I went to Graduate school at Hood College in Frederick, Maryland so I can easily recommend some of the better, high quality bars and restaurants in the area. I recently was asked to start writing lists aimed at college students and what entertainment venues they might enjoy. This is really interesting to me, because as I have spent some time at college campuses lately (I went to see Todd Gitlin’s lecture at University of Iowa and it was enchanting) and from what I observed, most college students only look at their cellphones and boobs.
But, anyhow, this isn’t that kind of article. I definitely wish to review the Tasting Room in Frederick, as I have passed out there many times in their bathroom and no one has ever disturbed me.
The menu is excellent; it is a sophisticated work of art, the gourmet choices range from Foie Gras, Gazpacho to the ever elegant array of Maryland seafood choices. It isn’t terribly pricey either, the main entrees range from twelve to twenty-two dollars at Lunch and thirty to forty dollars per entrée for dinner. Check the webpage for any additional information http://www.thetastingroomrestaurant.com/
The Executive chef is a man named Stephen Hartzell. The Host at lunch seemed to not be afraid of him. According to Hartzell’s Facebook page all of his tattoos are spelled correctly. The man makes a very fine selection of exquisite and extraordinarily gourmet items that are a novelty for Frederick. I certainly do not wish to insult anyone in Frederick; their city has developed quite nicely.
There has been a major revitalization of downtown Frederick and it is gentrifying into a more culturally diverse city. It has an earthy arty undertone of creative flow to it. It may not have the quantifiable charm of Lenox, Massachusetts or exoticism of Portland and Seattle or even the gritty, intelligence of New York City proper…but there is definitely hope.
The daily features part of the menu changes daily. The regular menu is quite impressive for anyone who ventures into the depths of the gourmet appeal of Frederick, Maryland.