The Frederick restaurant scene just keeps getting better and Ayse Meze is in the top three, along with Wine Kitchen and Tasting Room. People now have at least three good reasons to make the trek to Frederick from Baltimore or DC! The food was perfectly prepared, service was superb and attentive, and this was a very comfortable and lively setting. The owner was born in Turkey but he wanted to provide a taste of the best of the Mediterranean including Lebanese, Greek, Cypriot, and even Italian influences - it works very well. Each of the shareable dishes are beautifully prepared and served hot from the oven. They include a healthy mix of fresh vegetables, nuts, and other ingredients rich in monounsaturated oils, flavonoids, and other mediterranean diet benefits (add in a Turkish red wine for maximum health benefits!). Most importantly, each dish was a delicious taste surprise that seemed to top the previous one. A must-order dish, is the bruksel lahanasi (roasted brussel sprouts) - I never imagined that I would hear my wife say that she liked brussel sprouts - this is a truly delightful dish. We tried the sampler of six different spreads, ranging from a black olive tapenade-like specialty (my favorite) to spicy, cool, Baba ganoush, and even a slightly sweet nutty spread - these were served with right-out-of-the-oven fresh pita bread. The xtemia scallops were perfect. The sigara ordek (crispy duck pastry with raki-fig puree) had a surprisingly delicate mix of flavors. The saganaki (melted kasseri cheese) was flamed with brandy in a great show at the table and was absolutely delicious scooped up with pieces of pita. We had a "Maryland" pide (stuffed pita) with crabmeat, cooked in the 600 degree wood fired oven (you can watch this cooking over near the elegant bar area). I had to try a soup; the spiced red lentil was a refreshing mix of fresh tasty ingredients. Even the mushrooms were special, cooked with dates, almonds, and brandy. We had no room left for any of the specials (I wanted to try the dorade fish, flown in from Izmir) and never got to any of the other meats dishes, or even the dessert. That, and a turkish coffee, will be on the next visit, very soon! For less adventurous individuals there are some other conventional food choices including a suitable kids menu; adults can order a hamburger, but even this can be upgraded to a lamb burger as one gets hooked on the mediterrranean taste treats. The price tag was surprisingly low for this fabulous feast. There are also special themed dinners offered each month, including cooking demonstrations. How can you beat fun, exciting, and delightful!?
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