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Where to Eat and Stay

Buckeystown area:

Places to eat:

Frisco’s – Worth seeking out!  It’s our go-to for the best sandwiches, salads, soups, and wings.   Whatever their soup of the day is, ask for a sample.  Even if you think you won’t like it, you’ll find yourself ordering a bowl.  It’s just that good.  Don’t miss their Exploded Potato.  Worth writing home about . . .

Frisco’s also has a small wine shop where all the wines are hand selected, and none over $20.  Visit on a Friday when all bottled wine is $1 over cost!

Directions from Chartreuse:  Left onto Buckeystown Pike.  1 mile to left onto English Muffin Way.  First right onto Wedgewood Blvd.  About 1/2  mile on right.

Alexander’s – Housed in a quintessential Buckeystown home, this gracious restaurant serves up classic southern fare with a twist.  Try their fried green tomatoes – they’re perfect!  Other favorites are their fried chicken and pulled pork sliders.  The atmosphere is elegant, but unpretentious.  The architecture lovely, and the view delightful.  We love their Sunday brunch, served 11am-2pm.

They also have a full bar, and their Bloody Marys are excellent!

Directions from Chartreuse:  Left onto Buckeystown Pike, 1/4 mile on left.

DJ’s Catering – Take-out only.  Their BBQ and their chicken are delicious.  Whatever their special of the day is, try it.  You won’t be disappointed.

Blue’s BBQ – Tricky to find, but delicious.  Don’t be put off by the neighborhood, this permanently-parked truck of BBQ is the best in town.  Order at the back and prepare for some great summer eating!  Get the meal deal – their fries are perfectly seasoned and not to be missed!

Directions from Chartreuse:  Right onto Buckeystown Pike.  About 4 miles, right onto Grove Rd.  1/2 mile Left onto Urbana Pike.  LOOK CAREFULLY!  The Blue’s truck is parked in the lot between the tattoo shop and the day spa (don’t ask . . .).

Places to stay

Frederick Inn  Our favorite place!  If you’re making an overnight of it, this is THE place to stay.  Completely renovated in 2015, this architectural gem is worth visiting just to admire the 150-year-old craftsmanship that built it, and the fabulous decorating that has brought it to life.  Read all about it in our 2-part blog post:  Part 1 (first floor)Part 2 (guest rooms).  Kirk and Pat are delightful hosts.  You’ll love it!

Additionally, there are several chain hotels within a few miles of Chartreuse & co:

Courtyard by Marriott, Fairfield Inn, and Hilton Garden Inn seem to be the best ones, as recommended by other visitors.

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:

Places to Eat


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!

Il Porto
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.

Places to Stay

Hill House
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.

Hollerstown Hill
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.)


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