It’s almost here! Frederick Restaurant Week starts tomorrow! Have you made your reservations yet? With 18 restaurants participating, there’s lots to choose from. This 7-day promotion puts the spotlight on some of the unique and fine dining options available in Downtown Frederick and surrounding area. Participating restaurants will offer price-fixed meals at mouth-watering prices starting on Monday March 3 and running through Friday March 9, 2014. This is the perfect time to revisit an old favorite or do some culinary adventuring and try something new.
During Frederick Restaurant Week, lunches are offered at $15.14 for a 2-course meal and $20.14 for a 3-course meal. Dinners are offered at $20.14 for a 2-course meal and $30.14 for a 3-course meal. All costs are exclusive of tax, beverages and gratuity. Restaurants may participate in lunch, dinner, or both meals during the week at any of the price points. Check the website to see if each restaurant is offering lunch, dinner or both.
2014 Participating Restaurants Include:
- Alexanders Restaurant
- Ayse Meze Lounge
- Brewer’s Alley
- Casa Rico
- The Cellar Door
- Family Meal
- Firestone’s Culinary Tavern
- Il Porto Italian Restaurant
- Isabella’s Taverna and Tapas Bar
- JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House
- The Orchard
- The Red Horse
- Sumittra Thai Cuisine
- The Tasting Room
- The Wine Kitchen on the Creek
I (Sarah) was lucky enough to partake in a delicious sneak peek of what some of the participating restaurants are going to be serving. Our first stop was the the Frederick Visitor Center where Brewmaster Tom Flores from Brewer’s Alley/Monocacy Brewing Company spoke to us about a few of their beers and we got to do a little taste testing. From there, we split into three groups and my contingent headed to JoJo’s Restaurant & Tap House.
At JoJo’s we sampled the vegan-friendly sesame seared zucchini steak with stir fried cabbage, sesame powder and soy air. It was delicious. There was enough flavor there to satisfy all types of eaters. Then we were served a gouda-stuffed bacon wrapped shrimp, yum! Actually, the entire lunch and dinner menus sounded so appetizing I made a reservation for dinner on Friday.
Next was Ayse Meze and they served us some restaurant favorites (meze dip sampler, stuffed grape leaves and saganaki) as well as a new to me dish, garides saganaki, a beautiful skillet full of shrimp, feta, tomatoes, garlic, oregano & brandy. Then my sweet tooth was also satisfied with some baklava and lemon cookies.
Our last stop was The Wine Kitchen on the Creek. The entire group of bloggers, writers and local media reconvened to enjoy some unique and exceptionally fresh dishes. First a beautiful butternut squash carpaccio with speck, pickled fennel, goat cheese, pine nuts, autumn greens and fennel dressing. Then a single scallop with red beet risotto, oyster mushrooms, crispy parsnips and dill reduction. Both dishes were like everything else I’ve ever had at The Wine Kitchen, something I would be happy to eat again.
Where will you dine during Frederick Restaurant Week? Shoot us a line or post some photos of your dining adventures over on Facebook!