Downtown Frederick Shopping:
So many! I love:
Patrick Street – great home decor/vintage shopping
Silk & Burlap, Chic mix of fashion and home decor
The Emporium – huge antique mall, right downtown, and it wraps around to
Relish – complete selection of dining/kitchen wares
Venus on the Half Shell – Hip collection of vintage clothing and mid-century furnishings.
Market Street – the main drag – great food, gifts, all locally owned.
Tiara Day – ultimate glamour girl experience
The Muse – handmade items from throughout the USA
Curious Iguana – local bookstore – nice selection, lovely browsing
Zoe’s Chocolates – The Best.
Lebherz’s Oil & Vinegar Emporium – just go. It’s amazing
Retro Metro – cool, funky, funny gift items
Capa Imports – exceptional rugs and imported furniture
Carroll Street – quirky antique shopping
Tuscany Designs – stunning french-inspired vintage furnishings
Brass and Copper Shop – repairs and sells vintage lighting
Cannonball Antiques (no website) – quirky flea market feel
Favorite dining in Frederick:
Make a day, or weekend, of it!
There are tons of great places to eat, shop, and stay in and around Frederick, MD. Here’s some Chartreuse & co favorites:
Nationally acclaimed and boasting Brian Voltaggio as its owner and chef, this is Frederick’s premiere restaurant. Foodies travel from NYC, DC, Richmond, and beyond to enjoy an evening here. And it is an evening. Perfect service. A delight to the palette. 3-5 courses is typical, but be prepared to spend $100/each, minimum. It’s an experience, and a treat.
The Tasting Room
Before Volt arrived on the scene with it’s celebrity chef, The Tasting Room was Frederick’s ultimate dining experience. Michael Tauraso (chef and owner) is an extraordinary chef who loves and understands food. Their lobster bisque alone is worth the trip. And they have the best martinis in town.
So into food, they opened a nice little gourmet food shop right next door. Their duck is divine. Ask for a table upstairs by the windows. They look down on Market St., and give you dinner and a show!
Excellent italian cuisine. Their daily specials are always a treat as they’re what’s fresh from market. Nice wine list, too. If you stay at Hollerstown Hill B&B, Il Porto is just a few blocks down Market from you.
A true tapas bar. Select from a huge selection of ‘little plates’ – your server can recommend for you if it’s too overwhelming. We usually start with 4 dishes, share, and add as we’re inspired. It’s fun. If you’re in the mood, try their Lemon Drop Martini. They’re also known for the sangria.
Black Hog BBQ
Featuring all types of BBQ – this great BBQ, is owned and run by Mike Tauraso, the same guy who owns The Tasting Room.
One of our go-to restaurants for years. Very simple pasta menu that has not changed in 20 years. I love their eggplant parmesean, and their spaghetti marinara is the best in town. Grab a jar of their sauce to take home – yes, it’s that good.
Ayse Meze – Another great tapas-style restaurant. This one’s a cornerstone of the Everedy Square/Shab Row shopping district. It’s Mediterranean cooking at its best. Pick several dishes to start, and just keep going. Ask to sit along the windows in the back room, where down-filled turkish pillows soften the long banquette seating. Plan to stay a while, as you really won’t want to leave.
Places to Stay
On West Third Street, it’s at the heart of historic downtown (I actually grew up several blocks west of this inn on West Third Street). All the houses throughout this area are late 18th and early-mid-19th century row houses. Just around the corner from Frederick’s main street, Market Street, it’s location is perfect for walking to all the shops and eateries along Market and Patrick Sts.
In a quieter part of town, Hollerstown Hill is nestled alongside the historic campus of Maryland School for the Deaf. It boasts a lovely garden and all the charm you’d expect from a high Victorian home. It’s a pleasant walk of about 4-5 blocks into the heart of the buisness district (but be warned that it does sit on a hill, and returning is a climb.)