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…
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.
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!
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. 😉
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.
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.
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.
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.**