My wife, daughter and son-in-law had dinner here on the recommendation of the host of a wine tasting we had just attended. The restaurant is located in "Old Town" Frederick, MD and is situated next to the creek. The heated outdoor seating looked very nice, however we chose to eat inside with the outdoor temperature hovering at 50 F. The indoor seating was comfortable but a bit plain and modern for my taste.
Our server was knowledgeable, attentive, and very personable. We started off with appetizers, my daughter and I had a very tasty mixed beet salad, and my wife a fig salad that she described as "wonderful", and we shared oysters on the half shell which served capped with sweet onions were over powered and unremarkable. Libations were a Manhattan "up", a glass of red wine for my daughter, and my son-in-law tried two bourbons from their extensive spirit list. Allwere noted as very good. The restaurant also feature several wine "flights" of three different 3 oz. samples.
My entree was a 12 0z. locally raised New York strip steak with mashed white potatoes and broccoli ($37). I ordered the steak "black & blue", which I had to explain two our server. The steak arrived just as ordered and full of flavor. My wife had scallops ($22) which she said were very good but would have liked more than the three offered with no sides other than three small onions. My daughter had crispy lamb belly with mashed sweet potatoes ($24) which she described as very tasty but also a smaller portion than expected. My son-in-law had Halibut ($24 +/-), again tasty but a small portion.
The coffee is excellent but is French roast and yields one and a half cups making refills expensive.
The service, presentation, and quality of the entrees make this a five star selection. However the price for the size of the entrees made me reduce the rating to four stars. With the exception of the steak which I consider a normal portion for the entree, the others were small by any standard.
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