El Cacique: Spanish (from Spain) and Mexican food
The restaurant is in Frederick's Old Town, which is a nice place on weekends. It markets itself as a Spanish/Mexican restaurant, and seeing that those two kinds of cooking can be quite different, they do a nice job.
The restaurant has a nice ambience, plenty of room at the tables and doesn't get too loud or feel too crowded. They set off the restaurant in separate sections to achieve that feeling nicely. There is also an outdoor seating area, which struck me as a bit too small to really be very comfortable.
The menu has a lot of fish and Spanish (from Spain) dishes (some slightly adapted). There is also the nice adaptation of using crabmeat (which is native to Maryland) as a topping on a lot of dishes.
Presentation of the dishes was nice and portions were good size and the fish/seafood tasted real good. Try to skip the chips they offer you...you will feel too filled. (real good salsa though)
Favorite Dish: Cream of crabmeat soup- very nice! This wasn't as salty as a lot of crab soups tend to be
Paella- This is way too much for one person! The paella was tasty and didn't take too long to prepare, unlike most places that require you to call ahead if you want paella. Very tasty
Stuffed Salmon- Another very nice adaptation. Stuffed with spinach and peppers, it was delicious. Comes with a side of black beans and white rice (to me it seemed an afterthought.)
- Food and Dining
Café Latino: Wanna try new ethnic food?
The only Venezuela restaurant I've seen outside of Venezuela! There are so many good things to try that you otherwise wouldn't be able to find. Try the arepas, a staple in the Venezuela diet. If you're not in the mood or don't like Venezuela food, they also offer a wide variety of other Latin American foods.
- Arts and Culture
Jerry's: hoagies by any other name....
Submarine sandwiches or hoaggies.... any way you call them they still are the best invention for a traveler since sliced bread.
When you're on the road and you want a quick bite to eat that you can take in the car and you don't want Arby's or Wendy's or McDonald's, then go for the submarine shops.
This one in Frederick, MD is a good one, easy to get to and fast service.
For under $10 and 10 minutes, you can get a sub and coke to go.
the menu shows: roast beef, philly cheese steak, tunafish, angus, chicken salad, assorted, et.al. and they come in three sizes depending on how hungry you are (or how much you have left in your wallet after filling the gas tank).
Their latest ads now show pizzas and garlic bread and nachos and union rings and chicken wings.
So next trip up from Washington, stop in and get a deal of a meal (they have coupons and specials all the time).
- Road Trip
Freez King: coolin down
If you are coming down US15 from the northern states and need a quick stop to get a cold refresher, then try this ice cream stand.
It doesn't look like much but the Shakes and Cones are just the ticket after a hot summer drive. They have old fashioned banana splits and cherry sundaes too. I like the chocolate cone with chocolate sprinkles or a dish of vanilla with chocolate syrup.
Price is cheap ($2 a small cone, $4 a big dish with toppings).
- Road Trip
Barbara Fritchie Fine Foods: The Candy Stick Restaurant
When my friend Becca insisted that we have lunch here, I said, "You've got to be kidding." One look at the oversized candy cane outside and the pastel Fifties interior of the restaurant, and I was sure that this was going to be a major mistake. Plus, I was sure that Frietchie had an E in the middle.
I was wrong on both counts. Barbara Fritchie Fine Foods is a great, down-home diner, the kind of hidden gem you sometimes are lucky enough to find in small towns. They've been serving the same kind of stick-to-your-ribs, hearty food since 1910.
"Told you so," said Becca. She explained that, as a child, she had often stopped here for apple dumplings and birch beer on road trips with her mother.
And it turns out that both spellings of Frietchie/Fritchie are acceptable. People back then evidently weren't particular about spelling.
The restaurant is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Breakfast is served all day, and there are daily lunch and dinner specials. Their menu and website proudly proclaim, "Our freshly made desserts include Pies, Cakes, Banana Nut Bread, Cheese Cake and we NEVER use ANY mixes to produce these delicious creations. We proudly serve Hershey's Ice Cream Sodas and Sundaes."
Favorite Dish: I had the turkey pot pie, and folks, this is not like the frozen variety; this is the real thing! The pot pies here are made with big chunks of real turkey and flaky, homemade pastry. It was delicious.
After hearing Becca's childhood memories, I had to try the birch beer, which is a non-alcoholic soft drink akin to root beer. It was interesting, but very, very sweet, like cotton candy (candy floss or spun sugar). I can see where a child would think it was heavenly. I think that I still prefer root beer.
This is a good place to take the family. For 4 of us, the tab came to only $31, including drinks and dessert.