The outside of the building is Victorian Gothic. The inside is pure contemporary.The bar is comfy with plenty of seats at the bar and on some sofas in the lounge.
Here are the players...from left to right: Bryan Voltaggio, chef/owner, Graham, sous, and me.The gang I enjoyed the evening with.Bryan and me. BTW ladies, he's married w/child and another on the way. Sorry.
Mr. Neil MF Dundee. Director of Wine and Spirits. We had a great time with him. We drank entirely too much champagne.These pictures are backwards because the blogsite uploads them that way....This was the last thing I had before my wife poured me into the car...A martini with vodka, gin, and a touch of absinth...
This was dessert. The horse shoe shaped thingy was chocolate./mint something...very tasty.
I'm not sure what these were either, but they were on the expo station and I figured a take a picture since I was there.
Noodles made of carmelized onions, the grated item here is frozen fois gras. That was tasty.
Careful. Artist at work.
Here was the veggie course: A pea meringue filled with carrot puree. At least that's what I think it was.
All in all, a great time. I'd never been to Frederick and I have to say I'm impressed. It seems to be a vibrant town that still has independant shops and restaraurants.
As far as ranking goes, the meal definitely lands in the top ten. The food was inventive, attractive, and prepared perfectly. We wanted for nothing. The service was absolutely top notch, but never overbearing. The staff is young, friendly, and attentive.
Should you find yourself in the area, stop in. Tell Bryan I said hello.
Hi. I'd like to take my Mom and future mother-in-law for Mother's Day there next year... Once the hoopla over Bryan's performance on Top Chef dies down. (I'm sure there's no reservations.)
What's the price tag? Ballpark? Thanks!
It was very expensive for us, but it doesn't have to be for everyone. I think if you went in for just apps, entrees and dessert you'd probably get out for under $150 for two. We sat at table 21 and had the tasting menu with many cocktails and bottles of champagne. Enjoy and tell Bryan and Dundee I said hello.
Thanks! We'll give them a visit next May!
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