A small Greek restaurant with a relaxed setting that is renowned for its delicious Greek cuisine and reasonable prices. Analia’s seeks to provide its customers with a homey atmosphere and great food made with fresh ingredients.      
Greek Aroma
177-D Thomas Johnson Dr., Frederick; (301) 695-7575
Greek Aroma is a small, counter-service eatery that specializes in gyros, souvlaki, and other Greek foods. They serve only the finest ingredients and make every dish fresh to order!  

Jasmine Al-Sham Mediterranean Grill
3532-B Urbana Pike, Frederick; (301) 363-5877
Jasmine Al-Sham Mediterranean Grill in Urbana has made quite the reputation for itself with its delicious and authentic Syrian menu. Plus, when you’re done with your meal, you can visit their adjoining Mediterranean market and purchase delicious, hard-to-find ingredients for your own kitchen.


Cucina Massi
111 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 624-1052
Though one of Frederick’s newer Italian restaurants, Cucina Massi is one of its most beloved. Cucina Massi is located in Downtown Frederick and has the hole-in-the-wall feeling of classic Little Italy but with a menu full of unique modern twists. In addition to the warm and romantic indoor seating areas, this gem also has a hidden backyard patio and bar for nights out in the warmer months.  
Fratelli’s Italian and Seafood
200 Middletown Pkwy., Middletown; (301) 371-4000
Take a bite of authentic Italian food at Fratelli’s in Middletown. Don’t let their traditional and casual space fool you. Their menu has quite a few twists and turns on the usual Italian fare. After all, what other Italian restaurants do you know that are also well-known for their award-winning crabcakes?
Il Porto
200 S. Market St., Frederick; (301) 620-7480
Il Porto is a Frederick classic. Their location in Downtown is a favorite spot for locals and tourists alike and is well-loved for its delicious Italian food. Try their popular menu items like their whole lobster platter and spinach ravioli. You won’t be disappointed!
Manalù Italian Restaurant
5227 Presidents Ct., Frederick; (240) 578-4831
Manalù brings the taste of Italy and a touch of Naples to Frederick. They serve the classic dishes as well as the more authentic ones, all with a smile and a delicious side salad. Don’t forget to check out their detailed wine menu as well!  

Mangia e Bevi
8927-J Fingerboard Rd., Frederick; (301) 874-0338
To dine at Mangia e Bevi is to dine in the countryside of Italy. The decor, friendly staff, and country-style Italian food help to transport customers to the setting of a beautiful Italian farmhouse. So, pay Mangia e Bevi a visit and eat, drink, and settle into a warm conversation with your friends and family.
Juliet’s Italian Market and Café
9 E. Church St., Frederick; (301) 620-0077
Juliet’s adds a touch of Italy to Downtown Frederick. Walk into their adorable shop, and you will be greeted by displays of Italian treats of all kinds: pastries, homemade pastas, sauces, bread, and more. In addition to operating as a small market, Juliet’s also has a carryout menu of Italian paninis, salads, subs, and hot sandwiches. In the warm months, there are usually a few seats outside patrons can sit at and enjoy their meals. Juliet’s also has a selection of Italian gelatos and sorbettos that will make you feel like you’ve left East Church Street and are actually wandering the streets of Rome itself!


Il Forno Pizzeria
1035 W. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 846-0422
9009 Baltimore Rd., Frederick; (240) 651-1857 (Takeout only)
A Frederick staple is Il Forno Pizzeria. With a central location on the Golden Mile and a takeout-only location in Ijamsville, Il Forno serves pizza to those all over Frederick County. Their pizza has been voted best in Frederick numerous times and for good reason. It’s delicious!
Pistarro’s Ristorante Pizzeria Napoletana
221 N. East St., Frederick; (301) 378-9536
If wood-fired pizza is your thing, look no further than Pistarro’s! They make unique pizzas with fresh ingredients and have a beautiful venue complete with an outdoor patio and welcoming bar.
Pretzel & Pizza Creations
210 N. Market St., Frederick; (301) 694-9299
Pretzel & Pizza Creations is one of Frederick’s most unique and delicious restaurants. It is a low-key cafe setting in which you can dine on pizzas made with pizza dough crusts, sandwiches made with house-baked pretzel focaccia bread, pretzel dogs, and more. Have faith that the delicious flavors that result from these pretzel-heavy combos will have you returning again and again for more tasty eats!
King’s Pizza 
215 W. Potomac St., Brunswick; (301) 834-9999
King’s is a local favorite in Brunswick. They are a classic pizza restaurant that takes pride in the quality of its ingredients and the presentation of its food. Although they specialize in pizzas, King’s also serves delicious subs, salads, pastas, and desserts, too.
Belisario’s Pizza
934 N. East St., Frederick; (301) 662-9233
Belisario’s Pizza has been in operation for over two decades! They offer great service and incredible New York-style pizza. Go to Belisario’s next time you’re picking up carry-out pizza or want to get a yummy lunch special at a great price!
White Rabbit Gastropub
18 Market St., Frederick; (240) 651-1952
Tucked behind the main drag of Market Street, just behind the East Church Street parking garage, is a well-kept secret: White Rabbit. White Rabbit not only has one of the best menus of local craft beers and ciders but also a delicious selection of Detroit pizzas, each wood-fired to perfection in their new pizza oven. Along with their pizzas, make sure to try their yummy appetizers such as the “Brussel Crowe” and the crab poutine as well. White Rabbit is also an excellent place to hang out with friends. Each of its two floors are wonderfully decorated in a style one can only describe as contemporary Victorian British pub-esque, adding whimsical charm to each and every dining experience.

Latin American and Spanish

26 N. Market St., Frederick; (301) 695-2756
A festive, white-tablecloth restaurant that serves a popular menu of fine Spanish and Mexican specialties. Dine out on their outdoor patio and watch the downtown hustle and bustle go on around you, or sit inside with the colorful decorations and atmosphere. Cacique can accommodate parties of all shapes and sizes so consider making it the venue for your next family dinner or night out with friends! They have something on their menu for everyone.
Café Bueno
255 E. Fourth St., Frederick; (301) 620-8858
Café Bueno brings authentic Mexican to Frederick tables. Their burritos were recently voted to be some of the best burritos in the country and other popular menu items, such as their traditional Mexican tortas, will leave you clamoring for more! Make sure to also check out their breakfast menu while you’re there as it has some surprise hits on it such as huevos rancheros, Mexican omelettes, and huevos a la Mexicana.
Sabor de Cuba
9 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 663-1036
Frederick’s main Cuban restaurant is located in Downtown Frederick in an adorable venue with outdoor and indoor seating. They are well-known for their incredible margaritas, seafood, sandwiches, and down-to-earth vibe. Sabor de Cuba is a great spot for date night as well as a perfect place to pick up lunch to go!
La Paz Mexican Restaurant
51 S. Market St., Frederick; (301) 694-8980
When people visit Downtown Frederick, they often want to eat along Carroll Creek at La Paz. Known for its charming location right on the canal, La Paz has been a popular spot since 1978. Pay them a visit next time you want to eat outside, and enjoy some lovely weather at the same time!

Mariachi Restaurant
5854 Urbana Pike, Frederick; (301) 418-6367
Mariachi Restaurant specializes in Tex-Mex, Mexican, and Spanish cuisine. They offer not only a full-service bar but also delicious desserts, a great happy hour, and holiday celebrations.

Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar
44 N. Market St., Frederick; (301) 698-8922
Isabella’s is a Downtown Frederick classic that has been bringing a slice of Spain to the community for decades. They are well-known for their brunch, happy hour, and incredible Spanish paella. They have a popular bar as well as a bustling outdoor seating area right on Market Street.

Mexicali Cantina
467 W. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 663-3800
A longstanding Mexican eatery with a menu of Mexican classics, margaritas, and more in a comfortable, family-friendly atmosphere. They have great service and several dining rooms with which they can accommodate large parties and events.

French / Fine Dining

Up on Market Bistro
301 N. Market St., Frederick; (240) 831-4847
Up on Market brings fine dining to Frederick. Their menu focuses on bringing classy entrées, drinks, and French specialty baked goods together into one dining experience. They also have a brunch and lighter-fare menu available every day until 3 pm. Ask for their drink and wine list while you’re there – it’s a good one!


Avery’s Maryland Grille
9009 Baltimore Rd., Frederick; (301) 228-2722
A family-friendly seafood and steakhouse with reasonable prices and an unpretentious atmosphere. Avery’s is one of Frederick’s most popular hotspots for crabs and also serves wood-fired steaks, ribs, and chicken. Their crabs and other shellfish and seafood are cooked in their very own steam room, too. Eat inside or enjoy their outdoor covered deck with a full-service bar!
Dutch’s Daughter
581 Himes Ave., Frederick; (301) 668-9500
Dutch’s Daughter has been serving high-quality food and excellent service to Frederick since 1984. Customers can dine either in the main dining rooms or in Dutch’s Dungeon, which features a full bar and medieval decor. Their menu is known for its seafood but especially for its crab dip, cream of crab soup, crab cakes, and steak.  
May’s Seafood Restaurant
5640 Urbana Pike, Frederick; (301) 662-4233
A casual and homey neighborhood restaurant that specializes in Maryland seafood. Their menu has a variety of crab-centric dishes as well as comfort foods such as hush puppies, French onion soup, and more. They have all-you-can-eat specials as well as seafood platters available, too. May’s will make sure that you eat your fill and leave satisfied and wanting to come back for more!
Ragin’ Reef
506 E. Church St., Frederick; (240) 815-5438
Ragin’ Reef is a casual seafood restaurant located in Downtown Frederick. Their menu boasts local Maryland seafood and steaks in addition to beer and wine. In addition to their regular menu, Ragin’ Reef also has plenty of lunch specials and a brunch menu, too!
Liberty Road Seafood & Steak
10524 Liberty Rd., Frederick; (301) 898-3181
Liberty Road is a classic seafood restaurant nestled between Frederick and Libertytown. They have all-you-can-eat specials, oysters, clams, and more for you to choose from. Don’t worry, they have plenty of comfortable seating space for you and your crab-eating crew!
JB Seafood
308 Main St., Myersville; (301) 293-2722
Carry-out: (301) 293-CRAB
JB Seafood in Myersville has everything seafood! JB is proud to be able to obtain the freshest seafood on the East Coast and to serve their customers meals that just can’t be beat.

Shuckin’ Shack Oyster Bar
41 S. Market St., Frederick; (240) 575-9876
The Shuckin’ Shack has much more to offer than its excellent namesake oysters. Other seafood options are plentiful, and wings are a fine complement to any order. TVs abound, and there is a wide variety of beer on tap, including some local favorites. Live music on Fridays has been known to draw a crowd, and Tuesday trivia is a staple.
Surf House Island Cantina
8925 Fingerboard Rd., Suite A, Frederick; (240) 341-7157
Surf House is an airy and fun restaurant in Urbana. Its specialty is coastal cuisine, American classics with a beachy twist and Latin flavors. Their tropical decor, complete with palm trees and surfboards, line the walls of their dining space and bar. Go there in the summer and wintertime alike to feel like you’re on the gulf somewhere enjoying the ocean breeze!

American, Burgers, and Steaks

Boxcar Burgers
12 S. Maple Ave., Brunswick; (301) 834-2612
503 N. East St., Frederick; (240) 815-7807
Boxcar Burgers is a favorite of both Brunswick, the location of their original space, and Downtown Frederick, where they often set up their food truck at Idiom Brewing Company. Boxcar boasts delicious grass-fed burgers made from Maryland beef served by their very friendly staff. Their menu also includes fries, local hot dogs, and a very tasty impossible burger.
Brewer’s Alley
124 N. Market St., Frederick; (301) 631-0089
Brewer’s Alley is a classic Downtown Frederick restaurant that serves upscale pub food. It is located in Frederick’s historic opera house and town hall on Market Street. Brewer’s has a spacious and popular rooftop bar as well as family-friendly dining room spaces and a full sports bar. It’s the perfect place to grab a burger and a beer!
Brookside Inn
2732 Jefferson Pike, Jefferson; (301) 834-8833
The Brookside Inn in Jefferson is a great place to relax with classic pub food, a beer, and a friend or two. They have a comfortable and classic space and a menu with an impressive selection of burgers, “sammiches,” and hot dogs.
Maxwell’s Burgers & Shakes
57 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (240) 651-3721
Maxwell’s may make it their mission to get food out fast, but that doesn’t make their output any less delicious and deserving of its “gourmet” status. At Maxwell’s, you can order handcrafted burgers and milkshakes as well as incredibly addictive fries and fresh salads. If you’re not interested in a beef burger, have no fear. They also have chicken and impossible meat, too, and they’re just as good!
Oscar’s Alehouse (West)
906 N. East St., Frederick; (301) 378-2793
Oscar’s is the perfect place to gather with your friends at the bar to watch the game. Their menu has classic American foods like burgers and fries in addition to craft sandwiches, entrées, and a delicious specials menu. They also have an extensive craft beer menu from which you can try delicious brews from all over.
Wag’s Restaurant
24 S. Market St., Frederick; (301) 694-8451
If you’re looking for a cozy neighborhood bar, look no further than Wag’s. Wag’s has been a Frederick staple since it opened in 1981. Not only does it have a great bar and bartenders, but also plenty of TVs from which to watch the day’s games and tables at which to split pitchers of beer with your pals. The Wag’s menu also holds many delicious options such as burgers, sandwiches like the “Wagster” roast beef, and their well-loved “Wag’s Famous Fries.”

The Red Horse
996 W. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 663-3030
The Red Horse is one of Frederick’s longest-running restaurants. Open since 1968, The Red Horse is a full-service steakhouse located just off US 15. Its elegant dining room is run by top-notch wait staff at whose hands customers are served excellent grilled handcut steaks and seafood. In addition to their general dining accommodations, The Red Horse also offers private facilities which are available for events.  
The Tasting Room
101 N. Market St., Frederick; (240) 379-7772
The Tasting Room is one of Frederick’s most well-known cocktail-swilling destinations. After being open for over two decades, it has gained quite the reputation for having some of the city’s best bartenders and a fresh, upscale menu. The Tasting Room understands the importance of coordinating the drink with the dish – because of this there is always a meticulous wine and cocktail list at the ready. Plus, there are plenty of seats at their bar, in their dining room, and outside on the adjoining sidewalks of Downtown Frederick for any and all who want a taste!

Hootch & Banter
49 S. Market St., Frederick; (301) 732-4971
Opened with the desire to bring together the casual dining setting with upscale eats, “Hootch,” as it is lovingly called by regulars, is a destination for all three meals of the day as well as for the late-night hours. Patrons can sit in the dining room or bar on the first floor or go up to the second level to hang out in the atmospheric lounge area. Take note that their brunch offerings are just as delicious as those at dinner and lunch and it is an excellent option for those weekend mornings out with your friends.
The Main Cup
14 W. Main St., Middletown; (301) 371-4433
The Main Cup is a beautiful restaurant nestled along Historic Middletown’s Main Street. Its historic space, exposed brick walls, and all-American atmosphere complement a comfort-driven menu filled to the brim with sandwiches, soups, salads, burgers, and more. There is also a great brunch menu and a full bar on hand as well!
7810 Wormans Mill Rd., Frederick; (240) 439-4010
Madrones is a popular American bar and grill that serves fresh hand-cut steaks, burgers, and award-winning seafood dishes. Their restaurant is decorated with contemporary country charm and their open-concept bar space is so expansive that it’ll blow your mind!

Beef ‘n Buns ‘n Paradise
1201 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 631-0188
Drive along East Patrick Street and you’ll find a sunny spot called Beef ‘n Buns ‘n Paradise. At Beef ‘n Buns, you can get burgers, shakes, and ice cream. All of their beef is locally sourced from Mt. Airy Meat Locker and does not contain extra preservatives or fillers of any kind. If you’re unsure what flavor of shake or old-fashioned malt you want, don’t worry. There are over 40 different flavors to choose from!
Firestone’s Culinary Tavern
105 N. Market St., Frederick; (301) 663-0330
Firestone’s was opened in 1999 and has been serving Frederick upscale bistro eats ever since. The restaurant is located in a historic building on Market Street with an open, elegant feel. Sit at their bar or dine upstairs on the second floor’s interior balcony seating which overlooks the rest of the restaurant. The Firestone’s menu is well-known for its sinfully good crab dip as well as for its burgers, oysters, charcuterie, and more.
Atlantic Grille
3531 John Simmons St., D-05, Frederick; (301) 810-5220
Atlantic Grille is a classic American restaurant located in the Villages of Urbana. They have a menu with a wide array of options for weekend brunch, light lunches, and nice dinners. Atlantic Grille has burgers, seafood, salads, and a full bar just waiting to be enjoyed!
Morgan’s American Grill
11717 Old National Pike, New Market; (301) 865-8100
Morgan’s takes pride in defying the conventions of the standard bar and grill restaurant. They offer not only the ol’ reliable, such as burgers and sandwiches, but also upscale options, such as crab cakes, filet mignon, and smoked pork chop. Grab a table today and enjoy their clean, contemporary decor, relaxing bar space, and try their French onion soup, buffalo wings, crab dip, or whatever else strikes your fancy. There are no wrong choices on a menu like Morgan’s!

Wilcom’s Inn
11234 Fingerboard Rd., Monrovia; (301) 798-8686
Drive by Wilcom’s Inn without having an inkling what it is, and it may not be apparent that it is one of Frederick County’s premier steakhouses. Housed in a historic roadhouse, Wilcom’s serves dishes that are inspired by the Peruvian and Italian heritage of its owners and chefs. Their steaks are awe-inspiring, having been prepared and cooked using the sous vide method. Wilcom’s also provides a wine list with which to pair the perfect flavor with your meal.
JoJo’s Restaurant & Taphouse
16-18 E. Patrick St., Frederick; (301) 620-0077
JoJo’s is a popular destination for casual lunches and dinners in a classic bar-restaurant setting. Their menu is full to the brim with globally inspired American fare and craft beer options. Their burgers are exceptional, and their bar is a great place to hang out into the wee hours of the night with your pals.
The Ott House
5 W. Main St., Emmitsburg; (301) 447-2625
The Ott House is a popular destination for Mount St. Mary’s students as well as Emmitsburg locals. It is well worth the trip for those from the other far-off reaches of Frederick county as it has a great selection of beer on tap as well as a menu full of American classics like burgers, sandwiches, and fries. They have pool tables as well as dartboards and a jukebox, too, so feel free to turn your casual lunch into an afternoon of hanging out with friends.
Monocacy Crossing
4424A Urbana Pike, Frederick; (301) 846-4204
Although classified as an American restaurant, Monocacy Crossing has a menu with many different options such as steaks, pork chops, seafood, and more, as well as an extensive wine list. The venue has a down-to-earth and comfortable vibe, which, combined with their excellent service and food, will have you feeling quite at home and relaxed! It is the perfect destination for your upcoming anniversary dinner and a family night out alike.  

Sandwiches and Soups

AKA Friscos
4632 Wedgewood Blvd., Frederick; (301) 698-0018
AKA Friscos is a popular destination for catering as well as for dining and takeout. They are loved for their sandwich menu as well as their salads and oh-so-popular baked potatoes, which are all served in jumbo portions. Friscos also has a selection of craft beers and wine to accompany your order and a cheerful staff that will greet you with a smile and a sandwich recommendation!
Firestone’s Market on Market
113 N. Market St., Frederick; (301) 696-8586
Firestone’s Market is Downtown Frederick’s neighborhood gourmet market and sandwich shop. They have a mouth-watering menu of sandwiches and paninis, daily soup specials made in-house, fresh baguettes, and seasonal salads. Some of their most popular menu items – which are included on the “Foodie Tour of Frederick” – include the pimiento grilled cheese, chicken salad sandwich, market salad, and hot pastrami panini.
Gambrill Mountain Food Co.
6 S. Bentz St., Frederick; (240) 439-4103
Gambrill Mountain Food Co. began as a local food truck, but, as their popularity grew, they opened a grounded location in Downtown Frederick. The Gambrill Mountain menu is full of surprises, having a little bit of everything from Spanish octopus to steak frites to a Philly cheesesteak and Bahn Mi. Although their selection is difficult – nay impossible – to categorize, that does not make their foods any less delicious and their serving sizes any less jaw-dropping.
Pumpernickel + Rye
3538 Urbana Pike, Frederick; (240) 397-9600
Pumpernickel + Rye in Urbana is a homegrown deli and market run by two best friends whose goal it is to bring down-to-earth and modern vibes together in a single location. They have all of the offerings of a classic deli from bagels to breakfast sandwiches as well as sandwiches, salads, and soups. If you’re in the mood for a more low-key coffee-centric experience, Pumpernickel + Rye also has a coffee bar and plenty of pastries for you to choose from.