My Downtown Favs Vol. 1

Dated: October 23 2019

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About two years ago we moved from the outskirts of downtown Frederick to the smack-center of downtown. Since that time, and despite our best intentions to buy groceries and cook at home, we eat out about 4-5 nights a week. It's so easy to do with about 100 options within walking distance! That said, we have eaten at almost every restaurant downtown and I have an opinion of each, just ask! Maybe in my next life, I'll work as a food consultant, strictly for downtown Frederick.

Here are some favorites:

Hooch and Banter is amazing. The owners are amazing. The food is amazing. The drinks are amazing. They work right alongside their employees and I believe that makes all the difference in the world. We can eat dinner downstairs one evening and then brunch in the lounge the following day and it is two different, yet equally satisfying meals. The service is consistently good. Pro tip: Don't leave without having the Spanish Coffee (holy cinnamon).

I can only attest to the sushi at Lazy Fish (why would you ever eat anything else), but I would bet that everything here is great. The sushi is always fresh, and it doesn't matter what we select, it's always good. The combination of flavors and textures is spot on. It's like when you are eating a dessert of pastry, ice cream, whipped cream and topping and you make sure that you have the right proportions on your spoon in every bite. The rolls at Lazy Fish are made like that - no bite proportioning necessary - it's done for you. The sashimi is always served the right temperature and beautifully displayed as well. While I am no whiskey connoisseur, it is my understanding that Pong, the owner, is a Japanese whiskey expert---just in case you are interested. 

Isabella's Tavern and Bar is done best if you have a big group and you go crazy on the tapas. When there are four of us, we will order 8-10 plates and there's something for everyone. The larger the group, the less chance for error. Let me explain. Each plate will serve 2-4 so you can order the Montado de Lomo (pork and manchego on grilled bread) and if you don't like it, someone else will. It allows you to experiment and try new things without the risk of ordering something that won't get eaten. The menu always has something new, but the fan favorites (asparagus fries, meatballs, bacon wrapped figs, paella, and more) remain!

I could go on and on about the many different, amazing, restaurants downtown. Maybe in a future blog, but for now check these spots out and let me know your thoughts in the comments below! I'm here if you ever want a recommendation, my take on breakfast spots or a rant (good and bad) on a specific location. Just ask!

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Amanda Addington

Amanda Addington has over 19 years experience in the residential real estate industry and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management. She has been a licensed REALTORĀ® for 11 years with over $70....

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My Downtown Favs Vol. 1

About two years ago we moved from the outskirts of downtown Frederick to the smack-center of downtown. Since that time, and despite our best intentions to buy groceries and cook at home, we eat out

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