Frederick Journals

Making Do In Frederick, Maryland

A May 2003 trip to Frederick by Kim M.

Quote: This will be different from my other journals. Why? Let me start by saying that I don't like Frederick. I never have. I probably never will. In four years of living here, though, I HAVE found some good distractions to share with you.

Making Do In Frederick, Maryland

Overview

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There is enough in Frederick, MD, to entertain most people for a day. For those who like to shop, boutiques and antique stores are on the rise in the downtown area. It seems like new restaurants open every day, providing surprising gastronomic delights for a town of this size. The Frederick Keys provide an all-American ballpark experience for the sports enthusiast, and bookish types can get lost in the rambling stacks of Wonder Book & Video or the gleaming shelves of the new library.Quick Tips: Bring change for the parking meters downtown and be prepared for one-way streets. You will also need to bring patience, as Frederick is rapidly outgrowing its infrastructure. There is no good time...Read More

Roppongi Japanese Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Rappongi Japanese Restaurant"

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This is one of my favorite places to eat in Frederick. Rappongi has just opened during the time I have lived in Frederick, so it is not well-established yet. That is one of the things I LOVE about this place. Rappongi is a sort of quiet oasis for me off of the busy "Golden Mile", only blocks from where I live. This section of US 40, also called West Patrick Street, is a wall-to-wall row of shopping centers, restaurants, and gas stations. While driving along one day, my curiosity was finally aroused by a styrofoam cooler lid painted with a single word: "Sushi". Being the sushi nut that I am, I had to investigate. What I found was wonderful. The restaurant is lovely, despite being located in a s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 21, 2003

Roppongi Japanese Restaurant
1080 West Patrick St. (Hillcrest Town Center)
Frederick, Maryland 21703
(301) 682-8661

Brewer's Alley

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Restaurant

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Brewer's Alley is one of the first places I ate with friends in Frederick. Known mostly for its microbrews, this restaurant also serves brick-oven pizza, pasta, salads, sandwiches, seafood favorites, chops, steaks, and ribs. This is a great place to go with a group, as the menu is diverse enough to satisfy most people's tastes. The atmosphere is very nice, and this is where I usually bring my guests from out of town. The building itself used to be an opera house, and some of the decor pays homage to that glitzy past. The bar area especially is painted in faux finishes to bring out some of the old theater feel. The microbrews at Brewer's Alley are all well worth trying, and interested guests c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

Brewer's Alley
124 N. Market Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 631-0089

John Hagan's Tavern

Restaurant

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Hagan's Tavern is the BEST place in the Frederick area for romantic dining. This is a must if you visit Frederick on a date. The tavern has been around since the late 1700's and has always had a reputation for great food. Several famous people have visited here, including George Washington, and stories of the pub's colorful past abound. Though originally established as a pub, the atmosphere in the tavern feels much different today. The dining space is broken up into multiple rooms, and the cozy tables are lit by candlelight or sunlight from a thick glass window. The servers dress in period-style clothing and the walls are decorated with lovely colonial artwork. The food is excellent - absolute...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2003

John Hagan's Tavern
5018 Old National Pike
Frederick, Maryland 21714
(301) 371-9189

China Garden Chinese Restaurant

Restaurant | "China Garden Restaurant"

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China Garden was my first sushi discovery in Frederick. Winner of the Frederick's Best award for quite a few years running, this restaurant gets good marks for flavor. This is mainly a Chinese restaurant, but if I go there it is usually for the sushi. You can sit at the sushi bar itself or at a table. This is a popular place, so it can be crowded and a little noisy, especially when parents bring in their little-league teams. It is a good place to go if you plan on dining with a large group of friends, as they have the ability to slide a bunch of tables together in the middle for large parties. Just be sure to call ahead in that case. I still like to go to China Garden when I am dining wi...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 23, 2003

China Garden Chinese Restaurant
506 West Patrick St.
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 695-5055

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A summer day in Frederick is a great opportunity for the sports fan. Frederick Keys baseball is more than just a sporting event; it is an afternoon or evening of all-American fun for the entire family. Harry Grove Stadium is a small ballpark with no bad seats. Everyone is up close and personal with the action. You can grab a hot dog, crab cake, beer, or soda and watch Frederick's own Class-A Carolina League team battle local rivals from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach. The players on this Baltimore Orioles affilated team are happy to sign autographs and pose for pictures with the kids, and the team mascot, Keyote, gets everyone revved up with his souvenir freebies and crazy antics. There are special ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2003

Frederick Keys Baseball
Harry Grove Stadium
Frederick, Maryland
1-(877) 8-GO-KEYS

Wonder Book & Video

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Attraction | "Wonder Book & Video"

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Wonder Book and Video is a bookworm's dream come true! If you truly love books, stop in at the West Patrick Street location (US 40/Golden Mile). What you will find is a treasure trove of rambling stacks, covering every possible genre and topic. This is the biggest used book selection I have ever seen! It is so big, in fact, that they have maps posted on the ends of the shelves. If you're looking for something specific, you're gonna need one. They have everything! Books of every size and description stretch in endless stacks across the store, and there are little surprises hiding in the nooks and crannies. More than just books, the Wonder Book inventory includes art, sheet music, magazin...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 23, 2003

Wonder Book & Video
Jefferson Street at Us 1
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 662-2774

Bushwaller's

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Bushwaller's is billed as an American-Irish pub. The owner is of Irish descent, but does not believe that he can in good conscience call it an "Irish Pub", as he and his parents were born in America. The pub does, however, have a distinct Irish flavor. Very pleasing to this lover of all things Guinness as well. Bushwaller's is the largest seller of Guinness on tap in the state of Maryland, and for good reason. Bartenders here build a great pint, and the Guinness-designed tap system delivers just the right temperature, taste, and texture. My first experience here was on a Wednesday night, when Irish music and $2 pints of Guinness give patrons a great time out for very little cash. There wasn't e...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 4, 2003

Bushwaller's
209 N Market Street
Frederick, Maryland 21701
(301) 695-6988

The Sweet Side of Town

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Story/Tip

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Confession: Though I'm usually a salty snack kind of gal, sometimes I cannot get enough of dessert! Dental problems are the pits, but if your problem is a sudden attack of the sweet tooth, I've got you covered. Join me for a moment as I take you on a tour of the sweet side of Frederick. Calorie-counters beware! Here are my awards for the best desserts, and there's nothing fair about the selection process. Sorry! Best chocolate malt: Snow White Grill. 7 East Patrick Street. 301-662-9709. Also serving teensy-sized hamburgers, fries, and more. Get a malt to go so you can walk around town. Biggest desserts: Mountain View Diner. 1300 W. Patr...Read More