CHEF BRYAN VOLTAGGIO AND co-owner Hilda Staples put Frederick on the map as a fine-dining destination when they opened Volt in
2008. While the nationally recognized restaurant remains a go-to for
gourmands, a growing group of eateries, food shops, breweries and
distilleries gives visitors many more reasons to eat (and drink) there.
As Maryland’s second largest city with a population of about
70,000, Frederick radiates hipness, history and small-town charm all
at once. The city has seen a recent influx of millennials and retirees,
thanks to its quality of life, affordability and proximity to major cities
and airports. With the new residents have come a raft of craft beers,
sophisticated cocktails and trendy menus that include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free fare.
Food and drink are far from the only draws, as Frederick offers a host
of other attractions, including historic churches and homes, hidden
courtyards, antiques shops, parks and public art (don’t miss local artist
William Cochran’s trompe l’oeil murals, such as the one on the southwest corner of West Church and North Market streets). With so much
to do, it’s easy to spend a weekend in Frederick, and there are a few
bed-and-breakfasts downtown in Victorian mansions (see visitfrederick.
org/places-to-stay/bed-and-breakfasts). The Barbara Fritchie House on
West Patrick Street can even be rented through Airbnb. (Fritchie was a
devoted and outspoken Unionist during the Civil War.)
There are plenty of places to refuel between your meanderings.
Here are some of the newer and notable restaurants, markets and
beverage companies that have opened in the last few years.
Chef Bryan Voltaggio’s Volt
restaurant is housed in this
mansion in Frederick.