Considering the price tag for the extremely tasteful and unusual meal we were served, Family Meal deserves five stars, but, unjustly, I give it four because of it unattractive surrounding.
This was our first visit to Frederick, and following our friends' recommendation we went to Family Meal for lunch. We were disappointed by the setting, which was outside the lively atmosphere of downtown Frederick, and seemed very uninspiring, even shabby. However, through the glass walls, we could see the place was packed and the smell of the food inside totally swayed us - we decided to wait, with two kids, for an hour. Fortunately, our table was ready in half an hour, before that we drove through the downtown deciding where to walk after lunch, and we were back in time not to miss our call, as we were told we would lose the table if we are not there.
Family Meal was worth the wait. We liked the modern, clean design, the casual atmosphere, with many couples with kids, the service was excellent, but most of all we LOVED the food. Almost every order was a hit - fried chicken salad sandwich was fantastic - moist, fresh and delicious. The grilled chicken sandwich with Gruyere cheese, mushrooms and red pepper was just slightly too heavy for my taste but I finished every last bite, my Dad was very pleased with his eggplant sandwich. I regret we didn't order fried chicken plate for our kids, I could see it on many tables around us. The spaghetti and meatballs for kids was tasty, with nice addition of fresh fruit salad, but probably the most average thing we tasted, everything else had a twist that was a clear sign this was no ordinary restaurant, but had a touch of chef magic. The duck fat fries was yummy.
Finally - desert. By all means try the Earl Gray chocolate doughnuts... Lemon tart was delicious too, apple cobbler was fine but I expected more because you quickly develop high expectations from this restaurant. Bear in mind that menu on the website does not totally correspond the actual offer, the waitress, who was friendly, attentive and offered good recommendations, told us the menu changes, depending on the season and ingredients available.
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