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“Really Disappointed in Pies!!!” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Barbara Fritchie Restaurants

Barbara Fritchie Restaurants
1513 West Patrick St., Frederick, MD
301-662-2500
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Ranked #167 of 315 Restaurants in Frederick
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American
Good for: Local cuisine
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Good for: Local cuisine
Baltimore, Maryland
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Really Disappointed in Pies!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I had heard about this place for years and decided to go check it out for myself as it was on the way to West Virginia. There was plenty of parking so no problem there. Service was ok..staff..had interactions with 2 waitresses was amicable. Decor is supposed to be retro or 50's or 60's but in need of some help. I did really like the wrap around eat at counter..that was cool. The place is clean but could sure use some sprucing up. We ordered dinner..my friend ordered the Chicken and Dumplings with a salad and I ordered the meatloaf with sides of beets and green beans. The Chicken and Dumplings was pretty good..although the salad was just the normal iceberg lettuce and few slices of tomatoes and a slice of onion and a couple slices of cucumber…no homemade dressing..no house dressing..the dressing came in packets..like you get a McDonalds or something. Salad and dressing surely nothing to write home about except the lettuce was green.

The meatloaf was ok but they put this tasteless brown gravy on top of it and that was less than appetizing. The green bean…definitely out of a can…thanks but I can make fresh green beans at home. The beets were tasty though..they had some sort of sweet sauce on them.

The HUGE disappointment came when we decided to order dessert. My friend had said for years that "Barbara Fritchies had the BEST homemade pies around!" Nope..sorry…I ordered a slice of lemon merguine pie and she ordered a slice of coconut custard pie. There was nothing about either pie that was homemade (that's false advertising)! They were both horrible!! So, so much for her rant that they made the best homemade pies around…we both ended up throwing them away. We might go back again but there's no rush! I was really looking forward to some homemade pie only to get some yucky pie I could buy in any grocery store!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Northbrook, Illinois
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 40 cities Reviews in 40 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Great local restaurant with delicious breakfast selections”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

As a lot of other reviewers point out, this place looks like a hole in the wall because it is out of the 60's (or before). But that's part of the charm. If you want something sterile, go to Denny's or the like.

This place is a hallmark in Fredrick, MD. Waitstaff wasn't effervescent but they were attentive, which is all you really need for breakfast, which is what we were there for. Had a nice selection of specials as well as the your typical breakfast fare.

Enjoy the history of the building and give this a shot.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best home cooking!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

We found this restaurant via the AAA tour book. It is a throw back from the 60's. It looks a whole in the wall. The service is slow and the décor is in need of updating. The waitress are not the fastest or most personable however the food makes up for it. There are a ton of specials and a very large menu selection. There is something for everyone.

I had the turkey pot pie and an apple dumpling (dessert). They both were delicious. There were 7 in my groups and everyone had something different. Everything was very good. The prices were not bad either.

We had a great experience. Don't except a 5 star dining experience, but if you want local flavor stop here!

Definitely will be back

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Germantown, Maryland
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95 reviews 95 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“Restaurant is Really Bad!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I visited this restaurant a month ago, and will tell you this place is way over rated. The food is not good and the waitress that took care of me wasn't very good either. The food was not worth the price we paid, service was also slow.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Delaware
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149 reviews 149 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Everything Great but The Food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2013

Walking into the restaurant was like taking a trip back in time about 60 years. Almost everything seems to be original decor but mostly well maintained. I loved being here. The service was good.

But there is a big problem. The food is awful. Everything from the canned Lima beans to the cooked almost to mush squash to the tough on the edges meatloaf topped with gloppy gravy was horrible. The chicken sandwich my husband got had a good bun. The chicken was plain and overcooked.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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