A Foodie Guide To Frederick Maryland

A Foodie Guide To Frederick Maryland

Less than an hour from Washington DC and Baltimore is Frederick, Maryland. With over 30 restaurants in its historic downtown district, Frederick should be on every foodie’s list of places to visit.

 

Vacation calories don’t count, right? I hope not, because Frederick has so many great places to eat, snack, and drink…

 

The Wine Kitchen

50 Carroll Creek Way #160, Frederick, MD 21701

We loved this restaurant before we had even walked in. It’s right on Carroll Creek, a mile long park that has pedestrian paths, public art, and charming bridges. The views are nice outside, but the decor inside is great too and it has a very simple and modern feel to it. Once we were seated, our waitress Laura was absolutely fantastic. She was so attentive and knew the menu inside and out. She also helped me decide what to order (it’s hard when everything on the menu sounds amazing!).

The first thing I ordered was a flight of wine: Traminette, Moscato, and Riesling. As a starter I had the home-made pappardelle. The pasta was cooked perfectly, but the best parts of the dish were the thick chunks of bacon and the sauce. For our main dish, we chose to have duck and we ended up quite pleased with our selection. The chef was inspired by African flavors so Ethiopian spices were used to prepare the meal; those spices made the dish absolutely delightful and the flavors incredible! The duck itself was cooked perfectly and came with onions, pickled chips, and a peach vinaigrette.

Finally, for dessert, we had the banana chocolate pavé. This small chocolate cake was paired perfectly with banana ice cream and a caramelized banana. We walked (slowly) out of The Wine Kitchen with big smiles on our faces and we know that you will too.

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

 

Zoe’s Chocolate Co.

121 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

We had read about Zoe’s when we were first researching where to eat in Frederick. All of the reviews were great, so of course we made a beeline straight for it. The heavenly smell of chocolate gets your mouth drooling as soon as you walk through the door! Zoe’s is a family run company that makes everything fresh, using local and sustainable products. We walked back and forth, admiring all of the flavor combinations and cute packaging. Everything looked so perfect! From chocolate bars to hot chocolate drink mixes and from cacao spice rubs to chocolate covered chickpeas, Zoe’s Chocolate Co. has it all!

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

 

North Market Pop Shop

241 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

If you’re a fan of old school soda pop, you’ll love the North Market Pop Shop! They have over 400 flavors, most of which are cane-sugar sweetened and in glass bottles. They also have a big selection of root beers and ice cream. And just so you know, you can have a float made with any combination of soda and ice cream!

During our visit, Amanda was explaining all of the different products and even helped us to decide which ice cream to try. We’ve been on a bit of a PB&J kick ever since we had a PB&J burger in Tallahassee so when she recommended their PB&J ice cream we knew that we had to have it. It was delicious!! We also decided to try one of their sodas and since Halloween is around the corner, we decided on the Zombie Brain Juice, which surprisingly tastes a lot like strawberry orange. 😉

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

 

Beans & Bagels

49 E Patrick St, Frederick, MD 21701

One morning, we needed a quick breakfast before we headed off to visit Monocacy National Battlefield. We had randomly asked locals for their recommendations and they all suggested Beans & Bagels. You can enjoy a sit down breakfast as well, but what we loved was that you could order from a huge selection of breakfast sandwiches and take them to-go. We ordered an egg, cheese, and bacon sandwich on a plain bagel and coffee. And even though they’re Steelers fans… we’d love to go back and try out some of their pastries. All of the pies and muffins on display looked really appetizing.

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

 

Döner Bistro

50 Carroll Creek Way #110, Frederick, MD 21701

Also along Carroll Creek, Doner Bistro is the perfect place to stop after taking a stroll through the park. There is both outside and inside seating, as well as a great menu that includes typical German food like döners, schnitzel, and bratwurst. And beer. Can’t forget the beer. I was pretty excited about visiting Döner Bistro since I lived in Germany for three years and used to eat döners pretty regularly. As soon as I took my first bite, it brought back so many wonderful memories! Don’t you just love when food does that? We loved the döner and the fries (pommes) so much that we’d go back in a heartbeat.

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

 

Voila! in Frederick ~ Special Teas & Other Goodness

10 N Market St, Frederick, MD 21701

This is probably the cutest shop in all of Frederick! It’s warm, inviting, and it smells amazing. Now, to be completely honest, we’re not really that into tea. But one of my best friends is and we recently tried some herbal kombucha on a food tour in West Palm Beach, so it’s growing on us.

We loved that we could sample some of their teas and how knowledgeable the staff was. They were very patient with our many questions and helped us pick out the perfect chai tea. We also learned a bit about tea while we were there, since we didn’t know that there were so many different varieties (like fruit teas!). Voila seems like the perfect place for both tea newbies and tea connoisseurs.

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

Buddy The Traveling Monkey Frederick Food Guide

 

We’d also like to mention that Cafe Nola, Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar, and Sumittra came up a lot when talking with locals, but unfortunately we did not have time to try them for ourselves. Guess we’ll have to go back!! 😀

 

What did you think of the culinary delights in Frederick, Maryland? Have you been to Frederick? Are there any other places you’d recommend for us to visit on our next trip? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂

 

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**A big thank you to Visit Frederick for suggesting some of the places on our list. While two of the meals were complimentary, as always, all opinions are our own.**

 

30 Comments
  • Maureen says:

    Next visit try Vintage in New Market. Great cocktails and interesting and varied menu with a variety of items and prices.

    • Buddy says:

      Hi Maureen! Actually, I did stop there as well. A good friend of mine lives in New Market and she recommended we go there one night. The decor is so lovely and, like you said, the menu has a lot of great options. 🙂

  • Mags says:

    I must admit, I hadn’t even heard of Frederick, Maryland, but it looks like you found some great spots. Any town that has designated chocolate and tea shops is okay by me!

  • Tonya says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Frederick as I’d see the sign for the exit each time I drove to Virginia Beach (which was often). I’ve always been attracted by the history, but now it looks as though I’ll have to check it out for the food.

    • Buddy says:

      Hi Tonya! Oh, there is so much amazing history in that area. I’ll be writing more about things to do In Frederick soon. Check back next week! 🙂

  • As you know, I was recently in Frederick, too. I ate brunch at Isabella’s Taverna & Tapas Bar in the cute historic downtown before going wine tasting in that region. I actually lived in the Washington, D.C., area for 3.5 years, and this was my first time visiting Frederick! Since one of my good friends lives downtown there, I’m sure I’ll be visiting Frederick again on my future visits to the D.C. area. She and I will have to check out some of these restaurants next time!

  • The Wine Kitchen sounds so good. I love the thought of the African flavor combinations. 😉 I have never been to that part of the state. Looks nice.

  • Vyjay says:

    All lovely places. But I for one would straight away head towards Zoe’s Chocolate Co.. The chocolates appear tantalizingly tempting.

  • Mindi Hirsch says:

    I have not been to Frederick yet, but now I want to go and eat everywhere you ate. I definitely want to try the banana chocolate pavé!

  • Frederick has some great places. I even went to a Cuban place for lunch a few years ago. You would appreciate that, being from So Fla. Volt is still on my mind as a place to try there.

    • Buddy says:

      Hi Charles! I actually saw the Cuban restaurant. I walked in to see if the owners were Cuban and they were! I didn’t have time to stop, but it’s definitely on my list for next time. 🙂

  • Natalie says:

    Great list! Zoe’s Chocolate shop seems like something I would love to stop by. The pop shop also seems so cute, as well as the tea place! It’s nice to see a Doner place is the U.S. like the ones they have in Germany… they are so good!!

  • Natasha says:

    Oh man all of this food looks delicious! I think I would find my chill spot at The Wine Kitchen. I would have to struggle to leave the same weight as I would enter Frederick with!

  • Nisha says:

    What a great list! I have my nephew there and he is a foodie! I’ll ask him if he has seen all these places or not. I bet not.

    Thanks for sharing this gem.

  • Jenna says:

    Great suggestions! I would love to check all of these out. Zoe’s Chocolate Co. and the Pop Shop look amazing and the Wine Kitchen would be right up my alley! I’d love to explore Frederick, Maryland, sometime–I’ve never been!

  • What an eclectic list of foodie establishments, Vicky! The North Market Pop Shop looks especially interesting. I think Jerry and I drove through Frederick a few years ago when we took the Amtrak Auto Train from Florida to Virginia and explored historical sites in the area before driving all the way back home.

  • Brianna says:

    I’ve been wanting to visit Frederick, it looks so cute and it looks like there are tons of of great places to eat.

  • Take me to that pop shop. Now. What an incredible place with all these vintage brands. I don’t think you could get me out of there again.

  • A walk to a historical city like Frederick is surely interesting. The view from the outside feels like traveling back in time but the feeling inside every restaurant is modern. If I have to choose one I’ll probably pick North Market Pop Shop. The little shop looks quirky and the idea of 400+ varieties of sodas is WOW, where in this world you can find such plenty of choice. I’m a lover of Ice cream too so I would definitely love this place.

  • Christopher says:

    What an awesome list. The Pop shop and the chocolate place is where you’ll find me. Maryland is going on my to go to list. Great post.

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